New beginnings for our director, Maggie

Dear Gwynn Valley Families, 

We hope all of you are healthy and well as we move through these challenging times and hope for a better and healthier 2021. Here at camp, we are enjoying the fall season with crisp, cooler days and evenings, and lots of changing colors. Hopefully, you are getting outside and enjoying some quality time with family as the next season ushers in change.

New seasons can bring transition, change, and opportunities for growth and this fall is no exception. As we prepare to greet 2021, we are sad to say goodbye to one of our directors, Maggie Howe who directed our older programs for quite a few years before becoming our Director of Staffing. As a new mom and a recent MBA graduate, she is excited to take on her next professional challenge in the world of renewable energy development and business which has been her passion since attending Georgetown and early in her career in environmental work. Maggie has recently accepted a job with East Point Energy, a utility-scale battery storage startup in Charlottesville, VA. She will continue to impact lives as she works toward reducing carbon emissions and increasing renewable energy possibilities for our future.

Maggie first came to Gwynn Valley as a camper in 1996 in cabin Playhouse. She has spent 6 summers in Main Camp and Mountainside, another 6 as a summer staff member, and 8 years as a full-time staff member. You may have met Maggie around camp or on the road for camper and staff recruitment. She has interviewed and hired many of our seasonal staff members in recent years. Her passion centered on working with our team to place each staff member in a role where they would give campers the best possible experience and they as young professionals would have the opportunity to grow and become the best version of themselves. Maggie has also helped in many areas across camp including creating the Young Leaders curriculum,  growing our Mountainside program, and most recently helping us run a covid-friendly Family Camp over the 2020 summer. 

We will miss Maggie and her fun and positive energy! We greatly appreciate all of the excellent organizational systems she has created for camp and helped all of us to learn. We know she will be a strong asset to the new company she is joining and will help them to grow and develop, just as she did here at Gwynn Valley. We wish Maggie, Stu, and their son Thomas the very best as they take on the next adventure in life. Maggie and Stuart both plan to remain part of the GV community as proud alumni and future camper parents. 

May God hold them in the palm of His hand. 

Anne, Grant, and the GV Team