Montgomery Staff

Meet the People Behind the Center


Monica Williams

Executive Director

Monica is a member of McIntosh Presbyterian Church, where she serves as Ruling Elder in the 2023 class. 

She is co-founder of Faith Fellowship School in Homestead, Florida. She at various times served as Chaplain, ESE and Bible teacher, and finally, as their Principal. Monica is bilingual in Spanish and English, and taught herself English in 3 months by translating her Bible. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in theology and is currently a doctoral candidate.

Monica is married to the love of her life, Frank Williams, the Assistant US Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. The Wiliams' have seven kids, one granddaughter, and another granddaughter on the way. They are raising their 10-year-old daughter, who is how Monica got connected to Montgomery. Monica possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and the heart of a Christian servant-leader.


Zach Leopold

Director of Operations

Zach was born in Ft. Lauderdale to parents Donna and Raymond Leopold. He moved to Keystone Heights Florida at age 8, and lived there until attending to Florida State University upon high school graduation. Zach lived in Tallahassee for five years, and is a proud Seminole Alumni. Upon leaving, Zach moved back home, and started an internship with Montgomery Center. He has moved through the ranks from intern, to Event Coordinator, to Kitchen Director, and is now our Hospitality Director. In his spare times he enjoys spending time with his best friend Diesel (an 8-year old pitbull), his family, and his friends. 

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Jared Lane

Culinary Director

Jared is a Gainesville native who attended Camp Montgomery in his youth.  He attended Oak Hall Private school in Gainesville, then moved to Charleston, SC where he attended the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Charleston.  Jared stayed in Charleston after graduation, managing a pre-prohibition cocktail bar and restaurant for a few years. It was there he met his wife, Caroline.  The couple moved back to Gainesville shortly before their daughter, Aubrey was born.  After a stint at Northwestern Mutual and a couple of local restaurants, the opportunity to work at Montgomery fell in my lap.  The Lane family now lives at Montgomery where Jared serves as the Culinary Director. 


Matt Ware

Maintenance Director

A Crystal Lake native, outdoor enthusiast, husband to one, father to two & son of Christ. The Lord's plan has led Matt to a career in public safety and to the Montgomery Center. The needs of Montgomery are familiar to Matt, being taught at a young age the value of hard work, and the joy and satisfaction of working with his hands. He is a believer in “great struggle makes for even greater appreciation.” 

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Doris Tyler

Kitchen Manager

Doris Tyler was born in Coral Gables Florida and has lived in Florida most of her life.  She attended college at North Miami Community College and Central Florida Community College where she pursued degrees in Psychology and Human Services. She successfully raised, homeschooled and launched three children. After her children moved out of the home, she relocated to Keystone Heights to spend time with her aging parents. Doris was hired as a host at Montgomery within a month of relocation and started helping out in the kitchen as well. She has now served in the kitchen at Montgomery for 3 years and counting.

Cory Deemer

Outdoor Education Instructor

Cory spends the great majority of his time outside. He has a strong background in canoeing and leading canoe camping trips for youth groups. Cory has been in the summer camp industry for nine years. When not at camp, Cory can be found out on the water or diving in the Florida springs as a freediver. Cory serves on the board of a local environmental non-profit whose mission is to educate the public about environmental issues that our planet is facing. Cory has a strong background in safety, having his EMT license and as a Red Cross Lifeguard instructor. He holds certifications in Youth Mental Health First Aid and as a Wilderness EMT. As the Outdoor Education Instructor, Cory creates, executes, and oversees all programming that takes place at Montgomery Center.

Caroline Lane

Event Host

Caroline graduated in 2013 from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. She moved to Gainesville in 2015 with her husband, Jared, where they welcomed their daughter, Aubrey, in May of the same year. The Lane family moved onto Montgomery property in February of 2019 and absolutely love it. It is a special environment to raise a family and such a beautiful piece of property to spend their time together.

Charlene Brown


Originally from Jacksonville, Charlene traveled the world during her husband's 26-year service in the Navy. He passed away in 2018, leaving behind their two children and three grandchildren. Charlene has an Associate's degree in Science from Guam University. Before coming to Montgomery, she was branch manager for a pest control company, and then a welder in Green Coast Springs until retirement in 2001. Charlene has served at Montgomery Center since 2012.