Having spent many summers in the 1990’s and 2000’s as a camper, CIT, WIT, Staff Member and CCAA active alumna, Director Erika Schlichter has a long-standing history with Camp Carysbrook. Erika took on the responsibilities of the Director full-time in 2019, following seven year’s experience as the Associate Director alongside former Director Colleen Hagan Egl. Dedicated to empowering girls through outdoor adventure and experiential learning, Erika is committed to providing a safe, unplugged camp experience filled with authentic connections and pure fun built on the foundation of decades of tradition at Camp Carysbrook for years to come.
Originally hailing from Norfolk, Virginia, Erika is a graduate of Indiana University and earned a master’s degree in International Human Rights at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies in Colorado. Passionate about empowering women to realize their full potential, she is an active Crisis Hotline Volunteer for the Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley, a non-profit human service agency committed to safety, dignity, respect, empowerment, free services, community collaboration and freedom from violence regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, or veteran status. Always seeking opportunities to actively engage with her community and young people, Erika also enjoys working part-time as a substitute teacher for a range of grades in the Montgomery County Public School system. Erika and her husband Tristan Mortensen live at camp year round in Riner, VA.
An avid believer in the value and transformational power of the camp experience in today’s rapidly changing world, Erika is deeply committed to making each summer a Summer to Remember for campers and staff alike at Camp Carysbrook.