Ridge Haven Team
Andrew Breed: Group Coordinator
Andrew, born and raised in Florida, has always yearned for the mountains. He has been a camper, an intern, and a counselor here for many years and, after graduating from the University of Southern Florida with a degree in Creative Writing, was finally given the opportunity to work at Ridge Haven full time. In his spare time, Andrew loves to read, write, and go on adventures.
David Short: Facilities Assistant
Before coming to Ridge Haven, David was with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a Park Ranger for 15 years. He has three children, Abby, Lizzie, and Jack.
Jacob Harris: Facilities Assistant
Jacob is married to Jaime and they have two daughters, Jacey and Jasime. Besides working at Ridge Haven, Jacob enjoys spending time hiking and camping. He is also a member of the Balsam Grove Fire Department.
Jennifer Huskey: Director of Food Services
Jennifer grew up at Ridge Haven as her mother, Rebecca, worked here for more than 20 years. Jennifer loves Ridge Haven and working here is a dream come true. Jennifer and her husband, Johnny, have a daughter, Grace.
Jessie Fleming: Director of Ministry
Jessie is from central Florida and a graduate of Covenant College. She and her husband Todd are honored to call Ridge Haven home and have the opportunity to share life with campers and guests. Jessie played volleyball at Covenant, loves sports of all kinds, and has a huge heart for all furry animals.
Grace Hooper: Event Coordinator
Grace is a native of Nashville, TN. She attended Covenant College for both an undergraduate degree in history and a Masters degree in Secondary Education. After graduation, Grace joined the full time staff at Ridge Haven at the end of the 2015 Summer Camp season. She spent three summers on staff at Ridge Haven in various roles counseling and directing. Grace fell in love with the sounds and sights of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Brevard and Ridge Haven and is excited to call it home. When Grace isn't working at Ridge Haven, she loves getting crafty, discovering new music, and playing any game indoors or out.
Travis Hayes: Group Facilitator
Travis is North Carolina native and a Southern Wesleyan University Alumni with a BA in Youth Ministry. Him and his wife, Lauren, moved to Brevard in the Fall of 2012 and have loved it ever since. Once former Student Pastor, Travis now loves working with the retreat groups at Ridge Haven and volunteering on the worship team at Brevard Community Church. Travis loves his wife of 4 years, playing music, the Carolina Panthers, home-brewing coffee, and his three fur children.
Karina Sherrill: Housekeeper
Karina was born in Cuenca, Ecuador. She went to Catalinas High School and graduated from University de Cuenca with a doctorate in Law. She met her husband, Lee, while he was volunteering in the Peace Corp in Ecuador. They now reside in Brevard and have two children, Julia and Lee Sherrill IV.
Larry Kramer: Accounting Manager
Larry and his wife, Kathy, moved to Brevard in 2005. After trying retirement for six months, Larry decided he was not meant to retire and came to work at Ridge Haven. When Larry is not in the office, he enjoys looking for snakes.
Molly Wilcox: Book Keeper
Molly and her husband, Neal, both from Jacksonville, Florida, moved to Brevard from Great Falls, Montana after Neal completed his service in the United States Air Force. Both have loved North Carolina for years, and being a part of Ridge Haven’s ministry is a dream come true. When Molly isn’t working at Ridge Haven, she enjoys hiking, crafting, and taking care of their dog Buckley, and has started a pop up artisan coffee shop in her spare time.
Kurt Smialek: Facilities Manager
Kurt was born in Embro, Pennsylvania but grew up in Louisville, KY. He has 2 daughters, Jaime and Jenna. A self-proclaimed Gearhead and Cheesehead, Kurt has been in the construction industry for 44 years. He has a passion for college basketball and the Green Bay Packers. Go Cards!
Steve Cobb: Guest Services Manager
After visiting his parents, who retired to the Ridge Haven subdivision, Steve and his wife, Kelly, fell in love with Ridge Haven and decided they wanted to find a way to move to the area. A couple of years later Steve got a call from Ridge Haven asking if he was interested in a position here. Within two hours Kelly got a call asking if she wanted to apply for a position as the head operating room nurse at Transylvania Hospital in Brevard. They both were hired and their dream to live and work here came true. Steve and Kelly have three daughters here on earth, Rachel, Anna, and Cassidy, and one daughter in heaven, Bethany.
Tami Smialek: Directors of Operations and Finance
Tami came to Ridge Haven from Covenant College where she worked in a variety of roles, mostly in Athletics. She is excited to be at Ridge Haven and looks forward to seeing all that the Lord has planned for this wonderful place. In her spare time, Tami is a huge fan of the Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team.
Tracy Reynolds: Office Coordinator
Tracy is married to Matt and has two children, Shawn and Chloe. When Tracy is not working at Ridge Haven, she is the Assistant Band Director at Rosman High School.
Troy Williams: Guest Coordinator
Troy met his wife, Hope, while she was working for Wallace Anderson at MTW in Atlanta. They have two children, Elijah and Emme Kate. Thanks to the wonders of technology, Troy is able to work for Ridge Haven from Germany while also scouting and coaching baseball in Europe. The Williams family certainly misses being able to hike the trails at Ridge Haven!
Wallace Anderson: Executive Director
Prior to coming to Ridge Haven, Wallace worked at Covenant Seminary, Mission to the World, and Covenant College. He is married to Paige and they have three children, Kendi, Roy, and Cameron, all of whom have served as Ridge Haven summer staff.