Grant Staff is composed of four graduate students from the University of Tennessee.
Phillip, also known as p^2, has been involved with Camp Koinonia for seven years. He found out about camp when the cashier wrote it on the back of his receipt when buying a shirt at Guess Jeans Co. Some call it luck, others find it to be destiny. Phillip lives by his life philosophy of “long hair, don’t care” and has a great success in everything he does. He graduated with a communications degree from The University of Tennessee and will obtain his masters in Therapeutic Recreation this spring of 2013. When not working or planning camps, Phillip enjoys playing frisbee attending concerts, and disc jockeying in his spare time.
Camp Koinonia Assistant Director
Lauren is a recent graduate at the University of Tennessee where she earned two bachelor of arts degrees in Hispanic Studies and Studio Art. During her time there she learned about “camp class” and was eager to enroll. She immediately fell in love with the program and all the people in it and decided to obtain her masters in Therapeutic Recreation under the guidance and direction of Dr. Hayes. Lauren is fluent in Spanish and has studied for a summer in Alicante, Spain and a semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As an undergraduate she worked at TRECS as a group fitness instructor. Some of her favorite classes to teach are yoga, pilates, and spin. Her pastimes include competing in triathlons, photography, and eating ice cream. After graduation she hopes to combine her two passions of TR and art by doing art therapy.
Koinonia Retreat Co-Director
Jac (not Jack) graduated with an English Literature degree from the University of Tennessee. A native of west Tennessee from a little town outside of Memphis called the Alamo, where he owns a safari of exotic animals. Jac makes the long trek every year to Knoxville to gain his masters education in Therapeutic Recreation. Jac is a talented musician who plays the guitar and sings. One of the way he destresses is by going into his room, putting on his headphones, and listening to a music album on his walkman from start to finish. Jac aspires to earn his doctorate degree in Psychology to work in mental health institutions. Jac is currently working on his thesis developing a theory on child’s play. He hopes to someday be the proud owner of a golden labrador, but unfortunately his current apartment does not allow pets.
Mackenzi Summers, BS CTRS