Executive Director


Bob has served as the director of Camp Fire Heart of Iowa since 2005. Bob has over 20 years of experience working in youth development and nonprofit management.
Prior to coming on board with Camp Fire, Bob held a variety of positions in youth development primarily with the Boy Scouts of America, including directing the Learning for Life division in Minneapolis and as a field executive, in Omaha, developing at-risk youth and in-school character education programs.
In addition to his knowledge in program development and fundraising, Bob has served as a camp director and outdoor education facilitator. He holds a degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Iowa.
When not at Camp Fire, Bob enjoys camping, photography, training dogs, and spending time with his wife, Brenda and two sons, Dakota and Jake.

Senior Program Director


Jenna has been with Camp Fire in various positions since 2011. Starting as a Camp Counselor, she then worked as a Site Director, then Program Director. Jenna is from Norfolk, Nebraska and graduated with her degree in History and Secondary Education from the University of Sioux Falls in 2012. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, listening to 90’s music and playing softball.

Program Director


Marilyn has worked for Camp Fire Heart of Iowa since 2016. She attended Simpson College and graduated in 2015, with degrees in English and Secondary Education. She brings this background and passion for education to Camp Fire’s community based literacy programs. At Camp Fire, Marilyn is the director for two Des Moines based camps, Riverview Day Camp and Pioneer Columbus Day Camp, she is also the coordinator for Camp Fire’s Club programs. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching old movies, spending time with friends and family, and her two cats, Bill and Stanley.

Program Director


Jennifer has been with Camp Fire since 2016. She attended Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. She graduated with a degree in Psychology and played four years of collegiate Softball. After graduation, Jennifer was a graduate assistant for softball at Wayne State, then went on to coach softball full time at Buena Vista University for three years. Now, Jennifer oversees two Des Moines day camps and the before and after school programs at Camp Fire. She enjoys spending lots of time with her nieces, watching movies, playing sports, going to trivia contests, and eating Mexican food.

Camp Hantesa – Director


Michael loves traveling around the country with his family in their spare time. As previously mentioned, he loves all things Kansas State.

Camp Hantesa – Assistant Director


In his spare time he enjoys hiking, canoeing, and camping; especially with his puppy, Robin.

Office Manager


Arika Graybill is from Council Bluffs, Iowa and moved to Des Moines after High School. She has her Administrative Assistant Associates’ Degree and Office Specialist Certificate from DMACC. Prior to Camp Fire, she worked in child care, telemarketing, as a bank teller, and as a Internet Support Technician. She is married and has three daughters. She enjoys spending time with family and watching her children play sports.

Marketing/Community Outreach


Devin grew up in West Des Moines, Iowa. After graduating high school from West Des Moines Valley, Devin graduated from Upper Iowa University with a Communications degree in 2016. Devin has worked at the West Des Moines School District with the before and after school programs and also interned with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa as a Community Outreach intern before accepting the Marketing and Outreach intern position with Camp Fire. Devin loves to socialize with friends outside of work, whether it is cheering on Iowa State Athletics in a group or traveling around the Midwest to visit old friends. He also loves to hike during the summers in places like the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park.


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