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Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

OUR CAMP COUNSELORS

We spend many months recruiting college students from all over the world who can teach our Judeo-Christian values of faith, respect, responsibility, honesty and caring to our campers. In addition to passing a very thorough interview process, our counselors must also pass a criminal background check and drug test. All personal references are checked to see whether the staff member’s character meets our standards and goals.

After a staff member is chosen, they receive two weeks of intense staff training to learn how to safely care for our campers. The trainings emphasize safety, child growth and development, activity skills and group dynamics. You will find them to be some of the most professional and highly trained staff around. All staff arrive at camp with imagination, creativity and a true desire to make a difference.

The health and safety of each camper is our primary concern. A health care supervisor is available to tend to the campers and the staff. We also have a local physician on call for any camp emergency.

STAFF

Andrew "Mish" Hood
Camp Executive Director

I was born and raised in Scotland before moving to the United States to pursue a career in resident camping. I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master’s degree in Business before making the full-time move to the States to work as a Director at a YMCA resident camp in Virginia. With 13 years of experience in resident camping, I am excited to be leading YMCA Camp Cullen into the future. Favorite Camp Activity: High Ropes and the unique challenge that this activity presents to each participant. Favorite Camp Song: “Star Trekkin.”

Ross Barnes
Land Program Director

I was born in Zimbabwe, raised in England and now call the US home. I fell in love with camping as a counselor at YMCA Camp Silver Beach in Virginia where I spent five fun-filled summers as a climbing instructor, assistant land director, head counselor and program development director. Favorite Camp Activity: All things artsy, I love creating things. Favorite Memory of Camp: Closing camp fires, seeing everyone receive awards and acknowledgements for accomplishments. Advice for Campers: Full hearts, clear eyes, can’t lose.

Kelly Agorichas
Equestrian Director

I grew up in Arizona and experienced camping through involvement with the Girl Scouts. I got to Texas as quick as I could to attend Texas A&M and graduated with a degree in Animal Science, specializing in Equine Production and Management. Many people ask if I have a favorite horse, but I love them all equally! Favorite Camp Activity: Wild West Week! Favorite Camp Song: "The Moose Song” Favorite Memory of Camp: Wacky Wednesdays Advice for Campers: Camp is a great place to reinvent yourself!

William "BJ" York
Outdoor Survival and Y-Guides Director

I was born and raised in Texas. I started my journey with the YMCA through Indian Guides with my dad, which is where my love for the outdoors began. After receiving a degree in History from Tarleton State University, I continued to work for the YMCA. After my first year of summer camp I was hooked! I’m very excited to raise my daughter in a camp atmosphere and to share my love of the outdoors with everyone.

Wesley Fogg
Youth Development Director - Aquatics

I am from Virginia and grew up in the YMCA of South Hampton Roads. I spent my summers at camp where I learned how to kayak, water ski and sail. I graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina with a degree in Psychology and Political Science, but I always knew that camp was where I belonged. Favorite Camp Song: Bananas of the World Unite. Favorite Memory of Camp: Being myself, truly myself, for the first time. Advice for Campers: Be yourself. If you don’t who will?

Jeremy Hickman
Director of Conference & Food Service

Born and raised in Virginia, I grew up at YMCA Camp Silver Beach. Over the years, I have journeyed from camper to counselor to summer lead staff and eventually to program director. The YMCA has given me a passion for helping others and creating positive change in the community. I studied Political Science & International Relations at Virginia Wesleyan College. Advice for Campers: Don’t hold back – be the most amazing version of yourself you can possibly be! Camp will change your life forever.

Kelly Reffett
Camp Registrar and Relational Marketing Director

Hailing from Illinois, the Y has made a profound impact on my life since I was young. From swimming, dive team and gymnastic competitions in my youth; infant swim lessons and youth sports for my children; to supporting the Annual Campaigns. Serving today's families at camp is such an exciting privilege. Favorite Camp Activity: Learning all the chants and songs and having that one person that plays guitar….or Ukulele. Favorite Memory of Camp: Being on a big wooden float in the lake and spending hours just swimming, laughing all day and making new friends! 

I got to meet friends and do stuff I never get to do at home.

Dane P., 10