Grow+ELI Team (2014)

Grow+ELI Team

Here are the folks who make Grow and ELI go! Learn more about each team member below...

(This is a list of 2014 team members. To apply to be on the 2015 team: Apply For Grow+ELI Leadership Team. What's it like to be on this team? Take a look at last summer's Grow+ELI Summer Celebration Video.)


(top row)

Laney Mae Hunter

Years as summer staff: 3

College: The University of Georgia (graduating soon!)

Major: Communication Studies

Fun fact: I love to cook and bake (and eat the things I cook and bake)!

One of my favorite quotes: "People who bore one another should meet seldom; people who interest one another, often." - C.S. Lewis



Blake Shuler

Years as summer staff: 3

College: LaGrange College (graduating soon!)

Major: Religion

Fun fact: I can dislocate my Adam's apple.

One of my favorite quotes: "In fearful day, in raging night, with strong hearts full, our souls ignite! When all seems lost in the War of Light, look to the stars, for hope burns bright!" -Blue Lantern Corps oath



Emily Hall

Years as summer staff: 2

College: University of Georgia

Major: Middle School Education

Fun fact:  I ran a marathon in march! I love diet cherry vanilla Dr.Pepper with ma whole heart. I am 600 pages away from finishing the last Harry Potter book!!!!!

One of my favorite quotes: "You're never fully dressed without a smile" - Annie



Cecilia Hyers

Years as summer staff: 15

Workplace: I teach at Clarke Middle School in Athens, GA

Classes: 6th Grade Earth Science

Fun fact: I flew a plane when I was 14. 

One of my favorite quotes: "Take a deep breath and let it go."



Stephanie Gaines

Years as summer staff: 4

Workplace: I teach at Independence High School Charlotte, NC

Classes: Biology

Fun fact:  I have run 3 half marathons, and will be running my first full marathon in December!

One of my favorite quotes: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


David "Davey" Bollen

Years as summer staff: 5

College: Duke Divinity School

Major: Masters of Divinity

Fun fact: I love the outdoors.

One of my favorite quotes: "The mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir



(bottom row)

Clay Thomason

Years as summer staff: 3

College: Georgia College & State University / Starting job at Dacula Middle School in the fall

Major: Middle Grades Education / I'll be teaching 6th grade Language Arts

Fun fact: I LOVE condiments with my food, chaco's on my feet, and a full tank of gas in my car! 

One of my favorite quotes: "If it doesn't challenge you then, it doesn't change you!"


Celia Lehman

Years as summer staff: 4

College: Kennesaw State University 

Major: Middle Grades Education

Fun fact: I have a really funny and unique laugh that sounds like a cross between a squawking bird and an opera singer.

One of my favorite quotes: Because I love puns and laughter, I thought I would encompass them both in the quote: "Seven days without laughter make one weak." - Joel Goodman



Russell Davis

Super-official bio located here: Director of North Georgia Camp & Retreat Ministries

Fun fact: I was never on summer staff at camp in college, but I've been working and living at camp for more than 21 years.

One of my favorite quotes: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us." - Marianne Williamson



Lindsey Nell Klein

Years as summer staff: 3

College: University of West Georgia (GO Wolves.)

Major: Early Childhood Education

Fun fact: I can only whistle through my hands. I have been told on multiple occasions I'm a hoot. :)

One of my favorite quotes: "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose" - Friday Night Lights 


Asti White

Years as summer staff: 2

College: LaGrange College

Major: Exercise Science/ Psychology

Fun fact: I have a birthmark in my eye. I am allergic to almost all animals. 

One of my favorite quotes: "And the greatest of these is love."



Cameron Jones

Super-official bio located here: Director of Emerging Ministries (Grow + ELI)

Fun fact: I'm the son of a preacher man who's the son of a preacher man who's the son of a preacher man and married a daughter of a preacher man. (no typos)

One of my favorite quotes: "Love God. Love others. Bring heaven here." - paraphrased consolidation of greatest commandment and Lord's prayer