Bryan Bailon serves as the Business Relations Manager at CCCA. Bryan has a Bachelor of Science in Business/Admin from the University of Phoenix. Prior to coming to CCCA, Bryan spent 13 years in Christian camping and the last 6 of those as the executive director of Black Lake Bible Camp in Olympia, WA. Bryan also has experience in youth ministry and had a 6-year stint on the radio in Anchorage, Alaska and Sacramento, California. Bryan met his wife while leading worship for their college ministry while in Sacramento and they have been married since 2000. They have 3 great kids (15, 11 and 9). After living for many years in SW Washington, the Bailon family is excited to call Colorado Springs home.
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 Forman serves as data control & supporting services coordinator at CCCA. Angie plays an important role in supporting team members' need for reliable, accurate reports and data. She loves details, finds joy in unearthing solutions and helping others. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a certificate in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University. In her spare time, she loves mountain biking with her husband. She also enjoys hiking and camping with her family.
Leah Gooderl 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.
Melanie serves as member relations specialist at CCCA. She loves getting to know members as she answers questions and shares resources on the phone, through email and in person. She has more than 15 years of experience working in church and school offices. She has been married to her husband for 33 years, and they have two grown children. Living in Colorado for 20 years, she and her husband enjoy the outdoors by hiking, biking and going on ATV trips.
Victoria Norton serves as the Administrative Specialist at CCCA to the Operations and Member Services, Training and Events and Marketing and Communications departments. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Georgetown College. Prior to coming to CCCA, Victoria was involved in youth ministry in churches and camps around the country. She benefitted from the CCCA job bank throughout college to find her summer adventure working in camps in Georgia, Wisconsin, and Colorado. Upon her family’s arrival in Colorado Springs in August of 2018, she was thrilled to find the national headquarters down the street from her new home. Her husband is a Lutheran pastor, and they enjoy doing ministry together. They have 4 children (ages 9, 7, and 3 yr old twins) that keep them active and are enjoying exploring their new home here in Colorado.
Stan's entire life has been impacted by the power of camp. Many major decisions in his life have taken place at camp from committing his life to Christ as a child, his call to full-time ministry when he was in high school, and he and Angi were married at camp. With the significant influence of a degree in social science from Westmont College and a master's in Christian education from Talbot Seminary, Stan has been fortunate enough to have the honor and privilege of serving at a variety of camps in different positions. The only department he never worked in was food service - for good reason!
When he's not involved in camp, you can find he and Angi doing a lot of exploring. It could be a hike in the Sierras, skiing in the winter, driving on some backcountry roads, or staying at one of the classic national park lodges throughout the western United States. To relax, they are both avid Angels baseball fans along with enjoying periodic trips to Disneyland.