You have to be a little crazy to work at Schoolhouse. The hours are long, the sun is hot, and the salary isn’t going to build a big bank roll. But the privilege of introducing kids to nature, helping them discover how capable they are, and watching them grow in confidence every day is absolutely worth it. And the hugs don’t hurt either. Here’s our team who is dedicated to nurturing curiosity, celebrating courage, and most of all, caring for the whole of every child.
Wendy Tonker (2011)
Wendy has 25 years experience as a nonprofit director and organizational development consultant. She joined the Schoolhouse staff in August 2011, after one year of service on the Board of Directors and three years as a camp parent. Wendy earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University. Wendy finds joy in spending time with her family or seeking out hunting and fishing adventures. “My hope for kids that join us at Schoolhouse is for them to feel loved and supported to discover, fully embrace, and express who they are.”
Meg Gulledge (2014)
Meg Gulledge is originally from the village of Misenheimer in Stanly County, North Carolina. She attended college in the mountains and has worked with children in many different capacities such as The Environmental Leadership Center, Buncombe County Child Services, Camp Occoneechee, and the Town of Cary’s Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve. After five years as Schoolhouse of Wonder’s Wake County Site Manager she has begun a new adventure as the Staff Director. “I will miss my Wake family but Grant Thomas taught me that good people need lots of love because they give so much of it away. I look forward to supporting so many good people and all the good work they are doing.”
Marty Jorgensen (2016)
Marty grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and spent her childhood rambling around, snowshoeing, and climbing trees on her family’s land on Casper Mountain. Inspired by her time outdoors, she decided to follow her passion for being outside and graduated from Green Mountain College with a degree in Adventure Recreation. Marty worked for a number of summer camps and outdoor organizations before bringing that experience to Schoolhouse of Wonder. She began her time at Schoolhouse helping start our Orange County location and managed that location for several years before becoming our Program Director. In her free time, she likes to grow food, play ukulele, make inventions, and generally goof around.
Bev Medina (2018)
Beverly is a recent transplant to North Carolina from sunny Florida, where she spent her childhood exploring beaches, forests, and swamps. She is an environmental engineer who recently completed her M.S. at UNC, and rejoined the Schoolhouse team so that she could do something meaningful with her summer by mentoring Counselors in Training while getting her hands dirty and feet wet! Bev has just joined the Schoolhouse Team year-round in her new position. She owns six string instruments and loves distance running, hiking, and her two rescue dogs.
Natasha is a proud Durham native and former Schoolhouse of Wonder camper! Her second home is Ithaca, NY where she’s currently a cinema production major at Ithaca College. Much of her childhood was spent playing games in the woods of West Point and having splash fights in the Eno river. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, cuddling her two cats, and exploring the great outdoors. Natasha is always excited to return to Schoolhouse and give campers the same magical experience she was lucky to have.
We also count on our wonderful board of directors to help round out the team. We’re grateful for the dedication our staff and board demonstrate every day. It shows up in big and small ways, and we couldn’t do it without them.
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