"Dear Ann, I just want you to know that you were an amazing camp parent to me. Ever since my first year at Roots & Shoots, you have made me feel so secure and welcome.  Manners, trust and most importantly friendship are the three main things you have taught me over the years, and you have been a huge part of my life."   - Camper | Newport News, VA

Camp Mont Shenandoah Management Team

Ann WarnerANN M. WARNER - Director

Camp Mont Shenandoah is in Ann’s blood. Following in her grandmother’s and mother’s footsteps, she marks the third generation of ownership of the 90 year old camp. She has spent 30 summers at CMS as a camper, counselor, program director and owner and director since 1996.

Ann is a graduate of Hollins College (1987) as well as St. Timothy’s School in Baltimore (1983). While working as the Director of Youth Ministries at Christ Church (Old Town, Alexandria, VA,) Ann became a “foster” parent to two teenage girls, living with them as they finished high school. They (along with their older brother and families) continue to be an important part of Ann’s life.

In 1996, Ann received her Master’s in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. That spring, she relocated to Bath County, Virginia to assume the directorship of CMS, a position she thoroughly enjoys and relishes.

Ann is involved in many local and regional civic organizations. She serves on the Cowpasture River Preservation Association Board as the Vice President, the Christmas Mother Board (having been Christmas Mother in 2001) and is active in the Virginias Section of the American Camp Association. She is a lay reader and Eucharistic minister at St. Luke’s Church in nearby Hot Springs. She has served on the St. Luke’s vestry and the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, the Alleghany Highlands Free Clinic and the VA Trail Riders, Inc.

Ann enjoys many activities and hobbies, especially running, biking, traveling and reading. She loves spending time with her friends, family and animals and is especially fond of time spent on the back of a horse.


Cathy HutchinsCATHY HUTCHINS - Program Director

Cathy Hutchins, a former CMS camper, Junior Counselor, and Counselor, will be returning for her eleventh summer, and her third as Program Director, in 2016.

Cathy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1979) as well as the Garrison Forest School in Baltimore (1975) where she resides with her husband Chris. They have two daughters, Peyton (29) and Tighe (27), both former CMS campers; Peyton was also a counselor for four summers. Their two sons, Duncan (24) and Jack (21) also spent time in Bath County at camp.

Cathy is presently serving on the Alumnae Board of Garrison Forest School. She also spends her time horseback riding, hiking, traveling, writing, volunteering, and has enjoyed coaching lacrosse and field hockey.

Chris stays busy during the summer with his business Aloha Tournaments where he has developed 20 different youth lacrosse and field hockey events. He also is a Founder of the Finney Search Group, which recruits teacher-coaches and matches them to secondary schools.​


Pam BrownPAM BROWN - Office Manager

Pam is looking forward to a second summer at CMS! She grew up in beautiful Alleghany County. After attending Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, she spent 12 years working for The Homestead where she held several positions including Assistant Front Office Manager & Reservation Manager.

Pam and her husband of 8 years, Chad, have 3 children. Tavi is 14, Hunter is 11, both attend CMS (Clifton Middle School); Brianna is 10- attending Callaghan Elementary.

She spends her time hiking, camping, and watching her children play a good basketball or baseball/softball game.


2014-pat-gibsonPAT GIBSON - Food Services Manager

Pat was born in Hot Springs and lived there until the age of 20. He began cooking at The Homestead and then Sam Snead’s Tavern. He eventually moved to West Virginia where he worked at the Sheraton Lakeview Resort in Morganton and then at Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

He moved to Lexington, VA 20 years ago where he was hired as a Sous Chef at The Wilson Walker House. He became their Executive Chef and stayed with them for 7 ½ years before accepting a position as chef for a fraternity at Washington & Lee University.

Pat’s family includes his son, Bill and daughter-in-law, Cristin and daughters Loretta and Cassie. He also has two grandsons, Brayden and Micah. Pat currently resides in Lexington with his three dogs, a rabbit and a white rat! In his free time, Pat enjoys gardening, camping and fishing. He’s looking forward to his second summer at camp!