MEET THE STAFF




Director – Camp Hantesa

MICHAEL JOHNSON

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.


Senior Program Director

JENNIFER RADLEY

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. For Jennifer’s first two years at Camp Fire, she oversaw two Des Moines area day camps and the before and after school programs. In her third year, she will transition to taking over the Ames day camps. She enjoys spending lots of time with her nieces, watching movies, playing sports, going to trivia contests, and eating Mexican food.


Assistant Director – Camp Hantesa

ALANA MATTESON

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!




Office Manager

ARIKA GRAYBILL

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 BARRETT

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.


Bookkeeper

CINDY HOOK

Cindy grew up in rural Dubuque County. She graduated from the University of Iowa and later earned a second BA in Accounting from Upper Iowa University. Cindy and her husband Roger have four grown daughters. They enjoy time with family, motorcycling, kayaking and bicycling. On her own Cindy likes yoga, reading, and entering silly contests.





Program Director

DANIELLE WALTER

Danielle grew up in Ankeny, Iowa. After graduating high school she went on to get her bachelors degree in Social Work at the University of Iowa. While in college and after graduation Danielle participated in Camp Adventure where she worked with kids on military bases in Japan and the Netherlands. Danielle is the director for two summer day camps, Camp Discovery and Camp Outrageous, and oversees the before and after school programs at Camp Fire. Outside of camp, Danielle enjoys binge-watching tv shows, spending time with her friends and family, and reading Harry Potter.


Program Manager – Camp Hantesa

MARANDA GILLETT

Maranda grew up in Athens, a small college town in the Southeastern hills of Ohio where she spent most of her free time exploring the woods behind her house with her three siblings. She stayed in Athens to attend Ohio University and receive a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Education. As soon as she graduated she moved to Minnesota and worked as a sea kayaking guide on Lake Superior in the Apostle Islands. Missing the hills and valleys she accepted a position in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia coordinating outdoor education school programs and falling in love with summer camp. Maranda’s favorite places include underground exploring a new cave, snuggling on the couch with her cat Sydney, or planning a nice long backpacking trip! She loves goats, tacos, and making people laugh and is excited to share her passion for the outdoors!


Program Director

ASIC HELBERG

Asic grew up in Indianola, Nebraska. After graduating high school Asic volunteered at Camp Floyd Rogers, a camp for children with diabetes that his brother attended growing up. He worked at the Nebraska 4-H camps throughout college as a counselor, lead staff, and resident camp coordinator. Asic graduated with a degree in business administration with an emphasis in management from the University of Nebraska – Kearney. Asic will be directing two day camps and assisting with before and after school programs. In his free time, Asic likes to read, play piano, and enjoys the outdoors.






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