Executive & Camp Director
Tricia Kardon, RN
Tricia is Executive Director of Tourette Information Center and Support and is Camp Director for 2017. She is a founding member of Camp Twitch & Shout, supporting its operations and medical team since its inception. Tricia is a Registered Nurse and earned a Bachelors of Science in Organization & Management from Hampton University. She is a member of the American Camp Association and the Association of Camp Nurses. Camp is Tricia’s full time passion and her priority is to create a meaningful and engaging experience for all campers. She has a great love and appreciation for all those who volunteer at Camp Twitch & Shout.
Volunteer Staff & Support
Dr. Eric Kardon
Dr. Kardon is an Emergency Medicine Physician at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Georgia. Camp Twitch & Shout 2017 is his fourth summer as the Camp physician. Dr. Kardon loves kayaking and hiking in the mountains. In previous years he had spent his summer vacation enjoying a quiet at home. He decided to join the Camp volunteer family to spend his summer week with his wife and children at Camp and benefit all of Camp Twitch & Shout with his medical expertise.
Cindy is a Mental Health nurse that has volunteered at Camp for the past four summers. She works on an inpatient mental health unit and a step down stabilization partial hospitalization program. Cindy's other volunteer work includes doing Tourette Syndrome Awareness presentations at schools for students and staff, school nurses, colleges, and community organizations. As the the mother and aunt of children with Tourette Syndrome that have attended Camp Twitch & Shout, she has witnessed the tremendous impact and the difference camp makes in the lives of children with TS. She feels it is her duty and responsibility to be part of that difference for all of the children that attend Camp Twitch & Shout.
Shelbey is a registered nurse in the PICU at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Growing up in Atlanta, she has always been passionate about plugging into programs in and throughout Georgia that impact youth. She came across Camp Twitch & Shout, decided to volunteer, and has been hooked ever since. Watching the campers gain independence and self-confidence throughout the week is what she looks forward to most. Shelbey has volunteered for over ten different camps. This will be her fourth year with Camp Twitch & Shout.
Caleb started working with Camp Twitch & Shout during its second year. An experienced summer camp volunteer, he has worked with several other camps across the Southeast over the past eight years. Caleb has not only been a counselor at Camp but has assisted in many different functions of Camp Twitch & Shout, from ordering t-shirts to interviewing counselors. He has a passion for kids including acting like one at times. Outside of camp he works for Careerbuilder.com and enjoys doing various woodworking projects. Caleb was born and raised in Atlanta.
Sarah has been involved with Camp Twitch & Shout for five years starting as a camp counselor to now serving as a Unit Leader. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations from Appalachian State University. She now works in Charlotte within the digital marketing industry. Having started her college career in elementary education, Sarah has a strong passion for working with children. Camp allows her to have an outlet for that. When she isn’t hard at work, you can find her exploring the great outdoors with her rescued furry friend, Teddy.
Emily is a Senior Psychology major at the University of Georgia. Graduating this spring, she cannot wait for her fourth year volunteering at Camp Twitch & Shout! In her tenure at Camp she has been a counselor, cabin leader, and most recently a part the behavioral support team. Along with having a blast at Camp, Emily loves working in her pediatric psychology lab and cheering on the Dawgs as a member of the Redcoat Band dance team, the UGA Georgettes!
Brendan has volunteered with Camp Twitch & Shout the past 3 summers during which he has held various roles, most recently as a Unit Leader. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business (Majoring in Management) and is employed as a Training Manager. He looks forward to bringing these skills and experience to camp to ensure that our volunteers are provided with the training and leadership that will equip and enable them to foster life-changing experiences for our campers. When asked what his favorite activity at camp is he excitedly talks about Da-Nu-Waw.
Cody is a General Music Teacher at Archdale Elementary and Trinity Elementary in North Carolina. He first volunteered at Camp Twitch & Shout in 2010; this will be his sixth summer at Camp. Cody graduated from Appalachian State University (Go Mountaineers!) in 2013 with degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance. One of his favorite parts of Camp is making music with and learn new instruments and songs from all the campers. Summer cannot get here fast enough for Cody’s excitement to be part of The World’s Greatest Camp.
Katie has been involved in Camp Twitch & Shout for five years fulfilling roles from Camp Counselor to Unit Liaison. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology and is in her last year of her Master’s Degree for Professional Counseling. Katie has had a variety of jobs ranging from an ice cream truck driver to a resident assistant. She is currently working as a communications coordinator, specializing in Internal Communication. Her hobbies and interests include kayaking, music (piano and drums), and exploring!
Lindsay graduated with her B.A. from Duke University in 2015, and is currently a graduate student studying clinical psychology at the University of Georgia. This will be her second year at Camp Twitch & Shout as a member of the support team. Through the Pediatric Psychology lab at UGA, Lindsay conducts research with the campers at Camp Twitch & Shout and their parents in order to learn more about the psychosocial effects of having Tourette Syndrome. She can't wait for another year at camp!
Heather is a registered Occupational Therapist and provides evaluations and treatment for patients seen at the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration in Gainesville, Florida. She serves as the Clinic Coordinator for the TAA Southeast Regional Centers of Excellence which spans across five universities in the Southeast. Heather graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Early Education from the University of Florida in 2007. She received a Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2009 from the University of Florida. Currently she is enrolled in a transitional Doctoral program at the University of St. Augustine Health Sciences.
Debi has been practicing occupational therapy for the past 27 years, with 24 years of specialization in the area of pediatrics. She has worked in schools, clinics, and as a consultant to educators and other health care providers. She teaches as adjunct faculty at Brenau University in the School of Occupational Therapy and provides clinical services for the Center for Occupational Justice, working with children with sensory integration disorders and tic disorders. Debi is working on her dissertation towards a Doctoral Degree in Health Care Administration and Public Policy. She is the Speaker of the Representative Assembly and a Board member for the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Jackie has been involved as a volunteer at Camp Twitch & Shout since 2013. She has served in various capacities including counselor, unit leader, and recently as part of the behavioral support team. Jackie has thirty years of experience working with kids and adults with both developmental and intellectual disabilities. She and her husband own several companies that provide housing and employment for persons with physical/intellectual disabilities and behavioral issues.
Dr. Kenneth Phelps
Dr. Phelps is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neuropsychiatry and Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He obtained his doctorate in Medical Family Therapy at East Carolina University and completed a Behavioral Medicine Internship at Dartmouth Family Practice Residency Program. Dr. Phelps specializes in working with youth and families coping with Tic Disorders and associated conditions. In addition to clinical service, he spends a portion of his time educating psychiatric residents and researching the psychosocial impact of illness.