Sunni Markowitz Owner/Executive Director of Operations
Sunni Markowitz

Whether as a community leader and volunteer, academic researcher or mother, Sunni's career has been defined by a singular commitment to children. She has been an avid fundraiser, community advocate and board member for a wide range of organizations including Hadassah, a Jewish woman's organization that assists with the development of two hospitals in Israel, the Brain Injury Association of Texas, Jewish Family Service Houston and the Girl Scouts of America, and the Shlenker School. Sunni currently sits on the board of The Emery Weiner School. Before her work as a volunteer and community leader, Sunni advocated for many special needs children and worked as a researcher and education liaison at The Institute of Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) and the University of Texas Medical School. As part of a brain injury study, she advocated for more than 300 children ages 6-16, assisting in their return to school after injury and helping develop a questionnaire for the diagnosis of Mild Brain Injury Syndrome. While pursuing her M.Ed. at the University of Houston, she worked on a research project examining reading curriculum in elementary schools. Prior to that she was a preschool teacher at the Becker Early Childhood Center, earned her B.S. in Child Psychology from the University of Colorado, and also lead a youth pilgrimage to Israel with 72 16-and 17-year-olds. The summer camp tradition is strong with Sunni, she attended camp for 14 years as a camper, CIT, Junior Counselor and assisted with the Water Front Department at her beloved camp. For Sunni, the establishment of Lantern Creek allows her to combine her strengths as a children's advocate and educator with her background as community leader and strong connections in Houston to bring a new vision of summer camping to Texas children. Sunni's vision of inspiring young women and girls to be confident independent young leaders to help make our world a better place!

Camp Name: Piper-given to her by friends as she seems to be a "Pied Piper"!

Favorite Movie: Steel Magnolias!

Favorite Book: "Pride and Prejudice"

Favorite Quote: "Say what you mean and mean what you say!"

Email: sunni@camplanterncreek.com

Ange Atkinson Program Director
Ange Atkinson

A great love for the outdoors and teaching brought Ange into the summer camping world during her college years, where she found a second home working as a camp counselor. Ange's studies in Anthropology, Geosciences and Communications at Trinity University exposed her to the fields of cultural and environmental education, and a dream began of creating a summer camp dedicated to sustainable education and leadership. Upon graduating, Ange continued to develop her career in camping by teaching fifth and sixth graders science and adventure education at High Trails Outdoor Science School in Southern California. Her heart then led her to work for Girlstart, a nonprofit organization in Austin, Texas working with girls in science, technology, engineering and math. Ange grew Girlstart's Afterschool and Travel Summer Camp programs expanding her knowledge of informal education programming. With the founding of Lantern Creek, she joyfully accepted the position of Program Director. She continues to grow her knowledge of the summer camp industry by volunteering with the American Camp Association as an Accreditation Visitor, and is involved in ACA Texoma's EPIC Committee (Emerging Professionals in Camping). Ange also often works as a Challenge Course Facilitator at neighboring courses such as Texas A&M. Ange is thrilled that after 10 years in the camping industry, her career will continue to grow at Camp Lantern Creek in her role as Camp Director. In her free time, Ange loves to kayak, hike, do yoga, listen to music, read, travel and eat delicious food!

Camp Name: Popsie - for two reasons, I spent a very cold winter in California and often frozen like a popsicle. And I LOVE popsicles! Shorten that, what do you get? Popsie.

Favorite Movie: A League of Their Own

Favorite Book: The Lorax!!

Favorite Quote:"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

Email for parents: ange@camplanterncreek.com



Sage Event Coordinator
Michelle Bollmeyer

Michelle started attending summer camp when she was 8 years old and fell in love with it. She continued to go every summer until she was old enough to work as a camp counselor. She started with Lantern Creek the inaugural year, and spent her summers through college there. Her love of the outdoors and camp lead her to pursue a degree in Recreation Administration at Texas State University. After graduating, she found herself packing up and moving to Salt Lake City to work for Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation. She has made her way back to the warmth of Texas (as the snow in Utah is unbearable) and into the camping world. She couldn't be more excited to come full circle back to CLC, helping to empower the girls that attend camp! In the summer, she works as the program director at Camp Lantern Creek, and during the year she coordinates retreats and events for camp. In her free time she loves to volunteer, read, travel, and do anything outdoors!

Camp Name: Landshark

Email for parents: michelle@lanterncreekevents.com



Petie Hensley Registrar and Office Guru
Petie

Before her three children were born, Petie's professional experience was as an executive administrative assistant to large companies. Once her first born was welcomed into the world, Petie put her organizational skills to work at home as a stay-at-home mom to three children. Her love for camp came about naturally through her children. Their love for camp spilled over to her and soon this "camp mom" was volunteering her administrative skills during summers at a co-ed residential summer camp. It wasn't long before Petie was working full-time year-round at as Office Manager at this camp. This is how she met Sunni Markowitz, who was working CLC's first Austin Family Camp Fair. An immediate kinship was born between the two ladies and was sealed when Petie realized that her young teenage daughter would be a perfect fit to begin the leadership program at Camp Lantern Creek. After leaving her first camp position, and moving her family back to the Austin area, Petie's love for camp continued to grow as she realized that she, too, was a perfect fit for CLC. Volunteering here and there during the summers soon led to a Camp Lantern Creek staff member as Registrar and Office Guru.

Camp Name: Pebbles -- This was an enduring nickname given to me in middle school. Loved it then; love it now.

Favorite Movie: "P.S. I Love You"

Favorite Book: "The Art of Racing in the Rain"

Favorite Quote: "The heart has reasons that reason does not understand."

Email for parents: petie@camplanterncreek.com



Brenda
Ropes Coordinator
Brenda Olsen

Brenda has been facilitating for various challenge courses around Texas for the past 4 years. In this time she has grown her facilitation knowledge and skills by undergoing rigorous training to receive her Level 2 Challenge Course Facilitator's Certificate. Brenda's degree in Early Childhood Education from Sam Houston State University deepens her understanding of education on the challenge course here at Lantern Creek. Brenda continues to work for other challenge courses in the surrounding area and trains various companies in rope access. Brenda regularly attends annual conferences like ACCT (Association for Challeng Course Technology) and TOEA (Texas Outdoor Education Association) to continue to grow her knowledge of challenge course safety, training, and facilitation skills.