Meet Your Head Counselors

Karen Rathgeber Hale (TR ’80) is your Head Counselor for the Two Week Intermediate and Four Week Intermediate and Senior Camps.  Karen has been one of camp’s head counselors for quite some time, so she can pretty much do this job with her eyes closed!  She loves being at camp, and especially loves working with the counselors. Karen loves the hikes and trips, and [secretly] likes a good prank now and then. Karen and her husband Chris live in Salado, TX where they run the coolest little shop in town.  Wherever Karen goes, her girl, “Scout” is sure to be close behind.

Cindy Alexander DuBose (TR’86) will be returning for her third summer as the Head Counselor for the Two Week Junior Camp.  Cindy has been a counselor and a camper at Camp Nakanawa since the 1980′s. Cindy coached tennis for 15 years and is the Academic Dean for Social Studies at Johnson High School in San Antonio, Texas.  Cindy’s fantastic experiences and memories from camp have inspired her to bring fun, friendship and love of camping to the young ladies of Nakanawa.  She is organized, well-prepared and always ready to listen to campers and counselors. Cindy is likely to be in the middle of fun, whether leading a hike or a late-night prank (following camp rules of course). Cindy and her husband David live in San Antonio, Texas with their handsome dog, “Buster.”

Martha Layman McKechnie (TR’06) will be your returning for her third year as the Head Counselor for the Four Week Junior Camp.   Martha has been a camper and a counselor since the 1990′s and this is her 20th summer at camp!!   Martha comes from a long line of Camp Nakanawa girls.  Her great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, sister, aunts and cousins have all been to Nakanawa.   Her late aunt, Louise Boteler, spent many years in Junior Camp as Head Counselor.  Martha loves being able to follow in Louise’s footsteps! You will generally find Martha laughing too loud or teaching the counselors serenade songs.  (She will be the Head of Glee Club for Junior 2 week as well.) Martha and her husband, Jason, moved to Crossville in July 2017 and live in the tan house that you drive past on your way into Senior camp! You will find Jason (usually!) in Senior Camp teaching Wall or Outdoor Adventure or going on a run with our pups, Sally (pink collar) and Fred (blue collar)! M & J are expecting their first baby at the end of November – they are excited to find out at the end of June if “Baby Squirt” will be a future Amazon or a future “barn boy.”