Leadership Team

The Leadership Team provides for the day-to-day operation of the summer camp program. Each LT member is assigned to be a camp counselor for Elementary Camp (rising 4th-5th graders), Middle School Camp (rising 6th-8th graders) and High School Camp (rising 9th-12th graders). All applicants will go through a hiring process that includes a written application, personal interview, as well as background and reference checks. They have completed at least one year of college and prior to camp, will have completed a 10-day training session. Click here for more information on applying.

Head Counselors

Head Counselors co-lead training at the start of the summer, oversee and support the staff during camp weeks, develop team schedules, and handle all of the behind-the-scenes prep work before and during each camp session. 

Kale Diestel attends the University of Georgia and was on the Leadership Team in 2019 and 2021. DeeDee Salgado attends Valdosta State University and was on the Leadership Team in 2021. Both are excited to come back in new roles as Head Counselors!

Camp Director

The Camp Director oversees the Leadership Team and Head Counselors and develops the summer camp program in its entirety. The Camp Director manages the camping budget, hires and trains the staff, markets the programs and develops the risk management strategies.

Suzanne Akins served as a Camp Counselor and Head Counselor at Camp Connect during the '98 and '99 summers of her college years at the University of Georgia. Following college graduation, Suzanne served as the Camp Director from 2000-2005 before going home full-time to raise a family. Suzanne returned to Camp Connect as the Director in 2015 and is looking forward to her 16th year in camping ministry. She is married to her college (and camp!) sweetheart Carter and they have 4 teenagers: Lily Kate, Branson, Ruthie and Henry...and a border collie named Georgia.

Suzanne - Camp Director

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