Meet the Staff!

Tom Hussmann

Executive Director

Tom Hussmann serves Camp Albemarle as Executive Director. Tom has been involved in camping and recreation for over 40 years and has served at Camp Albemarle since January of 2009. He holds a degree in Parks and Recreation Administration from Indiana University, and has been actively involved in his church, and many community and civic organizations. Tom and his wife Jan have three grown children and four grandchildren, all of them Camp Albemarle Campers!

Mary Joe Kaiser

Office Administrator

Mary Joe serves Camp Albemarle as the Office Administrator. Mary Joe has been serving at camp since September 2014. She is married to her high school sweetheart who joined the Coast Guard in 2001. She has two grown children and one in high school. She enjoys serving as a volunteer ombudsman for the Coast Guard. She also enjoys hiking, running, fishing, and being at the beach.

Heather Lavinder

Nature School Director

Heather serves Camp Albemarle as Nature School Director. Heather’s love for the ocean and passion for children brought her to North Carolina. After graduating from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina with her Bachelor’s in Marine Science and a double minor in biology and psychology, she worked as a Special Activities Instructor at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. She has attended various nature-based preschool training including the Nature Preschool Institute at Chippewa Nature Center, The Cedarsong Way Teacher Training, and professional development through The Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS). Heather is blessed to combine her love for children, our planet, and God into one amazing job and is excited to get children active outdoors and surrounded by nature. She enjoys volunteering, watching sunrises and sunsets, and crafting.

Eric Witte

Maintenance Director

Eric serves Camp Albemarle as Maintenance Director. Eric spent the past sixteen years working at Lowe’s Home Improvement, starting at night stocking and working his way up to management where he managed a team of seventeen for six years. He has experience as a glazier, and in electrical, plumbing, and landscaping. Eric is excited to apply his varied skills to ensure a safe and secure environment where kids can explore and learn, and to make Camp look the best it ever has. Outside of work, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the outdoors, and woodworking.


Carlie Ansel

Alby After School Director

Carlie serves as Director of Alby After School, she has worked in after-school programming for over 5 years. She is passionate about serving her community through providing programming that enriches, inspires, and equips students academically, personally, and spiritually. In 2014, she fell in love with Camp Albemarle as a camp counselor and feels privileged to be a part of the staff.

Brad Basto

Director of Summer Camp Ministries

Brad Basto serves Camp Albemarle as Director of Summer Camp Ministries. Brad was born & raised in the Winston-Salem area and has lived all across North Carolina. Brad has been involved in camps since 2009 and has worked as a camp counselor, outdoor educator, summer camp coordinator, and program director. Summer camp has been a huge part of his life and ever since he first became a counselor, he’s worked towards making a career out of summer camp. He holds a degree in Outdoor Ministry from Montreat College and believes strongly in life-long learning. He loves the coast and enjoys hiking, swimming, rock climbing, and backcountry camping with his wife Emma and son Christopher.

Abigail Garland

Social Media Coordinator and Assistant Alby After School Director

Abigail serves Camp Albemarle as Social Media Coordinator and Assistant Director of Alby After School. Abigail has worked in After School care for five years and has a passion for providing a safe, fun environment for children after a long day of learning. She has earned an Associate of Arts degree from Carteret Community College and is currently a photography student. Abigail is excited to combine her love of photography, children, and the outdoors while working at camp. She is passionate about serving at her local church, playing guitar, and doing anything creative!