Emily Barnes serves as the executive assistant to Gregg Hunter. Emily manages and implements all administrative duties and responsibilities of the executive office. Emily also serves and supports the CCCA Board of Directors in their roles within CCCA. Originally from Ohio, Emily holds her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Ohio State University. She is a die hard Buckeye football fan! Emily is formerly a classroom teacher and has served as a mission trip coordinator, youth leader, and Royal Family Kids big camper and mentor. She has lived in Colorado Springs for the last eight years and loves hiking, reading, traveling, and woodworking. Having been involved in various camps since childhood, and now as an adult volunteer, Emily has experienced first hand the impact camp can make in a person’s life.
Emily Bergandine serves as member relations manager at CCCA. She communicates daily with members, providing information, encouragement and excellent service to Christian camps and conferences across the country. She also helps lead CCCA’s member recruitment and retention efforts. Prior to joining CCCA, Emily worked at an animal hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. She has a liberal arts degree from Bryan College in Dayton. One of the things that prepared Emily for her role at CCCA was working at a high ropes challenge course, because it taught her the joy of serving as a camp staff member. In her spare time, Emily enjoys cycling, skiing, traveling and photography.
Carol Ann Chase
Carol Ann Chase serves as membership development coordinator at CCCA. She plays a key role in personally connecting with camping leaders across the U.S. to share with them the value of being involved in the association. Prior to coming to CCCA, Carol Ann was a phone-sales representative for an international company, and she taught mathematics at a public school in New Hampshire. She has a math education degree from Granite State College in Claremont, N.H. Before teaching, she served the home-school community in San Diego for 10 years. Carol Ann is married 30 years to her husband, Wade, and they have five grown children. She loves gardening, camping in the Rockies and spending time with her 10 grandchildren.
Bensie Cheney serves as the finance coordinator at CCCA. Bensie has lived in Colorado since January 2017. She and her husband of 15 years and their two children (ages 8 and 11) love the outdoors and the beauty of the Colorado mountains. Bensie has a bachelor's degree from the University of California and has more than 11 years of office management, finance and accounting experience working in a variety of accounting and real estate offices.
Kelli Craft serves as member relations assistant at CCCA. She loves getting to know members as she interacts and helps meet their needs on the phone, through email and in person. Kelli served as a senior pastor’s wife for 20 years in the Kansas City area before moving to Colorado in 2013. She has her bachelor’s degree in pastoral care and Counseling from New Hope Bible College in Eugene, OR. Kelli and her amazing husband, Michael, have been married since 1990 and enjoy being married, raising their five wonderful children, serving the Lord together, watching movies, hiking and exploring new areas of the beautiful Colorado mountains, playing board games, reading and discovering ethnic food (so far, Indian cuisine is a favorite!)
Angie serves as member relations assistant, data entry at CCCA. She enjoys serving members alongside the member relations team. Angie has a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a certificate in Biblical studies from Colorado Christian University. In 2015, she was accepted into the Master of Arts in counseling program at CCU. She has a background in human resources and prior to joining the CCCA team, Angie served as administrative assistant in Caring Ministries at a local church.
Outside of CCCA, Angie has completed Stephen Ministry training and is a current volunteer with NAMI FaithNet, a faith-based support group for families with loved ones who struggle with mental illness. In her spare time, she enjoys being in the mountains! Hiking, mountain biking with her husband and camping with family are all favorites!
Leah Hill serves as the marketing/communications specialist for CCCA. Attending and serving at camp spurred Leah’s passion for this unique ministry and led her to pursue an internship with CCCA. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications with a focus in nonprofit leadership from Kansas State University. She’s a dedicated Wildcat fan and especially revels in K-State football. She enjoys being outside as much as possible, spending time with friends, reading, horseback riding and being involved in church activities.
In his role as president/CEO of CCCA, Gregg Hunter is responsible for the overall strategic direction of CCCA in its efforts to maximize ministry for its members. He is passionate about Christian camping because of the life-changing impact it had on his own life. At 17, he committed his life to Christ on his first trip to a Christian camp.
Before joining CCCA, Gregg served as vice president of public affairs at Georgia Family Council, where he spearheaded all aspects of the nonprofit’s communications and fundraising efforts. His diverse background in communications, marketing and development includes six years at The Boeing Company and five years at Young Life, where he was a member of the President’s Cabinet as the organization’s senior communications officer.
Jeremy Jackson is the director of operations and member services for CCCA. Previously, Jeremy served as region rep for CCCA’s Southeast Region. He was the associate director for camp operations at Caraway Conference Center and Camp (Sophia, N.C.) where he served since 2005. Caraway’s camp operations have experienced dramatic growth during Jeremy’s time, with annual attendance recently exceeding 10,000 campers and guests.
Jeremy has worked to create many new opportunities and programs, including The Stephens Ministry, an internship experience he designed for young adults interested in exploring camp and retreat ministry as a vocation. Before coming to Caraway, Jeremy successfully served as director of Camp Piankatank, a small camp and retreat center located on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in recreation, parks and tourism from Radford University and Master of Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit organizations from High Point University.
Michelle Kilmon serves as the data control and supporting services coordinator at CCCA. She has been with the association since 2004. Michelle supports in-house staff and members with data reporting needs and other administrative tasks, including serving as registrar for CCCA events such as the national conference and online training sessions. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y.; Michelle moved to Colorado in 1977. Prior to this position, Michelle received her certificate for dental assisting and worked in that field for a number of years. Michelle enjoys meeting the needs of members who call or email with questions and requests.
Aimee Richey serves as the strategic outreach and education specialist for CCCA. She supports the development and facilitation of the educational seminars for the national conference as well as recruitment of presenters for conference general sessions and Excellence in Training. She is honored to be able to represent CCCA as she develops meaningful relationships with other ministries and organizations. Aimee worked with CCCA from 2001-2003 as the organization’s meeting planner. Adventures outside of CCCA led her to youth leadership program development, Young Life youth ministry, motherhood and Wyoming. She is excited to have returned to Colorado Springs and CCCA in August 2013 and loves working to meet the needs of members through education. Aimee is married to Tory and is mom to Gwennan and Finn.