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!

Alicen Bessire

Operations Director
Outdoor Education Coordinator

As Outdoor Education Coordinator, Alicen develops the vision for our program and creates curriculum content for field trips, overnight retreats, and day camps for public, private, and home school groups. She is a former classroom teacher, was the lead outreach coordinator for a non-profit community development project in the Dominican Republic, and is bilingual (English/Spanish). She is very passionate about cross-curriculum integration, nurturing creativity, play-based development, and encouraging better stewardship of the world around us. As Operations Director, Alicen plays an integral role in overseeing both day-to-day operations (ensuring our programs and projects run efficiently and effectively) as well as supporting the long-term strategic planning of our organization. 

Kristina Bell

Administrative Director

As a former teacher’s aid and front office admin in public education, Kristina is familiar with the rich and diverse population groups we serve here at Camp.  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 passionate about serving and helping others see their full potential in Christ.

Katie Radford

Rental & Retreat Coordinator
Poiema Coordinator

Katie has been a part of our Summer Camp ministry since 2014. She demonstrates her love of camp and her desire to serve others in all her responsibilities. As the Rental and Retreat Coordinator, Katie always goes the extra mile to make certain that everyone visiting Camp of the Hills has a memorable experience, and she also coordinators the Poiema Program during the summer. Katie is a ministry servant and a joy to have on staff.