Who We Are

Developing a remarkable staff is the bedrock of a great program. It is crucial for people to be led by and develop relationships with professional staff who both genuinely care about them and are gifted in the technical skills that they teach.

Ryan Carlson
Black Mountain Expeditions Director

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Ryan joined Adam Boyd of Camp Merri-Mac to launch BME in 2008 to provide meaningful experiences for young people and adults. With both a Masters degree in Management and Leadership and an undergraduate degree in Outdoor Education, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the program. Prior to his time at BME, Ryan served as the Director of Wilderness for Ohio Wesleyan University. Ryan has lead wilderness programs in the Wind River Range, Joshua Tree National Park, the White Mountains, the North Cascades, the Florida Everglades, Costa Rica, Bolivia and in his backyard, Pisgah National Forest. Ryan is a certifying instructor for the Professional Climbing Instructors Association and a Master Educator with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

Ryan holds a certifications as a Wilderness First Responder, a ACA White Water Canoe Instructor, and he has completed the American Mountain Guide Association rock guide course.

Adam and Ann Boyd
Camp Merri-Mac Directors

Adam grew up in a camping family, so it is not a surprise that he and Ann met while working for Adam’s father on summer staff at Merri-Mac. After graduating from Wofford College and later earning an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary, Adam returned to camp in 1992 where he began developing expedition and wilderness programs as extensions of their summer camp programs. Adam holds certifications as a Wilderness First Responder, Level 1 Rope Technician, and Single Pitch instructor for both the Professional Climb Instructor Association and American Mountain Guide Association.

Anne Yetsko
Program Director and Field Instructor
Anne Yetsko joined our girls’ camp family in 1998, becoming an avid Choctaw and life-time Merri-Mac girl. Anne is originally from Goldsboro, North Carolina, but after spending her childhood summers at camp, her love for the mountains led her to Appalachian State University. While there, Anne studied Spanish and Religion. This passion for Spanish led her to travel throughout Central America, eventually landing her in Costa Rica for six months where she went through outdoor leadership training with Outward Bound. Throughout her travels, Anne never missed a summer at Merri-Mac. She was the chief of her tribe, Camp Princess, counselor-in-training, cabin counselor, CIT director, Senior Hill director, assistant program director, year-round intern, and now assistant director. Anne is also currently working on her master’s degree in Camp Administration and Leadership through Touro University.

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