Arika grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She attended Abraham Lincoln High School. She moved to Des Moines in 2000 with her mother, sister, and brother and began working at a childcare center. Arika has also worked as a Bank Teller and a Customer Support Technician/Technical Support Agent. In 2008, Arika recieved her Administrative Assistant Associate Degree.
Arika's favorite thing to do is spend time with her three beautiful daughters, Akira, Kiara, and Tiana. She also enjoys playing volleyball, singing, bowling, and playing softball. She loves any opportunity to help people and be around children.
Lauren was born and raised in Des Moines, in the Beaverdale area. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Leisure, Youth and Human Services and an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation. While attending UNI, Lauren became active in Camp Adventure where she spent two summers as a camp counselor and one as a site director traveling the globe to Japan, Italy, and Germany working with youth ages 5-12 on American Military bases in a day camp setting.
Upon graduating she took an internship turned job in Key West, Florida, again working on a Military base but with youth age 10-18 in a programmatic setting. She moved back to Iowa to be closer to family and started working at Camp Fire as a Program Director in 2011. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, reading, playing board games, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, and of course spending time with friends and family.
Michael grew up in Garden City, a small town in western Kansas. After college Michael, a proud Kansas State graduate, worked in New England camping for over a decade. Michael got his start as the Athletic Director at Camp Waziyatah. He then moved on to Camp Wekeela, where he stayed for seven years as the Head Counselor. Finally he graciously accepted the position of Assistant Director at Camp Caribou.
While at Camp Wekeela, Michael met his wife Erika. They have two daughters, Maya and Annika, who absolutely adore summer camp.
Michael loves traveling around the country with his family in their spare time. As previously mentioned, he loves all things Kansas State, he and his girls spend time in Manhattan, KS following everything from football to track & field. One of his daughters wants to be a K-State basketball player and the other wants to be the mascot. Michael can also be found playing a sport with a ball of some sort whether it be golf, tennis, basketball or Australian Rules Football; he loves them all. Michael is thrilled to be working with Camp Fire and is excited to get to know and love Iowa!
Owen was born and raised in Des Moines. He grew up attending Camp Fire and Camp Hantesa programs all the way through high school. After high school, Owen began working at Camp Hantesa; first as a general counselor and later as the LC/Apprentice Director. Owen is graduated from Iowa State where he studied Biology and Child, Adult, and Family Services.
In his spare time he enjoys hiking, canoeing, and camping; especially with his puppy, Robin. Owen is very excited to begin working more with Camp Fire and is looking forward to many great summers ahead!
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.
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