Administrative Team

Dedicated Tradition ... Record Breaking Staff




Elizabeth Cochran 
Executive Director
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I am a Mom, a YMCA professional, and outdoor fun enthusiast! I love my job - I live at camp year-round with my husband Cameron, twin 18-year-olds Josh and Geoff, and 12-year-old Kara Jane. Beginning in 1989, I was a Camp Ernst camper, counselor, lifeguard, and unit leader. After a few years away, I returned in 2003 to full time camp life, and have served as the Executive Director since 2011. I really enjoy the great privilege of getting to know our fantastic Camp Ernst families and pursuing my passion for youth development.  Call me with any questions about Camp Ernst's past or present, read my thoughts on summercamp on, and follow me on twitter!  @CampErnst


Al Reynhout
Operations Manager
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Hi everyone, I'm Al.  I have been Camp Ernst as the director of Property/Operations since 2014 and I’m loving every minute, what a great place to work!  My wife and I moved to Kentucky from Michigan in 2009 where I spent 10 years in maintenance at a Christian camp.  I enjoy playing a round of golf when I can and have raced remote control vehicles.  I will do my best with God’s help to keep this camp a safe and fun place.  It’s a joy to see the smiles on the faces of those who spend time at Camp Ernst.


Megan Gierhart
Senior Program Director
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Hi, I am Megan!  I started my own camping experience here at Camp Ernst in 2000.  I began as a camper and worked my way up as a crew member, counselor, and Unit Leader.  I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with my degree in Early Childhood Education and taught for a few years.  Now, I get the pleasure of being the Program Director and doing what I love everyday!  I love camp because it’s a great place to try new things, meet new friends, and have a lot of fun!  My favorite place at camp is the lake, especially the water slide.  Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions about camp!




Michael Lindley
Teen Program Director

Say hello to Michael, or often refered to by his last name, Lindley. Michael 
serves on our full time team as the Teen Program Director. He has been coming to camp ever since he was seven years old and has done just about every job there is at camp. His favorite thing about camp is getting to pass the love on to the next generation of campers. You can find Michael working with our Teen Programs, Junior Board, and running our Group Rentals.


Emily Momberger
Ranch Program Director

Emily has been running our ranch for the last few years! She grew up right down the street from us in Boone County.  She loves spending each day with Lilly and Willy (our goats), Jasper (our pig) and all of our amazing horses and ponies at the Rockin’ E Ranch. You can find her feeding the horses, leading trail rides, teaching riding lessons, and planning for our year-round Equine Programs. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish, read books and spend time with her family!