Meet Our Team

Lou Ann Aheron
Director, Human Resources,
Purchasing & Special Projects

Lou Ann has been full time with Bonclarken since 2016. Her responsibilities include hiring and employee onboarding, payroll, purchasing, and managing the Gift Shop. In conjunction with our VP for Operations, Lou Ann coordinates our annual Volunteer Work Week and our summer staff.

Lou Ann grew up in Eden, NC, and Rock Hill, SC. When she is not working, she loves running and working out. Lou Ann also enjoys helping out with the youth group at Reformation ARP Church and the middle school youth retreats at Bonclarken.

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Brian Beers
Assistant Director,
Guest Services

Brian came to Bonclarken in 2013. His main focus is care and attention to the cleanliness of our guest housing.

Brian comes to us from the Keystone State, Pennsylvania. When not at work, Brian enjoys playing the guitar.

Zac Burd
Assistant Director, Food Services
Head Chef

Zac has lived most of his life in Hendersonville, NC, and considers himself a native. He started his first job in the kitchen at Bonclarken in 1988.

Zac is an invaluable member of the Food Service team at Bonclarken, knowing all the ins and outs of the kitchen and overseeing all meal preparations for our guests.

In his free time, Zac enjoys tinkering with and riding his motorcycle, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends. 

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Jim Champion
Kitchen Manager
Sous Chef

Jim moved to Flat Rock, NC from Gastonia, NC. He started at Bonclarken in 2012, with the intention of only helping out in the kitchen for one summer season.

Jim serves the Food Service department as sous chef and leads the part-time staff. He oversees Camp Joy and Camp Bonclarken meals in the the Convocation kitchen each summer.

When he is not at work, Jim enjoys listening to music, hitting a few golf balls on the green, and spending time with his two pups. 

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Sheri Clarke
Customer Service &
Development Assistant

Sheri started working at Bonclarken in 1996. As a member of the office staff, Sheri is responsible for individual reservations, property owner dues, financial records, and donor acknowledgements.

Sheri comes to us from Clover, SC, and has been coming to Bonclarken all of her life—both with her immediate family and Crowders Creek ARP Church. Sheri likes to collect interesting stamps that come to Bonclarken in the mail and she plans on using them in a craft project when she retires.

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Ashley Clouse
Maintenance
Technician

Ashley is our newest full-time employee. He started working at Bonclarken in 2020. He works in the maintenance department, helping to keep our grounds and facilities in excellent condition for our guests.

Ashley originally hails from Ellettsville, IN. When he is not at work, he enjoys hiking with his children.

Gary Cox
Maintenance
Technician

Gary has worked at Bonclarken since 2000. He focuses on plumbing and other maintenance projects that help keep Bonclarken running efficiently.

Gary is a native of Hendersonville, NC. When he has time away, he likes to relax by a mountain stream fishing for trout.

Carol Davis
Vice President,
Finance & Facilities

Carol came to Bonclarken in 2014. She oversees all of the financial operations at Bonclarken and manages the Human Resources, Maintenance, and Food Service departments.

Carol is originally from Cocoa, FL, and lived in Tampa, NYC, Atlanta, and Raleigh before making her home in Flat Rock. She and her husband have two grown sons.

Carol especially looks forward to seeing the campers from Joni & Friends and Camp Joy every year. When not at Bonclarken, she loves to hike and work on terrariums, aquariums, and all things growing.

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Michael Dill
Vice President,
Operations

Mike has been at Bonclarken since 2009. He works directly with Marketing and Programs and also manages the Guest Services and Reservations departments. Mike coordinates our summer staff program and Volunteer Work Week in conjunction with Human Resources and our annual See the Leaves program.

Each summer, Mike trains our recreation staff in first aid, lifeguarding, and other skills. As a member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology, he participates in the Workshops Committee helping to plan workshops for their annual conference.

Mike grew up in a small town in Ohio and traveled around the country working at camps and conference centers before finally settling down in Hendersonville. When Mike is not at work, he loves hanging out beside mountain streams, enjoying great views from the Blue Ridge Parkway, and taking his wife and daughter to Disney World.

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Susan Frohlich
Assistant Director,
Reservations

Susan worked on summer staff in the Bonclarken office while in college and started full time at Bonclarken in 2015. Susan works with coordinating group details, booking new groups, group billing, and assisting with Bonclarken Camps registration. She also enjoys leading tours and researching and sharing Bonclarken history.

Susan comes to us from Greensboro, NC, where she attended the Covenant Fellowship ARP Church. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Erskine College in 2010 and Master of Arts in History with a Public History concentration and a Museum Studies Certificate from the University of West Georgia in 2013. Her free time is filled with walking, exploring Western North Carolina, and spending time with her church family.

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Marcesa Harper
Director,
Food Services

Marcesa's first job at Bonclarken was as a member of the kitchen summer staff in 2004. She continued serving in the summers until 2010. In 2020, she returned as our Food Service Director.

Marcesa is a native of Hendersonville, NC, and a graduate of Gardner Webb University and the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. She oversees all Food Service operations for the conference center and leads a team committed to delivering excellent customer service to Bonclarken guests.

Marcesa lives at Bonclarken with her husband and two children where they enjoy daily visits with the ducks at the lake and getting to know the homeowners and guests on their walks. They also like to go on hikes in our beautiful WNC mountains. 

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Heather Hayes
Director,
Guest Services

Heather joined Bonclarken in 2008. Her main focus is ensuring that the housing and meeting spaces are prepared for the guests of Bonclarken and for them to enjoy their time of inspiration and renewal.

Heather was born in Washington DC, but grew up in Washington State. She loves to camp with her children. In her free time, Heather also enjoys painting and doing crafts, taking care of plants, and rescuing animals. She is a passionate baker and loves to cook for others.

Noah Martin
Director,
Facilities & Maintenance

Noah began working at Bonclarken in 2015. He oversees the maintenance of Bonclarken facilities and buildings and grounds projects that provide a comfortable and safe environment for our guests and staff.

Noah grew up in Asheville, NC. After moving away for his father's seminary education and pastorate, he has returned to his Western North Carolina roots at Bonclarken.

Noah and his wife and their four children love living at Bonclarken and being a part of their homeschool and church communities. Noah's passion is mountain biking and doing anything that gets him out on the mountain trails.

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Bill Mcgee
Guest Services
Staff

Bill started working at Bonclarken in 2014 on summer staff while attending Erskine College. He joined us full time in 2018 when he graduated. Bill works in Guest Services and Housekeeping cleaning guest accommodations and setting up meeting spaces.

Bill is originally from Ware Shoals, SC, and he grew up in the Due West ARP Church. His favorite pastime is drawing— specifically making digital art.

Alex Mooneyhan
Assistant Director,
Guest Services

Alex started working as a summer staffer at Bonclarken while he attended Erskine College from 2012-2016. Upon his graduation he became the Assistant Director of Guest Services and has been taking care of our guests since then.

Alex is originally from Gastonia, NC. As a member of the Pisgah ARP Church, he has been coming to Bonclarken since childhood. In his free time, he can be found playing board games with his friends or going to the movies. A couple of Alex's favorite board games are Clue and Settlers of Catan.

Samuel Orihuela
Guest Services
Staff

Sam has been with Bonclarken since 2000. He works in our Guest Services and Housekeeping departments cleaning and making sure all rooms are ready for guest use.

Sam moved to the United States 30 years ago from Mexico City. Sam loves to garden and spend time with his family when he is not at work.

Nathaniel Pace
Guest Services
Staff

Nathaniel started at Bonclarken in 2018. He works in Guest Services and Housekeeping to prepare housing and meeting spaces for guest use.

Nathaniel is a Hendersonville native. When he is not at work, he enjoys building and flying drones. He also enjoys the art of bonsai.

Lynn Rogers
Director,
Reservations, Marketing & Communications

Lynn has worked at Bonclarken since 2003. Her main responsibilities include: handling group reservations, managing the office staff, collaborating on publications and social media, and coordinating our camp accreditation.

Lynn is a proud West Virginian! She has also lived in Ohio, Florida, Texas, Mexico, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Argentina. Growing up as the daughter of an ARP pastor and missionary, Lynn considered Bonclarken a home she could return to no matter where she lived in the world. She is thankful that she now gets to help create that same sense of belonging for our Bonclarken guests.

In her free time, you can find Lynn reading, playing video games, experimenting in the kitchen, or hitting the trails. A few of her favorite hikes are Pink Beds (WNC), Grayson Highlands (VA), and the New River Gorge and many state parks of her home state. Lynn also enjoys cataloging the butterflies, dragonflies, and mushrooms of Bonclarken in photographs and cultivating her pollinator garden.

Chip Sherer
President

Joseph H. (Chip) Sherer became Bonclarken’s President in January 2007.  His focus has been and continues to be sustaining Bonclarken’s mission of “providing and promoting a Christian environment for inspiration and renewal.” A native of Starr, South Carolina, Chip holds a Master of Arts from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science from Erskine College.  He and his wife Cynthia are proud parents of two children, Emma and Joseph.
“I am honored to be entrusted with guiding a place that Associate Reformed Presbyterians hold so dear.  From our founding in 1922, Bonclarken has been a place set-apart, a place of mountain beauty where guests have come to be rejuvenated and more importantly to be inspired and renewed in their faith in Jesus Christ.  We stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us, those visionaries and servant leaders who laid the foundation that would develop this place into the conference center we all enjoy today.”
Chip is a cabinet member of the Carolinas-Virginias section of the Christian Camps and Conference Association.  He has served on the Diaconate at Pinecrest ARP Church.  He was inducted into the Erskine College Flying Fleet Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013 and into the Crescent High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015. 

Chip is an avid golfer— his dream of playing at the Augusta National Golf Club has yet to be fulfilled, but maybe one day….

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Jimmy Sherman
Assistant Director,
Maintenance

Jimmy started with Bonclarken in 2005. He is the Assistant Director of Maintenance and a master carpenter. He works hard to keep our building and grounds in top-notch shape so our guests will have a issue-free visit.

Jimmy is originally from the Hendersonville area. Outside of work, he likes to spend time with his grandkids and ride his motorcycle.