Our staff members really immerse themselves in the fun and fellowship of Mar-Lu-Ridge.  Full-time staff are devoted to making MLR a dynamic, warm environment to learn and grow for both adults and kids.

Sarah_edit_smSarah Lefler, Executive Director

Sarah is a lifelong camper, counselor, volunteer and friend of the camp.

Before becoming Executive Director in August 2009, Sarah spent the majority of her adult life working as a Paramedic. She enjoys hiking and spending time in God’s creation and feels that MLR is her spiritual home. Her favorite thing about camp is the community – and the view from the outdoor chapel!

She lives in Sharpsburg with her husband and two daughters, both of whom are campers-turned-counselors.


Amy SowersAssociate Director

Amy comes to MLR from Pennsylvania, where her life and faith were shaped by her time as a camper and staff member at Camp Nawakwa. Amy graduated from Susquehanna University in 2015 with a degree in French. She then went on to participate in Lutheran Volunteer Corps for one year in Milwaukee. Amy loves singing and playing guitar, hiking, and baking. Her favorite spots at MLR include the Whisper Garden, Chapel Rocks, and anywhere there is a campfire!


 Cchef timhef Tim Waskiewicz, Food Service Manager

Tim has fed thousands of happy campers and retreat-goers at Mar-Lu-Ridge since October 2004. He has more than 30 years’ experience in food service science,  working his way up through the ranks from dishwasher to general manager of a fine dining restaurant. Chef Tim has also apprenticed under German, Swiss, French,  and American chefs, and has worked in privately owned, made-from-scratch kitchens and hotels in the DC/Baltimore area.

Whether your group wants an informal barbeque picnic or a formal candlelight dinner in the newly refurbished Potomac Room overlooking the Potomac River Valley, Chef Tim is devoted to making each meal “not the same old camp food.” He also makes every effort to accommodate dietary needs and requests, and is proud to customize menus for each group he serves.

Basil Lewis

Basil Lewis, Facilities

Basil has been with Mar-Lu-Ridge since March 2003, when he immediately went to work on construction-from-scratch cabinets for a kitchenette addition in Cabin #3. Basil is a carpenter, cabinetmaker, and handyman by trade.

Basil has worked so hard in improving Mar-Lu-Ridge facilities that many visitors now take notice of his positive changes! These improvements have included building upgrades, painting, carpentry projects, plumbing, heating, lighting, installation of heating fans, electrical troubleshooting, roofing, and facility remodeling. And in the midst of all this, Basil also assists with all everyday maintenance – breaks and repairs, landscaping, mowing, tree removal and “too many individual jobs to remember.”

Basil is also one of three Certified Pool Operators at Mar-Lu-Ridge. He says his goal is to maintain and upgrade Mar-Lu-Ridge so future generations may enjoy these beautiful surroundings.


Bill Garza

Bill Garza, Facilities

Bill Garza joined Mar-Lu-Ridge in December 2006. He has previous property management experience for the Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia YMCAs, and various condominium associations in Northern Virginia.

Originally from the Chicago area, Bill has been an amateur boxer and now enjoys golfing.