Meet the Directors & Staff
Michaux Crocker, Camp Director
Michaux became the Camp Director in 1996, but he has been involved with Camp Cheerio since long before that as both a camper and staff member. He met his wife and current co-worker, Michelle, at Cheerio. Since then, they have loved raising their family surrounded by the love and values that are central to the Cheerio culture. In his free time, Michaux loves playing golf and soccer as well as spending time with his wife and two sons, Jack and Luke.
Shane Brown, Director of Traditional Camp and Development
Shane’s Cheerio Journey started as a camper in 1992 and his life has been changed and shaped by his Cheerio experience in countless ways since. He studied Parks and Recreation Management at NC State University and met his wife Cheri while in school there. They have two children, Adaline and Benton, who love being campers at Cheerio as much as Shane did 30 years ago. When not at camp, Shane enjoys cycling, whitewater paddling, and spending time with family.
Michelle Crocker, Associate Camp Director
Michelle first joined the Cheerio family in 1989 as a Senior Counselor, and has served Cheerio in a variety of capacities over the years. By far her favorite role is her current one: building meaningful relationships with our staff and helping them to achieve their full potential. In her free time Michelle enjoys reading, playing games, laughing, and hanging out with her friends and family.
Martyn Armstrong, Operations and Food Service Director
Martyn joined the Cheerio family as a counselor in 1996. In addition to planning and preparing the delicious menus in our dining hall, Martyn is responsible for all of the great Cheerio gear in the camp store, and is the judge of everyone’s favorite camp competition: Cabin Cleanup!
Kiran Orcutt, Personnel and Staff Director
Kiran Orcutt is our Personnel and Staff Director, specifically hired to help in hiring staff and oversee Support Staff during the summers. Kiran was born and raised in High Point, NC and attended UNC Charlotte, earning degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology. From a very young age, Kiran knew she wanted to work with children. As part of a large family, she grew up helping with younger cousins and siblings. After her first year in college, Kiran worked as a Senior Counselor at Cheerio. She has worked the last three summers as a Counselor and Head Counselor. She loves working with staff and helping them become a better version of themselves.
Meredith Roethling, Leadership and Development Director
Meredith Roethling is our Leadership and Development Director, organizing Cheerio’s Counselor-in-Training Program and Senior Adult Camps. She grew up in Goldsboro, NC and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with degrees in Exercise and Sports Science and Neuroscience. Meredith is the proud owner of her dog, Gracie who is fondly referred to by campers as “Groosler.” She first attended Camp Cheerio as a camper in 2002 and has worked in many capacities at Camp Cheerio - including as a Junior and Senior Counselor, Head Counselor, Support Staff Director, Kitchen Staff, Riding Staff, and C.I.T. Director. Cheerio is very important to Meredith and having the opportunity to work full time is a dream come true!
Eric Orcutt, Activity Development and Training Director
Eric Orcutt is our Activity Development and Training Director. Eric is a huge fan of Syracuse basketball, the Buffalo Bills, and all things Marvel. After many summers at Cheerio as a camper, Eric returned in 2015 as a Senior Counselor. Since then, he has served as a Head Counselor, Program Director, and on the Fall Adventure Education Staff. Eric graduated from UNC Charlotte with a degree in Elementary Education. He is thrilled to be working with children and especially at a place so close to his heart, Camp Cheerio.
Terri Price, Director of Registration
Chances are if you call the Cheerio office, the friendly voice that answers the phone will belong to Terri. She serves as the Director of Registration for Camp Cheerio. She oversees camper registration and payments for Traditional Camp and Cheerio On The New River. Terri joined the Cheerio family in 2014. Two of Terri’s children are former Cheerio campers.
Kathy Harris, Registrar
Kathy’s first experience with Camp Cheerio was as a participant at our family camp, and she immediately fell in love with it. She joined the staff in November of 2014 and assists with the registration process for our many campers and groups. Outside of Cheerio Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons.
Counselors & Staff
Dedicated and experienced leadership is the key to successful camping. At Cheerio, we consider our counselors to be our most important asset. We maintain an overall counselor to camper ratio of better than 1:4. Our high ratio ensures each camper receives positive, personal interaction with their counselors each and every day.
How We Select Our Counselors
Only qualified college students and graduates who possess outstanding leadership abilities and experience in working successfully with children are selected as our Senior Counselors. Junior Counselors, held to the same high standards, are a minimum rising high school senior. We personally interview each candidate at Cheerio, secure a minimum of three personal, written references, and perform extensive background checks for all new counselors. Cheerio chooses only those who exhibit the high qualities consistent with the YMCA philosophy.
Learn about becoming a counselor on our Employment page.