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StaffLEADERSHIP TEAM

With decades of experience in the camping field, our Leadership Team love sharing in the growth and development of campers. 

Dave Purcell | Executive Director
Dave accepted the position as Executive Director of Herring Ridge/Camp Harrison in the fall of 2008. An Ohio native, he graduated from Miami University with a BS & MS in Education. Dave started in full time camping in 1987 as the Director of YMCA Camp Cosby in Birmingham, AL. In 1993, he began his involvement with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte as the Executive Director of Operations for YMCA Camp Thunderbird. Dave has worked very close with YMCA Camp Harrison since its opening in 2004. He is married to Margie, and they have one daughter, Marlett.

Miranda Wyatt | Associate Executive Director
Miranda joined YMCA Camp Harrison as the Assistant Director in 2013. As a counselor and Leadership Staff member from 2005-2009, she is glad to be back “home”. Miranda is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN, holding a Bachelor's of Business Administration. Before returning to the Ridge, Miranda worked for the YMCA of Asheville and as an Operations and Finance assistant for a large church. She started her full-time camping career in 2011 as the Program Manager for YMCA Camp Hanes. Miranda and her husband, Keith (also a YMCA Camp Harrison Staff Alumni) love living at camp with their two children, Hudson and Phoebe, and Tsula (their dog).

Bridgett Griffin | Operations Director
Bridgett joined the YMCA Camp Harrison team in the Spring of 2010, after a four year stint as a Park Ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A Wilkes County native, Bridgett has experience in landscaping and is a lover of animals. She earned an associate’s degree in horticulture from Wilkes Community College. This led to her BA in Biology and Recreation Management from Appalachian State University. She is married to Jason.

Lindsey Buffaloe | Assistant Director-Operations
Lindsey graduated from East Carolina University in 2012, with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. She came to YMCA Camp Harrison in March of 2016, after working for both the YMCA of Western North Carolina and the YMCA of the Triangle. Lindsey is married to Gary, who is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and they have one daughter, Ellie.

Kevin Thomas | Program Director
Kevin has worked at Camp Harrison since 2013, and currently serves as our Program Director. Originally from Pennsylvania, Kevin studied Health and Physical Education at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Camp Harrison team, Kevin spent time working on the high seas for Disney Cruise Lines as a Youth Activity Manager. Kevin currently resides in Boomer, NC with his wife, Kimberley, and their son, David.

Hannah Mull | Office Manager
Hannah grew up at YMCA Camp Harrison and, in spring of 2016, was excited to accept the position of Office Manager. She has a wonderful husband, Logan, and a sweet baby boy, Braylen. She looks forward to having many opportunities to spread the Y mission and continuing to grow with Camp Harrison.

Kim Donovan | Conference and Retreat Assistant
Kim began her YMCA career as an Environmental Educator at Camp Harrison/Herring Ridge in 2009. Kim is a New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts graduate, where she studied Massage Therapy. She quickly decided to pursue an alternate path that led her 1,000 miles south, from Tamworth, N.H. to Boomer, NC, and she has been here since. Having been part of the camp team for years, Kim has taken on many roles (We call her the “Jack Knife” of camp). Kim assists with the youth at her church, is strong in her faith, and is committed to keeping the “C” present in all aspects of her job.

Laura Cornett | Assistant Director of Personnel
Laura is originally from Greenville, SC and graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. Laura came to Camp Harrison as an intern for the horseback riding program in the summer of 2010 and has been here ever since! She currently serves as the Assistant Director of Personnel and enjoys working with the awesome staff that we bring in each summer. In her free time she enjoys running on our trails, riding and training horses, and spending quality time with her sweet little dog, Rocky. She is very close to her family who still resides in Greenville, SC.

Lisa Eller | Office Assistant
Lisa began working with YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge in 2004. Lisa is local to Wilkes County and gathered local youth to participate in the first advertising video production for YMCA Camp Harrison. Lisa seeks to share God's love and make a difference in the lives of others. She enjoys sharing the Y Mission and telling families about the many wonderful mountain experiences at camp. She also helps families feel comfortable leaving their children in the care of our staff and volunteers. She and her husband, Mark, live on a family-owned farm where they raised their three children: Hannah, Chastin, and Holden.

Cyndie Feemster | Office Assistant
Cyndie started working at YMCA Camp Harrison March of 2012. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2002 with a degree in Leisure Services and Outdoor Education. After working at YMCA camps in MI, AL, and NC and directing Girl Scout Camp, she is enjoying the office setting, registering campers, running reports and answering phones. Cyndie enjoys sharing the outdoors and experiencing camp with her husband, Bob and three children, Hayden, Charleigh, and Ellery.

Mike Roberts | Facilities

Bob Feemster | Facilities

Gail Shew | Housekeeper