Operations Director & Owner
MS in Child and Youth Care Administration, Nova SE University; BA in Religion, Davidson College
While working as a summer camp counselor as a college student, Linda proclaimed to her director that “I want to be just like you when I grow up!” Little did she know …. Linda worked at Stone Mountain School from its inception in 1991 to 2000, serving as a counselor, program director, human resources manager and admissions director. Although this was very rewarding, she found the high energy and fun of camp to be her passion. She transitioned to be director of Talisman Programs from 2001 – 2012. Clearly hooked, she is back. Linda is a Red Cross instructor trainer. She thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1990, and still can’t get enough of hiking. In her free time, she gardens, cooks, cycles, runs with her dog and proudly supports her son’s adventures as a second-generation Davidson Wildcat – go ‘Cats!
BA in Political Science, Wheaton College, Mass.
Cory has been attending or working at summer camps since age 11. As an adult, he gravitated to wilderness therapy programs, working as a counselor and then administrator for many years. Most recently, Cory has worked as an exceptional child assistant and behavioral specialist for the Buncombe County School system in the school year, joining the Talisman team in the summer.
Originally from the great little State of Rhode Island, Cory has lived in N.C. for the past 20 years. He is the proud father of two wonderful daughters, Teagan and Kelyn. In his spare time, Cory coaches volleyball and is an overall avid sports fan.
BS in Speech/Language Pathology, Saint Mary’s College
Haley learned to love all things outdoors during her first summer as a counselor at Talisman during college. What quickly followed was another summer as a staff and yet another as a Program Manager. Haley has also worked with the ASD community for many years, most recently working at an Autism Center within a children’s hospital. Haley is new to North Carolina, as she was born and raised in Ohio, and claims to be a midwesterner at heart. She is an avid lover of all Notre Dame sports, and an alumnae of Saint Mary’s College. She can typically be found reading in her hammock, trying any local cold brew coffee, and experimenting with new recipes and foods. Her favorite camp meal is salad day!
Assistant Camp Director
In search of a home away from home, Maddy stumbled upon Talisman in the summer of 2019 due to her interest in psychology and her love for the outdoors. Maddy never felt at home in camps as a child, so she wanted to help create a fun space and unforgettable experience for kids by helping them make friends and develop skills through play. She fell in love with living and breathing everything Talisman during her first summer and has been coming back ever since. After working in direct care, she transitioned to be the Foundations and, then, Teen Adventure Program Manger. While her summers are dedicated to Talisman, Maddy can otherwise be found immersed in the outdoors and the arts. She is an actress and singer – having acted in 16 shows and studied classical voice for 8 years. She also fosters a love for hiking and kayaking – especially in N.C. Although she originates from Knoxville, TN, Maddy has quickly found home in N.C. as a Davidson College alumna.
Natalie has a background in education and was a high school teacher and college professor before getting into operations. She is a recent transplant from hot and dusty Arizona and is excited to be in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and thrilled to be working with everyone at Talisman Camp! She has a long history with summer camps, in fact, she met her husband at summer camp at the age of fourteen! She is excited about most things, loves learning, reading, and being outdoors. She has a multitude of children who she loves hanging out with and she is excited to become a grandma this summer!