Camp MAGIK Board of Directors
- Rene Searles McClatchey, Chair
- Tim Couch
- Marc Hirsch
- Bentley Jones
- James McDonald
- Christina Tai
- Rebecca Woofter
Camp MAGIK Volunteer Staff
Our lead counselors are counselors with extensive training and experience in working with children who have experienced the death of a loved one. Our co-counselors are people who have experience working with children, such as teachers, nurses, psychology/social work students, etc. All volunteers at Camp MAGIK have a devotion and love for children.
Dr. Rene Searles McClatchey
Dr. Rene Searles McClatchey, Ph.D., LCSW, graduated from the University of Lund in Sweden, with a degree in Foreign Languages. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Social Work from the University of Georgia. After an extensive sojourn in hospice Rene developed children’s bereavement groups and grief camps, and designed new treatment tools for work with children experiencing grief. Rene left the clinical arena in 2003 to further her knowledge about children and grief through studies and research.
Rene has presented both statewide and nationally at workshops and conferences on children and grief and been interviewed on a number of occasions on national television as an expert in the area of children and grief.
Rene currently serves as an associate professor at Kennesaw State University and is the director of the MSW program at KSU. She was instrumental in forming the Georgia Society for Clinical Oncology Social Work, now named SWOG. She is the Founder and Director of Camp MAGIK and a published author of research on children and grief.
Rene enjoys camping, hiking, reading, and long distance cycling. She is the proud mother of two, bonus mother of three, and grandmother of three.
Bent Jones, LCSW (Board Member)
Bent Jones, LCSW, received a B.A. in Philosophy from Emory University in 1971 and an MSW from the University of Georgia in 1996. Bent started his social work career as the Bereavement Care Coordinator at an Atlanta hospice. There he met Rene and thus became involved with the early planning and organization of Camp MAGIK. He has participated in every session since.
Bent now serves as the bereavement care coordinator of Crossroads Hospice. Bent has presented at numerous workshops on end-of-life ethical issues and has published original research on hospice care in the Hospice Journal. He has also served as field instructor for graduate students in psychology and counseling from various graduate schools in Atlanta in the area of grief, death and dying. Bent loves spending time fishing, canoeing, and making video films. He is married with one daughter and several dogs.
Bonnie Klopach, BS Ed., LMSW
Bonnie Klopach, BS Ed., LMSW is co-owner of Next Right Steps, a service that teaches and promotes independent life skills to those whose social, emotional, and behavioral issues have prevented them from reaching their full potential. She has over 10 years experience in the public school system working with kids on the autism spectrum. She received her Masters degree in social work from Kennesaw State University in 2014. This is where she met Dr. Rene and learned about Camp MAGIK. She volunteered the first time 2012 to “check it out.” Little did she know it would establish a permanent place in her heart. The work that Camp MAGIK, Dr. Rene, and the staff do for children dealing with grief is invaluable and a much needed step in the healing process. She is honored to be a part of such an amazing team, working with such incredible campers.
Casey Brazell, student, has been an avid volunteer ever since attending Camp MAGIK in April 2013 following the death of her parents. She is currently a senior in high school, however she is planning to attend college in the fall of 2016 and persue a degree in the field of social work.
When Casey is not volunteering at Camp MAGIK, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her two dogs.
"I learn more about myself each time I attend, and I leave each camp with a changed perspective on life. I feel so fortunate to be given the opportunity to interact with such a great group of volunteers, not to mention the campers. Their smiles are so bright, you would never guess they were attending camp under such harsh circumstances."
Christine Stockberger has a Master’s of Science Degree in Psychology. Before moving to the Atlanta area in 2014, she was a Senior Facilitator at Suncoast Kids Place in Tampa, Florida, which is a center for grieving children and families. Before that, she taught second grade and special education in elementary, middle and high school. After a stint in the corporate world, she is now a full-time wife to Todd, and mom to two boys, John and Jacob. After losing her mother to cancer in early adulthood, Christine felt led to devote her time to organizations that support others in their grief. She brings her Golden Retriever, Max, who is a certified therapy dog, with her to camp. Christine says: “What a privilege it is to work with these special kids, as well as the gifted and compassionate counselors and volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to support this amazing organization! I have worked with other grief-support organizations and the research, experience, and love is obvious at Camp MAGIK!"
Max is a 7 year old Golden Retriever and has been a certified therapy dog since 2013. He absolutely loves the kids at camp and comes home exhausted after every Camp MAGIK weekend. Before becoming a therapy dog, Max was a breeder for the Southeastern Guide Dog School in Palmetto, Florida. His favorite things include stuffed animals, belly rubs, and doggie treats.
Christiane Januszewski, NCC
Christiane Januszewski, NCC, has worked in the community counseling realm with both adults and children, but the majority of her career has been spent within the school system in Georgia, North Carolina, and Maryland. She has also worked with Pearson as a Scoring Director scoring National Board Exams for School Counselors. Christiane resides in Canton, GA and is currently taking some time to stay at home and enjoy precious moments with her husband, Garrick, and children Bella and Miles. Additionally, she is active in her church as well as a local epilepsy support group.
Christiane was invited to be a lead counselor at Camp MAGIK by a co-worker in 2004, and she fell in love! She enjoys working with the campers and their families and seeing how camp fosters a deeper communication and understanding between the campers and their loved ones and caregivers. Camp has been a blessing to her and she hopes that in turn she has been a blessing to the campers. “I look forward to watching each group of children experience the “magik” of camp while expanding their knowledge and skill set about grief.” She is proud to be part of a camp that provides a meaningful experience for children that lasts long after the weekend ends.
Dana Linzy has a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and a Doctorate in Conflict Resolution & Ed Leadership. She has worked as a Mental Health Counselor, is a Certified Clinical Addictions Counselor, and has served as a High School Guidance Counselor for 20 years. She has a passion for working with teenagers and parents. She has served as a counselor for Camp MAGIK for several years and is always honored and humbled to have the privilege to work with these precious, brave campers.
Erica Vinson was born in Atlanta, Georgia and is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia with a major in Management Information Systems and International Business. When Erica is not volunteering at Camp MAGIK, she enjoys hiking, playing with her dog, and spending time with friends and family. Erica began her journey with Camp MAGIK in 2013 as a camper. Erica attended camp after the passing of her mother and from then on, has come back to volunteer. Erica has become a regular at Camp MAGIK because she loves service, children, and wants to help others how Camp MAGIK has helped her and is continuing to help her.
George Glisson-Munier, LMSW
George Glisson-Munier, LMSW received his Masters in Social Work in 1992 from the University of Georgia. He has been privileged to work in homelessness, renal dialysis and transplant, domestic violence treatment, and foster care and adoption throughout his career. He is currently employed with Fresenius Medical Care and Heyman Hospice Care at Floyd Medical Center. George is a huge Georgia Bulldog and Atlanta Braves fan. He enjoys hiking at Pine Mountain in North Georgia. He is married to Cory and the proud “poppa” of a 12 year old Jack Russell mix named Tasha and resides in Cartersville.
George shares, "I am humbled to support and walk alongside children and young adults who express such strength and resiliency as they grieve their losses. I consider myself so deeply honored to partner with them in this valuable work."
Jim McDonald (Board Member), JD
Kathy Silvey, M.Ed.
Kathy Silvey, M.Ed., received her BA in Early Childhood Education from Mississippi State University and after 37 years in education, first as a teacher then as a school counselor she recently retired from the Henry County Public Schools to work part time in Elder Care and collaborates with Hospice in preparation for End of Life care. In addition to her volunteer work with Camp MAGIK, she volunteers monthly in a second grade classroom at a nearby elementary school. Working with other professionals who love children keeps her skills current and keeps life meaningful. She believes one is never too old to learn new things and make a difference in the life of others.
Kathy is single and enjoys traveling the world with her significant other. Weekly line- dancing classes keep her cowboy boots busy. But one of the best parts of retirement she says is sleeping late. After nine years as a Camp MAGIK counselor, she believes some things are just meant to be. Her surprise passion to become a Camp MAGIK volunteer came about when a student was brought to her counseling office to verbally share her enthusiasm over her weekend experiences at Camp MAGIK. After that day, Kathy has not once stopped wanting to be involved with this amazing and therapeutic camp designed and created to help children through this tragic journey of grief. Kathy shares, “Each time I return, I am filled with optimism that campers and their families will leave this weekend camp with new tools, healthy coping strategies and the knowledge they are not alone in this journey.”
Lisa Anger, LCSW
Lisa Anger, LCSW, received a Masters Degree in Social Work from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1989. She has worked as a psychotherapist and group facilitator at various drug and alcohol treatment centers in New York and Southern Florida, prior to relocating to Athens, GA in 1997. In Athens she has worked as a child and adolescent mental health counselor for NE GA Mental Health Center, and as a Student Support Counselor for the Clarke County High Schools. She is currently in private practice in downtown Athens, and is an adjunct instructor for the University of Georgia in the School of Social Work.
Lisa has been working as a camp counselor and group facilitator at Camp MAGIK since 2000. During this time, she has served as counselor for various age groups, from the very youngest to the oldest, and has enjoyed, as well as been inspired by, each one. Most recently she has been facilitating and assisting in coordinating the Adult Retreat and Workshop.
Lisa has many varied interests, including tennis and travel. She has a 24 year old son, who has volunteered at Camp MAGIK in the past, and she lives in Athens, Georgia with her dogs.
Marc Hirsch (Board Member)
Marc Hirsch: “I had heard about Camp MAGIK many years ago while on a bike ride with Dr. McClatchey’s daughter, Christina. The unique ingredients of kids, camp and grief clicked and I have been coming back ever since.”
Marc serves as a co-counselor and works with the teenage campers. “Grief is incredibly overwhelming and if you add the pressures of being a teen to that, it’s easy to understand how they can lose their way.” The Camp MAGIK process mixes group counseling sessions with fun team building activities that bonds the campers and creates an environment that allows them to learn not only from the counselors, but also the other campers. “I like to think of us counselors as planting seeds. Some of them sprout immediately and others take some time, but eventually they grow.”
Paige Kenway, RN
Paige Kenway, RN helps oversee the health care of the Camp MAGIK children for the duration of the camp. Paige has volunteered with Camp MAGIK since 2012 and waits with anticipation for each new camp to begin. Paige has a special place in her heart for bereaved children and their families and feels it is a calling from God to participate in the healing process. "It always amazes me to see the strength these children possess in the midst of tragedy. Often times the children come to the nurse for physical concerns but it's their emotional needs that need tending to. I love being able to participate in every aspect of their care, the physical and the emotional. I volunteer to help and extend my gifts but I always end up learning more from these children than they could ever learn from me. They are my heroes." Paige has several years of clinical experience in the nursing field and currently works with oncology patients and their families.
In her spare time, Paige enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends and attending church.
Andre M. Danzy
Andre M. Danzy is a native of Chicago, Illinois, but he gained most of his social work experience in St. Louis, Missouri where he graduated from Saint Louis University. He provided case management supervision services as well as educational services at Blacks Assisting Blacks against AIDS. His work with HIV/AIDS clients also included instructional training with the American Red Cross as well as facilitation of support groups for persons living with HIV/AIDS including teens. He was appointed to the State of Missouri Governor’s Council on AIDS and served from 1994 to 1999. He served as board member for the state of Missouri office of Minority Health and worked as a resident manager and program coordinator for Doorways interfaith AIDS residence program in St. Louis. In Atlanta, he has served as the director of support services and housing at AID Gwinnett and served as Associate Regional Director for the American Friends Service Committee, a peace education organization. He also worked as a facilitator for Gwinnett Juvenile Courts providing education and prevention services to youth. Andre has served as the client services manager for the Office of Emergency and Transitional Housing Program of Fulton County where he supervised several homeless program initiatives and he has served as Advisory Board Member for AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta.
Presently Andre serves as Program Supervisor for Fulton County Government, Aging and Youth Services, Department Office of Children and Youth Programs. He is also a foster parent with the Department of Children and Family Services. Finally, he is the proud parent of Corey Ryan Gause, who attended Missouri State University and is currently serving in the United States Navy.
Shirley Bradshaw, LMSW
Shirley A Bradshaw, LMSW, received her degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She is a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and has presented and led many workshops on children and grief. She currently works as a hospice social worker at Angels of Hope in LaGrange, Georgia. "I am committed to working with grieving children - no camp is ever the same. I tear up with the children every time. I walk away with so much gratitude for the opportunity to meet and serve our campers. In comparison to our campers' situations, my problems are so minor and I always look forward to the next camp."
Rebecca Searles Woofter (Board Member)
Rebecca Searles Woofter has been working with Camp MAGIK since its inception in 1995, at which time she served as the camp director’s "right hand". Rebecca is a Special Education teacher, teaching 7th grade math. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. "I look forward to each camp because I meet some of the most exceptional children. These kids have gone through so much in their young lives but they continue on with strength and determination. At camp their grief is normalized and they learn coping skills. They teach me to enjoy the little things in life and to appreciate every moment."
Rebecca served for many years as a co-counselor and now assists in the management of camp. Rebecca enjoys painting in acrylics, traveling, reading and playing tennis.
Christina Searles Tai (Board Member)
Christina Searles Tai, daughter of the Camp MAGIK founder as well as sister to our co-counselor Rebecca Searles Woofter, has been volunteering with Camp MAGIK since the beginning and after having volunteered as a co-counselor she is now involved in the fund raising for camp. When she's not spending her time helping out at camp, Christina works at her public relations and government affairs consulting company, which she founded while still a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Christina holds a BS in Management with a specialization in marketing from Georgia Tech. She has also studied international marketing at Jonkoping University’s International School of Business in Sweden.
Christina currently resides in Atlanta with her husband Brandon, son Stellan, daughter Tenley, and dog Lucy. She is the chair of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Georgia. "I always look forward to meeting the campers at Camp MAGIK and feel that the campers teach the counselors more than we could ever teach them!!"
Tim D. Couch (Board Member)
Tim D. Couch has been a Camp MAGIK volunteer for over 15 years. He graduated from Greenville Technical College in 1984, majoring in Physical Therapy. His diversified background in physical therapy includes pediatric rehabilitation for various physical and emotional needs. He has been a community based volunteer for 20 years, including Laubach Literacy International; Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services and most recently Camp MAGIK. Tim has always enjoyed the various ways in which you can be a small but integral part of camp. "Each time at camp there are always children whose losses resonate the truest part of unspoken grief. If all I can do is stand beside them to let them know I care, then hopefully I am a small step in their healing process."
Tim currently is the Atlanta Administrator of Thomas Eye Group, one of the countries largest ophthalmology practices. He loves to travel, spend time with his cherished family and friends. He is the proud father of Daniel and also plays parent to his “big-boned” four legged child, Spot. Tim has several talents at camp, serving alternately as a counselor and unit leader.
Jason Evans has been a Camp MAGIK volunteer since 2004 and loves working with kids of all ages. After spending several years in business with stints as a part-time actor in Atlanta, he decided to become a stay-at-home dad. This led him to help organize Atlanta Dad-2-Dad.
Jason loves Camp MAGIK because of the friendships formed and the personal growth he sees in every camper. Each camper is different and the kids teach everyone around them by sharing their experiences. Jason says "I love Camp MAGIK from the minute the kids arrive to the second they wave me goodbye because I’ve seen the strength they show, the emotions they feel and the hope they carry with them." Jason serves as a co-counselor as well as "emcee extraordinaire" of the talent show.
Jason enjoys raising his son, hiking and acting. He is an avid Alabama Crimson Tide fan.
Dr. Kennon McCollum, DNP, APRN-BC
Dr. Kennon McCollum, DNP, APRN-BC is a nurse practitioner and doctor of nursing that has been working with Camp MAGIK since the fall of 2002. Kennon serves as the camp nurse whose duties include managing and administering medications to campers brought from their homes. During each camp session, Kennon is available for general first aid and is also present to provide medical and emotional support to campers in need. Kennon has been a registered nurse since 1991 and has many years of clinical experience in emergency medicine, critical care, and pulmonary medicine. He received his Masters in Nursing in 2002 and since that time has been working as a Nurse Practitioner in the areas of Hematology and Oncology. He also received his doctorate in Doctor Nursing Practice (DNP) in August of 2013 with a focus in cancer care. He has published articles related to various aspects of the cancer care continuum, and he now serves as adjunct nursing faculty for the University Of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing. Kennon is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the National Oncology Nursing Society, the Metro Atlanta chapter of Oncology Nursing Society, and Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for Nursing. Kennon has a warm and caring heart for children who are affected by grief, and is diligent in ensuring that campers remain well and safe while attending camp.