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Jen de Ridder, Executive Director

Jen de Ridder began her YMCA camping experience in 1989 at Camp Kern. Since finding her passion in working in camping she has worked at five YMCA camps. Jen and her family have called YMCA Camp Hanes home since 2003. She has served a variety of roles at camp but now over sees all of our camp programs. 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.

Letha Causby, Senior Program Director 

Letha is born and raised in North Carolina and a graduate of Appalachian State University. She began working at Camp Hanes in 2013 as a cabin counselor. She returned the following summer as the Aquatics Leader. In 2015, Letha began working at Camp Hanes full-time as the Associate Director of Outdoor Education & Day Camp. In 2019, Letha moved into her current role as Senior Program Director supervising the Associate Directors and all camp programming. Letha met her husband Jared at Camp Hanes where they live and work with their adopted pets Max and Amos. Together they love to travel and adventure while enjoying good food!

Amelia Johnson, Associate Director of Overnight Camp & Adventure Guides

Originally from Michigan, growing up on a farm and helping her mother with a great garden she now tries her best to create her own garden while summer camp occurs. At least the raspberry bushes are thriving. She started her camp experience as a camper at a tiny church camp and loved it so much she decided to create a life out of it. Working seasonally at various camps from 2009 through 2014 both in Michigan and Ohio before landing here at camp. She started working at camp in the beginning of 2015 and each summer continues to create fun challenges and beautiful memories.

Jared Causby, Associate Director of Conference & Adventure

Jared arrived at camp in 2015 accepting a role as an Outdoor Education Instructor. In 2017 he began his current role as the Associate Director of Conference & Adventure. Jared graduated from NC State University in 2011 and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2013 before landing at camp where he fell in love with camping as a career. In the fall you will find him on a mountain or catch him at a Carolina Panthers game cheering on his favorite team. Jared met his now wife Letha at Camp Hanes where they live and work with their adopted pets Max and Amos.

Monica McCallum, Associate Director of Outdoor Education & Day Camp

Monica was born and raised in Colorado, but has been calling Camp Hanes and North Carolina home since 2019. Previous to Camp Hanes she worked for YMCA of the Rockies as an outdoor educator, directed a Boys and Girls club, and taught environmental education aboard a historic sailing vessel in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Camp has been a passion of hers since her first summer in Maine as a camp counselor and lifeguard in 2011. Monica enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, and traveling both nationally and internationally when she can.

Robert Money, Food Service Director

Robert has been serving as YMCA Camp Hanes’ Food Service Director since 2013. 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. Robert, and his wife Julie, have raised four children (Austin, Elizabeth, Jackson, and Saleen) and now enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren. 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 as President and Head Football Coach. Robert is also entering his 10th season as a member of the West Stokes High School football staff, winning a state championship in 2011. He also helps with girls’ softball in the spring and during the winter months and is the varsity basketball game announcer and clock keeper.

Jacob Riley, Director of Development 

Jacob Riley got his start with the YMCA in 2016 in Northeast Ohio, where he was born and raised. Jacob has served the YMCA movement in a variety of roles spending time as a branch Aquatic Director and Regional Membership Director. Starting his role in October 2021 with the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, he now calls North Carolina home. Jacob loves seeing all the different ways that people’s stories are shaped by the work of the YMCA. Spending time outside hiking, climbing or doing some other activity is how Jacob likes to spend his free time. Want to get to know Jacob more? Just ask him about some of his favorite trips to the National Parks!