Jeff Merhige, Camp Executive Director
Jeff and his family moved to Nashville from Ohio, where he was the Director of YMCA Camp Kern for the past 12 years. Before that, he was the Director of Camping Services for the Ann Arbor YMCA in Michigan. Jeff attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Jeff met his wife Amy at camp, and they have two children, Luke and Sydney. When he is not at camp, Jeff loves movies, reading and creating games for use at summer camps.
Marc Wilson, Associate Executive Director
Marc’s rookie season with YMCA camping was in 1996 at Camp Lakewood in Missouri. Shortly after, he knew he was called to work in camping. “I was in constant awe with how overnight camp could change the lives of kids,” he says. “They would show up at check-in unsure of what to do. By the end of the two weeks, they were independent, confident and had GREAT stories to share.” He has dedicated his career to learning how program leadership can create the magic of camp.
Jesse Hall, Overnight Camp Director
Jesse is passionate about outdoor education and youth development. His Y Camp journey began as a camper in 1996 at YMCA Camp Campbell in Boulder Creek, CA, where he later worked in a number of roles, including Program Director. He also worked with Frost Valley YMCA in NY, and most recently, as a site director with the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco. Jesse graduated from NYU, and loves exploring, new adventures, movies, books, and doing the crossword while drinking a large cup of coffee.
Cory Clemmons, Assistant Overnight Camp Director
Born and raised in Nashville, Cory discovered her passion for the YMCA as an overnight camp counselor for Camp Widjiwagan in 2014. Her experience at Widji inspired her pursue her Bachelor's in Recreation Administration at Western Kentucky University, while she continued to work at Widji each summer. After college, Cory served as a youth activities counselor with Disney Cruise Lines. Cory has now returned to where the magic began, and continues to work with our overnight camp program.
Megan Fagliano, Equestrian Director
Megan grew up in Portland, OR, where she discovered her passion for horses. Her career as a professional trainer and riding instructor has taken her around the world, and she now leads our equestrian program at Camp Widjiwagan. Megan hopes to share the powerful impact horses have had on her life, and strives to help our campers learn the patience and care that animals require. When she is not at camp, Megan spends time hiking with her two dogs, cooking, and going on adventures.
Reuben Smith, Day Camp Director
Reuben began his YMCA camping career two decades ago, serving in a variety of roles. His most recent role was as Camp Director at the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio. A Berea College graduate with a degree in art education, Reuben is a film aficionado, drawer, painter, motivational speaker and Jeep enthusiast. Reuben passionately instills confidence and inspiration in today's and tomorrow's leaders.
Robyn Sellers, Assistant Day Camp Director
Robyn is a Cajun camp guru, hailing from the spicy swamps of southern Louisiana. Robyn’s passion for camp budded from her magical experiences as a camper at day camp in Louisiana. In college, she worked as a camp counselor on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, and Robyn quickly realized she belonged at camp. Over the past nine years, she has worked with summer camp and outdoor education in Tennessee, Indiana, Ohio and New Zealand.
Molly Marshall, Event Coordinator
Originally from Westerville, OH, Molly earned her bachelor's degree in Sport Management from Ohio University. She started out at Camp Widji as a camp counselor in 2006, where she met her future husband, Lucas. Molly spent two years at the Y in Michigan before returning to Nashville in 2009 to work for YMCA Fun Company. She worked at Camp Widji in the summers and joined our full-time staff in 2011. In her spare time, Molly enjoys baking, watching the Nashville Predators, being outdoors and spending time with her husband, two sons and their two dogs.
Julie Blucker, Development Director
Julie first volunteered at Camp Widjiwagan’s Equestrian Center in 1998 with her daughter, Christy. Since then, she has served us in multiple roles, currently acting as development director. Originally from Holland, MI, she and her husband have lived next to camp for the last 19 years, where they raised their three children and numerous pets. Julie loves working at camp because of her passion for families and the outdoors. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, going for bike rides and doing yard work.
Jenny Beckelhymer, Director of Administration
Jenny grew up in Huntington, W.V., where she attended Marshall University. She started with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee in 2009 as a member service associate at the Donelson-Hermitage YMCA, moving to our association office in 2010 as a Payroll Specialist. In June 2014, she jumped at the chance to start a new adventure as the director of administration at Camp Widjiwagan. When she is not working, Jenny loves making memories with her son Carson, running and spending time with friends.