Year-Round Staff

Susan Osborne
Executive Director
(210) 671-8114
susan.osborne@campcamp.org

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Susan Osborne began her career with CAMP in 2004 in the Family Support Department, being named Director of Family Support within a few months of joining the team. With her experience and educational background (Susan holds a BA in Business Administration, a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and a Certificate in Executive Leadership) she was promoted to Director of Operations in 2006, overseeing all of CAMP’s departments and programs. After a nationwide search in 2012 for CAMP’s next Executive Director, CAMP’s Board of Directors selected Susan to provide the strategic leadership and vision that will help CAMP continue growing toward its own “maximum potential.” Susan is an active member of the American Camp Association, serving as a Standards Visitor and participating on various committees. As a native of San Antonio who has been involved in the community in many ways – as a volunteer or board member of several organizations over the years – Susan understands both the needs and opportunities our community has to offer. Susan is excited to draw from her experience as she leads CAMP in helping to strengthen and inspire the special needs community in San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country, and beyond.

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Brandon G. Briery, Ph.D.
Chief Program Officer/Executive Camping Director
(210) 671-5249
brandon.briery@campcamp.org

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Dr. Brandon Briery joined CAMP as Camp Director in 2007. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, then went on to complete his pre-doctoral internship, post-doctoral fellowship, and later to join the faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Mailman Center for Child Development. He has been actively involved with camps for individuals who have special needs since 1992, and supervises camps program areas, including Camping, Family Support, Health and Wellness Services, and Volunteer Services.

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Laura Leach, CFRE
Chief Development Officer
(210) 671-7957
laura.leach@campcamp.org

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Laura is a cum laude graduate from Columbia College and received her CFRE™ in 2009. Prior to joining CAMP, she served as the Vice President of Development for LifeNet and Chief Development Officer for Ronald McDonald House, both in Dallas. She also served as the Development Director for Wonders & Worries in Austin, and Vice President of Development for the YWCA of Nashville & Middle TN. Laura has headed development departments for the past 12 years ranging from grassroots organizations to nationally-affiliated organizations, collectively raising over $20M and brings expertise in executing annual development plans, direct-mail appeals, special events, major gifts, newsletters, and capital campaigns.

Laura is no stranger to San Antonio. She is a 6th generation Texan and has numerous family members in the region. She lives in San Antonio with her husband David; together they have seven children and seven grandchildren.

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Thomas Burney, CPA
Director of Finance
(210) 671-5237
thomas.burney@campcamp.org

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Tom Burney is a certified public accountant and has been CAMP’s accountant/chief financial officer since 2000. He has over thirty years of experience in accounting, tax and financial management for a variety of for-profit as well as nonprofit organizations. Tom is a husband, father and grandfather, and enjoys golf and travel.

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Sarah Coulombe, PHR
Administration Director
(210) 671-5229
sarah.coulombe@campcamp.org

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Sarah Coulombe started at Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP) in 2007 through the AmeriCorps Public Allies program. She is a University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management Degree and has earned the Professional in Human Resource (PHR) certification. In addition, Sarah has completed the UTSA Non-Profit Leadership Management Program. As CAMP’s Administration Director, Sarah oversees the volunteer and medical education programs and organizational human resource policies.

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Ben Elble
Camp Director
(210) 671-5227
ben.elble@campcamp.org

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Ben Elble joined CAMP in 2006, bringing 19 years of experience in the special needs camping industry and 5 years of working in the hospitality industry running hotel conference centers. He is a graduate of the American Camp Association (ACA) Basic Camp Directors Course and attends frequent professional development seminars with ACA. Ben has spoken at several regional and national conferences on different aspects of working with campers with special needs, including use of CAMP facilities as a temporary disaster relief shelter. As a Licensed Food Service Manager and Certified Pool Operator Ben oversees the running of both the kitchen and pool operations of summer camp.

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Michelle Elble
Director of Family Support
(210) 671-8112
michelle.elble@campcamp.org

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Michelle Elble began at CAMP as the Program Coordinator for Parent’s Night Out (PNO) and Teen and Adult Day Adventure (TADA) in August 2008. She was promoted to Director of Family Support in June 2012. Michelle holds a BA from Lincoln College in Normal, Illinois, and has earned a certification through UTSA in Nonprofit Management.

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Regina Anderson
Development Assistant
(210) 671-5411
regina.anderson@campcamp.org

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Regina Anderson is a veteran staff member of 23 years and currently performs a variety of tasks as the Development Assistant to include proposal writing and crafting other donor written communications, donor records administration, and the preparation of internal accounting reports. Before joining staff in 1987, Regina earned a Bachelor Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1984. She, as a physically challenged individual, brings to her position a unique perspective of the crucial impact that CAMP’s programs and services have in the lives of those with special needs and their families acquired during an era when such community support scarcely existed.

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Pat Bendle
Executive Secretary
(210) 671-5411
pat.bendle@campcamp.org

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Pat Bendle has been with CAMP since 1983 and is originally from Pennsylvania. She married a hometown boy, has four children and was transplanted to San Antonio through the military. She worked for 6 years as a Secretary/Payroll Clerk/Purchasing Agent and worked for 3 years as a Secretary/Clerk. Pat has held numerous positions on volunteer boards. She loves the outdoors and doing things with her family.

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Beth Dietert
Public Relations & Development Associate
(210) 671-7951
beth.dietert@campcamp.org

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In April 2014, Beth Dietert joined the CAMP team as the Communications and Marketing Intern. Beth graduated from Texas Lutheran University, where she earned a BA in Communications Studies and a minor in Public Relations. Prior to joining CAMP, Beth held the position of Event Coordinator for the McKenna Legacy Foundation in New Braunfels, Texas. She also served as a volunteer in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at TLU.

As a student, Beth concentrated on acquiring skills which would serve her as a development professional, serving three internships with local non-profits in which she gained valuable experience in research for grant writing, designing and conducting outcome based studies, and writing for targeted audiences.

Beth’s relationship with CAMP started in 2008 when her then 12 year old son Mikey attended his first session of CAMP as a Cherokee boy. The year Mikey came to CAMP his self-esteem was at an all-time low. “The child I delivered to CAMP was not the same as the child I picked up,” said Beth. “CAMP gave Mikey back his dignity and self-respect and he has never been the same!”

“I feel a great debt to CAMP for the positive impact it has had on my son,” said Beth.

John E. Southard wrote, “The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.” Beth feels that in joining the CAMP team she has made the first step toward getting even with CAMP for providing her son with the most wonderful experiences of his life.

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Dee Evans, BSN, RN
Head Nurse
Dee.Evans@campcamp.org

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Dee’s relationship with CAMP began in 2005 when she volunteered as a nurse and brought her son Trent to CAMP for the first time. “My first week at CAMP was difficult because I had to give Trent over to a teenager and not be involved AT ALL with his care. It was a very emotional experience. By mid-week I saw him smiling and having a good time without me it was then I realized just how special CAMP is. The next year we came back and brought my husband Matt to be a healthcare volunteer and since then, CAMP has been a very special part of our family.”

Dee volunteered for a week or two every summer until 2013 when she became CAMP’s Head Nurse. She brings with her 25 years of nursing experience in pediatric intensive care, home health and is currently a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M Corpus Christi College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Dee obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1991 from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Nursing and her Masters in Nursing Leadership in 2004 from Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. She is currently working on a graduate certificate program for family nurse practitioner.

Dee lives in the Corpus Christi area with her husband Matt. They have two sons and two grandsons. She is an active member in the Texas Nurses Association, the Association of Camp Nurses and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Dee has found her passion in CAMP and feels that her nursing experience and being the mom of an individual with special needs allows her to offer something special to CAMP and those it serves.

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Christina Gill
FSP Administrative Support
(210) 671-6803
christina.gill@campcamp.org

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Christina Gill began her career with CAMP in September 2016. She works with the Family Support Department as Administrative Support. She completed her Associate’s Degree in Administrative Computer Technology from Palo Alto College in December 2013. She has completed several professional certificates; Administrative Assistant, Bill and Account Collector, Communication for Administrative Professionals, Data Entry Technician, General Office, Office Support Assistant, and Secretarial Assistant. Christina is active in volunteering for several non-profit organizations (Catholic Charities V.I.T.A, San Antonio Food Bank, Graffiti Wipe-Out Day). She enjoys helping others and giving back to the community.

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Ken Kaiser
Facilities Manager
ken.kaiser@campcamp.org

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Ken joined our staff in March of 2015. As our Facilities Manager, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the non-profit sector as well as the facility management trade. Since graduating with a business degree from Bowling Green State University, Ken has served as an executive for three different national non-profit organizations – even including one that organized volunteer work groups for special needs camps all across the country. He also has over 12 years of experience as a contractor and facility manager. Anyone who knows Ken or “Coach” as he’s known here at CAMP will tell you that he is a very passionate believer in our mission.

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Mason Howerton
Facilities Assistant

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Mason has been a part of CAMP since 2000. During his time he has served in many roles: counselor, instructor, Head Instructor for horseback riding, and now Facilities Assistant. CAMP means the world to him and his wife, as well as their two daughters. It’s not only their home, but it’s where he feels most at ease, and where he knows he fits in.

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Paula Macias
Accounting Assistant
(210) 671-8111
paula.macias@campcamp.org

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Paula Macias has been with CAMP since 2000. She came to CAMP with numerous years of experience in the accounting field, including cashier, office manager, accounts payable and receivable, payroll, collections, and billing.

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Felipe Reyes
Courier
(210) 671-5411
felipe.reyes@campcamp.org

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Felipe Reyes serves as logistics and transportation chief for CAMP. He brings skills from his Marine Corps career to assure best use of space at Boorda Center, timely transporting of staff and goods to accomplish CAMP’s mission, and standards of appearance within the Lackland facility that convey that CAMP and its staff are “squared away.”

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Alex Sego
Assistant Camp Director
(210) 671-5230
alex.sego@campcamp.org

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After serving two summers as the Arts & Crafts Instructor, Alex joined the CAMP staff in the fall of 2010 as CAMP’s first professional intern. She graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas in May of 2010 with a degree in Psychology. In 2012 she became the Assistant Camp Director, working closely with each of CAMP’s programs.

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Lauren Weiss
Development Manager
(210) 671-6002
lauren.weiss@campcamp.org

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Lauren joined CAMP in December of 2015 as the Development Manager. A graduate of York University in Toronto, Canada, Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Humanities. Prior to coming to CAMP, she spent six years as the Development Manager at Seton Home overseeing events, marketing, and communications, and two years as a Development Coordinator for the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona coordinating their Kidney Car donation program and events. Lauren earned her Fundraising Certification through Our Lady of the Lake University.

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