Josh is the Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club of the Plateau; he lives at Camp Merrie-Woode in Sapphire, where his wife, Betsy is the Associate Director. Josh and Betsy have a son, Owen, a lovely baby daughter, Leigh, and a beagle named Irma. They spend a great deal of time in the outdoors and enjoy hiking, paddling, and backpacking.
Josh’s experience working with children began at Camp Grier in Old Fort, which is a coeducational summer camp affiliated with the Presbyterian Church; he worked his way up from a Counselor in Training through various positions including Program Director, Orientation Director, and Summer Camp Coordinator, where his role evolved from one working hands-on with campers to one in which he taught others to work with kids. Josh’s experiences at Grier were integral in his choice to pursue a degree in Leisure Studies and Recreation Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A., 1996) and also his decision to attend the Divinity School at Wake Forest University (M.Div., 2004).
After moving to Merrie-Woode, Josh decided to shift gears to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. Although assisting others in the community to regain and maximize physical function was a rewarding venture, Josh is thrilled to have the opportunity to return to youth development right here on the plateau.