Dr. Amanda Mckee and David Schwartz. Their love for the outdoors, animals and children, put them on a path of destiny to begin several programs that allow kids to learn about animals and nature in a fun and hands on environment

encompassing fun and lots of fresh air.

Amanda born in Alamance Co. is a graduate of NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. After many years in practice she now shares  passion with her students in  Kids Vet Club and Junior Vet Academy. Having grown up in the area she has seen that dramatic loss of small farms.  She and David are committed to saving them for the next generation. 


Together they share 7 children and two grand children. The Camp at Piper Hill has been the culmination of several years of planning and perfecting the idea of Farm Camp at the 1870 Farm in Chapel Hill where over 3500 campers have attended since its inception in 2016.

Gary Nardilla and his wife Joyce of 35 years are animal lovers and naturalists.. When their children were young, Gary and Joyce owned a large piece of land in rural Vermont where they spent many weekends and holidays. Their transition to farm-life in North Carolina has felt easy and natural. Joyce has worked in Early Education and Special education and most recently worked for the #1 school district in the country. Her love of children, watching them grow and learn, makes her especially excited to be part of the educational team. Gary has spent the better part of three decades traveling the world as a Television Director and Director of Photography with many renowned and influential figures. He has a keen eye for perfection and has visited extraordinary locations which he looks forward to sharing with the development of Piper Hill Farm.

Elizabeth Moore our Summer Camp Executive Director

has over 17 years of working with some of the most prestigious summer camps in the nation. She believes that a great camp must start with a great staff and proper training. Elizabeth originally from Boulder Colorado looks forward to helping with our new

venture at Piper Hill and developing it into a world class sleep away experience for kids. Elizabeth has two  daughters that have grown up around sleep away camps and knows first hand how a positive overnight camp experience prepares kids for the next journey in their lives. Elizabeth is also an avid equestrian and looks forward to developing our program at Piper Hill.

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Kendall Chodnicki



Resident animal specialist bio coming soon!