Emma Bunnell

Emma Bunnell

Hi y’all! I’m so excited to be a counselor again this summer! Growing up going to Rockbrook, camp was always a place where I was able to explore new interests, learn how to better myself, and nurture my talents in a safe space. I love being able to provide that same experience for my campers! Having a magical place filled with waterfalls, creeks, and beautiful mountain views as a place to escape is one of the best things a girl could have. I’m so excited to get to know all of you this summer and share the magic that is Rockbrook!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I've lived in five different countries!

Favorite Quote

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it," from Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Favorite Movie

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Chat with friends!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Sing!

Last Book I Read?

Looking for Alaska

Personal Interests

I love taking care of my plants and walk in nature!

Favorite Camp Food

Mac n' Cheese

Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman

Hi everyone!! My name is Megan and this will be my 10th summer at Rockbrook! My heart has been aching for camp life and I am so excited to be back at camp all summer long! There is something so special about falling asleep to the sounds of the crickets at night, singing together in the dining hall, and swimming in the lake every day!! This summer I will be lifeguarding at the lake for all of you mermaids and you might also see me belaying at the alpine tower! Camp is just around the corner and I am so excited to reunite with old campers and friends and make so many new ones this summer. Growing up, Rockbrook was always the highlight of my summer and it was my awesome counselors that made my summers so great! I hope to provide my campers with a summer just as amazing and fun-filled as mine were as a camper!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I can do the worm forwards and backwards!

Favorite Quote

"Vulnerability is the care, the heart, the center of meaningful human experiences." - Brene Brown

Favorite Movie

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Spend time with friends, explore new music, or watch a movie with my family!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both !!

Last Book I Read?

Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul

Personal Interests

Exploring the outdoors, discovering new music, and laughing with friends and family

Favorite Camp Food

Macaroni and Cheese :D

Grace Galifaro

Grace Galifaro

Hi! I’m Grace, but a lot of people call me Gracie. I was born in Austin, TX but I’ve lived in DC for 13 years, and I consider it my home. My favorite thing about DC is all the cool stuff to do (for free! Shoutout to the Smithsonian) and the people. I went to an art camp growing up, and I always wanted to try a sleepaway camp, and then I found Rockbrook. There are so many activities and the community seemed so fun, I knew I had to try to join. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and watching you all crush it at climbing!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I speak 3 languages and I'm a dual citizen!

Favorite Quote

"You can do it. You can do anything. You're the world's greatest grandma." -Cassie Lang in Ant-Man and the Wasp

Favorite Movie

Brave

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Watch Netflix, listen to music, or call a friend

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both! But I'm not very good at dancing...

Last Book I Read?

Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich

Personal Interests

Baking, climbing, and drawing

Favorite Camp Food

Not sure yet, but I have a feeling it will be the muffins

Ellie Culin

Ellie Culin

Hey there, hi there! My name is Ellie and I can’t wait to be back at Rockbrook this year! This will be my eleventh year at camp, and I couldn’t be more excited to spend this summer with the amazing Rockbrook community. Rockbrook truly is my home away from home, and I’ve been so thankful to spend so many summers at my favorite place on earth. Some of my dearest memories are swimming in the lake, singing with my cabin, and all of the amazing Rockbrook surprises! I am super excited to start making friendship bracelets, read a book with Rockbrook Readers, and hang out at the Alpine Tower! I can’t wait to meet all of you and make some amazing memories! See you all soon!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I can play the accordion!

Favorite Quote

“I’m glad I exist.” -Wendy Cope

Favorite Movie

The Martian

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Go for a walk or read!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both!!

Last Book I Read?

Hotel Almighty, by Sarah J. Sloat

Personal Interests

Rockclimbing, reading, and hanging out with my cats.

Favorite Camp Food

Muffins!!

Rachel Kent

Rachel Kent

I think this summer, especially, camp is going to be so incredibly necessary. The world has lots of healing to do, and I am craving the specific brand of Rockbrook love and freedom that only camp can provide. After so much uncertainty, I am so glad I can count on our campers’ compassion and joy, the beauty of the mountains, and the unwavering quality of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins – but most importantly, this home-away-from-home to return to. See you in the heart of the wooded mountain! (And don’t forget to sign up for play!)

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

When I'm not at camp, I'm a high school teacher!

Favorite Quote

"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."

Favorite Movie

The Sound of Music

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Read, or bake something!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Sing (I wish I could dance)

Last Book I Read?

The Night Circus

Personal Interests

Theatre, Literature, Music, Nature, Education

Favorite Camp Food

Tamales!!

Miranda LaValley

Miranda LaValley

Hello! I live in Winston Salem, NC, and will be attending App State University in the fall. This will be my sixth year at Rockbrook, and my first year as a counselor! I love the nature at Rockbrook, and I think the wooded mountains provide so much scope for the imagination (Anne of Green Gables fans will know). I hope to further the amount of already present positivity at Rockbrook. I love art, and sell my work on Instagram and Facebook. I also love to read, mostly classic literature. I’m also a barefoot waterskier. I love spending time with my family and friends. I can’t wait to return to camp this year!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I know Morse code

Favorite Quote

“‘I'd like to add some beauty to life,’ said Anne dreamily. ‘I don't exactly want to make people KNOW more... though I know that IS the noblest ambition... but I'd love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me... to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn't been born.’” -Anne of Avonlea

Favorite Movie

Dead Poets Society

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Play guitar!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both!

Last Book I Read?

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Personal Interests

Guitar, painting, chess, waterskiing, hiking, embroidery, sewing, reading,m

Favorite Camp Food

Tortellini!

Wendy Manner

Camp is the best thing that ever happened to me. As a ten year old I went to camp for the first time, and I was hooked. I kept going to camp until I was old enough to be on staff, and after graduating from college I kept looking for ways to make my full time life feel like summer camp all the time. My favorite part of camp is the instant community that we create, the encouragement and support that comes with making magic happen in the middle of the woods. I am so proud to be a part of a staff that nurtures kindness, celebrates creativity, revels in the natural world, and loves to sing!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I am a proud Girl Scout troop leader.

Favorite Quote

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Favorite Movie

The Princess Bride

With an hour of free time, I like to...

read in the hammock on my back porch

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both, wholeheartedly

Last Book I Read?

The Overstory, by Richard Powers

Personal Interests

compost, hiking, reading, brewing kombucha, kitchen dancing

Favorite Camp Food

tofu scramble

Annie Gustafson

As one of the Rockbrook Camp Office Directors, alongside Jeanne, I handle all the exciting behind the scene logistics that make camp happen! As our Social Media Director (check out our Insta, Facebook, Pinterest, and more) I enjoy getting to share snapshots of camp life year round. One of my favorite things to do is help design the camp gear available in our camp store!

I have always been able to call North Carolina home, and I’m grateful to be able to call the Heart of the Wooded Mountain my home for the last 7 years. During my first summer at camp, I quickly understood why campers come back to attend summer after summer. Rockbrook truly is a natural oasis. This summer I am most excited to have campers immerse themselves in nature and explore all the gorgeous wonder Rockbrook has to offer!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I have a library card from every city I've ever lived.

Favorite Quote

"Like so, like that." -Tabitha Brown

Favorite Movie

Hocus Pocus

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Explore with my dog, Chance.

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Sing

Last Book I Read?

Untamed, by Glennon Doyle

Personal Interests

Jammin on my planner, gardening, beekeeping, hiking

Favorite Camp Food

Tofu Scramble

Jeanne Wilson

I grew up in Miami, FL but have lived in Houston, TX, Upstate NY, Washington, DC, Brooklyn, NY and now Brevard, NC! I love the mountains, waterfalls and slower pace of small town life. I feel so grateful to have found the Rockbrook Camp community and one of the best parts of my job is getting to know all of our camp families throughout the year. I always tell families that camp is just as big of an experience for a camp parent and I am happy to be there to support them every step of the way!

My favorite times at camp are sitting on the office porch to watch the zip-liners as they zoom past and life-guarding the Rockbrook lake so I can cheer on the mermaids! The muffins are sweeter, the friendships are stronger, the skinks are bluer and the sunsets are more beautiful at camp!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I spent a month driving across the country after college.

Favorite Quote

"There's power in looking silly and not caring that you do" - Amy Poehler

Favorite Movie

Moana!

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Write postcards to my family and friends. I love mail art!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both, done badly and with enthusiasm

Last Book I Read?

Mexican Gothic, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Personal Interests

I love to knit and crochet toys, bake cookies and cakes, run, read, and play video games and board games!

Favorite Camp Food

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

Casey Blair

Casey Blair

Although I was never a camper at Rockbrook, I grew up in Kentucky and attended a few different Girl Scout camps. I always enjoyed going to camp for the singing, making new friends, and sleeping in platform tents. In college, I knew I wanted to be a camp counselor and ended up finding Rockbrook. The community at Rockbrook is truly one-of-a-kind and has brought me back summer after summer. Now, I am lucky enough to live and work at camp year-round as program director and it still feels like a dream!

I hope this summer to make new friends, learn something new, eat lots of muffins, and to be appreciative of every moment spent at camp. It has been a joy planning the fun we will have at camp this summer and I am counting down the days until all of you are here with me!!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I ran a marathon by myself in March 2020

Favorite Quote

"Alllllrighty then!" -Ace Ventura

Favorite Movie

Legally Blonde

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Go for a run in Pisgah National Forest or take my dog for a walk!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

BOTH

Last Book I Read?

Educated, by Tara Westover

Personal Interests

Running, playing tennis or pickleball, mountain biking, sewing on my sewing machine, and thrifting!

Favorite Camp Food

Tamales!