Meet our Staff!

Tom Powell

Executive Director

Tom joins us as past president of the Board of Directors, a parent of former campers and a counselor, and a very active member of the Caroline Furnace family. He has a vibrant faith, deeply rooted sense of hospitality, and a solid background in organizational

structure, property care, and building relationships. His experiences as a Sunday School teacher, youth advisor, congregational council president, and Boy Scout leader are supplemented by his professional background of 20 years in the National Guard and 12 years in the consulting industry.

Tom describes this role as his "dream job". While you're here, ask about his slag dance!

Rev. Sarah Lyon Hess

Director of Sales, Marketing & Communications

Sarah returns to Caroline Furnace in this role as the Director of Sales, Marketing & Communications having previously served on summer staff from 2010-2015.

Since then, Sarah has received her Master of Divinity from United Lutheran Seminary and served her first call in the Virginia Synod, ELCA. Pastor Sarah now combines her experience in parish and youth ministry with her love for the outdoors and gifts for storytelling. Sarah is so excited to call Caroline Furnace home once again and to serve a community that has empowered and nurtured her over the years! Pastor Sarah can’t wait to welcome you to Caroline Furnace and share the love of God both near and far. 

Lee Ann Powell

Director of Food

Service Operations

Lee Ann deeply believes that food is love shown tangibly. She has shared her love and talents  with many meals, for groups both large and small.

She is devoted to the craft involved in creating a meal, from building menus and honing techniques, to practicing food safety and making sure there is plenty to go around. Paired with Lee Ann's 20 years as a special needs teacher, her passions for outdoor ministry and hospitality shine through in her work.

Rev. Heidi David-Young

Director of Resource &

Program Development

Heidi served as a member of our Board of Directors and a Summer Camp Chaplain before joining our staff. She and her husband met during seminary on a trip to Israel. She is on leave from call and regularly serves as a supply pastor in the Shenandoah Valley. 

Heidi brings many gifts to the team and is skilled in resource development, grant writing, donor relations, and retreat planning, in addition to the spiritual gifts that come with being a rostered leader.

Bryan Hepner

Director of Facilities & Maintenance

Bryan has an extensive background in fixing things and lifting heavy stuff. His skill set includes carpentry, landscaping, plumbing, electrical, and more. Bryan is excited to use his gifts and abilities to improve the experiences of all who spend time in this place. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge and faith with others.

LuAnn Woodard



LuAnn specializes in accounting, payroll and human resources, and has nearly 20 years of experience. She loves the Shenandoah Valley where she calls home. When LuAnn isn't at Caroline Furnace, she's busy caring for her many dogs and horses. 

Daniel Hess



Daniel is so excited to return to Caroline Furnace after having served on summer camp staff as a counselor and wilderness guide. When not helping Bryan on maintenance projects, Dan can be found walking the camp property, leading a canoe trip down the river, or pastoring congregations throughout the Shenandoah Valley.



Camp Dog


Pinella loves belly rubs, snuggles, fresh carrots, and running around in the field. She quickly becomes best friends with all of our campers and retreat guests. She is a 10 year old rescue, and her people are Tom and Lee Ann.


Camp Dog


Charlie loves a good cuddle on the couch and will greet you with a wonderful tail wag! Charlie is a rescue, and his people are the Hepner family!


Max & Luna

Camp Dogs


Max and Luna are siblings and belong to Pastors Sarah & Daniel. Luna and Max are rescue pups who can't wait to meet you and explore all that camp property has to offer. 



Camp Dog


Cassidy lives with the Hepner family, and although shy at first, she loves making new friends!  Cassidy loves naps, carrots, and jumping through the field, pretending to be a deer.