Camp Administrators

Stephanie Phillips, Primary Head Counselor

Stephanie has been working at Congressional Camp since 2005, and before working at camp, she also attended Congo Camp as a camper.  Stephanie received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from James Madison University and now teaches Kindergarten at Congressional. In her free time, Stephanie loves to hike, travel, and cheer on any DC sports team.

Caroline Peterson, Freshman Head Counselor

Caroline has been working at Congressional Camp for the past 5 summers as a freshman counselor, and now as Freshman Head Counselor. She loves being goofy with her campers and singing the Congressional Spirit song! When not at camp, Caroline teaches 5th grade in Madison, Wisconsin. During her free time, Caroline enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with her cats.


Caity Hunter, Sophomore & Senior Head Counselor

Caity started working at Congressional Camp 6 years ago as a freshman counselor and has held a variety of positions throughout the years. She attended the University of Virginia and earned a Bachelors Degree in Foreign Affairs and Spanish before completing a Masters of Teaching in Elementary Education.  During the school year she teaches third grade in Alexandria. She is excited to be back this summer to work with our sophomore and senior campers and staff!

Mary Scully, Programming Director

This is Mary’s 17th summer working at camp, and had previously been a camper. During the school year, she teaches middle school math in Fairfax County Public Schools. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington, and her Master’s in Education from George Mason University. She is currently working toward a second Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. Outside of school and camp, Mary enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and her dog, Porter. Photo coming soon!

John Duffy, Special Events Director

John is a PE teacher at Discovery Elementary School in Arlington. As the Special Events Director, he oversees and organizes many of Day Camp’s bigger events including the Apache Relay, Olympics, and Congo Conquest! John loves working with elementary-aged children and seeing them grow through problem-solving tasks that helps build leadership skills. When he’s not at camp, John enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball or softball, or watching sports.


Christine Peralta, Inclusion Head Counselor

Photo and bio coming soon!



Caroline Cox, Camp Registrar

Caroline Cox has been working at Congressional Camp since 2015, and she looks forward to coming back each summer!  Caroline graduated from Virginia Tech and went on to get her Master’s Degree in elementary education from George Mason University. She is currently a second grade teacher in McLean, Virginia.   She has taught second grade for the past 8 years.  In her spare time, she enjoys running along the Washington and Old Dominion Trail. She also loves spending time with her family, especially her adorable nephew and nieces.







Krystal Speed, Personnel Director

Krystal has worked as Congressional Camp’s Personnel Director since 2013.  She holds a BS in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University, a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Vanderbilt University and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.  She spent 5 years as an elementary educator before transitioning into the field of HR.  When camp is not in session she is the Children’s Director at a local church and provides project management support to a Maryland-based non-profit.  Her role of ensuring our staff are well supported so they can focus their full energy on creating a fun and safe summer experience for campers, is one she enjoys and takes pride in.