Val Elliott-Executive Director
Val began his camping career in 1989 as a camp counselor at Kanakuk-Kanakomo Kamps in Branson, Missouri. He served there for two summers as a camp counselor and then upon graduating from The Citadel in 1991 took the year round role of Program Director for Clemson University’s RM Cooper 4-H Leadership Center. In 1995 Val moved into the Center Director role at RM Cooper. In 2007, Val and his wife Elizabeth and five children (Emma, Lucas, Eliza, Ethan and Palmer) moved from RM Cooper to YMCA Camp Hanes as Val became the Executive Director of YMCA Camp Hanes. As Val enters his 23rd summer camping season he is extremely passionate about giving children an incredible, safe Christian camping experience at YMCA Camp Hanes. Val served on the American Camping Association Southeast section board for seven years and has been an Accreditation standards visitor for over 15 years.
Jen de Ridder - Resident Camp Director
Jen de Ridder began her YMCA camping experience in 1989 at Camp Kern. She met her husband during her years there and they have worked at five YMCA camps. Jen and her family have called Camp Hanes home since 2003. She has served a variety of roles at camp but has been the Resident Camp Director since 2008. During the year you will often catch her outside reading and spending time with her boys. She feels very blessed by her job/life in camping.
Luke Dooley - Outdoor Education Director
Luke helps create an amazing experience for kids in our outdoor education programs. Do you have questions about bringing a school group for a great trip? Contact Luke for info.
Michael Raines - Conference, Corporate, Adventure Director
Michael arrived at Camp Hanes in October of 2007 after having spent the previous 8 years working in the camping and experiential education fields in Northern Virginia. A Graduate of King College, he’s currently a member of the American Camping Association and the Association for Challenge Course Technology. If you have questions about retreats/conferences, college/corporate team-building programs or summer adventure programs, please contact Michael. He likes to run and enjoys the fact that he can say he plays for a living.
Robert Money- Food Service Director
Robert is Camp Hanes’ Food Service Director. He is entering his first year with Camp Hanes after spending a number of years in the corporate world and is very excited to start his camp experience. He oversees all aspects of the food service operation from ordering food to preparing meals. Robert is a homegrown boy growing up and residing in King. He has served his community in many capacities, but mainly through youth and high school sports. He currently serves on the West Stokes Prowlers Board of Directors and is the Head Football Coach. Robert is also a member of the West Stokes High School football staff and helps with girl’s softball in the spring. During the winter months, he is the varsity basketball game announcer and clock keeper.
Mindi Alexandra- Office Manager
Nick Mahr- Program Manager
Nick came to YMCA Camp Hanes in the spring of 2012 to work with our Outdoor Education program. He spent ten summers at a small summer camp in Wisconsin and taught in the school system for two years before taking the leap into camp as a year round job. Nick now helps manage all of our camp programs and enjoys ensuring that every guest has a meaningful experience here at YMCA Camp Hanes.
Bill Park- Manager Financial/Alumni Development
Bill’s first memory of Camp was father/son weekend, at about age 8. An adventure with his Dad, in an old green cabin and a welcoming and warm dining hall…now the canteen. It was followed by many great years of camping as a Moravian camper, a summer camper, a daycamp and summer camp counselor, an Adventure Guide Dad/volunteer, a camper parent, and board member/chair. Each experience has special memories and meaning.
Bill now has the privilege of being at camp, almost every day, to help ”Send a Kid to Camp” and to assist others, who also love Camp and the camp experience, to reconnect with camp and its people. Contact Bill if you would like to help out at Camp…with your time, talents or financial resources…or if you have been away from Camp, too long and just want to get back in touch or come by for a visit.
Bill Hutchins - Alumni and Financial Development Coordinator
That is right “Bootsy” is at camp. Bill Hutchins spent many years at YMCA Camp Hanes. He has served as Camp Director and has now joined our team again. Would you like to talk about camp memories or how you can be part of the future? Contact Bill to learn about Project 432 and the Camp Hanes Alumni Association.