Meet Camp Director:
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.
Meet Our Horse Whisperer:
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.
Meet Retired Camp Director:
Tyran Bennett with wife, Suzy
Currently, Tyran is retired from the camp business, however he occasionally assists with some camp projects. Tyran is the son of Jane and Jim and was born in Atlanta and grew up in DeKalb county. Tyran enjoyed music in high school and played the trombone in the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band. He received his BBA degree from Georgia State University where he majored in Business Management.
In addition to working at DeKalb Medical Center, he has worked at Camp Woodmont since its inception in capacities ranging from Counselor, Maintenance and Facilities Management, Program Director, Horseback Wrangler, and Assistant Camp Director. In the past, Tyran was a CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) certified horseback instructor, an American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor and a USA Archery Association archery instructor.
Tyran and his wife Suzy moved from Lawrenceville, GA to the camp with their two children: Autumn, 20 and Chase, 18. They both enjoy travel, reading, and spending time with their kids and family. Autumn attends (UTC) the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Chase attends Chattanooga State.
Tyran plays the trombone in his spare time for various groups in Chattanooga.