Administrator: Dr. Joey Gawrysiak
Joey returns to Camp Tall Timbers in an administrative role after working as a counselor each summer from 2003-2006. A Georgia native, Joey now resides in Winchester, VA where he is a professor of Sport Management in The Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University. Bedsides teaching and doing research, Joey enjoys playing with his two daughters, Claire and Emily, and playing sports. He comes to camp to work closely with Glenn in order to create the best experience for campers and counselors.
He is thrilled for the chance to return to camp with the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the camp experience. His knowledge and passion make camp the perfect place to call home during the summers. “I owe a lot to Camp Tall Timbers, including my wife, and can’t wait to get involved in the lives of all those at camp. You can leave Camp Tall Timbers, but Camp Tall Timbers can never leave you.”
Administrator: Susie Gawrysiak
Susie returns to camp in an administrative support role. A Winchester native Susie works at Handley Regional Library as a reference librarian. Outside of the library Susie is an avid equestrian and mom to Claire and Emily. “I cannot express how much CTT changed my life. One summer there gave me a husband and best friends I never imagined I could have.”
With a Masters of Education she is excited to get back to her education roots this summer working with campers; sharing her love of the outdoors and showing kids how little they truly need technology to have a great time. Susie’s goal is to get kids to tap into their imagination and know how to use it for their entire lives. “The ability to entertain oneself for hours with nothing but a napkin is a special CTT skill that I want to impart into all our campers.”
Camp Tall Timbers has a 4 -1 ratio of campers to staff.
Each summer much our staff is made up of returning employees or former campers who are now in college.
The entire team at Camp Tall Timbers is a wonderful mix of teachers, coaches and college students. Each staff member is carefully selected for their teaching expertise in a given activity area, their personality, as well as their interest in working with children.
All staff members report to camp several days ahead of our campers so that they may go through our Counselor Institute. At Counselor Institute we thoroughly review daily responsibilities, situations that may arise, expectations for staff conduct and emergency procedures. Additionally, by the time our campers arrive, our staff has reviewed all the information about their individually assigned campers as provided by their parents. This is one more way we strive to ensure a safe, fun and personalized camp experience.