Governance

Camp Winnataska is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who have a limited three-year term and are dedicated alumni, professional people, and community leaders who are familiar with the day to day operations of the camp. Friends of Winnataska is also governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who may repeat three-year terms and are dedicated alumni, professional people, and community leaders who have an interest in fundraising and money management.

Friends of Winnataska, Inc. Board

Ms. Katie Sefton, Chair: Katie Sefton served three years as a member, secretary, and Chair of the Camp Winnataska Board, and has just recently assumed the role of Chair of FOW. She is a former Comanche, and summer director at Winnataska, and Katie is also a teacher in the Birmingham School System.

Ms. Karen Moore, Treasurer: Karen Moore is a CPA with Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg and Moor accounting firm. She has been associated with Camp Winnataska since she was an 11-year-old camper. Besides serving on the Camp Winnataska Board, she also serves on the Friends of Winnataska Board, the Make-a-Wish Young Advisory Board (past president), AIC PA, ASCPA, and is past chair of the Alabama Young CPAs.

Ms. Barbara Sloan, Ex Officio Secretary: Barbara Sloan is an ex officio member of the FOW, Inc. Board, and is employed by this group as the Development Director for the Camp Winnataska Capital Campaign. She is the former Executive Director of The Seasoned Performers, former Creative Director of the American Village, and she taught theatre at Samford University for 25 years. She is a third generation Winnataska family member and her children and grandchildren are fourth and fifth generation.

Mr. Charlie Baxley, esq: Charlie Baxley was a camper, leader, and Blackfoot at Winnataska. He now serves as Associate General Counsel at Hoar Construction. Educated at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, Charlie previously served as an associate at Bradley, Arant, Boult, and Cummings, as well as an estimator and project manager at Brasfield and Gorrie.

Mr. Paul Bentley: Paul Bentley is a sales representative for a large portion of the south for Summer Classics outdoor furniture. He rotated off the Camp Winnataska board after serving two terms and took his first term on the FOW Board in 2014. His family are members of Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. His met his wife Catherine when they were on staff at Winnataska together.

Ms. Kap Garmon: Kap Garmon is a community volunteer and the author of Camp Winnataska, a history about the camp. Her father, D.R. Price, was instrumental in building many of the buildings and running the camp for over 30 years as part of his job responsibilities as the Executive Secretary of the Birmingham Sunday School Council.

Mr. Buddy Sharbel: Sharbel is a Senior Vice-President and Regional Lending Executive for Regions Bank. His children are fourth generation campers and leaders at Camp Winnataska. Buddy is a lawyer, a Cumberland School of Law graduate, and enjoys being active on the FOW Board.

Mr. Buddy Stanford, Advisor: Buddy Stanford is retired from Protective Life and now has his own Stanford Financial Group located in Birmingham. Buddy has been involved with Camp Winnataska since his college days when he served on the staff.

Mr. Bob White: Bob White is a Senior Professional Geologist with Spectrum. Bob holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Geology from the University of Alabama. He has more than 35 years of experience, focusing in the areas of UST compliances, environmental contamination assessments, geological evaluations and source water assessments. Bob has been employed with Spectrum since 2003.

Ms. Cindy Wiley: Cindy Wiley is a Licensed Professional Counselor, EdS, LPC who retired as a member of the Shelby County Board of Education and counselor for Oak Mountain High School to go into private practice. Previously, she taught French at Oak Mountain and Homewood high schools. Cindy, a member of the American Counseling Association
and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, has been active with Winnataska since she was a camper.

Camp Winnataska Board

Mr. James Barnes, Chair: Jamie Barnes works as a Six Sigma Black Belt for McKesson, a pharmaceutical wholesale distributor. With 18 total years camp experience from camper to Blackfoot (staff) to Program Specialist in Ropes, Jamie is a fourth-generation Winnataska family member who also met his wife Erica Williamson at camp.

Ms. Karen Moore, Treasurer and Chair of Finance: Karen Moore is a CPA with Pearce, Bevill, Leesburg and Moore accounting firm. She has been associated with Camp Winnataska since she was an 11-year-old camper. Besides serving on the Camp Winnataska Board, she also serves on the Friends of Winnataska Board, the Make-a-Wish Young Advisory Board (past president), AIC PA, ASCPA, and is past chair of the Alabama Young CPAs.

Ms. Audrey Sharbel Jost, Secretary: Audrey Jost and her children and grandchildren, her mother and grandmother have all been active at Camp Winnataska. She has recently retired as a kindergarten teacher in the Vestavia City Schools. Formerly, Audrey taught Jazzercise, and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Montevallo. Currently, she serves as a summer director at Winnataska.

Mr. Jim Cearlock: Jim Cearlock is a Vice President in Treasury Management at SouthPoint Bank. He has been involved at Winnataska for the past 25 years. Jim met his wife, Carrie Snow, at camp and his four children are beginning to catch the spirit as well. He is the Ropes Course Director for summer and off-season and serves as the Treasurer of the Camp Winnataska Alumni Club.

Mr. Wes Cochran: Wes Cochran’s grandfather Zip Zbinden was the Camp Director of Winnataska in the early 1970s, and his mother was the Summer Camp Director for a number of years in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is a former camper, leader, and Blackfoot himself. A 2003 Carson Newman biology graduate, Wes is employed in Sales at Construction Materials, Inc.

Mr. Geoff Feagin: Geoff Feagin works in technology for Summer Classics, a luxury outdoor furniture company. He studied Management Information System at Auburn University, and graduated in 2002. During his college days, Geoff was a Blackfoot at Camp Winnataska after having served as a leader for several summers. A dedicated volunteer, he has worked on numerous facility and other camp projects over the years.

Ms. Elin Olson Glenn, Chair of Summer Operations: Elin Glenn is a fourth-generation Winnataskian, as her great-great grandmother Dorothy Bowron Collins was a camper the first year in 1918. A graduate of the University of Montevallo, she is the Public Relations Specialist at the Hoover Public Library and is very active at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. She is a summer director at CW, having been a camper, leader, and Comanche and and is the immediate past Chairman of the Camp Winnataska Alumni Club.

Ms. Stephanie Martin Harless: Stephanie Harless first came to know about Camp Winnataska in an off-season youth retreat and immediately knew Winnataska was where she wanted to spend her summers. Stephanie was a Leader from 1982 to 1985, a Comanche (1986), and Special Leader (1987). She works for a healthcare provider company with 24 years of experience in human resources, auditing, and most recently, quality health compliance.  Stephanie resides in Alabaster, Alabama with her husband and daughters, Tatum and Amber, who have also been part of the camp legacy.

Ms. Carly Miller: Carly Miller is a litigator at Bradley law firm, representing clients in a variety of industries, with a focus on construction, government contracting and energy. Before joining the firm, Carly received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Tulane Law School in 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in 2010. In 2012 while in law school, she lived in Barcelona, Spain studying international and comparative law at ESADE Law School. She spent many summers at Winnataska in her youth.

Mr. Buddy Sharbel: Sharbel is a Senior Vice-President and Regional Lending Executive for Regions Bank. His children are fourth generation campers and leaders at Camp Winnataska. Buddy is a lawyer, a Cumberland School of Law graduate, and serves this board as a liaison from the FOW Board.

Mr. Jim Thorington, Chaplain and Chair of Facilities: Jim Thorington is the Director of Engineering for Motion Industries, Inc. headquartered in Irondale, AL.  His job is the design of machinery, particularly hydraulic and electrical/automation. He has also worked in Aerospace & Defense electronics and is a graduate of Auburn University with BEE (1985) and MSEE degrees (1986).

Mr. Andrew Virciglio: Andrew Virciglio, having graduated with a degree in telecommunications from the University of Alabama in 2012, is the youngest member of the Camp Board and is interested in forming a junior board to attract the under-30 set to volunteer for Winnataska. AV, as he is called at Camp, works with his family business, Piggly Wiggly.
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Ms. Kenny Keith: Kenny Keith is ex offico on the board as the Legal Counsel. She is a former Comanche, and mother of an active camp volunteer, Amy Williamson. Kenny was Program Specialist in Horses for many years. She is married, and is a lawyer with Gilpin Givhan law firm.

Camp Winnataska Capital Campaign Cabinet

Roger Day, Honorary Chair, is a children’s singer and songwriter, and winner of a Parents’ Choice® award. Roger performs over 100 concerts nationwide each year, and, being an Eagle Scout and father of an Eagle Scout, is active in the Boy Scouts of America.

Chris Barnes is the manager of Alabama Power Company office in Leeds and is an advocate for children’s opportunities.

Jim Bates is an executive with Regions Timber Management and is a forestry expert, as well as a Winnataska camper parent.

Tom Bell is a minister active in The North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, and a well-loved member of the St. Clair County community.

Bill Cather is the owner of Cather Printing, active in the Boy Scouts of America, and a graduate of Virginia Military Institute.

Cameron McKinley was the 2007 Alabama Teacher of the Year, and is now the technology integration coach for Hoover City Schools, and their middle school Cross Country coach.

Anne Mitchell is an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC with a long list of community service activities. She and her family have been associated with Winnataska since the 1950s.

John Moore is the Superintendent of Leeds City Schools and is the parent of Winnataska campers. He is active in the St. Clair County community and is currently also attending law school at Cumberland.

Karen Moore, CPA with Pearce, Beville, Leesburg, Moore, P.C., also serves on the Camp Winnataska and Friends of Winnataska boards.

Dr. Lane Rutledge, Medical Director of the UAB Biochemical Genetics Lab, is trained and board certified in Genetics and Biochemical Genetics, Pediatrics and Neurology, with special qualification in child neurology. Dr. Rutledge has been listed in the Best Doctors in America since 1994.
Mary Ann Smith-Janas is the President of Marketry, Inc., a Birmingham company she founded in 1995. A marketing researcher and planner, she has handled hundreds of projects for a diverse array of national clients.

Merrill Stewart, owner Stewart Perry Construction, is a community advocate, who has volunteered his time in leadership positions for various civic, trade and non-profit organizations, social clubs and independent schools.

Dr. Pat Hart Terry is a highly respected nutritionist with more than 30 years of experience as a registered and licensed dietitian and is chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Samford University. The editor of Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen Equals One Healthy Cookbook, she also writes a newspaper column, “In Season.”

Chris Vizzina of The Vizzina Group and Red Diamond, is considered a rising star by many in the Birmingham culinary community. Chef Vizzina is the recipient of multiple award nominations, including four for the prestigious Silver Plate Award and one for the distinguished Fame Award.