Our year-round crew

Camp Illahee is not just a special place for its campers, but also for its staff. It takes every one of these unique, talented and devoted individuals to make Camp Illahee the extraordinary place that it is.

Laurie Strayhorn

Camp Illahee’s current owner was drawn to camp by the happy challenge of giving young campers the very best of summer experiences. She has 28 years of experience running summer camps and has devoted her life to making each summer the best ever. Laurie spends much of her days talking to parents and is the camp’s director while Gordon makes sure that the business end of camp is running smoothly, including Illahee’s top-notch facilities.

gretchen greene

The Associate Director of Camp Illahee remembers 11 summers spent at summer camp (eight as a camper, three as a counselor). Along with her own memories of making new friends and singing spirited campfire songs, Gretchen also brings a decade of teaching experience to Illahee. Since joining the year-round staff in 2004, Gretchen has lived in Brevard with her husband, Gary, and son, Ezra.

Dave Hartsock


Camp Illahee’s tennis director since 2004, Dave joined the year-round team in 2011 as program director. A former teacher and  tennis coach, Dave has grown Illahee’s program over the years so that almost every girl takes tennis as one of her activities. Dave continues to develop our programs in the off-season and to assist with staff hiring as well as taking care of the details needed to make each activity the best we can offer.

Lindsey Guye

Lindsey joined our year-round crew as Assistant Director of Programs and Office Operations in 2015. As a former camper and counselor, Lindsey has worn many hats from cabin counselor, swimming instructor, and tour guide. Known for her willingness to tackle any obstacle at camp, Lindsey worked as a Registered Nurse before discovering her true calling remains with Camp Illahee.

gardner strayhorn

Gardner joined the year-round staff upon her May 2016 graduation from University of North Carolina, Asheville.  Having grown up at Illahee, she offers a unique perspective to camp families.  Her good cheer and enthusiasm are great additions to the camp community and to her work as a mentor for older campers, particularly in leading the Spark and CIT summer activities.  Gardner and her toddler age son, Brooks, live next door to camp.


seasonal staff

Each summer welcomes an extraordinary group of young women who come to Illahee to nurture, inspire and lead its young campers. These smart and energetic counselors bring new life to old traditions and make every camper’s experience one that is memorable and unique.

Interested in joining the Illahee family? Learn more about our team.

Why Join Our Staff?