We are proud of the great staff of caring individuals who make Camp Waldo special. Check back often as we add more information about the experts and camp counselors looking forward to working with our campers this summer.
Camp Director – Jonathan Walker-VanKuren
Jonathan has been in the camping industry since 2012 working in residential camps. He started as a bunk counselor instructing drama while obtaining his undergraduate degree. Jonathan then went on to obtain his Master’s Degree from Michigan State University (Go Green!) in Voice Performance and his Artist Diploma in Opera from Texas Christian University. After graduating from MSU Jonathan worked professionally as an opera singer traveling all around the world singing all while still spending his summers at camp.
He has served in the roles of Bunk Counselor, Area Director, Division Leader, Camp Supervisor and now Camp Director. During the off season, Jonathan still performs throughout the United States and teaches Voice at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA all while planning for the upcoming camp season with Kevin. Jonathan is so excited to join the Camp Waldo family and share his love of camp with our campers, parents, and staff!
Environmental Education Director/Assistant Camp Director – Kevin Johnson
Kevin is an avid outdoor educator drawing from broad experience with youth: from afterschool programs, to yearlong service-learning programming, to multi-day outdoor excursions from the Texas plains to the mountains of our home state. Kevin holds degrees in environmental engineering and history from Rice University and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Guatemala ’03 – ’05). He is also an educator and beekeeper with the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective. Kevin believes exploration, fun and personal growth are all part of what makes the Camp Waldo experience special.
Girls Head Counselor – Abigail Woods
Abigail was raised in northeast Oklahoma where she developed a love for the outdoors. Currently attending Oklahoma State University studying Secondary Education focused in English. She has a passion for reading and writing and has been published in a few small projects and literary journals. Abigail has over four years of experience working in the education field, including as a Camp Waldo Counselor in 2019. She has a passion for working with children who are considered “underprivileged” and believes that all students should have access to an equitable education. In her free time, Abigail can be found hammocking, hiking with her dog McGee, and decompressing with a good book.
Girls Outdoor Adventure Lead – Olivia Zulisky
Olivia hails from Latrobe, Pennsylvania currently studying Biology at Saint Vincent College. She believes the outdoors is one of the few places on Earth where you can see the true beauty of nature. Olivia has visited Camp Waldo many times with her family who all attended the previous camp on our grounds, Camp Thomas E. Lightfoot. Olivia has a love and passion for being outdoors, sleeping outside, and working with staff and campers alike to share that passion. Fun fact, Olivia also is a beekeeper!
Head Chef – Al Pettijohn
Al has lived in the Greenbrier Valley for more than twenty years, working at restaurants like the French Goat, The Spring, and Thunderbird Tacos. Before moving to West Virginia, Al worked for summer camps in upstate New York for nearly two decades.