Our Staff

Ashlee Thompson

Educational Director

Ashlee is originally from the Tri-Cities.  After high school, she obtained her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Tennessee.  Her graduate work included Camp Koinonia, Therapeutic Recreation in Public Schools (TRiPS), and her published paper entitled ‘The Impact of Therapeutic Recreation Camps on Adults with Disabilities’.

Josh Salyer

Program Instructor

Josh was born and raised in Blountville, Tennessee. Josh is a proud graduate of ETSU where he earned his degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Education and Communication.  While at ETSU, he was heavily involved in POP Arts and Turning Pages Together book club.

Kara Ruffin

Program Instructor

Kara Ruffin was born and raised in Johnson City.  She studied Early Childhood Education at ETSU and graduated in 2012, working in the Johnson City School System until 2016.  She then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Special Education from Carson-Newman University.

Cole Price

Program Instructor

Cole is originally from Johnson City, Tennessee. After completing his internship at Brother’s Keeper, he graduated in May 2017 with a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Tennessee.

Scott Peeples

Instructional Assistant

Scott is from Johnson City and graduated from ETSU with a B.S. in Sport and Leisure Management with a Park and Recreation Management Concentration.  Scott has spent several years working in the camp setting before starting at Brother’s Keeper.

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