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

Patrick Haley

William Harris

Linda Irwin, Board Secretary

Michael Mayer

Amanda McGovern

Sarah Quarantotto  

Niro Rasaganayam

Jane Ruehle

L. Vincent Sawyer, Jr., Board Treasurer

Phebe Wescott

Jennifer Wills

Jessica Winn

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Margie LippardExec. Director


Margie Lippard

Executive Director


Shelly Evans

Program Director

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Shelly has nearly 15 years of education experience with a varied background as a city naturalist, teacher, zookeeper, and vet assistant. She received her Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from Lynchburg College, and despite getting her Master’s in Biology in Kansas, Shelly was born, raised, and lives in Campbell County. Her hobbies include genealogy, reading, and keeping her certification as a Virginia Master Naturalist. Her favorite animals are cats, snakes, and opossums. She is excited that her work at Camp-Kum-Ba-Yah @ Cosby Woods will help everyone learn to appreciate nature and therefore foster a sense of stewardship for the Earth.


Mike Mayer

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.