Meet Our Full-Time Staff

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Col Kim and Kari Ann Hawthorne, USAF (Ret.)Spring Canyon Director
Kim became the sixth Director of Spring Canyon in December 2013. A 1986 graduate of USAFA, he retired with almost 28 years of service as an aviator in the T-37, EF-111, F-15E, and T-53. He commanded at the squadron and group levels and first attended Spring Canyon as a cadet in 1982. He and his wife, Kari Ann, met and were married at Spring Canyon. A Wheaton College graduate, Kari Ann first experienced Spring Canyon with her family in 1969. They’ve been fortunate to pass this legacy on to their three children, Ki, Erin, and Amy Grace, third generation attendees who have all served on Spring Canyon staff. Kim previously served 15 years on the OCF Fellowship Council, most recently as Council Vice President, and together he and Kari Ann served 25 years on the Spring Canyon Advisory Committee. The Hawthorne’s hope that Spring Canyon will be for you what it has been for their family all these years: a home away from home. 

 

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Lt Col Alex Boulter, USAF (Ret.)Deputy Director and Facilities Manager
Alex Boulter retired after 22 years of active duty military service and arrived at Spring Canyon in May 2015. He and his wife Paige have five children.  Alex and Paige have been involved with Spring Canyon for over 22 years, serving as guides for Rocky Mountain High and as members of the Spring Canyon Advisory Committee.

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Lt Col Heath Wharton, USAF (Ret.)Program Director/Outdoor Leader
Heath and Rachel joined Spring Canyon after Heath served 20 years as an active duty Air Force officer. Rachel is an active homeschooling mother, taking care of their five children. Heath is a 1995 graduate of the Air Force Academy, loves the outdoors, and has a deep passion for mentorship and military families. He believes that great spiritual lessons are available to us in wilderness settings if we have hearts that are ready to listen.

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Maj Roxanna Simmons, USAF Nurse Corps (Ret.)Operations Coordinator
Roxanna has been involved with Spring Canyon since 1980. She returned in 1987 when she attended her first Rocky Moutain High as an instructor. She grew up on a working farm in Indiana taking care of animals, raising horses and helping in the fields. She volunteered at Spring Canyon on and off throughout her 17 years as an Air Force Nurse. She previously served Spring Canyon as the program leader and logistics coordinator for Rocky Mountain High during the summers of 1996-1999. Roxanna relocated to Spring Canyon and began working full-time in February 2000. Today, she is the Watchman/Intercessor, logistics and operations coordinator, and manages hiring and day-to-day operations for all seasonal staff.

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Angela LundyGuest Services
Angela has been a part of Spring Canyon since she met her husband, Aron Lundy, back in 1992. Aron served here at camp under Tom Hemingway and together they have a deep love for Spring Canyon. Angela has been part of the Spring Canyon family since 1997, continuously serving since 2003. She grew up in southern California and moved to Colorado with Focus on the Family in 1990. She and Aron married at Spring Canyon in 1995 and together they have three children: Kate (1998), Royal (2004) and Reed (2008).

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Chef Rory GillettFood Services
Chef Rory Gillett was born and raised in Iowa (which is where he gets his corny humor). He came to know Jesus through his family in grade school. Rory went to college in Arkansas, where he studied Animal Science/ Pre-veterinarian studies. He was involved with the Navigators during college and worked at Glen Eyrie Conference Center in 1986, where he started his professional cooking career and met his wife, Jane. Rory and Jane have 3 children–Zac 27, Veronica 24, and Matthew 14. He has been cooking for over 30 years this October, and has served at Macaroni Grill, Little Caesar’s, The Broadmoor Hotel and Golf Club, the Antlers Adam’s Mark Hotel, First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, and Trail West Lodge in Buena Vista. Rory has had family members in every branch of the the Armed Forces (except the Coast Guard) and is excited to be a part of the OCF ministry here at Spring Canyon.

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Sara MassieGuest Services, Housekeeping & Outdoor Programs
Our newest team member Sara joined our full time staff in September of 2015. Sara first became acquainted with Spring Canyon in 2009 while here as a family member for “Heroes on the Homefront” week. She has worked at the camp for several years as summer staff, where her heart for children and capability in running the nursery have been a huge asset and blessing to our guests. Currently she assists Angela in guest services, helps with housekeeping, and outdoor programs. Sara enjoys fiber arts, crafts, playing piano, Jane Austen novels, outdoor activities, and horses.