Meet our Camp Staff!

Meet your your Camp West Mar Team!  At Camp West Mar we like to have fun and all of us have a camp name that we like to go by at camp.  All of our names were chosen by campers or other staff members during the first couple of weeks to make it more fun and fitting.  We have them all listed in case your camper comes home talking about Banjo, don't fret because we have a staff that goes by that name!  We are happy to have you at Camp West Mar and look forward to meeting you all!

Texas (Tex)

(Nathan Jones)

Executive Director

Nathan Jones pic

Hello!  I am coming to you from a large camp in Texas, YMCA Camp Twin Lakes, and I have been a Texas resident for all of my life.  I’m originally from Lubbock and have been in the Austin area for just about 13 years.  This will be my third YMCA and 13th summer as a staff member at a YMCA summer camp and I am very excited to be able to spend that lucky year here at Camp West Mar.   

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, watching NCAA Football, collecting and reading comic books, being outdoors, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and I love camp!

I look forward, meeting you all, and having a fantastic summer with you!

Banjo

(Adrienne Smith)

Resident Camp Director

Adrienne Smith

My name is Adrienne Smith, I am the Resident Camp Director at West Mar. I’m from Cedar Park, Texas and this is my sixth year at a YMCA summer camp!  I love Buffalo, country music, and doing things outdoors! I am so excited to spend this summer at Camp West Mar and your kids!

Pooh Bear

(Rachael Dunston)

Overnight Camp Counselor

Rachael Dunston

Hi! My name is Rachael Dunston, and I am one of the (overnight) camp counselors for the Summer of 2019. Originally from Washington, D.C., I recently moved to Frederick County in 2017, graduating from Frederick High School, Class of 2018. I currently am enrolled at Bowie State University, Class of 2022, majoring in Psychology. Upon graduation, I hope to secure a career in (occupational) therapy, and in the future, opening up my own youth group home, in New York.

I love to sing and dance! My main goal has always been to entertain others, making sure there’s ALWAYS a smile on another’s face. When I was in the 5th grade, I attended Camp Schmidt, for a week. I enjoyed it so much that I’ve told myself, when I get older, I will be a camp counselor, making the experience for my campers as exciting as mine was. Luckily, the opportunity presented itself, and here I am. I can’t wait to meet my campers! :)

Bolt

(Justin Speirs)

Overnight Camp Counselor

Justin Speirs

My name is Justin Speirs. I am currently a Junior at Salisbury University studying Exercise Science. I previously attended Frederick High School, graduating in 2017. I am a member of the Salisbury University varsity indoor and outdoor track and field team. A few of my hobbies include running, learning about biological sciences, and reading fantasy books. I was born in Seoul, South Korea, and was raised in Gaithersburg and Frederick Maryland. I chose to work for the YMCA overnight summer camp because I was once a camper for this YMCA. I have attended YMCA camps every summer for more than 6 years. I looked up to camp counselors and I want to fill that same role as a mentor for these kids. I have always loved the outdoors learning skills through my journey to becoming an Eagle Scout; I want our campers to enjoy similar experience of living disconnected from the internet, connecting with nature, and other campers.

Mr. Mime

(Malcolm Johnson)

Overnight Camp Counselor

Malcolm Johnson

My name is Malcolm Johnson I’m from Savannah, Georgia and I attended Delaware State University I enjoy watching movies, playing video games, playing basketball, hiking and fishing I can’t wait for all the great memories and fun times we are going to have at camp this year.

Hollywood

(Jane Sullivan )

Overnight Camp Counselor

Jane Sullivan

Jane is new to West Mar this year. She has lots of experience with children and wanted a job that allows her to enjoy summer, as opposed to one that keeps her locked up inside all day. She attended Hood College for communication arts with a minor in film studies. As a lover of movies, she hopes to one day have a career in film.

Red

(Jess Molander)

Day Camp Director

Jess Molander

Hello! My name is Jess and I am the Day Camp Director here at West Mar. I was born in Colorado and the mountains have been calling ever since. I am a recent Education graduate from Towson University and I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in the same subject. I love the great outdoors, reading and partaking in new experiences and adventures! This is my fourth year at West Mar and I am so excited for the summer ahead!

Soup

(Zeb Ahalt)

Day Camp Counselor

Zeb Ahalt

Hey I’m Zeb, I’m excited to be apart of camp. This is my first year as a counselor . I love playing pick up basketball and going out on the water.

Sunflower

(Sarah Bruchey)

Day Camp Counselor

Sarah Bruchey

My name is Sarah, I am a 20 year old and going into my senior year at Lebanon Valley College. I have been working with kids since I was 12 or 13 as a babysitter, counselor, teachers assistant, and a behavioral support assistant and am studying to go into an area of child psychology or become a licensed behavioral specialist. I am back for my second year as a West Mar camp counselor, I love being outside, listening to music, trying new things and finding ways to help shape the future!

Yeti

(Alex Donitzen)

Day Camp Counselor

Alex Donitzen

This is Alex’s third summer at Camp West Mar. He is a recent high school graduate. Next year we will be attending Penn State studying Mechanical Engineering. He will also participate in Army ROTC in the Nittany Lion Battalion while at Penn State.

Teach

(Katie Montesino)

Day Camp Counselor

Katie Montesino

Hi all! I am Teach (Ms. Katie) and this is my 3rd summer at Camp West Mar. I have always loved spending my days out in nature! I grew up spending most of my childhood outdoors- from exploring in the woods that surround my home with cousins to vacations camping and boating with family to hiking trails with friends and our dogs and so much more. I am so excited to share my love for it with today’s youth! I cannot wait to introduce our campers to new experiences and having a fun summer exploring and enjoying the outdoors!

Baywatch

(Maddie Marcel)

Lifeguard

Maddie Marcel

My name is Maddie and I’m the lifeguard at Camp West Mar! This is my fourth summer life-guarding and my first summer with a stupendous camp. I’m currently enrolled- but off for the summer- at Montclair State University with a major in Musical Theatre and a minor in Education.