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  • Meet the Team
  • Meet the Team

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victory junction team VJ meet the team staff jonathan Lemmon
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff jonathan Lemmon
Executive Program Director

Originally from Columbia Kentucky, Jonathan Lemmon moved to Randleman North Carolina in 2009 to begin his career at Victory Junction. Jonathan graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management & Psychology from Murray State University in December of 2008 and went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University in 2014. His passion for camp and serving children with special needs is what drove his career to Victory Junction. He began at Victory Junction as a program manager for the on-site team and slowly transitioned into the newly developing outreach program. He continued as the Outreach Director for over six years, leading the team serving children in the hospitals of North & South Carolina. Jonathan most recently moved into the Executive Program Director role at Victory Junction where he now provides leadership for the on-site program team, the outreach team, the barn team and the volunteer team. In his free time Jonathan enjoys making music, traveling, and most importantly, spending time with his wife, Jennifer and son, Kooper.

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff jonathan Lemmon
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff jonathan Lemmon
Executive Program Director

Originally from Columbia Kentucky, Jonathan Lemmon moved to Randleman North Carolina in 2009 to begin his career at Victory Junction. Jonathan graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management & Psychology from Murray State University in December of 2008 and went on to obtain a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University in 2014. His passion for camp and serving children with special needs is what drove his career to Victory Junction. He began at Victory Junction as a program manager for the on-site team and slowly transitioned into the newly developing outreach program. He continued as the Outreach Director for over six years, leading the team serving children in the hospitals of North & South Carolina. Jonathan most recently moved into the Executive Program Director role at Victory Junction where he now provides leadership for the on-site program team, the outreach team, the barn team and the volunteer team. In his free time Jonathan enjoys making music, traveling, and most importantly, spending time with his wife, Jennifer and son, Kooper.

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff jacob byrd
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff jacob byrd
Camp Program Director

Jacob Byrd’s journey began at Victory Junction during the summer of 2008 as a cabin counselor. He instantly fell in love with Victory Junction, and their mission. Jacob served in many positions within Victory Junction’s summer program including cabin counselor, unit leader, and entertainment coordinator. He transitioned into a full-time employee in 2011. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Psychology. Jacob directly supports the Camp Program Team, and ensure the day-to-day program operations are running smoothly, and safely. Jacob’s favorite program area is the Adventure Zone.

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff jacob byrd
Camp Program Director

Jacob Byrd’s journey began at Victory Junction during the summer of 2008 as a cabin counselor. He instantly fell in love with Victory Junction, and their mission. Jacob served in many positions within Victory Junction’s summer program including cabin counselor, unit leader, and entertainment coordinator. He transitioned into a full-time employee in 2011. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Psychology. Jacob directly supports the Camp Program Team, and ensure the day-to-day program operations are running smoothly, and safely. Jacob’s favorite program area is the Adventure Zone.

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff jacob byrd
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff jodi ballard
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff jodi chiz
Family Weekend and Events Program Manager

Jodi Chiz earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from NC State University. She interned with athletic teams working in the Community Relations Department alongside nonprofit organizations, as well as facilitating youth activities. Upon graduation, Jodi worked as an AmeriCorps member for 2 years while obtaining her Masters in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida. She has been with Victory Junction since 2016 serving as the Reach Manager for South Carolina. Jodi has shifted to Victory Junction’s on-site Program Team, taking on the role of Family Weekends and Special Events Program Manager. She coordinates and facilitates Spring and Family Weekends as well as Special Events like NASCARnival. Jodi is a new resident of Randleman, NC, loves NASCAR, and enjoys staying active – most recently attempting wakesurfing and skiing!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff jodi ballard
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff jodi chiz
Family Weekend and Events Program Manager

Jodi Chiz earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from NC State University. She interned with athletic teams working in the Community Relations Department alongside nonprofit organizations, as well as facilitating youth activities. Upon graduation, Jodi worked as an AmeriCorps member for 2 years while obtaining her Masters in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida. She has been with Victory Junction since 2016 serving as the Reach Manager for South Carolina. Jodi has shifted to Victory Junction’s on-site Program Team, taking on the role of Family Weekends and Special Events Program Manager. She coordinates and facilitates Spring and Family Weekends as well as Special Events like NASCARnival. Jodi is a new resident of Randleman, NC, loves NASCAR, and enjoys staying active – most recently attempting wakesurfing and skiing!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff robert cheek
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff robert cheek
Program Area Manager

Robert Cheek received a degree in Community and Therapeutic Recreation from UNC Greensboro. He started working at Victory Junction in 2012 as a lifeguard. As the Program Area Manager, Robert ensures all of Victory Junction’s incredible program areas meet ACA and SeriousFun Standards. He also assists in making all camp sessions run smoothly while making certain all Summer Staff hold appropriate certifications. Robert loves working for Victory Junction and empowering a change in others’ lives. When he’s not working at camp I enjoy camping, wood working and mountain biking. Fun fact – Robert has worked as a professional mascot, a hog farmer and on a construction crew.

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff robert cheek
Program Area Manager

Robert Cheek received a degree in Community and Therapeutic Recreation from UNC Greensboro. He started working at Victory Junction in 2012 as a lifeguard. As the Program Area Manager, Robert ensures all of Victory Junction’s incredible program areas meet ACA and SeriousFun Standards. He also assists in making all camp sessions run smoothly while making certain all Summer Staff hold appropriate certifications. Robert loves working for Victory Junction and empowering a change in others’ lives. When he’s not working at camp I enjoy camping, wood working and mountain biking. Fun fact – Robert has worked as a professional mascot, a hog farmer and on a construction crew.

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff robert cheek
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Sarah Trigg
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Sarah Trigg
Residential Life and Operations Manager

Sarah Trigg earned her Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Washington University. Before coming to Victory Junction, she worked in camp programming at Camp For All in Burton Texas. In her role as Residential Life and Operations Manager, Sarah oversees hiring summer staff and trains staff members on camper behavior management strategies. Sarah is originally from Ewing, NJ and loves to sing camp songs. Her favorite is “The Princess Pat.”

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Sarah Trigg
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Sarah Trigg
Residential Life and Operations Manager

Sarah Trigg earned her Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Washington University. Before coming to Victory Junction, she worked in camp programming at Camp For All in Burton Texas. In her role as Residential Life and Operations Manager, Sarah oversees hiring summer staff and trains staff members on camper behavior management strategies. Sarah is originally from Ewing, NJ and loves to sing camp songs. Her favorite is “The Princess Pat.”

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Claire Rutan
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Claire Rutan
Volunteer Director

Growing up, Claire Rutan’s mother volunteered every chance she could. It was only natural for Claire to follow in her mother’s footsteps.  She moved to Randleman, North Carolina in 2000. When she arrived, she heard about a new camp being built nearby, and she knew she wanted to be involved.  Claire obtained a sabbatical for 6 months from her former employer to volunteer at Victory Junction when it first opened in 2004. She later accepted a full time position with camp as Volunteer Director in December of that year.  She loves working with volunteers! Helping them have the opportunity to change our campers’ lives, while seeing how it changes their own lives has been one of her greatest joys. Come volunteer with us!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Claire Rutan
Volunteer Director

Growing up, Claire Rutan’s mother volunteered every chance she could. It was only natural for Claire to follow in her mother’s footsteps.  She moved to Randleman, North Carolina in 2000. When she arrived, she heard about a new camp being built nearby, and she knew she wanted to be involved.  Claire obtained a sabbatical for 6 months from her former employer to volunteer at Victory Junction when it first opened in 2004. She later accepted a full time position with camp as Volunteer Director in December of that year.  She loves working with volunteers! Helping them have the opportunity to change our campers’ lives, while seeing how it changes their own lives has been one of her greatest joys. Come volunteer with us!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Claire Rutan
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Debbie Lanier
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Debbie Lanier
Volunteer Assistant

Debbie Lanier started her career at Victory Junction in 2015. She began working in the Body Shop with our camper recruitment team and then transitioned into the Volunteer Department in 2016. Debbie helps provide support and guidance to our volunteers from when they begin their application through their dates of service with Victory Junction. She is constantly amazed at the generosity and outpouring of love VJ volunteers have for our campers and staff.

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Debbie Lanier
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Debbie Lanier
Volunteer Assistant

Debbie Lanier started her career at Victory Junction in 2015. She began working in the Body Shop with our camper recruitment team and then transitioned into the Volunteer Department in 2016. Debbie helps provide support and guidance to our volunteers from when they begin their application through their dates of service with Victory Junction. She is constantly amazed at the generosity and outpouring of love VJ volunteers have for our campers and staff.

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Angela Miller
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Angela Miller
Reach Program Director

Angela Miller has her Master’s Degree in Education and has been a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) since 2006 in the Charlotte, NC area.  Angela has worked in general pediatrics and then outpatient hematology and oncology, caring for infant to young adult patients. She is also an Adjunct Professor at UNC-Charlotte where she teaches Introduction to Child Life.  As Reach Program Director, she oversees Victory Junction’s outreach program. Reach provides “camp-like” activities to pediatric patients and families in children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses throughout North and South Carolina. Fun fact – she loves a good challenge. To raise awareness for pediatric patients, Angela hiked 30 miles in one day, on two separate occasions and is eager to do it a third time!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Angela Miller
Reach Program Director

Angela Miller has her Master’s Degree in Education and has been a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) since 2006 in the Charlotte, NC area.  Angela has worked in general pediatrics and then outpatient hematology and oncology, caring for infant to young adult patients. She is also an Adjunct Professor at UNC-Charlotte where she teaches Introduction to Child Life.  As Reach Program Director, she oversees Victory Junction’s outreach program. Reach provides “camp-like” activities to pediatric patients and families in children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses throughout North and South Carolina. Fun fact – she loves a good challenge. To raise awareness for pediatric patients, Angela hiked 30 miles in one day, on two separate occasions and is eager to do it a third time!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Angela Miller
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Melissa Owen
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Melissa Owen
Reach Manager

Melissa Owen is the North Carolina Reach manager for Victory Junction. She graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelors degree in Child Development and Family Relations with a concentration in Child Life. Melissa is a Certified Child Life Specialist and completed her Child Life internship at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She loves bringing camp magic to the children and families in North Carolina, and value creative expression through the arts. Fun Fact – Melissa also studied abroad in Australia were she was able to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with Nemo and Dory!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Melissa Owen
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Melissa Owen
Reach Manager

Melissa Owen is the North Carolina Reach manager for Victory Junction. She graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelors degree in Child Development and Family Relations with a concentration in Child Life. Melissa is a Certified Child Life Specialist and completed her Child Life internship at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She loves bringing camp magic to the children and families in North Carolina, and value creative expression through the arts. Fun Fact – Melissa also studied abroad in Australia were she was able to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with Nemo and Dory!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Michaela Moody
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Michaela Moody
Reach Manager

Michaela started at Victory Junction in the Summer of 2017 as a lifeguard in the Water Park, and has since transitioned as the Reach Manager for South Carolina. She will graduate from East Carolina University this coming May with her Bachelors Degree in Public Health Studies. She loves working with kids and the opportunity of bringing camp to children and families in the hospitals and Ronald McDonald houses in South Carolina! Fun Fact – Her favorite ice cream flavor is butter pecan!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Michaela Moody
Reach Manager

Michaela started at Victory Junction in the Summer of 2017 as a lifeguard in the Water Park, and has since transitioned as the Reach Manager for South Carolina. She will graduate from East Carolina University this coming May with her Bachelors Degree in Public Health Studies. She loves working with kids and the opportunity of bringing camp to children and families in the hospitals and Ronald McDonald houses in South Carolina! Fun Fact – Her favorite ice cream flavor is butter pecan!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Michaela Moody
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Kelsey Repsch
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Kelsey Repsch
Barn Director

Originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Kelsey Repsch made a new home for herself in North Carolina, becoming the Barn Director for Victory Junction. She graduated from Post University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Business Management with concentrations in Therapeutic Riding, Equine Massage and Hoof Trimming. In 2012 Kelsey became a Path Certified Registered Instructor. Fun Fact – Kelsey volunteered at a therapeutic riding facility throughout her high school years. She knew from watching how participants benefited from the experience that it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Kelsey Repsch
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Kelsey Repsch
Barn Director

Originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Kelsey Repsch made a new home for herself in North Carolina, becoming the Barn Director for Victory Junction. She graduated from Post University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Business Management with concentrations in Therapeutic Riding, Equine Massage and Hoof Trimming. In 2012 Kelsey became a Path Certified Registered Instructor. Fun Fact – Kelsey volunteered at a therapeutic riding facility throughout her high school years. She knew from watching how participants benefited from the experience that it was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Sarah Wyrk
victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Sarah Wyrk
Barn Assistant

With almost 20 years equine experience Sarah Wryk is a natural fit for the Victory Junction Barn team! Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy and a master’s in Business Administration. As Barn Associate, she supports and assists our barn director with the care, upkeep, and management of the animals and barn facilities. She is currently working on her PATH certification to become a certified therapeutic riding instructor. Sarah is utilizing that knowledge and experience along with her business degree to help build our new therapeutic riding program, Vic’s Riders!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Sarah Wyrk
Barn Assistant

With almost 20 years equine experience Sarah Wryk is a natural fit for the Victory Junction Barn team! Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Recreation Therapy and a master’s in Business Administration. As Barn Associate, she supports and assists our barn director with the care, upkeep, and management of the animals and barn facilities. She is currently working on her PATH certification to become a certified therapeutic riding instructor. Sarah is utilizing that knowledge and experience along with her business degree to help build our new therapeutic riding program, Vic’s Riders!

victory junction team VJ meet the team staff Sarah Wyrk