The Camp Kum-Ba-Yah staff is comprised of outdoor lovers, camp counselors, nature experts and educators. We thrive on interaction with our community, and we seek out opportunities to work and play alongside our neighbors.
Board of Directors
Emily Crowder, Board President
Linda Irwin, Board Secretary
L. Vincent Sawyer, Jr., Board Treasurer
Tasha Gillum, Exec. Director
Tasha brings 15+ years of outdoor and environmental education experience designing and leading team-building programs and multi-day adventures. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science from Sweet Briar College, where she was heavily involved in the Outdoor Program.
After graduation, she solo thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, which she counts as a pivotal period of time in her development. She earned a Masters Degree in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. After working in Nevada and Wyoming, she returned to Sweet Briar College as the Director of Outdoor Programs before joining Camp Kum-Ba-Yah in 2017.
Tasha enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two young children. She is thrilled to be working in a place that has such a positive impact on her community. She looks forward to raising her two children in the outdoors, including the 44 acres at Camp Kum-Ba-Yah!
Born in the mountains of Colorado, Nancy has always been a wild child. At 14 she moved across the country to attend boarding school at St. Andrews School in Delaware. Then she moved to the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee to attend Sewanee, the University of the South and study “outside.” At least that what her dad told his friends since she spent most of her time above and below ground hiking and caving to complete her major in Natural Resources. This past year Nancy spent traveling the Western United States as a River Guide. She rowed 14-18 ft long oar powered rafts on the Colorado River out of Moab, Utah and the Rio Grande near Terlingua, TX in Big Bend National Park. With over 10 years of experience with different types of summer camps and adventures, Nancy brings a dynamic skills set to the new Program Coordinator position at Camp Kum-Ba-Yah. She loves being outside and is beyond excited to be living in Lynchburg working as a catalyst to get all children outside.
Buildings and Grounds Superintendent
Mike is the kind of volunteer that non-profit administrators dream about. He is on campus almost daily doing any number of helpful things. From building fences and woodpecker houses to clearing brush and anything else you can imagine—we are lucky to have him.