EddyReverend Ed Simmons – Executive Director

The Rev. Edward B. Simmons was named Executive Director of Mountain T.O.P. in 2006 after the retirement of founder and past Executive Director, George Bass. Simmons holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, an MBA from the University of Houston, and received his pastoral training from Chandler School of Theology and Perkins School of Theology. He spent 15 years at Enron Corp. before entering the ministry in 1993. He is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church. He previously served several churches in the Texas Annual Conference as the Minister of Administration. Simmons had an 18 year affiliation with Mountain T.O.P as a camper prior to being appointed executive director. His call to full-time ministry in the United Methodist Church came while participating in a Mountain T.O.P. camp week. He has been married to his wife Glynn for over 30 years., ext 106

IMG_3345Julie Willems Keel –  Associate Executive Director

Julie came to Mountain T.O.P. in 2007 after serving in the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in Mississippi. At Mountain T.O.P, Julie is responsible for facilitating all programs within our various camps and ministries. She will also be the person primarily responsible for coordinating the ministry’s growing community development activities and in forming the new South Cumberland Community Development Partnership. Julie started out as a mechanical engineer, but migrated back over to the world of missions, a passion that began for her at Mountain T.O.P. as a youth., ext 100

IMG_7044Brooke Freeman – Program Manager – Recruiting and Public Awareness

Brooke joined the Mountain TOP Support Staff in the summer of 2015. Brooke’s job is to recruit new groups and individuals to come and serve in the different programs offered at Mountain T.O.P. throughout the year, as well as working to increase the awareness of what Mountain T.O.P. is and the outreach opportunities we are providing in our community. Prior to being on Support Staff, Brooke volunteered as a youth camper and served three summers on the Adults in Ministry summer staff, most recently as the Director. Brooke graduated from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health and Human Services. In addition to being involved with Mountain T.O.P., Brooke also enjoys spending time crafting, painting, hammocking and wearing anything monogrammed., ext 102

IMG_3830Olivia Wickersham – Program Manager – Ministry Program Support & Logistics

Olivia joined the Mountain T.O.P. Support Staff in September of 2015. She is the main contact for groups as they are preparing for their time on the Mountain, and coordinates with each group from the start of the application processes through a post-event follow-up to complete all administrative paperwork. Olivia graduated from Indiana University (IU)in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management and minors in Business and Marketing. She finished up her degree interning at French Lick Resort as a meeting and event coordinator in the conference services department at the West Baden Springs Hotel. Prior to Support Staff, Olivia has been a camper for eight summers, one summer on summer staff, and most recently served on the Cumberland Pines Kitchen Staff. In addition to Olivia’s involvement at Mountain T.O.P. and IU, she also enjoys exploring new areas, water and snow sports, and considers herself to be the life of any good dance party., ext 103

IMG_6610Thomas Harness – Program Manager – Service Area and Ministry Support

Thomas Harness was named Program Manager – Service Area and Ministry Support in September of 2012. Thomas has previously been the Ministry Intern in the summer of 2012 as well as fall of 2010. Additionally, he served on the summer staff for three years. His first contact with the Mountain was as a camper in 2006. Thomas is responsible for assisting in securing projects for all fall & spring programs, assisting in the support of the summer staff Field Managers and serving as a member of the Program Team for ministry activities (camps, retreats, special activities, staff training). He hates the cold weather but enjoys fixin’ things in the yard and playing games with Trivette, his dog., ext 116

scotty.jpgScott Dorton – Program Manager – Service Area and Ministry Support

Scott Dorton joined Mountain T.O.P. support staff as Program Manager- Service Area & Ministry Support in February 2013. Scott’s job is to help with the assisting in securing projects for all Fall & Spring programs, assisting in the support of the summer staff Field Managers and serving as a member of the Program Team for ministry activities (camps, retreats, special activities, staff training). Scott has also served on Mountain T.O.P. summer staff in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Prior to joining Support Staff Scott graduated from Easter Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management. In his spare time Scott enjoys riding motorcycles, snow sports, and is a beard maintenance enthusiast., ext 114

Buddy Boyce – Development Manager

Nathan “Buddy” Boyce serves as Development Resources Manager for Mountain T.O.P. His main focus is contacting individuals and companies for potential in-kind contributions. Buddy was a member of Blakemore UMC (Nashhville, TN) and had the opportunity to be a part of the first Mountain T.O.P. staff in 1975. He served on the field staff for 2 years and was camp director for an additional 2 years. Buddy graduated from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) with a Marketing degree. He is an avid Vols fan and currently lives in Nashville.

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rachaelRachael Osborn – Communication & Assessment Coordinator

Rachael grew up in the cornfields of Indiana, went to college in the cornfields of Ohio, and is excited about now being in the mountains of Tennessee. While at Miami University, she double majored in Professional Writing and Sustainability and minored in Community-Based Leadership. Rachael came to the Mountain as a YSM camper for 6 years, worked on Summer Staff for 3 summers. She most recently spent the summer as the Ministry Intern/JAM Director.

This year, Rachael is serving as Mountain T.O.P.’s Communication and Assessment Coordinator. She will be building the ministry’s capacity by writing grants and maintaining assessment methods. She is looking forward to being part of how Mountain T.O.P. tells our story of life-changing ministry. Rachael is an ISTJ, loves coffee and tea equally, and is always willing to go on a road trip.

vistaEva Allibone – Weatherization Coordinator

Eva is 22 years old and originally from Mundelein, IL. She recently graduated from the Ohio State University where she majored in neuroscience and religious studies. She first heard about Mountain T.O.P. through her campus church, H2O.  She has been a Spring BreakOut participant for three years and absolutely loved her time serving.  She is excited to be working with an organization that has an incredible vision!