Derek Toms, Program Executive
Derek spent the first 10 years of his career at the National Park Service in Arizona and New Mexico. His last role as Chief of Resources contributed to his expertise in strategic project planning, project design, budget management, and team/personnel development. He has been at Camp Fire Heartland for two years, developing strong relationships and collaborative partnerships with local governments, Federal agencies, multi-regional organizations, community organizations, schools, and private stakeholders.
Derek holds a B.S. in Anthropology, B.S. in History from Kansas State University, and Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management and Policy from the University of Denver. On the weekends, he works on his own bakery, and spends time with his wife and two kids.
Matt Jones, Director of Development
Matt is a lover of people and the stories that we share. He has done everything under the sun over the past eight years when it comes to fundraising: lemonade stands, motorcycle rides, multi-million dollar endowments and capital campaigns.
In his previous roles as Senior Consultant at Hartsook Companies, special events and marketing at Ace Cafe London, and as a major gift solicitor for Children Mercy, he came to see and believe that relationships and real philanthropy take time. Matt is passionate about “linking passions to meaningful causes that change not only the lives of the receiver but the giver as well – this is where I thrive.”
Matt holds a B.A. in Business Administration, and is currently getting his MBA in Management from Rockhurst, in KC. He is an avid reader and lifelong learner, and always willing to try something new.
Adam Kisler, Program Manager
Adam has been working with children and their families for more than 15 years. His experiences have allowed him to reach thousands of kids through church opportunities, school programs, community outreach events, natural disaster relief, orphanage missions, foster care needs, and so much more. He believes in bringing awareness to family needs and building strong teams to be a part of the change that our world needs. His missions have allowed him to impact children both domestically and all around the world.
He loves to learn, read, run, hike, be in nature, and loves all things superhero! Adam is married to a true wonder woman, and has four super sidekick sons.