YMCA

Leadership/Staff

Edward Schaefer / Executive Director

Edward Schaefer is the Executive Director of Athens Y Camp for Boys and Camp Chattooga for Girls. He lives in Toccoa, GA with his wife, Paula and three children, Paul, Garland, and Spencer. Edward is a graduate of Liberty University with a degree in Youth Ministries. His wife has a double major in Psychology and Public Relations and a Masters in Counseling. Edward has been a part of AYC since his youth having gained over 35 years of experience with the camps.

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Natalie Stowe / Office Director

Natalie Stowe is the Office Director of the Athens Y Camp for Boys and Camp Chattooga for Girls. She lives in Toccoa, GA with her husband, Matt and two children, Rhett and Kendall. Her love for camp started when she was 16 years old as the “laundry lady” for the boys camp. She worked every summer and some during the winter months until 2001 when she left to attend college. In 2004, Natalie returned to AYC as a full time employee. She feels blessed to be able to experience camp everyday!

Hayden Drewry / Boys Site Director

Krissy Black / Girls Assistant Director

Krissy Black grew up in Southern California. Sensing God’s call to ministry, she attended New Tribes Bible College where she met her husband Brian. They were married in 1988 and went to work at the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia, Georgia. In 1996 they moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where she continued to minister in her church along with teaching 2nd- 4th grades at a local Christian school. In 2003 Krissy returned to college and graduated with a BA in Middle Education. She currently teaches 8th grade Science and English for Greenville County. Brian and Krissy currently reside in Greenville, South Carolina with three of their four children. Their oldest is recently married and serving in the U.S. Army.

Mary Glynn Bowen / Girls Camp Director

Mary Glenn Bowen grew up in Marietta, GA. She started attending Camp Chattooga at 15 years old as an LIT. She continued to work at camp for 8 years. Mary Glenn graduated from Georgia Southern University with an Early Childhood Education degree and taught 1st and 4th grade students for 4 years. Her husband, Toby, and her met at camp while they both were working on staff. Athens Y Camps is a part of the foundation of their family. They have one daughter, Talulah, who is in training to be a Chattooga cutie pie as well.

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