Camp Kudzu is blessed with people who believe every child needs a chance to grow, to learn and to know that he or she deserves a healthy life. We are year-round staff members whose work is a calling, not a job. We are Board members, who lead because we believe that our organization meets its mission at every camp session and because we want to serve as many children as possible. And we are volunteers dedicated to making a difference in the lives of kids even when it means losing sleep or getting messy.
Rob Shaw serves as Camp Kudzu’s Executive Director, leading its professional staff and working closely with the board on policy and planning, budgeting and finances, and on relationships with our friends, donors and other nonprofits. Rob has deep and longstanding appreciation for the needs of children living with diabetes. He has decades of relevant professional experience for leadership, believes that that camp is a force for good in young lives, and has great zeal for taking Camp Kudzu far.
Prior to joining Camp Kudzu, Rob was Vice President of Leadership Giving and Acting Chief Development Officer for Parkinson’s Foundation. Earlier in his nonprofit career, Rob was the Executive Director of the Georgia Chapter of JDRF. Rob’s personal interests align tightly with Camp Kudzu’s programs as he is an avid outdoorsman, loves camping and hiking, and enjoys farm life as well as competitive sports.
Director of Development
Sandra “Sandy” Yates is the Director of Development at Camp Kudzu. She works with the staff, board members, and volunteers to gain philanthropic support for the mission, programs, and activities of Camp Kudzu. This goal is facilitated by engaging individuals, foundations, and corporations who desire to make a difference in young lives with our need to cover the expenses of first class diabetes programs.
Sandy has 27 years of nonprofit experience and 20 years of fund raising experience. During that time she has worked at colleges, national nonprofits, and local nonprofits.
Sandy and her husband of 30 years, Rev. James A. Platt, have 6 sons, two daughter-in-laws, and two grandchildren. Sandy earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Clinical Program Manager
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Anna will ensure that our medical operations are well-planned, the volunteer staff are trained for their roles in helping our youth with their diabetes and our diabetes care and education remains strong. Her dedication to children living with type 1 diabetes has been evident for years. We know her to be a professional who strives for excellence.
Anna Albritton is a registered and licensed dietitian. Most recently, Anna was the Diabetes Education Coordinator at Diabetes Association of Atlanta. You may know her as our former Dietary and Nutrition Coordinator at Camp Kudzu.
You’ll find Anna at camp throughout our sessions, leading our clinicians and managing the Med Lodge. Anna will be working at Camp Kudzu’s office at all the other times!
This position marks a wonderful collaboration between Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Camp Kudzu to bring the best possible resources and programs to children living with type 1 diabetes.
Anna earned her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from Auburn University of Alabama and her Master of Science in Health Science, Nutrition, from Georgia State University. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and enjoys following Auburn football.
Doris is a veteran fund-raising professional with 17 years of experience in fostering long-term donor relationships in national and international non-profits and higher education. Her expertise in planned gifts, major and annual campaigns, database management and event planning and execution with nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity International, in Americus, Georgia, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C., makes her a great asset to the Camp Kudzu’s Development Team.
Doris’ primary focus at Camp Kudzu is fund-raising events: the Kudzu Cup Fore! Kids and the Camp Kudzu Benefit Luncheon. She supports board and volunteer leaders with Spin for Kids and other third party events. Doris is a key team member for communications, marketing and planning.
Doris is an Army veteran, having proudly served our country in Italy, Korea, Washington, DC, Savannah and New York.
Doris has one daughter, Paula, and one granddaughter, Laurynn.
Outreach and Program Manager
Whitney helps Camp Kudzu reach children in need. She identifies communities where children with diabetes live without access to specialty care. She takes steps to ensure they know about our programs and have transportation and scholarship solutions. Whitney coordinates our efforts with those of hospital social workers, Georgia’s departments of Health and Human Services and other agencies. Whitney is also responsible for the evaluation of our programs’ effectiveness. She is involved with many aspects of summer camp preparation. Whitney grew up in the panhandle of Florida, where she graduated with a degree in history before moving to North Carolina for a master’s degree. No stranger to nonprofits, she has worked for Florida’s Bay Area Food Bank, the Autism Society of North Carolina, and in various programming and administrative roles over five summers of youth camps. She lives in Marietta with her husband, Matthew, and their Pembroke Welsh corgi, named Rue, and much beloved mixed breed Bradley.
Database Coordinator and Registrar
Mandy helps families and campers arrange to participate in our programs. She handles registration for our programs and assists families through scholarships, payment arrangements and making sure specific needs are met (dietary, cabin requests, schedules). She manages the camper, family and volunteer database. Mandy’s previous positions have been with Camp Twin Lakes where she served as Partner Support and Hospital Programs Manager. Her background gives her full appreciation for the questions that families have who are new to diabetes and haven’t had their children away from home since diagnosis. Mandy is a Georgia native, with her a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from Georgia State University. She earned her master’s degree in Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University. She has a passion for working with children and families and looks forward to serving the families of Camp Kudzu. Mandy and her family live in Tucker with her husband, son, and their two dogs. She enjoys the outdoors and hiking with her family.
Anna is helping to keep things at Camp Kudzu running smoothly throughout registration, scholarships, and management of the camper database. She has been around Camp Kudzu for over 15 years as a camper and volunteer, and comes to us with 4 years of non-profit experience at JDRF and the American Diabetes Association. She graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education from Georgia College and State University.
As a person who has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 18 years, Anna is committed to the amazing work Camp Kudzu does teaching children with type 1 diabetes to feel supported and empowered as they grow through their personal life and diabetes care. She lives in Atlanta and loves camp and Clemson football!
Director of Programs
Just minutes after the Shreve Family station wagon arrived at Camp Meadowlea in Bridgeport, WV and Kat jumped out, her career path in camp began. Since then, Kat has worn many hats in the world of camp and experiential education. Kat has worked for Project Adventure as a facilitator and developed environmental education programs at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. Additionally, in her 30 years in camp, Kat has directed the Athens YWCO Camp for Girls, Girl Scout Camp Meriwether, YMCA Camp Colman in the Seattle area, and both camps of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia- Camp Pamunkey Ridge and Camp Kittamaqund.
As an active member of the American Camp Association, Kat serves as an Accreditation Visitor and Instructor Trainer. During her tenure with ACA, Kat has served as the Education Director for ACA and has volunteered for several years with the Southeastern Region Board of Directors and on the LCOL of the Evergreen Region.
Kat has spoken at several youth professional gatherings from camp professionals to recreation professionals to educators. She was on the writing team for two books, Creating Positive Youth Outcomes and Designing Quality Youth Program.
Kat graduated from the Recreation & Leisure Studies program at the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Education. In 2007, Kat was honored as the University of Georgia College of Education Professional Alumni of the Year. Kat was awarded the National Service Award from the American Camp Association celebrating her work volunteering for both multiple ACA regions and on the national level. She is a current member of the ACA National Awards Committee. Most recently, she was inducted into the Pioneers in Camping, an honor society of camp professionals who have worked in the field for 30 years.
Kat is a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee for Camping Magazine and, occasionally, writes for the publication. Her most recent articles include “Translation of Forms” detailing her work at YMCA Camp Colman in serving the Latino/a community of South King County and “Groundhog Day” which shares how-tos and tips of getting out of the doldrums of multi-session camp seasons.
Kat has happily returned to the Camp Kudzu team as the Director of Programs.
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