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.
Director – Camp Hantesa
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.
Program Manager – Camp Hantesa
Alana grew up in a small town outside of Rochester, NY. She graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College (also in Rochester) in 2013 with her bachelors in Social Work. From there, she’s done many different things including running an after school program, and Americorps. She also spent two years living on campus at John Carroll University working with RAs in Campus Ministry. She did all this while also being the Assistant Director at the summer camp she grew up going to in Western NY. Alana enjoys thrifting, knitting, hiking, and drinking coffee and is looking forward to experiencing Camp Fire and Iowa!
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.
Facilities Director – Camp Hantesa
Blake grew up attending Camp Fire programs in Des Moines and at Camp Hantesa. He spends his free time helping out on his family’s farm, hunting, fishing, and putting on rodeo events.
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.
Marketing/Community Outreach – Camp Hantesa
Jake is relatively new to the Camp Fire family but his love for camp life and his high-spirited attitude allowed him to fit right in. He has helped with volunteer work for Hantesa in the past as well as being a seasonal counselor. He attended Iowa State University where he received a degree in Fine Arts and is finishing up his Marketing and Communications degree with Hantesa’s Outreach internship program. He loves to travel by just about every method possible. Jake is always on the move, whether its hiking on foot, road trips with his friends, or skateboarding with his dog, Indie. That’s right, a skateboarding dog.
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.
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.
Assistant Director – Camp Hantesa
Owen was born and raised in Urbandale, IA. He grew up attending Camp Fire programs in Des Moines and at Camp Hantesa. He attended Hantesa every summer as a kid and completed the Apprentice program before graduating from high school. He was a counselor at Hantesa for two years and then Apprentice Director for two years before joining the year-round staff. He attended Iowa State University and received Bachelors degrees in Youth Services and Biology. Owen is a licensed EMT and is also a certified Lifeguard Instructor and Wilderness EMT. In his spare time he enjoys playing with his dog, Robin, painting, reading, and camping.