Introducing 2019 Summer Staff

We are so excited to announce the 2019 Summer Staff! This incredible group of people are dedicating 10 weeks of their summer to improving the Cumberland Plateau and creating the perfect mission experience. We value their dedication, strong work ethic, willingness to grow, and most of all their passion for helping others. Join me in welcoming them to the mountain for an incredible and life changing summer.

You can support summer staffers in a few ways: you can send letters and packages, contribute to their partnerships, add them to your church’s prayer list, and send emails. Do you have another idea? Awesome, email Elizabeth the details!

Directors

Director Staff

Connor Boyce

I'm 23, University of Tennessee grad, from Nashville TN, Favorite verse is Exodus 14:14, I am most looking forward to reconnecting with community members and former/current staff, watching God transform hearts, and poppyseed chicken!!


Jess semaan

I’m 21. Senior at Oakland University School of Nursing. I also coach competitive gymnastics and work as a Student Nurse Associate at a hospital in downtown Detroit (too busy, I know). Hometown is Livonia, MI. Favorite bible verse: I don’t have one. I am drawn to the Bible because it follows me in my life in. Depending on what stage of my life I am in, there is a part of the Bible that i need the most at that point. What could be my favorite today might not mean as much to me in a different stage of life. What God needs to tell me isn’t always to be strong and courageous, sometimes it’s to be vulnerable and allow myself to be weak so others may be strong. What I’m most looking forward to is.....? I suppose its being with the people who know me most and are so much more than supportive of me. I love being able to share God and make an impact in someone's life, to add a ripple to their waves. To be able to show someone who doesn't know they matter that they are more important to the world than they could imagine. 


Emma Richards

I'm 20. I go to Appalachian State University. I'm from Nashville, TN. My favorite bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6. I am excited to get to know my staff!


Loftin Davoult

My name is Loftin Davoult. Im from Wichita Falls, TX. I’m a junior going to attend University of Tennessee @ Chattanooga. I’m going to be majoring in Finance: Investments. I used to play Junior Hockey and won the National Championship with a team I played for in New Jersey. I grew up playing hockey but once it ended, work took up my life and fortunately I was blessed to take this job at Mountain TOP. First as a Program Manager, then the Ministry Intern, and finally ending as a Director for YSM. A fun fact about me is I’ve won a championship in hockey at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.


Matt Eby

Hey there! My name is Matt and I am from Ann Arbor, Michigan and I study Linguistics and French at the University of Michigan. I am so excited to be back on the mountain for my second summer, this time as a Director! I attended twice as a camper with my hometown church, the First United Methodist Church of Saline. Recently, I had the incredible privilege of acting the victim at a murder mystery dinner, one of the most fun and bizarre meals I’ve ever eaten. My favorite flavor combination is mint and chocolate, so I like to think of York peppermint patties as little drops of God’s love. I love catching the sunsets on the Mountain and finding the moments when I can read the bible or another really good book... or eating more peppermint patties… Another one of my passions is music and I love getting to express myself through playing the piano and oboe. I can’t wait to see everyone on the mountain this summer :)

 
 
Service Project Managers

Service Project Managers

Simeon C'Debac

Hey y’all! My name is Simeon. I’m from Nashville, TN and go to school at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. My major is entrepreneurial engineering. I love America and the tv show Psych. A fun fact about me is I’ve swam in Garth Brooks’s pool.


Steven Stinson

Age: 20 

College: Austin Peay State University 

Hometown: Madison, TN

Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 9:10-15

Looking forward to the most: The experience of helping a new program on the mountain


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Elliott Parsons

I am a 21 year old junior at Purdue University and I am from Greenfield, IN. My favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 22:13. I'm looking forward to improving the lives of those in the community and showing them God's love through service.


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Jacob Moore

I’m from Nashville, Tennessee. I’m a Junior at UTC. This summer will be my 10th year at Mountain TOP and my 2nd year on staff. A fun fact about me is I once say Ben Affleck at Buffalo Wild Wings. My favorite candy is Swedish Fish. My favorite activity is telling jokes: “Knock Knock who’s there?” Another fun fact is I’m a certified pastor. 


Rachel Joins

I’m from an hour outside of Atlanta, in Duluth, Georgia. I attend Covenant College where I’m majoring in pre-med biology and community development. I was a YSM camper for 3 years, I’ve gone to a few AIM events as well. I’m so excited to be on staff again. I really love dogs and doing things outside like hiking. 


Program Managers

Program Managers

Kate Foltz

Age: 21

College affiliation: Arkansas State University

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee 

Favorite bible verse: Philippians 4:6

What I am looking forward to the most: I am looking forward to a lot of things. My top ones are bonding with my new staff/family, helping to make a positive impact on this amazing community, and giving others the same opportunity I was given as a camper to experience how life-changing our God really is. 


Haley Rhoads

Hey everyone! My name is Haley Rhoads and I will be the program manager for Pines-odds. I am so excited to be returning for my second summer on staff for another whole summer of growth, fellowship and worship. I am from Dubuque, Iowa- a good 10 hours away from Tennessee! I am currently a sophomore at St. Ambrose University, double majoring in Strategic Communications and Multimedia Journalism and double minoring in Marketing and TV/Radio. In my free time I teach dance, mentor groups of students and give tours for my university.  I was a camper at Mt.TOP for 5 years, before I got the blessing to serve on staff. A fun fact about me is that I have an addiction to playing Candy Crush, I am currently on level 885 (it's a problem!). My favorite candy is Recees Peanut Butter cups! I can't wait to become a leader and interact with volunteers from all over the country. Year 2 on staff is going to be amazing, God has some big plans. 


Brien McChesney

Hello!! My name is Brien McChesney and I am from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.  I am a Religious Studies Student at Marywood involved in all sorts of wonderful things on our campus!  I went to Mountain TOP as a camper 5 times( 3 Service project years then 2 Daycamp Woohoo!).  One fun fact is that I can pick up stuff with my toes!  My favorite candy is Whoppers!  I love all sorts of activities from jumping in the waves at the beach to skiing, to waterslides, and playing chess.  Another fun fact about me is that I once ate a dog treat in two bites.  


Liz Murray

I am 19, and a sophomore, government major at the University of Texas! I am from Cedar Park, Texas. My favorite Bible verse is Romans 5:3-5. I am most looking forward to growing in my worship planning experience and bonding with all my summer staffers this summer!


Day Camp Managers

Day Camp Managers

Caroline Hurst

My name is Caroline Hurst and I am from Dunwoody, Georgia. I am finishing my sophomore year at the University of Georgia where I am majoring in public health, minoring in Spanish, and getting a certificate in global health. I started going to Mountain TOP with my youth group after 7th grade and I went every summer for 6 years. Last summer I was a day camp ministry coordinator and this will be my second summer on staff. Some of my favorite things to do are go hiking and be outside, go to concerts, try new food and restaurants, and hang out with kids and babysit.  My favorite sweet is anything chocolate. A fun fact is I am very musically challenged and can’t really clap in rhythm. I am so incredibly excited to be back on my favorite mountain so soon! 


Kara Painter

I am from Germantown, Tennessee and attend the University of Arkansas. Since I was a Mountain T.O.P. camper for six years and was on Summer Staff in 2018, this will be my eighth summer at the Mountain! My favorite candy is the Mini York Peppermint Patties and my favorite treat is the cheesecake milkshake from Sonic! A fun fact about me is that I have two cousins who are technically my half-brothers (because our dads are identical twins)! Another fun fact about me is that I broke my foot while carrying a few chairs and rolled around my very hilly university campus on a knee scooter for a few months. One of my favorite activities is kayaking!


Allison Waller

I am 21 years old. Currently, working as the administrative assistant for Mosaic Counseling Group and an employee at BassPro Shops. Hometown is Loganville, GA. My favorite bible verse is Jonah 2:8 " Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs." I am most looking forward to seeing all my sweet daycamp kids and getting to be apart of jump starting SHC.

 
Ministry Coordinator

Ministry Coordinators

 
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Hallie Marie

I'm from Lawrenceville, GA. I go to Berry College where I'm currently an RA. This is my first year on staff, but I've been to MTOP three years as a camper plus 2 AIM weekends! I have an Etsy shop where I sell watercolor paintings and calligraphy (@doodlesbyhalliemarie). I love dark chocolate! Also. Ice cream!!!! I love to paint and read and when I'm feeling athletic, I try to run or hike! I really love avocados and Ben Rector.


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Devin Rutt

I’m from Iowa City, Iowa and I go to school at Iowa State University double majoring in supply chain management and entrepreneurship. I’ve been a camper twice and this will be my first year on staff. One fun fact about me is that I’m colorblind. My favorite candy is Sour Patch Kids, and my favorite activity is golfing. Another fun fact about me is that I applied for summer staff in the fall, but had to remove myself from consideration due to knee surgery. Then in March I got cleared months earlier than I was supposed to, so I was able to apply again since there were still open spots on staff.


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Sam Buffler

I am from Nashville, Tennessee and attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I am studying business management. I attended Mountain T.O.P.  as a camper from eighth grade through my junior year and enjoyed meeting other campers and helping  families. This will be my first year on staff and I am excited about the summer.  I never played high school football but had a D1 scholarship for my freshman and sophomore year of college. Come introduce yourself and I will tell you more. It is hard to choose a favorite treat or candy considering I love sweets, but my favorite is a milkshake. My two favorite activities are fishing and playing basketball. I also enjoy hiking and being outdoors. In 2016, I attended Mountain T.O.P. with my dad, who was a camper during his youth, and my grandfather.   It was a special trip for the three of us.


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Reed Sexton

My hometown is Savannah. I'm an Upcoming Senior at University of Georgia, and I'm a computer science major. This is my first year on staff; never been a camper. Fun Fact #1: my oldest sibling is 9 years old, and my youngest sibling turns 1 this summer. Favorite candy: green tea Kit-Kats. Favorite Activity: writing music (it's all dumb bloopy noises though) Fun Fact #2: I've gotten pretty good at flipping claw-hammers.


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Sarah Kelley

Hi, I’m Sarah Kelley! I’ll be an MC this summer and can’t wait to get to know the rest of the staff. I am from Greenfield, Indiana and currently go to school at Ball State University. My major is Marketing with a minor in Telecommunications. I am also apart of the sorority Alpha Phi. This is my first year on staff, but I was a camper at Mountain TOP the past 4 years. A fun fact about me is that I love to longboard and make videos when I go on vacation and visit new places! My favorite treat is anything having to do with ice cream, even though I try not to eat dairy. Another fun fact about me is that I can do a back handspring!


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Mollie Sullivan

My name is Mollie Sullivan and I am from Terrace Park, Ohio. I am currently finishing my freshman year at Wake Forest University and majoring in elementary education. I been a camper four times and this is my first year on staff! A fun fact about me is I sang at Disney World with my high school chorus. My favorite treat would most likely be ice cream or anything chocolate! My favorite activity when I’m not studying would be hanging out with my friends!! Another fun fact about me is I have seen every cheesy Netflix original movie and loved them!! 


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Jessica Fox

My name is Jessica and my hometown is Akron, Ohio. I currently am full time at the University of Akron, while also working 30+ hours a week as a pharmacy technician at CVS pharmacy. I've been to Mountain TOP as a camper twice, in 2016 and 2017, but this is my first time as staff. I have an identical twin sister! My favorite desert is fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookies with milk. My favorite activity is playing tennis. Though I'm not very good at it, I did get a varsity letter for tennis in high school. 


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Kristin Guglielmo

My name is Kristin Guglielmo and I'm from Whippany, New Jersey. I'm currently a sophomore at Fordham University in New York studying Anthropology. I attended Mountain T.O.P. as a camper for three years and this will be my first year on staff–I can't wait! A fun fact about me is that I love to bake. My favorite candy is KitKat bars and my favorite thing to do in my spare time is try out new restaurants with my friends. Another fun fact is that last summer I built my own bat house.


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Hanna Holman

My name is Hanna Holman and I’m from Kent, OH. I just completed my first year at Ohio University in Athens, OH majoring in Journlaism with a Spanish minor! I’ve been a server at a local restaurant in my hometown for the past 3 years. I’ve never been on staff before, but I’ve been to Mountain TOP the past 6 summers as a camper. A fun fact about me is that I’ve hiked most of the Appalachian Trail!   My favorite candy is definitely Twix—no other candy compares. I love to sing and have been in choirs since kindergarten up until now. I also love being outside, going hiking, hammocking, anything like that. A second fun fact about me  is that I’m a published writer! I work for Thread Magazine at OU where I publish lifestyle articles weekly. 


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Jackie Weisel

My name is Jacqulyn, but I got by Jackie. I was born and raised in Jackson, New Jersey. I am currently attending Marywood University in Scranton, PA. I am majoring in art therapy with a double minor in psychology and art history. This will be my first year on staff at Mountain TOP! My favorite thing to do would either have to be go to hockey games or sitting on the beach at night. My favorite candy is currently almond Hershey bars, but my favorite snack is popcorn. Two fun facts about me would be that I have been to Italy and would move there in a heartbeat and I don’t know if this would be considered a fun fact, but I am the youngest of seven.


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Sophie Richards

Hi!! My name is Sophie Richards, and I am from Nashville, Tennessee. I am going to be a sophomore at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville next fall, and I am studying Social Work with a minor in English. Go vols!! This is my seventh year at Mountain T.O.P., and my first year as a member of the staff! A fun/kinda weird fact about me is I had a pet chipmunk named Bubba, and I kept him in my dorm room with me! My favorite activities typically consist of doing literally anything with people/friends, I’m a big peoples person so as long as I’m with people I’m having fun and entertained. When I’m alone I really enjoy reading, or watching movies. Another fun fact about me is my birthday is on Earth day, which I’ve always thought is kind of cool. 


My name is Austin Fortinberry, and I am from Summit, MS. I go to school at Mississippi State University and studying neuromechanics in the kinesiology department. I have been a camper at Mountain Top for the past 6 years, and have always looked up to the staffs I have seen. Its so exciting to finally get to be apart of a staff at Mountain Top! A fun fact about me is I am currently on a esports team here at MSU where we play competitive video games for scholarship money. For my favorite treat, it would have to be cookie dough. I always get my mom to make her homemade cookie dough before I leave for school on the weekends, so I can enjoy it while I'm gone. My favorite activity at the moment is photography. I have been doing photography for about 3 years now and have gotten pretty good at it! I am currently the lead photographer for the esports club here at state and have recently been able to take social media pictures for MSU's athletic page and some really big corparates. The last fun fact would have to be that I underwent facial recronstructive surgery at the end of my junior year in highschool after I got hit in the face with a baseball bat during a game. And even worse, prom was the same week!


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Meredith Hartsook

Hello I am Meredith Hartsook! I am 19 y/o and from Kent, Ohio. I currently live in Harrisonburg, Virginia and attend James Madison University. I am majoring in Health Services Administration with a minor in Business and Non-profit. I have been to Mountain TOP 6 times and am excited to return for a 7th! My favorite candy is probably twizzlers (only cherry flavored though). Fun fact is I have won a worldwide competition in business! In my free time I love exploring the mountains in VA or singing. Another fun fact is that I am really good at cartwheeling and holahooping.