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Leadership

Sam Torn

Executive Director, and his wife, Susan, in addition to their responsibilities at Camp War Eagle, are owners of Incomparable Camp Ozark. The two have dedicated their lives to serving today's youth through the incomparable experience that is Camp Ozark, and now wish to share that same experience with the youth in Northwest Arkansas. Sam first came to Camp Ozark in 1951 at the age of three with his family. He later spent five summers as a camper and six years as a counselor at Ozark. A former baseball player and yell leader at Texas A&M, Sam's biggest asset is that he has experienced Camp Ozark from every angle - camper, counselor, staff member, parent and owner - and is able to translate these experiences into the development of an amazing program at War Eagle. Sam and Susan have three children - Scott (and his wife Secily), Chris (and his wife Ceci), and Angela (and her husband Stephan). In addition, they have nine beautiful grandchildren.

Pete Day

Operating Director, is a very important and special component of Camp War Eagle. He ensures that all functions of camp are running safely and smoothly each session. Having served Camp Ozark in various capacities since 1991, Pete helped with the design and construction of Camp War Eagle. Pete and his wife, Kristin, have three children: Hailey, Aaron and Rachel.

Scott Richards

Operating Director, brings a wealth of experience to Camp War Eagle after spending the past 20 years in various capacities at Camp Ozark. He and his wife, Becky, who serves as Camp Mom, have two children-Jay (and his wife Meredith) and Cory (and her husband Tucker) along with four beautiful grandchildren. Both he and Becky share a deep love and commitment to children of all ages and possess the unique ability to make all kids feel special. Scott is charge of our year round follow up program, CWE 365.

Rob Whorton

Associate Director, is a native of Northwest Arkansas and started working at Camp War Eagle in 2009 as a contractor. Rob joined the Camp War Eagle staff and now oversees the facilities and maintenance of camp with a passion for serving others, especially children. Rob and his wife, Dawn, have two sons, Jacob and Caleb, and a daughter, Allie Kate.

Penny Stafford

Associate Director, came to Camp War Eagle from northern Colorado in 2008. Initially, her passion for horses and kids was a natural fit for the horse program, and now she has grown into an administrative role (with an occasional trail ride). Penny and her husband, Charli, have one son, Tristan, who is full of adventure and spirit.

Leslie and Darrick Seaton

Associate Directors, met at Camp Ozark where they served for many years on staff in the summertime. They have shared their passion of serving and loving kids and staff at Camp War Eagle since the Fall of 2005. Both are "kid" people, through and through. Darrick, a strong Osage, loves to fish in his spare time and co-directs the Program at camp. Leslie, a proud Oklahoma State alum and a mighty Caddo loves sports and manages all Human Resources at camp. Darrick's pure heart, along with Leslie's meticulous attention to detail makes the pair an invaluable asset to Camp War Eagle. Leslie and Darrick have one daughter, Addison Grace, and a son, Dez Parker.

Greg Taylor

Associate Director, discovered his calling to work with kids full time while working at Camp Ozark. After changing majors, he taught and coached for 8 years before deciding to continue his passion of working with kids by coming on full time here at Camp War Eagle. Greg shares his enthusiasm and love for children with his wife Brittney who is an elementary teacher here in Northwest Arkansas. Both are graduates of the University of Arkansas and are committed to the positive impact Camp War Eagle will have on NWA's children. Greg and Brittney have four boys, Jackson (Jack),Owen, Grayson and Mason.

Andy Charles

Associate Director, Andy graduated from John Brown University with a degree in youth ministry in 2008.  Andy & his wife, Whitney, have two children, Zyan and Zaydee.  Andy and Whitney both work for camp and truly believe in the mission of Camp War Eagle in northwest Arkansas. He oversees the morning program and is the Ropes Course Director.  Fun facts:  Andy is always smiling, loves to build things around the house, and once had a beagle named "Camper" (the name came from an old camp shirt that said "Happy Camper").  

Chelsea Ariola

Assistant Director, originally from Springdale, Arkansas, Chelsea attended Ouachita Baptist Univeristy where she earned a degree in Early Childhood Education.  She spent her first year after college as a kindergarten teacher. Chelsea was a camper at Camp War Eagle for 2 years.  After spending one summer as a L.I.T. (Leader in Training), and four summers as a Camp War Eagle summer staff member, Chelsea is now on our fulltime staff and oversee the L.I.T. Program as well as the kids' favorite time of day, Mish Mash!. Toward the end of the camp day you can usually find her at the DJ stand because she also helps manage the Special Events.  A few fun facts about Chelsea are that she is CONSTANTLY smiling, she once had a pet hamster named Caddo, and she likes to listen Christmas music year round! 

Shelby Hartgrove

Assistant Director, a former Camp War Eagle counselor and nanny since the summer of 2010 has joined full-time staff. Shelby was born and raised in Yukon, OK, and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in Education. She makes sure all summer birthdays get celebrated at camp and is the director of the Great Create. Shelby loves to see kids learn and play, which are two big parts of life at Camp War Eagle. 

Ryan Brazile

Assistant Director, Ryan is a native of Northwest Arkansas who attended college at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. In 2007, his sister, Jenny Loyd, convinced him to spend a summer working as a counselor at Camp War Eagle. He was hooked. After spending four summers as a counselor, Ryan joined the Permanent Staff and currently oversees camp’s Special Events and the Leader in Training Program . His skills as an English major are also being put to good use; he is in charge of editing all of the camp manuals yearly.

Ashley Covert

Assistant Director, Ashley is a native of North Carolina who grew up in northwest Arkansas. She began her service at Camp War Eagle in 2013 as a summer staff member and joined the full time staff in 2015.  Ashley grew up playing sports and played soccer for Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri. She currently oversees the Aquatics program, assists with Tribal Competition and Halftime weekend programming.  Fun fact:  Ashley has a German Shepherd/Husky mix named Tupac (he came up with the name).  

Dale Timmerman

Assistant Director, Dale is originally from Sioux City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor's in Science Degree from Iowa State University.  In 2014, he began working at CWE as a counselor and the following two summers worked as Top Staff overseeing the Nature Center.  Dale now oversees the Nature Center Program and is passionate about the outdoors and spreading that passion to others.  We are excited to see the Nature Program grow and expand under his guidance.  

Bailey Kestner

Assistant Director, originally from Van Buren, Arkansas, who received her Combined English and Journalism degree from the University of Arkansas in 2015.  Bailey then spent one year on the mission field in Ethiopia before returning to northwest Arkansas to work full-time with CWE. While in college, she spent three summers working at camp as an extreme serve counselor. Bailey now serves as the Assistant Director of Human Resources and the coordinator of the Global Extreme Serve Team of international staff we welcome to work each summer. Bailey is a lover of children, the UA Marching Band, Olive Garden, and anything made with sugar.  

Kate Whitsett

Assistant Director, from Lenexa, Kansas, Kate received her degree from Kansas State University in Elementary Education with an emphasis in ESL. She began working at CWE as a counselor in 2014 and was hooked!  After graduation in December 2016, she moved to northwest Arkansas and joined the Program Staff. She is the archery guru and occasionally goes by the name of "Kateniss". A proud Osage, she has a fish named Willie (as in Willie the Wildcat), who is also an Osage.  

Katie Bellamy

Katie grew up in Northwest Arkansas.  She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a major in Mathematics and a masters in Secondary Education.  In 2012, she began working as a counselor where she met her husband (fortunately he is a Caddo!).  She now works full time as the Assistant Director over the Day Camp Program.  Katie enjoys dancing and should probably include going to High Rise in her monthly budget!

Jordan Lagree

Assistant Day Camp Director, Jordan is from Greenbrier, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Health Science, empahsizing on Physical Therapy.  Jordan began working at Camp War Eagle as a counselor in 2013, and worked each summer until becoming a permanent staff member in 2016.  Along with being a Day Camp site director, he oversees the Tribal Competition and Morning Instructional program areas of all Day Camp sites.  

Joshua Pankey

Assistant Day Camp Director, Joshua is originally from Northeast Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2016 with a degree in English.  In 2014, he spent his summer as a counselor at Camp War Eagle and the following two summers as Top Staff overseeing Day Camp at The Jones Center in Springdale.  Joshua quickly realized he had a heart for Day Camp.  He is excited to see WarEagle on Wheels (W.O.W.) serve an even greater number of children by bringing camp to them!  Even though he is an Osage, he somehow convinced a Caddo to marry him in June of 2017.