Putting a Face to the Name

Our staff makes Kanuga the wonderful place it is.


Meet the staff at Kanuga, comprised of skilled individuals dedicated to serving our guests and sustaining our grounds, community and programs.

To contact a staff member by phone, please call 828-692-9136 and then enter the extension number.

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Anita Whitmire
Housekeeping Manager
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2831
Anita Whitmire brought her passions for cleaning, organizing and helping others to Kanuga's housekeeping department in 1995 and was promoted to manager four years later. Under her cheerful but disciplined leadership, Kanuga consistently maintains an A sanitation grade from the NC Division of Public Health. She especially loves getting to know guests and seeing her staff embrace the value of teamwork.
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Barry Phillips
Director of Food Service
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2833
Barry Phillips came to Kanuga in 1994 as the assistant manager of the kitchen and was promoted to food services director in 2000. Embracing Kanuga's commitment to environmental stewardship, he works with local produce distributors to supply Kanuga's dining hall with seasonal locally grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible. “I love the peaceful Christian community at Kanuga,” he says. “I enjoy ensuring that guests enjoy every aspect of Kanuga, but especially the food and service they receive while here.”
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Ben Steines
Camp Bob Program Director
(828) 692-9136 ext. 2836
After living in Pennsylvania for most of his life, Ben joined Kanuga in 2017, where he worked as Camp Bob’s Assistant Director. Now the Program Director, Ben looks forward to making Camp Bob a leader in outreach camping. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Since graduating college, Ben has worked as a camp counselor, environmental educator, animal caretaker, maple syrup producer, and outdoor school assistant director. He views camp as an extension of the education system and focuses his time on teaching youth and young adults important life skills. Ben is currently pursuing a master’s degree in adventure education from Prescott College in Arizona.
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Bethany Bradshaw
Reservations Coordinator
(828) 692-9136 ext. 2829
A graduate of Averett University in Danville, VA and North Carolina native, Bethany Bradshaw has years of experience being a part of a community. Living in both the UK, where she gained a masters in Equine Science, and Australia as a college campus missionary, Bethany has allowed her cultural experiences to positively affect her leadership, organization, and attention to detail.
Her volunteer history includes working at therapeutic riding centers and camps around North Carolina. In her free time you will usually find her riding her horse Rocky, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. She has seen first-hand the importance of education, preservation of community, and compassion. Bethany finds Kanuga a place of respite and positive invitation for an ever changing world.
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Clint DeWitt
Environmental Projects Manager
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2823
Clint DeWitt joined Kanuga in 2006 as an instructor for the Mountain Trail Outdoor School. Now serving as Kanuga's environmental projects manager, Clint brings his passion for learning and environmental stewardship to this important role. His responsibilities include Kanuga’s trail system, its solar hot water systems, the organic garden, as well as other green initiatives. In addition, Clint serves as an administrator for MTOS. Originally from Black Mountain, NC, he graduated from Brevard College with a degree in wilderness leadership and experiential education.
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David Schnitzer
Camp Kanuga Director
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2840
David Schnitzer loves camp! He has 11 years of full-time professional camping and youth ministry experience but has worked at camp every summer since he was 15. Before coming to Kanuga in 2012, he was the program director for Camp Glisson in Dahlonega, GA, where he created two leadership development programs for teenagers, grew the staff by more than 100 percent and organized training programs for more than 130 staff members. A graduate of the University of Georgia and the National Outdoor Leadership School, he is in the process of completing a master’s degree in Christian leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. An avid outdoorsman, he is the author of Great American Outdoors, Nature at its Best.
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Eric George
Assistant General Manager
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2809
Raised in Western North Carolina, Eric grew up in a conference and camp environment. “I have always been a part of a community like camp. I cannot imagine my life any other way. I love how Kanuga affects lives and cultivates development.” Since age 13, Eric has worked in every department he could: kitchen, guest services, maintenance, recreation staff, reservations and management.

Beginning with living and working overseas after his senior year of college at a boarding school in South Korea, Eric has travelled, worked and participated in outreach trips to India, Philippines, Borneo, Costa Rica and all over Southeast Asia. Through these opportunities, he has developed a cultural appreciation and the ability to regulate stressful situations.

Having spent years serving Kanuga’s visitors as Guest Services Assistant Manager and Reservations Manager, Eric transitioned to his current role as Assistant General Manager, allowing him to continually develop his passion for hospitality. He has been with Kanuga for seven years of growth and plans to continue to nurture himself and others in this special place. Eric and his wife Lindsay live on property and like to take time to enjoy the beauty that surrounds them.
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Francesca Colella
Reservations Coordinator
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2815
Francesca joined Kanuga in February of 2017. She is a 2016 graduate of West Virginia University (WVU) where she studied design thinking and event planning. During this time, she worked with the events and marketing department of WVU’s career services center. It was there that she discovered her love for events, organizing details and working with people. In her spare moments, Francesca loves to try out Starbuck’s newest menu items and explore her new home in the North Carolina mountains with her German Shepherd, Nala.
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Gary Giniat
Vice President of Advancement
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2816
A graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Gary Giniat (pronounced “Jeanette”) brings proven expertise across the advancement spectrum—from non-profit marketing and building earned income to increasing charitable contributions. Gary is responsible for planning and overseeing all of Kanuga’s advancement programs—both development and communications functions—as well as assisting in the growth of all of Kanuga’s revenue producing areas from camps to conferences. Before joining Kanuga, Gary’s 30-year career has spanned from 10 years marketing at the St. Petersburg (FL) Times and eight years in senior leadership roles at Chicago Children’s Museum to being the executive director of Asheville’s Pack Square Conservancy reopening the new 6.5 acre park.
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Jason Sampler
Director of IT
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2819
Jason started as IT Director at Kanuga in 2016 and brings over ten years of experience in Telecommunications and Information Technology, working for both managed IT service providers and within the nonprofit sector in Western North Carolina. He holds an Associate in Arts & Sciences degree in Computer Network Systems, along with several vendor-specific certifications. Jason grew up in Central Florida and came to the Mountains in 2003.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, playing guitar and enjoying music, traveling, and exploring the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
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Jimmy Haden
Vice President for Mission
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2810
Jimmy joined Kanuga in 1993 from the Adams Mark Hotel in Charlotte and is dedicated to the Kanuga community and its mission. He is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BS in communications and minor in business administration. After more than 24 years on staff, serving six summers and attending Kanuga since infancy, there aren't many areas of Kanuga that Jimmy hasn't touched. He brings to Kanuga extensive experience in employee engagement, executive leadership, hospitality and quality service. Jimmy works collaboratively with the President contributing strongly to advancement, program development and the overall culture of Kanuga. A cradle Episcopalian with an active spiritual life, he serves as an ambassador of the mission and vision of Kanuga and represents the organization broadly throughout the community and wider church. Jimmy and his wife, Catherine, are the proud parents of James. In his spare time, Jimmy enjoys working with his hands, exploring the outdoors and reading history books.
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Kayla Radford
Reservations Coordinator
(828) 692-9136
Kayla is a 2010 graduate of South College in Asheville, NC. After recently moving to Hendersonville and learning about Kanuga, Kayla took on her new position in September 2017. Working with the public in a variety of setting, Kayla brings her love of helping others and being around others into the reservations department. Kayla loves to spend her free time with her husband and two daughters.
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Kate Bakko
Reservations Coordinator
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2811
On the Kanuga staff since 2003, Kate Bakko is a familiar voice and friendly face to many guests as they plan a trip to and arrive at Kanuga. She spent three years as a part-time Front Desk clerk before taking a full-time role in reservations in 2006. She brings an extensive background in the human services field, having spent 24 years working with adults with disabilities. "I enjoy watching what Kanuga means to so many of our guests and hope our mission will continue to inspire people to find peace in our community for years to come," she says.
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Kelly Anders
Human Resources Manager
(828) 692-9136 ext. 2731
Kelly Anders joined the Accounting Department at Kanuga in 2016. When the Payroll and Benefits Specialist position opened in 2017, she jumped at the chance to work in Human Resources, an area she loves best. Kelly enjoys learning each and every employee’s name and assisting them with whatever they may need to be a successful employee at Kanuga. Kelly strives to extend the same Radical Hospitality that our guests receive to Kanuga’s employees!

Kelly loves her church, Clemson Football, East High School Football, reading and spending time with her family.
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Kevin Manion
Resident Apprentice Program Manager
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2813
Originally from Syracuse, New York, Kevin graduated from Brevard College with a degree in wilderness leadership and experiential education. He began with Mountain Trail Outdoor School in February 2012 as an instructor and was promoted to expedition program manager in January 2015. He now leads Kanuga’s Resident Apprentice Program designed to provide young adults an opportunity to develop skills and habits that lead to personal and professional success. From leading 28-day expeditions with high school students in the Southwest to working with an inner city after-school program, Kevin brings a wide array of experiential education and leadership skills to Kanuga. “For me, being at Kanuga means working with fun, good-hearted people, being surrounded by the peace and beauty of nature, and being able to share all this with the people who visit here,” he says.
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Kim Moree
Manager of Board Relations
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2806
Kim earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from Indiana State University and brings more than thirty years of professional experience to her role as board relations manager at Kanuga. She worked ten years as an operations trainer in the banking industry followed by more than 20 years in press relations and administration/executive assistant roles in real estate, the mortgage industry, and the non-profit sector. Most recently, Kim served as the administrative and financial manager for a church in Asheville, NC, helping to implement the church's capital campaign.
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Laura Moushey
Human Resources Director
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2807
Laura holds a master’s in human resources development from Western Carolina University and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Meredith College. She brings to Kanuga an extensive background in HR with significant experience in employee relations, recruitment and staff development. Laura is responsible for both the strategic and administrative roles in the areas of human resources. Her history includes serving as employment manager at the Grove Park Inn, which gave her an understanding of the unique needs of staff working in hospitality.
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Lynn Burns
Sales Manager
(828) 692-9136 ext. 2732
An Asheville NC native, Lynn earned a BA in education from UNC Greensboro. Career opportunities kept her in the Piedmont and Raleigh areas for a number of years before she missed the mountains and returned to Western North Carolina with her family.

Upon returning to Asheville, Lynn spent 17 years as a project coordinator for a commercial general contractor, and 13 years at the Grove Park Inn Resort first as a Senior Convention Manager and then as the National/International Association Sales Manager. Lynn was CMP certified while at Grove Park Inn.

Lynn joined the Kanuga family in January, 2017 and loves its rich history, culture and ambience.
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Meghan Hull-DeWitt
Bob Campbell Youth Campus Director
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2839
Meghan has experience in outdoor education, traditional classroom teaching and camp management. Before holding the director position, Meghan served as an instructor at MTOS for three seasons and as assistant program director for Camp Bob. She has also taught middle school science and math in Florida. Meghan obtained her bachelor’s degree in integrated science education from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She is a native of Michigan and enjoys working with all of the schools that MTOS serves.
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Michael R. Sullivan
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2805
The Rev. Michael Radford Sullivan became Kanuga’s 10th president in November 2016 after serving as Rector of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Parish in Atlanta.

A native of Seneca, South Carolina, Michael holds a Master of Divinity from The University of the South–Sewanee, Tennessee; a Juris Doctor cum laude, from the University of South Carolina–Columbia, South Carolina; and a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, Wofford College–Spartanburg, South Carolina (Phi Beta Kappa).

“I'm elated to step into the work we are called to, building upon the foundations of past generations, while also trusting God to guide us as a bolder and stronger Kanuga for the future of the Church,” says Michael. “I look forward to working with the Board and all our family to continue the tradition begun in 1928."

Michael is the author of two books and numerous articles. Windows into the Soul and Windows into the Light, both published by Morehouse, a division of Church Publishing, explore the place of art in spirituality and how creativity can contribute to the richness of the Christian journey.

In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, smoking his own hams (something he hopes to do at Kanuga), fitness, hiking and writing.
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Miriam Walsh
Accounting Manager
828-692-9136, ext. 2801
Miriam grew up coming to Kanuga as a Camp Kanuga camper, guest period participant and youth conference participant/staff member. She graduated from UNC–Asheville in 2001 with Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and English Literature. She also has a degree in Culinary Arts from the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont; the pursuit of which inspired her to move to wine country in California. After a 10 year stint there, she returned to her beloved NC mountains. During a visit with her parents during Autumn Guest Period, she discovered the accounting department needed some temporary help. Temporary turned into permanent, and she has continued to grow and develop, as evidenced in her recent promotion from Senior Staff Accountant to Accounting Manager.
When Miriam is not pursuing all the entertainments her eight-year-old son provides, she enjoys cooking, knitting and creating handmade gifts for those she loves.
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Richmond Jones
Director of Formation Programs and Resident Chaplain
828) 692-9136, ext. 2745
Richmond Jones first came to Kanuga in the summer of 2003 to attend the Senior Youth Program that is part of KEY Conferences. Since attending that event, he has grown in his understanding of how Kanuga facilitates spiritual interaction between people and creation. After attending the School of Theology at Sewanee, he was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 2015. Richmond hopes to bring in a diverse group of people from all ages and places so that they can deepen their spirituality through Kanuga's offerings. Richmond is married to Perry Hodgkins Jones, and they enjoy trying new food, reading and staying active.
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Patrice Suggs
Camp Kanuga Coordinator
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2732
Patrice is a graduate from Clemson University with a BS in Recreation, Parks and Environmental Resources. As a Marine Corps wife, she and her husband Phillip lived in Oklahoma, Virginia and Okinawa, Japan during the course of his career. The couple attended ministry school in Oklahoma and as ordained ministers, served as full-time missionaries with their children, Rachel and Zach, in Glasgow, Scotland and Dublin, Ireland. Between her work at Kanuga and previous employment at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Patrice possesses ten years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including reservations, event coordination and group sales. She savors time with her family, hiking, painting and screenwriting. “It’s a joy to work with great people in such a beautiful and unique setting.”
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Ricky Varnadore
Vice President of Property
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2834
Ricky Varnadore joined Kanuga's property department in 1999, became the maintenance manager in 2006 and head of the entire department in 2011. He oversees the team of people responsible for taking care of all of Kanuga's buildings, landscaping and wastewater treatment facilities. While he is comfortable in all areas of construction, maintenance and renovations, he has a gained a true mastery of the complex field of electrical wiring.
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Stacie Loeffler
Advancement Associate
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2734
A Hendersonville native and UNC Charlotte graduate, Stacie has a varied background in customer service and support. She joined Kanuga after spending two years at home with her daughter. Her role within the Advancement division is to support the Vice President of Advancement and the President of Kanuga in their fundraising endeavors by managing travel and event planning, maintaining donor records and building relationships with guests and donors. She is thankful to be back home in the mountains of NC after spending eight years traveling North America with her husband and daughter as he served in the United States Air Force.
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Stephanie Watts
Manager of Event and Guest Services
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2830
Stephanie joined Kanuga in 2013 in the Guest Services department, building her leadership and management skills while progressing towards her role as manager. She has a passion for hospitality and enjoys leading her team to serve Kanuga guests. Stephanie holds a master’s degree in instructional technology from Appalachian State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina–Asheville.
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Wade Greenberg-Brand
Graphics & Media Specialist
(828) 692-9136, ext. 2825
Wade is a graphic designer, photographer, videographer and artist with a passion for creating captivating content. His experience includes freelance and contract work for a wide variety of clients, as well as several years in exhibit design at the Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, New York. He recently relocated to Asheville from New York, and is excited to be a part of the Kanuga community.