Staff & Board of Directors


Ann Wicks, President

Kurt A. Friesen, Vice President

John J. Lewis, Treasurer

Ashleigh Bergstrom, FNP, Secretary


Dearing Ward Johns, MD

Shannon Kellogg Leliveld

Alison Okerlund, RN

Susan Smith

Marisa S. Taylor


Permanent Staff:

  • Tina LaRoche, Executive Director has provided leadership at Camp Holiday Trails since 2004.  Prior to Camp, Tina worked 10 years with the YMCA of Los Angeles, CA and worked with AmeriCorps for three years.  Leading CHT requires many hats, but Tina enjoys them all as every child deserves a positive camp experience.
  • Ana Baggiano, Program Director joined Camp Holiday Trails’ full-time staff in 2014. Her degree in Anthropology (with a minor in environmental studies), complimented by her experience in child development and environmental education, aligns perfectly with Camp Holiday Trails’ goal to build strong and impactful camp programming. Ana truly enjoys the sometimes hard, often rewarding and always inspiring work of creating camp magic. Frequently found doodling unicorns and belting out camp songs, she loves connecting to her inner child and relating to the Campers to create a meaningful and memorable camp experience.
  • Christine Shifflett, Camp Coordinator has worked at Camp Holiday Trails since 2004 and is the lead staff for camper applications, rentals and parent relationships.  Christine worked previously in early childhood education. Chris feels fortunate to be constantly inspired by the powerful stories of our Campers and the endless dedication of our Counselors.
  • Amy Saiya McHugh, Administrative and Philanthropy Assistant joined Camp Holiday Trails in late Summer 2016.  A military spouse originally hailing from Texas, she completed her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Business and Nonprofit Administration from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Saiya became passionate about nonprofit work through volunteering for animal shelters and fostering. Her experience working for nonprofit organizations ranging from Wolf Haven International to WriterHouse has reinforced her desire to work for organizations making the world a better place.
  • Dave Barry, Maintenance Assistant, grew up on a farm in northwestern Ohio.  He went to college at Ohio University and majored in Spanish and History in the Honors Tutorial College. He and his wife Diana have raised three children and have almost gotten them through college. Before being hired by CHT, Dave worked for the US Dept. of Agriculture for 20 years doing federal loans and subsidy payments.  Dave has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and is an avid gardener. CHT is his ideal employer as he loves the challenge of fixing things without a (big) budget.
  • Earl Simpson, Maintenance Assistant enjoys being an outdoorsman and is a people-person who loves to meet new folks from all walks of life. Earl shares “what better environment than a camp, working for kids?” When he’s not at CHT he loves being with his two children and is very proud of them. He also loves working out; he has done martial arts for 14 years and used to compete. Earl is happy to be a free spirit and loving life.

Medical Staff

  • Led by our Medical Director, each summer over 50 medical volunteers provide round the clock care in our Med Korner. We offer an elective for medical students, nursing students and physician’s assistant students to receive credit during a Camp rotation.


Seasonal Staff:

  • 2 Assistant Directors
  • 20-24 counselors, average age 19-25
  • Over 50 volunteer medical staff (pediatricians, residents, medical students, PAs, NPs, nurses, EMTs and students in healthcare fields)
  • Kitchen staff and Maintenance staff
  • Over 600 volunteers support our Camp mission year-round
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