Linda Tatsapaugh, Operations Director & Owner
Linda has been the director of Talisman Programs since 2001. Prior to that she worked at Stone Mountain School (from its inception in 1991 to 2000), serving as a counselor, program director, human resources manager, and admissions director. She is an instructor in First Aid, CPR, life guarding, and crisis management. She thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1990, serves as the chair of the National Association of Therapeutic Wilderness Camps, and is the mother of a young son, Gable.
Doug Smathers, Camp Director & Owner
With a BS in Recreational studies, Doug joins us with many years of experience and knowledge of the outdoors. Doug has been working with children, young adults, and adults with varying disabilities most of his life. For the past eight years, Doug has worked at a summer camp for children with special needs as a behavior specialist. Additionally, Doug has been a Outdoor Education Instructor for many years back in Ohio. Wearing many different hats, Doug has also facilitated High & Low Ropes courses and facilitated numerous corporate, communication, teambuilding and leadership workshops. Doug enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, adventure activities, and riding his motorcycle he built.
Robiyn Mims, Admissions Director
Over 85 graduate hours in clinical and school psychology, BA in psychology
Robiyn’s love for everything summer camp started in the summer of 1998 when she found an amazing way to combine learning, fun and adventure that first fateful summer at Talisman. After working several years with Talisman, Robiyn decided to attend graduate school to study Clinical and School Psychology. Robiyn discovered her passion for understanding and helping those diagnosed with neuro-developmental delays, specifically high function Autism. Since then she has used that experience and understanding to work with families in a variety of settings.
Robiyn shares her own adventures with her amazing husband (also a former Talisman Camp staff) - Eddie, her nutty boxer-Knuckles, and their demanding cat- Bacon. She can typically be found snowboarding, “Jeeping”, traveling to other countries, or generally avoiding housework.
Robiyn looks forward to helping you find the perfect camp program for your child!
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