Meet the Southwoods Full Time Team

 

Andrea and Scott Ralls have dedicated their professional lives to empowering children. 
Between them they have more than 45 years teaching and camp experience. 
They have owned and directed Southwoods since its beginning, developing it into 

the premier 4-week children's camp in the country.

Lauren Hohman

Lauren Hohman - Staffing Coordinator, Girls Head Counselor

Lauren was born and raised in the "Bluegrass State" of Kentucky and graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Recreation. Lauren began working at Southwoods in the summer of 2007 as a member of the Trek Staff. In 2008 she worked as the Program Director for Dream Oaks Camp in Florida. In the summer of 2009, Lauren re-joined Southwoods as a member of the program team and stayed on full time to recruit and hire staff. In addition to recruiting staff, Lauren also works on summer program planning. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys playing tennis, hiking, traveling and as any true Kentucky girl should, supporting Kentucky Wildcat football and basketball. Lauren@southwoods.com

 

Dave Parent

 

Dave Parent - Accountant

Dave was born in Wyoming and raised in Florida. He graduated from the University of West Florida with an Economics & Finance degree. A desire for a change of scenery and a summer job as a bookkeeper at Southwoods soon became a vocation for Dave. He joined the Southwoods team full time in the fall of 2002. During the winter, Dave fills the role of controller including accounting, operations and coordination of off-season special events. In the summer, he also manages our office staff and the booking and coordination of all off camp trips. Dave is an avid golfer, guitar player and Jimmy Buffett fan. Dave@southwoods.com

Alex

Alex Mitchell- Administrative Assistant, Girls Head Counselor

Alex comes all the way from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada where she attended the University of Saskatchewan and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Business Management. Her love for summer camp began in 2005 , when she worked at a day camp in Quebec. She later joined the ranks of being a Southwoods Staff member in 2009. Over the past few summers her roles have been Cabin Specialist, Group Leader, and most recently a Head Counselor.  Alex is excited to be part of the Southwoods full-time team and spend her days talking to our camp families and thinking about camp! Alex also enjoys running and hiking outdoors, playing basketball, trivia games, and a good scoop of ice cream! Alex@southwoods.com

Emily

Johnny Reinke - Administrative Assistant, Boys Head Counselor

Johnny was born just outside Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Missouri State University where he received a B.S. in Middle School Education with an emphasis in Science and Language Arts. Johnny joined the Southwoods family in 2004 as a cabin specialist. He has since been a group leader, and is currently the Lower Camp Boys Head Counselor. Johnny has worked with all ages of boy’s side and is very excited about taking on a full-time role in the winter office. Besides working with kids at camp, he loves NY and KC sports, a nice dessert, and just being around friends and family.  Johnny@southwoods.com

Claire Dunlap - Administrative Assistant, Program Director

Claire was born in Maryland and raised in Kentucky, where she graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Recreation and Youth and Nonprofit Leadership.  Claire first discovered her passion for working with youth at Southwoods during the summer of 2010.  She began as a member of the Trek team and has since led the program as Trek Director for the past three summers.   She most recently joined the full-time team. Claire is excited to prepare for the upcoming summer where she will take on a new role as the Program Director! When she’s not leading campers up a mountain, Claire enjoys reading, running, being outdoors, and traveling with friends. claire@southwoods.com