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.




Kiersten Schnacke (TR’91) is your head Counselor for the Two Week Junior Session. Kiersten’s history at Nakanawa has spanned several decades since she started as a camper in 1986.  She has  spent most of her adult life serving as a counselor mainly on the docks of Lake Aloaloa.   All three of her sisters (Courtney, Whitney and Hattie) also attended Nakanawa, and now three decades later, her daughter and her cousins are continuing this special legacy.  Outside of camp, Kiersten is the Principal at Shady Grove Elementary School in Memphis, TN.  ” I am honored to serve at Camp Nakanawa during its Centennial Summer. My daughter, Poppy, is looking forward to her second summer at camp, and it is my hope that she and all of your daughters will embrace the beauty and tradition that Nakanawa offers.  For me, Nakanawa has been a foundation which has led me to see the world in a positive light. It holds a special place in my heart and in my history, and I will be forever grateful for the wonderful people and experiences that helped shape my life.”



Cindy Alexander DuBose (TR’86) will be returning for her fourth summer as the Head Counselor for Junior Camp. This year she will be joining us for the FOUR WEEK SESSION!   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.”