Camp Albemarle Staff Bios

Tom Hussmann, Executive Director

Tom Hussmann
Tom Hussmann serves Camp Albemarle as Executive Director. Tom has been involved in camping and recreation for over 30 years and has served as Executive Director 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 two grandsons, who will be old enough to be campers soon!

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Sam Stone

Sam Stone

Sam first came to camp at age 3 with his father, who led bible studies and vespers as the pastor from Farmville Presbyterian Church. As soon as he became old enough to attend as a camper, he came for a week overnight every summer until his Sophomore year of high school. Then after graduating from the North Carolina School of Math and Science, he came on staff for his first summer in 2011. After serving in 5 different roles during his summers here, he came on full-time as the Director of Program Ministries after Summer 2016. His favorite activity at camp is the sailing, but he is also known for his tetherball prowess and the incredible volume of sweat he produces at camp dances. His life’s goal is to get on and win Survivor, and he hopes that his skills learned at camp will carry him to victory. Sam currently works with outside groups who want to do any of our challenge or aquatic programs during the off-season as well as the LIT and CIT programs during the summer. If you have any questions about those, please feel free to shoot him an e-mail! The first person to include the code SURVIVORSAM in an email to him will win a free mug from our camp store!

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Christine Markham

Christine Markham 

Christine came on-board in February 2017 as the Director of Camp Ministries. She is from Richmond Virginia where she is a Master Naturalist with the State Parks. She is a Certified Park & Recreation Professional with the National Recreation and Park Association as well as an Aquatic Facilities Operator with the NRPA. Christine enjoys kayaking, hiking and backpacking. After obtaining her Degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism Management from Old Dominion University she solo hiked a third of the Appalachian Trail. She has worked at camps and retreat facilities up and down the east coast and feels blessed to call Camp Albemarle home. In her free time she volunteers with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Broad Creek Middle and Meals on Wheels with her church Bethlehem United Methodist. Christine believes in the power of camp!

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Heather Estep- Camp Albemarle

Heather Estep
Heather Estep serves Camp Albemarle as Preschool Director. Heather’s love for the ocean and passion for children brought her to North Carolina in 2012. 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. 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 is working on her NC Environmental Education Certification and enjoys volunteering with various organizations in our community.

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Mary Joe Kaiser, Office Administrator

Mary Joe Kaiser
Mary Joe grew up in a small town in Northern Michigan.  She married her high school sweetheart when she was nineteen. He joined the military in 2001 and Mary Joe has been following him around ever since.  They have been stationed all over the East Coast and landed here this spring.  God blessed the couple with three beautiful children, who have kept Mary Joe very busy.  She has been a stay at home mom for most of her husband’s career, but is looking forward to this new adventure working and serving at Camp Albemarle.  Mary Joe enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, running, and generally anything outdoors.

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Ben Ansel
Meet our Maintenance Director, Ben Ansel. Ben first served on Camp Albemarles summer staff in 2012 and he later met his wife,Carlie, at Camp Albemarle as well. Carlie and Ben were married in February 2017 and camp feels blessed to have these alumnus back.

156 Albemarle Dr
Newport, NC 28570