East Valley Ranch Staff

Katie Taylor

East Valley Director

Katie Taylor is the Director of the East Valley. As the Director of the East Valley, Katie’s job focuses on supporting programming and operations at the Farm and the East Valley Ranch.  She works alongside the Director of Camping Services and Director of Youth Development and Innovation to ensure Frost Valley is offering the highest quality of programming possible and is meeting the needs of the families we serve. Katie worked at Frost Valley 12 years ago as a Program Instructor and then as a Conference Program Coordinator.  After her time at Frost Valley, Katie went on to serve as a Camp Director in Vermont and Tennessee.  Most recently she was the Executive Director at YMCA Camp Potawotami in Indiana. Katie holds a Master of Science Degree in Camp Administration and Leadership. She lives in the East Valley with her two children Ellie and Henry along with their dog Autumn. Katie is excited to be able to work in the East Valley and be a part of two unique camping programmings at the East Valley Ranch and the Farm.  



Megan Cheney

East Valley Ranch Director

From all the way across the pond, Megan grew up in Northamptonshire, England and graduated from Cardiff University in 2016 with a BSc in Psychology with Professional Placement.  Megan started her journey at Frost Valley back in 2013 as a counselor and riding instructor at East Valley Ranch. Over the past summers, Megan has worked as the Village Coordinator, Barn Manager and Assistant Director of EVR and now as the East Valley Ranch Director. Megan oversees the summer programs at East Valley Ranch as well as welcoming the many guests at East Valley Ranch throughout the rest of the year. Megan is a Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) certified riding instructor in both English and Western Disciplines. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, skiing, eating new foods and walking her dog, Fin!


Mustang & Durango Staff

Jessie Emmons

Director of Youth Development & Innovation

Hi, I’m Jessie Emmons. I was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. My career with the Y began when I  6 years old, as a second generation camper at YMCA Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers, MI. I was a true camp kid and spent every summer at camp. At 17, I joined the staff, spending six full summers at camp and three years working Outdoor Education. I transitioned to the South Bend branch after graduating college and began overseeing after school and day camp programming full-time. Within four years I was overseeing all Youth Development programs and had expanded our Day Camp program from one site to four.

My favorite parts about camp is that it is the one place in the world where I truly feel like I can be myself and that I am truly accepted. Camp is a place where being silly and loud is praised. Which is great, because loud and silly is basically my default mode. I am water person, so during the summer I live in my bathing suit. I am always available for a Taylor Swift dance party or sing-a-longs. I am a believer of magic, specifically Disney magic. I celebrate Taco Tuesday…three nights a week. I know far too much about “The Titanic” and I am much more of a Pheobe than a Rachel or a Monica. My favorite way to spend my time off is with my dog, Fitz. You can find us hiking, playing fetch, or napping. 

I am true Midwest girl at heart who loves a good barbecue, Chicago hotdog and hot summer day at the lake. I am so excited to be a member of the Frost Valley team and to meet all of you!