Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

Leadership Team

YMCA Camp Cosby staff are here to provide you with the best experience possible. Get to know the Camp Cosby Leadership Team.
 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
STEVE MErifield

After eight years it is wonderful to be back on the shores of Lake Logan Martin at YMCA Camp Cosby!

In my first summer at the wonderful Camp Cosby, I was an international counselor from Melbourne, Australia. This was an experience I will never forget and what led me to take on camping as a professional career. I worked at Cosby from 1997 to 2007 in many different roles including counselor, water ski/wakeboard instructor, lifeguard, waterfront director, activities director, OE instructor, and many more until taking on a full time professional role as the Summer Program Director from 2002 to 2007. In 2007 I took on the Executive Director role at YMCA Camp Piomingo for five years and recently as the Associate/Interim Executive Director for three years with the New York YMCA Camp.

The years I spent at Cosby were instrumental in developing my character, leadership skills, and the person I am today. These traits and more were instilled in me through the YMCA values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. I was lucky to get to know many campers and staff over the years, some whom I keep in touch with today. While working at camp I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I met my very best friends at Cosby and my wonderful wife Erin who experienced Camp Cosby as a camper and staff member. Erin, originally from Dothan AL, graduated from Samford University in Birmingham with a Bachelor’s in Education. She also completed her Master’s degree in Special Education at the University of Louisville. Our family including our daughters, Taylor (5) and Kendall (3), and Tuck (family dog) are thrilled to be starting this next chapter with Cosby. We are blessed to be part of this deeply traditional camp family and look forward to getting to know you and seeing you at camp soon.

YMCA Camp Cosby has been a deep-seated partner with the Birmingham community since 1922 and we are dedicated to strengthening the foundations of the community for the future ahead. I truly believe that YMCA Camp Cosby has the potential to positively change the life of children and adults of all ages that experience the high quality programming we provide. As leaders and mentors of youth and young adults we will strive to continue providing opportunities for all to, live, grow, and thrive in a safe, caring, and fun environment focusing on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.

I look forward to leading camp into the bright future that lies ahead. Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself and my family to you.

In the Cosby Spirit,
Steve Merifield

PROGRAM OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Wes Long

After 4 long years it is great to be back at Camp Cosby

I started out in camping in 2008-10 at Camp Foley in Pine River, MN as a water-ski and wakeboard instructor and eventually Marina Director. After realizing that flight school was not my passion and summer camp was I started at Camp Cosby in 2011 as an Outdoor Education Naturalist during the school year and then Aquatics and Activities Director during the summer. I stayed on until 2014 when I left to finish my undergrad and then came back in 2015 as the Outdoor Education Coordinator as well as Activities Director. I left again in 2017 to be a Camp Director at YMCA Camp Cha-La-Kee in Huntsville, Al before heading back to do a little stint in branch life at the Shades Valley YMCA as their Aquatics and Sports Director.

I took on the Sr. Program Director position in October of 2019 and could not be happier to be back at Cosby. Cosby has taught me so many life skills that I use not only at camp but also in the real world. Cosby helped me realized what my passion and calling in life is and that is working with children in a camp setting. There is no place I rather be than at camp. 

I grew up in a little town called Priceville, Alabama and graduated high school from Priceville in 2007. I went on to flight school at Wallace State but decided camping was my passion and switched to Jacksonville State University. I graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Recreational Leadership from Jacksonville State University and currently enrolled at Gratz College pursuing a Master in Camp Leadership and Administration.  When I am not at camp, you can catch me either taking the open road on my motorcycle, binge watching Netflix or Hulu shows, doing anything on the lake or just lounging around the house with my best girl Romona (Pictured). I can’t wait to see you down by the lakeshore at Camp Cosby!

 

PROGRAM/FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR
Mike Findley

Hello Everyone!

I’m Mike Findley, the Food Service Director at YMCA Camp Cosby.  I’m excited to have joined the team here at Camp Cosby.

I have been involved with Sleep Away and Summer Camp for manyyears, all three of my children, Savannah, Aidan and Ava attended summer camps in and around Atlanta, Georgia, so I know the value and confidence summer camp instills in young people! 

I moved back to Alabama 8 years ago after living in Atlanta for 30+ years.  I came home to be closer to family and to get away from Atlanta traffic!! I live in Anniston with my rescue/adopted miniature dachshund and get bossed around by her quite a lot.

I can’t wait to meet all of you and hear the wonderful stories of Camp Cosby and what it means to you.    I have many years of experience in the food service management industry and look forward to meeting you at camp!

Summer Camp Coordinator - Sky York

I am excited to be back at Camp Cosby as part of the Leadership team. I am a Birmingham native and have been involved in YMCA programming since I was 6 years old. I started attending YMCA Hargis Retreat as a summer day camper and participated in the YMCA Leader In Training and Counselor In Training programs. I eventually became a camp counselor at both Hargis and Camp Cosby, working with every age group, and serving as a boat driver.

I  earned my degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University in 2017. I have since served as Afterschool Academy Coordinator (Greystone Family YMCA ), Summer Day Camp Coordinator (Hargis) and as the Site Director of Afterschool Academy at Greystone Elementary (Hoover Family YMCA).

Me and my fiance, Ted (also a former camp counselor and boat driver!), along with our dogs Toby and Koda currently live in Chelsea, AL. When I am not busy working at camp,we like to play Ultimate Frisbee and watch movies together as a family.

Office Registrar/manager 
Amy Drinkwater 

Hello Everyone!

I’m Amy Drinkwater, the new Office Manager/Registrar at YMCA Camp Cosby! I’m thrilled to have joined such an awesome team at YMCA Camp Cosby. It’s such an honor to be a part of a group with such a vast amount of experience and passion for pouring the camp’s mission and focus into the next generation by instilling the values held by such a rich tradition both here at the camp and in the YMCA family.

My camp experience is very different than most of the staff here at YMCA Camp Cosby. As a musically inclined, artsy teen, I spent many weekends and summer days and nights here at Camp Cosby with my friends from church on retreats or just hanging out because my friends had parents who worked here. I always admired the camp’s beauty and never felt anything but safe and loved when I was here. As a college student, my future husband (and preacher’s kid) worked with Sim Lovejoy and Lois Haynes who were icons on the Camp Cosby campus during that time. Again, I found myself coming out to have lunch or to visit (and maybe do a little flirting, too!) and enjoy the beauty of Camp Cosby and of course, eat a few of Mrs. Lois’ wonderful “camp” cookies!

As an elementary school teacher, my younger students would hear of the older students coming out to Camp Cosby for Outdoor Education and could not wait to get “big enough” to come. My peer teachers loved the atmosphere, facilities and experiences here and the students had the best time, never realizing just how much they were learning outside the classroom about nature, history, life and themselves.

I hold a B.A. in Psychology from Samford University and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. My husband, James and I live in Pell City, Alabama where we are actively involved in our church and our community. When I’m not working at the camp, I sing semi-professionally in a variety of venues around the country as well as internationally, most recently I shared the stage with a wonderful cast in a leading role in our community theater’s production of “Smokey Joe’s Café” and in Israel as soloist as a good will ambassador with a 49 piece orchestra made up of musicians from around the globe, where we shared music with a message in both private and public venues throughout the beautiful country.

I’m so excited to be a part of the YMCA Camp Cosby family. It’s truly a blessing to serve here and share those same values and get to come to work in such a beautiful setting each day. I look forward to getting to know you all!

Blessings!
Amy

OUTDOOR EDUCATION AND rETREATS Director
Travis Hughes

I started my camping career in 2009 after being introduced to a local conference and nature center in my hometown of Howell, MI. I found a passion for team building and high element facilitation. I was able to gain experience working with all ages and types of groups as well as my first taste of summer camp. After eventually managing the challenge course there, I moved out to work at the New York YMCA Camp. I had the pleasure to work with the youth of New York City as the Adventure Coordinator. My responsibilities included managing the challenge course operations throughout the school year and the backcountry adventure trips during the summer months. This is also how I was introduced to the amazing organization known as the Y! After seeing first hand, what the YMCA does for our young people, I knew that this is where I wanted to stay. Many paddling and backpacking trips later, I am fortunate to have been asked to be the new Retreat and Teen Program Director here at YMCA Camp Cosby. I am looking forward to learning all about the Cosby traditions and becoming part of the family! Hope to meet Y'all soon!



 

 

 


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