Alyson Gondek is the B’s daughter. Her love for camp and the outdoors started at age 6 when she went to her first overnight camp. She was one of Camp Woodmont ’s first counselors in the early 1980s.
After she graduated from Georgia Southern College with a degree in public relations, Alyson worked for a public relations agency, and then spent seven years in marketing at two of Atlanta’s most prestigious hospitals: Northside Hospital and Egleston Children’s Hospital. She opened her own public relations firm, Progressive Marketing, in 1999.
Being a camp counselor made such a huge impact in her life that Alyson took off from her business in 2003 to return full-time at Camp Woodmont .
“As a child, I recall summer camp as the most positive and memorable experience of my childhood. I want to give back to the children of today what I gained as a camper many years ago,” she says.
Alyson is a certified belayer for the climbing tower, and is also certified in CPR, first aid and as a Lifeguard. She is a CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) certified horseback instructor, USA Archery Instructor and certified Water Fitness Instructor from the YMCA.
She is thrilled to be back in the camp business again! Alyson lives in Cleveland, TN with her husband, Mike, and two children, Chelsea, 25 and Savannah, 20. Chelsea is a Certified Registered Nurse and works in the Emergency Room at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. Savannah is a student at (UTC) the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Alyson enjoys anything that has to do with her children as well as swimming, running Half Marathons, cooking and cheering on the Atlanta Braves and college football. She also plays flute in the Greater Cleveland Concert Community Band.
A Message from Alyson
One of the greatest learning experiences of my youth was watching and helping Mom and Dad as they built Camp Woodmont from the ground up.
Now, as a camp director and parent, I truly appreciate the opportunity to reach out to young people and provide a wholesome camp experience.
It’s a great privilege and responsibility to provide a safe, welcome, and secure environment for each camper this summer. And we are committed to providing THE ideal place for kids to be….well kids.
At Camp Woodmont, campers will build character, develop relationships, acquire skills and happy memories that will last a lifetime.
God has blessed us tremendously and we want to share those blessings so your children will find Camp Woodmont their ‘home away from home.’
Stephanie Moss is our Equine Director & Assistant Program Manager! Stephanie lives on the camp property and handles all aspects of the barn and horseback riding program. Additionally, she assists with camper registrations, programming, marketing and organizational projects.
Stephanie came to Camp Woodmont as a camper 15 years ago from Tampa, Florida. She began working in the barn as an assistant when she was 16. Today, Stephanie is a college graduate of The University of South Florida with a duel degree in Integrated Animal Biology and Anthropology. She is a certified Riding Instructor from Christian Camp Horsemanship International.
Her life and passion is horses! Stephanie rescued her first horse, Lightning, when she was 19, and a couple of years later rescued a horse named Sky, a wild mustang from the Nevada Mountains.
Stephanie will tell you that camp is a transformative experience. Most recently, she survived a lightning strike at the barn. Her brush with death has caused her to re-evaluate life and strengthened her character and made her an even more exceptional person. Working in this new position, she will continue to enrich the lives of children and inspire other camp counselors.
Maintenance Supervisor and Chef:
Durward and Erin Hass
Durward Hass, and his wife Erin, recently joined Camp Woodmont and we’re beyond thrilled to have them on board! Durward will handle year-round camp maintenance and landscaping, while Erin will work in the kitchen during the summer. This husband and wife team worked together in summer camps in Missouri and Georgia. Durward realized his passion for working with children at Camp Heritage, MO, as a camp counselor and decided to try his hand at teaching. He received his BS in Mathematics Education and Physical Education in 1993, and taught math and PE in various schools and academies. Most recently, Durward served as Assistant Dean of Boys, Math Instructor, Boys Basketball Coach, and Lady's Volleyball Coach at Georgia Cumberland Academy in Calhoun, GA. However, working and living at a summer camp with his wife and children has always been his dream.
In September 2015, he and Erin moved to Camp Woodmont. They currently reside in the B’s Nest with their three children; Woody (17), DW (15) and Stacie (14).
You will see some of Durward’s handy work around camp! Look for updated benches, tables, storage units, and fire pits. He’s also remodeling part of the old horse stables into a chicken coop for the campers to enjoy. Fun facts: He loves to juggle and was a member of the Sweetfeat Jugglers. He was a boat driver and water ski instructor while working at Camp Heritage and performed a handstand, on a chair, on a saucer, behind the boat for weekly ski shows. He can also play a great round of Disc golf and enjoys playing the guitar!