Meet Our Team!

Grace Rish
Hi, I’m Grace Rish! I am currently a student at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend Indiana, but I grew up in Charles Town, West Virginia. I am a double major in biology and theology with hopes of going to medical school in the future. If I’m not studying or cheering on Notre Dame football, you will most likely find me running on the paths around the lakes, or praying at the grotto. My patron saint is Saint Margaret Clitherow, she was a wife and mother during the Catholic persecutions in England, and would often harbor priests in her basement and have Mass celebrated in her home. While I love Saint Margaret Clitherow, I have found a new appreciation for a devotion to Our Lady. After attending medical school, I hope to enter the field of pediatric oncology because I am deeply passionate about working with children and about cells! I am so excited for my summer at Camp Carlo and can not wait to share our faith, adventures, and many laughs. Blessed Carlo Acutis, pray for us!
Beth West
I am a college student at DeSales University, where I am double majoring in dance and psychology. If I’m not dancing or studying, you can probably find me surrounded by art supplies and deep into a painting or a drawing, usually with a cup of tea by my side. I have loved horseback riding since I was young, and am very excited to be part of the horse wrangling team at Camp Carlo this summer. God shows a part of his goodness through these beautiful and powerful creatures, and I cannot wait to bring that joy to our campers. I am excited to see how God uses this summer to challenge and form me, and to grow his kingdom on earth. Camp Carlo has a beautiful mission, and I am grateful to be a part of it. Like our Mama Mary, my patron saint, I am ready to say yes to all the good that the Lord has in store. Be it done unto me!
Lizzy Hoppel
Hi everyone! My name is Lizzy Hoppel, and I am so excited to work at Camp Carlo this Summer. I was born and raised in Havre de Grace, Maryland and I am a rising sophomore at Hillsdale College in Michigan, where I plan to study English and Classical Education. I love hiking, long conversations, coffee, and going on adventures. My patron saint is St. Catherine of Sienna. I love her heart of mercy which pours out to all in need and her total surrender to our Eucharistic Lord. She held nothing back from God and allowed Him to mediate His graces of spiritual and physical healing through her. I have been blessed by many Catholic summer camps throughout my life and am always amazed by the way Christ continually calls me to deeper union with Him. It is such a blessing to have the opportunity to work at Camp Carlo, and I can’t wait to see how Christ reveals Himself to us through our friendship, prayer, nature, and the sacraments. 
Abby Criste
HI! My name is Abigail Criste, but I go by Abby. I live in Morgantown, WV with my family and our German Shepherd, Sarge. I work at the local Chick-Fil-A with my brother, Josh, however, I am no stranger to child care! Growing up in a family of 10, having many, many cousins, and teaching Sunday School has taught me so much. I love working with kids! Spending time praying and playing with children is a beautiful way to lead them closer to our Lord! I enjoy all things creative, especially photography and drawing, and I am so excited to teach the kids at camp how to use their unique talents to glorify God! My patron saint is St. Clare of Assisi. Her courage and love for the Faith is something I aspire to live up to! I couldn't be happier to have this opportunity to work at Camp Carlo for the Summer and I look forward to meeting everyone! Viva Christo Rey!
Christoph Bernas
Hi, I’m Christoph Bernas! I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am a sophomore at Penn State studying architecture. It is my passion and hope to specialize in church architecture. When not in studio drawing (which is very rare) you can find me in the forest hiking and camping. My patron is St. Francis. I am inspired by his simple way of life and total dedication to God, and I strive to follow this to the best of my ability. I have very fond memories of summer camp from my childhood, and I am excited to share these with a new generation of campers. I keep the faith at the center of my life and am excited to share it with the campers this summer
Monsty Olivas
My family is of Mexican background and lived in Clarion, Pennsylvania until two years ago when we moved to State College PA. I grew up with my two brothers and sister in a Catholic, bilingual, homeschool household. Creative arts are my main area of interest, and I have enjoyed starting my college studies as a major in Visual Arts. As a sophomore student in college, I am currently preparing to transfer from Penn State University to Christendom College. While at Penn State, I have loved getting to serve as the Web Designer with the Catholic Newman Club and participating in the Students For Life club on campus. At my Confirmation, I chose Saint Pope John Paul II to be my patron saint because of how fervently he served the Church and spoke about how beautiful the Lord’s creation is. My older sister had the blessing of being a counselor last year, and witnessing her growth and joy at serving the campers gave me the confidence to apply and follow this invaluable ministry. I aspire to constantly seek opportunities around me to serve, and I cannot wait to be given a channel in which to use my talents for others! I am so excited to meet the campers this summer and give them a week full of joy!
Steven Rowen
Hello! My name is Steven Rowen and I am from Waterford, Virginia. I will be graduating from Virginia Tech this May with a degree in Finance and a concentration in personal financial planning. I love playing, watching, and talking about sports and I covered sports articles for the school newspaper at Virginia Tech. My faith is an incredibly important aspect of my life which has grown greatly since going to college. Service is a major way that I act out my faith as I strive to follow the model of my patron saint, St. Damien of Molokai. My goal is to apply his model of selfless giving to my everyday life. I’m super excited to spend my Summer as a counselor at Camp Carlo!
Maggie Moran
Hello! My name is Maggie Moran and I am from Chesapeake, Virginia. I love Jesus, coffee, long car rides, blasting music, hugs, chatting with friends, and playing outside. I am graduating from Virginia Tech in May with a degree in History and a minor in Leadership and Social Change. This fall I will be starting as the Campus Minister at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV! I am so excited to be back at Camp Carlo this summer. Last summer was the closest I have ever felt to Christ, surrounded by people who pushed me to be more like the woman God created me to be. I am so happy to be able to spend the summer bringing Jesus to all whom I encounter and serving the youth at camp! Service is very important to me as one of my favorite saints is St. Martha, the sister of Lazarus. She gets lost in the service she is doing and misses the thing that is most important, our Lord sitting before her. Sometimes my priorities can be out of order, but it provides me an opportunity to turn back to Christ, who welcomes me back with open arms.
Maryanne Macdonald
Hi all! My name is Maryanne Macdonald. I am a rising senior in college at Franciscan University of Steubenville pursuing a major in Experimental Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. I was born and raised in Towson, Maryland with my seven siblings and loving parents. In my free time, I like to read, bake, and go on hikes. Previously, I have volunteered at my parish’s summer Vacation Bible School, gone on a mission with FOCUS, and worked with teens through Vagabond Missions. If I had to name one saint who is particular to my heart, it would be St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Her teaching of the “little way” to our Lord’s Heart, of saying the small “yeses” to God guides me each day. One of my favorite quotes from her is this: “The world’s thy ship and not thy home.” I love that Camp Carlo beautifully incorporates faith into the everyday adventures of camp life. While this will be my first year as a counselor, I am beyond excited to grow in my faith with everyone I meet and see what the Lord has in store.
Jacob Estep
Hi there everyone! My name is Jacob Estep and I am from Wheeling, WV. I am currently a sophomore at Franciscan University of Steubenville studying biochemistry with plans to go to medical school once I graduate. When I am not busy with studying I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and swing dancing. Pretty much anything active/outdoors is good with me! My patron saint is Saint Francis de Sales who brings the call of Christ to Christian perfection to all people, no matter their state in life. He gives the average person instructions about how to live a holy life which has had a tremendous impact on my own life and my relationship with Christ. I am quite excited to start camp this summer! Working at Camp Carlo was quite simply an inspiration from God. One day, while doing my Theology homework and reflecting on what I wanted to do for the summer, I was given the grace to consider working at this camp! After reaching out for more information, I knew it was my calling for this summer and I am counting down the days to when we start! Looking forward to meeting everyone and seeing where God takes us!
Jayden Shaw
My name is Jayden, and this is my second year serving God at Camp Carlo! I grew up in rural, central WV, and I am entering my junior year at Fairmont State University studying mechanical engineering. I strive to be a deeply caring, strong, self-sacrificing man for all those around me, just as my patron saint, St. Christopher. As for my job outside of camp, God has given me the absolute blessing to serve at a non-profit organization named the Disability Action Center (DAC) in Fairmont. We work to provide individuals who have mental disabilities with a community full of friends, programs, support, and love. I specifically spend a lot of my time there working one on one to provide the best quality of life and help them grow in their independence. This role of service and friendship often feels similar to life at Camp Carlo. Last year at camp was wildly profound, I cannot express the fulness of how clearly God poured his graces onto all of us, and it was truly life changing for all of us staff, with campers expressing the same. It is a refuge for all, built on a true foundation of love and service, so that campers can be provided the most fertile ground possible to grow in the Faith. They can ask questions that maybe they have never felt the opportunity to ask, be guided by young adults who exemplify a life on fire for the Lord, and thrive in an unwavering Catholic culture. Although it may only be a week for them, it is such a unique experience to be held up by so many others who will only your salvation, it is a gift I hope all souls can experience. This has such an effect on the campers, they express a desire to often come back year after year and become counselors when the time comes! I know, I myself, will keep coming back for more!
Rosie Kostka
I grew up in Leesburg Virginia with my two loving parents and 3 siblings. I have two older sisters who I aspire to be like and a super athletic younger brother who can conquer any sport. I attended James Madison University where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science, and was involved with leading small groups in the catholic campus ministry and played as a cutter on the women's club ultimate frisbee team. I recently started teaching P.E. at St. Joseph school in Martinsburg, WV. The best part about working in a catholic school is having the opportunity to incorporate our faith into the activities we do in the gym. I love to play any sport with a ball, plastic flying disc, or a net! I also enjoy running and exploring new trails, as well as hiking the same ones over and over again, like Old Rag! My patron saint, St. John Paul the second, has his feast day on my birthday, so he holds a special place in my heart! I share his love for working with the youth in addition to his adventurous spirit. One of the many cool things he has said is“the way Jesus shows you is not easy. Rather, it is like a path winding up a mountain. Do not lose heart! The steeper the road, the faster it rises towards ever wider horizons.” -JPII He inspires me to be a missionary. Last summer I spent seven weeks with Life Teen in Georgia as a summer missionary and had my life transformed in many ways like a deepening of my friendship with Jesus. I am very excited to work at Camp Carlo this summer and share all I have learned to help lead kids closer to Christ. Summer camp brings me so much joy and I am super pumped to living my faith at Camp Carlo!
Peter Jauquet
My name is Peter Jauquet, I was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland (MD has the best flag). I am a sophomore in college currently studying Computer Engineering at UMBC. Interesting fact about me: I have traveled around the sun 20 times and I really enjoy kayaking. The reason why I wanted to become a camp counselor at a Catholic camp is because I understand the importance of spending time with other Catholics in a safe, healthy, and fun environment. Growing up I had the opportunity to attend camps like Carlo that really helped me develop me as a stronger member of the Catholic church. I took this opportunity to give back to the church and ultimately Christ!
Daniel Milani
Hi! My name is Dan Milani, and I am so excited to be a counselor again this summer! I am currently studying computer science at UMBC. I have always loved the outdoors and sports. Growing up I played soccer and basketball (although now I am a professional Bosco Ball player). Camp Carlo is such a great place to enjoy the world God gifted to us, all while growing closer to him. Over the past year, I have entered into a discernment of religious life which has greatly enriched my faith. Journeying with the Capuchin Franciscans in the province of St. Augustine (my patron saint!) continues to grow into an exciting (potentially lifelong) adventure. My experience has emphasized the importance of healthy fraternity in a man’s life, and noticing this began by meeting the wonderful counselors I had the pleasure of meeting last year at Camp Carlo (some of whom I am so excited to see returning!). Last summer was such a great experience for me. It was an incredible joy to serve campers and watch them grow in their love for Christ in addition to making great friends. I couldn’t be more thankful to share the faith and mission at Camp Carlo for the second year! Blessed Carlo, pray for us.
Jack Shields
Hello, my name is Jack Shields. I grew up in central West Virginia and now live in Lock Haven Pennsylvania. I love to play sports and I especially love Basketball. I'm a returning counselor at Camp Carlo and can not wait to see returning campers and meet new campers. My favorite part of camp life is watching all the campers when they arrive and then within a few days watching the holy spirit work through each of them to create a beautiful catholic experience. I'm so excited to meet everyone this summer.
Sadie Shields
Aside from serving as the Assistant Director of Blessed Carlo Acutis Youth Camp, I enjoy spending my time teaching at Saint Patrick’s Catholic school, traveling the state of West Virginia, exploring every nook and cranny looking for new adventures and visiting my nine brothers and sisters. I focus on the Pro-Life movement through sidewalk advocacy and advising a middle school Pro-Life Club. My Patron Saint is Saint Giana of Bretta, a physician who served many and loved her family with her whole being. This is my second year serving on the leadership team for Camp Carlo; however, I have been involved with diocesan camping ministry since I was eighteen. You may spot me walking around with a border collie who seems to be attached to my hip. This is Carlo A Cutie, named after Blessed Carlo Acutis. To be with Him on the mountain is one of my greatest blessings. Filled with joy, I am looking forward to experiencing yet another summer of growth with our Lord and campers for summer 2022!