We have a rich legacy! You might remember us as Camp Fire Girls or Camp Fire USA, which were key parts of our organizational journey. What’s kept us thriving? Our commitment to diversity and inclusion from the very beginning; incorporating youth voice into all we do; our intentional effort to reflect, evolve, and use cutting-edge research to best meet the needs of today’s families; and remarkable people like you!
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.
Stephanie has spent the past 5 years devoted to the families of Kansas City. Using her passion, she has worked with hundreds of families and children through church ministries, foster care needs, orphanage missions, school programs, local and national outreach events and many more amazing opportunities. Stephanie believes in the community and knows the best way to make a positive changes is through the children and the adults raising the next generation. She has used her passion to impact families both locally and all around the world.
Stephanie loves being with children from all diverse backgrounds, reading, exploring the outdoors, mountain biking, and scrapbooking and spending time with her two children.
Assistant Program Manager
Kayla began her career with children and families during her undergraduate career at the University of Central Missouri, graduating in 2013. There, she pursued her Undergraduate degree in Social Work. She volunteered with numerous community service groups while completing well over 150 undergraduate community service hours. Kayla went on to pursue her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Kansas. There, Ms. Neal completed 1,500 practicum hours at yearly assigned Social Work practicum sites. Upon completing her Master’s Degree in Social Work, she accepted a position as a Camp Counselor for Camp Fire Heartland. After a successful summer, Kayla joined the Camp Fire team permanently as the Assistant Program Manager. She also leads the Conflict Resolution for Camp Fire, Heartland.
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Greg will lead development efforts to secure financial support for Camp Fire Heartland programs delivered within the greater Kansas City metro region. He has an extensive background in nonprofit executive management and fundraising. Greg began his career with the American Heart Association, where he spent 12 years and was promoted four times within an eight-year period. While there he received National Award of Excellence, Metro Executive Director. Greg also held executive level management positions with other major nonprofit organizations like the March of Dimes Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. With the March of Dimes in his role as State Director, the Kansas Chapter received the National Chapter of the year award.
Greg graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He lives in Overland Park with his son Garrett who is a freshman at Blue Valley North High School. Greg enjoys watching his son play basketball for MOKAN and is looking forward to his participation on the BVN Mustangs team over the next four years.
We are proud to partner with a select group of distinguished organizations that share our values and purpose! We work closely with our community partner encourage all youth to discover their unique interests, develop their self-confidence, and prepare them to be leaders, now.
Thank you to to our incredible partners for your leadership and investment in Kansas City’s youth!
As one of the nation’s leading youth development organizations, Camp Fire stands on its long-standing commitment to providing programs and services to all youth and families:
Camp Fire works to realize the dignity and worth of each individual and to eliminate human barriers based on all assumptions that prejudge individuals. Designed and implemented to reduce sexual, racial, religious, and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships, in Camp Fire, everyone is welcome.
Read our piece in The New York Times by Camp Fire’s National President and CEO, Cathy Tisdale, about our long history of inclusivity.
Young people want to shape the world.
Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.
In Camp Fire, it begins now.