Gaynell graduated from Louisiana State University with a BS in outdoor education and recreation. He began working for Camp Blue Ridge (on Old Forge Mountain) in 1971 and joined the Highlander staff when Pine Crest School moved Highlander to our current location in 1974.
He has held every type of job on camp including counselor, special events coordinator, evening program director, administrative co-director and, from 1987-2015, camp director. Among his many contributions to the Highlander family, Gaynell has been instrumental in building the “EP” experience as camp knows it today. The greatest gift camp has given him is his wife, Dany (a former staff member herself), and their two sons, Will and Steele.