About Us

Debbie Abels

Debbie's career was in the newspaper industry. She held several executive positions with The Charlotte Observer before becoming publisher of a McClatchy sister newspaper, The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald. While at The Observer, she and then-publisher Ann Caulkins co-founded The Summer Camp Fund. Now retired, Debbie serves on several community boards but has a special place in her heart for the work of SCF and the children it serves.
Mark Jerrell
Vice President

County Commissioner Mark Jerrell, District 4, is serving his first term on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners but is no novice to the political process. Mark is a proud veteran, having served in the United States Army Reserve and the North Carolina Army National Guard. Professionally, he runs a speech therapy company with his sister and is very family-oriented. His wife Whitney and two daughters, whom he refers to as his "pride and joy," have been the primary source of inspiration behind his public service efforts. He believes The Summer Camp Fund provides a tremendous amount of value and opportunities to children and families of Mecklenburg County and the broader regions of North and South Carolina. Mark attended summer camp as a child and its impact has stayed with him his entire life. He wants others to have the same experience.
Neel Stallings

Neel is a former teacher with a B.S. and an M.S. in early childhood education, as well as a retired human resources professional.  She is particularly suited for her role with The Summer Camp Fund because she loves being outdoors climbing mountains, hiking and riding bicycles all over the world. During her visits to camps funded by SCF, she has enjoyed interacting with the campers and joining them in their activities, especially zip lining and high ropes. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, she believes in living each day to the fullest.
Chuck Cole

Chuck started his 30-year career as an advertising professional at the region's largest newspaper, The Charlotte Observer, where his performance elevated him through various positions and business divisions. He recently retired from the executive director position at TreesCharlotte, a public/private collaboration to grow and diversify Charlotte's urban forest by planting 500,000 trees by 2050, promoting tree stewardship and educating how to plant and preserve trees.Chuck attended Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC for Advertising Design & Graphic Communications, and North Carolina State University for Process Management. He's a three-time first place NCPA (North Carolina Press Association) Advertising Award winner and Knight Ridder, Inc. Excellence nominee.
Carolyn Jost Floyd

Carolyn brings a variety of work experiences to The Summer Camp Fund, including 17 years with the Susan G. Komen Foundation as its Grant Committee Chair. She holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and is passionate about the mission of The Summer Camp Fund in support of children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend camp.

We were honored to win the 2019 Eleanor P. Eells Award for Excellence in Research in Practice from the American Camping Foundation.