Staff

Michael Thames

Executive Director

Michael has nearly 20 years of combined experience in youth & camp ministry. While some might say his official capacity for Camp of the Hills is as our Executive Director, he also goes by the name of Range-master Hawk-eye and aids in anything archery, fishing, & ropes course related!

Drew Bowen

Program Director

Currently serving as Program Director, Drew has volunteered/been employed at Camp of the Hills since 2000. His extensive experience serving at-risk and low-income youth helps him lead large group activities and teach our OE curriculum. He is especially fond of the critters at Camp of the Hills, with a special place in his heart for reptiles and amphibians.

Alicen Bessire

Outdoor Education Director

As Outdoor Education Director, Alicen creates our curriculum and lessons and meets personally with each group to customize their activity plans. She has 5 years experience as a classroom teacher in both public and private school settings and is familiar with TEKS, NGSS, and Project Aero. She is also very passionate about cross-curriculum integration, nurturing kids’ creativity, and supporting English language learners as they learn new ways of expressing themselves.

Kristina Bell

Office Manager

Kristina joined our staff in August of 2019.  As a former teacher’s aid and front office admin in public education, Kristina is familiar with the population groups that we serve here.  Kristina is married with three children, and the whole family loves camping, hiking, traveling, sports and spending time together.  Kristina and her husband co-founded and lead a juvenile justice outreach, they serve on multiple ministry teams at their home church, and she is currently pursuing her Graduate degree from The King’s University.