Camp Fire Heartland | Light the fire within

About Camp Fire Heartland

Camp Fire Heartland has been an innovative leader in youth development for 105 years.

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!

Our Team

Erin Balleine

Executive Director
Erin serves as the Executive Director after having worked with Camp Fire’s National Headquarters. She has an extensive background in both nonprofit and government work, supporting literacy and youth development efforts over her career. She served as a community organizer in south Florida supporting a successful anti-slavery/living wage campaign – providing farmworkers their first pay raise in 26 years – for which she was awarded the Lakeland University Service to the Community Alumni award in 2011. She also worked as a Program Officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service providing AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps grants to organizations in Kansas and Missouri. There, she was awarded the CEO Award for her work on the innovative launch of a national social media campaign that exponentially promoted the work of the agency. Erin has her Master’s Degree in Sociology from Boston College, and Certificates in Nonprofit Management and Volunteer Management from Rollins College.

Our Board

Tehani El-Ghussein

Board Chair
A social worker, Tehani serves as Rose Brooks Center’s Director of Housing and Economic Advocacy with an aim to break the cycle of domestic violence by improving survivors’ housing and economic stability. Tehani’s work focuses on program design, implementation, staff supervision, and quality while she also represents the needs of survivors’ in community-level efforts to end homelessness. Previously, Tehani served as a domestic violence advocate and managed a 50+ bed emergency shelter. Additionally, she has held multiple training positions in employment and volunteer capacities and has actively engaged in equity and inclusion initiatives at the agency and community levels. For 10 years, Tehani proudly claimed the role of “grant professional” and thus brings successful, diverse experience in Federal, State, local, foundation, and corporate grants and has participated as a grant reviewer.

As a volunteer, Tehani has served on boards as a general member and as part of executive teams, in particular with Harmony (formerly HarmonyNCCJ, formerly the National Conference for Community and Justice) and the Missouri Association of Social Welfare. In these roles, she assisted in revising by-laws, planning events, soliciting funds, and rebranding after a merger, among others. Tehani is also a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA, participating in camp as camper, then staff, then volunteer over the course of 25 years! Being outdoors, experiencing nature so closely, trying new activities, and exploring who she was are all reasons she went searching for an organization that would fully align with her family today. Camp Fire fulfills that aim, and she is proud to serve the organization.

Lemartt Holman

Vice Chair
Lemartt Holman is an Energy Efficiency Representative for Spire Inc, a natural gas distribution company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Lemartt partners with business leaders, builders, regional contractors, and Commercial and Industrial businesses to develop energy efficient projects to increase community awareness of their impact to reduce the carbon footprint. He is responsible for managing, developing, and growing energy efficiency opportunities in Spire’s Southwest Missouri region. Prior to joining the Spire team, Lemartt served as the Director of the Kansas City Low-Income Weatherization program and has established a career in innovative program design, market transformation, and team development. He is an advocate in the community by serving on multiple advisory boards and committees including the Committee to Keep Missourians Warm, KC Onetouch, Energy and Housing Professional Alliance, the City of Kansas City’s Home Repair Taskforce, Metropolitan Energy Center and Neighborhood Advisory Board.

Lemartt earned his undergraduate degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and Certification of Public Management from the University of Kansas.

Trudie Hall

Secretary
Trudie Hall is an Economic Education Specialist for the Public Affairs Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She leads the Bank’s Student Board of Directors program and the Summer@ the Fed financial literacy program. Trudie is an advocate for the metropolitan area and makes her home in Wyandotte County. Over the years, she has served the community through several local and national organizations.

Trudie is Board Chair for the Wyandotte Health Foundation and a former Board Chair for the Northeast Kansas & Northwest Missouri Girl Scout Council. She was an integral part of the move to align three area Girl Scout councils into one dynamic organization. She currently serves on the board of directors for Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City and the KU Advancement Board.

In addition, she is a past Chairman of the Board for several organizations including, the United Way of Wyandotte County, the American Red Cross in Wyandotte County, Associated Youth Services (AYS) and UMKC’s Friends of the Library.

Trudie has received several community-based awards and recognition over the years, including Volunteer of the Year from the Kansas State Commission on Volunteerism.

For several years Trudie served as host for two local radio talk shows, Legacy on KKFI, and Alternative Reality on KGGN. She was also a regular panelist for the weekly television talk show RUCKUS on KCPT-TV. Trudie is an alumnus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Russell Cornelius

Treasurer
Russell is a Senior Transportation Settlement Analyst at Crestwood Midstream Partners where he provides leadership to the Transportation Settlement Analyst team. This team prepares customer invoices and settlement sheets to employee and contractor transport drivers.

Russell’s passion for youth development and engagement began during his 9 years in the Miami County, KS 4-H program and has been active in both the Lyon County, KS and Jackson County, MO 4-H programs since being a 4-Her himself. Russell is a graduate of the Steven C. Metzler Mentorship program through the Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce where he also serves on the Programming C and serves on the Habitat of Humanity of Kansas City Pride Build Task force, Co-Facilitates the Passages Youth Group once monthly, and has served on the Campus Pride Youth Advisory Board.

Russell earned his Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Emporia State University and a Masters of Science in College Student Personnel Administration from the University of Central Missouri.

Celeste Lupercio

Celeste Lupercio is the Senior Director of Sales, Marketing and Events at the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, MO. She volunteers nationally on the Executive Committee for Skal USA; locally as a Producer for the West 18th Street Fashion Show, as an Ambassador for the Kansas City Kansas Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Visitor Influencer Program for Visit KC, and is on the National Events Ambassador Team for the Kansas City Sports Commission.

Previous volunteer experience includes for the American Royal (current), as a judge for final candidacy in the Coro Kansas City Public Affairs internship program, for the City of Parkville, on the Speaker’s Bureau for United way; and as a board member for :the Greater Kansas City Attractions Association, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, and Young Latino Professionals of Greater Kansas City.

For 18 years, she was employed at a psychiatric hospital for children, working as a case manager for youth aged 12-18. She also managed the department, Medical Records, and hospital secretaries. She was the Chair of the Safety Committee for several years, responsible for monitoring policies and procedures, facility safety, and infection control.

Most importantly, Celeste is a proud Camp Fire alum, where she participated in club, day camp, and a week-long summer camp for about eight years.

Sharon McGloin, MSOD, MS, CTRS

Sharon is President and Owner of Experiential Alternatives, a training/speaking and coaching company that focuses on personal growth and development as it relates to leadership development as well as a variety of seminars from teambuilding and conflict resolution to compassion fatigue. Sharon has worked in residential treatment and psychiatric care for traumatized children for over 30 years. She had the opportunity to participate in a Train the Trainer program with Jack Canfield, best known for Chicken Soup for the Soul books, and teaches success strategies based on the best selling book The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. Sharon is also an Adjunct Professor at Avila University in Kansas City as well as Northwest Missouri State University and teaches the undergraduate and graduate course on Leadership

Sharon holds a Masters in Organization Development Psychology from Avila University in Kansas City. Sharon also holds a Master degree from the University of Missouri in Recreation and Park Administration with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation and is Nationally Certified as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Sharon is a lifetime learner and enjoys being a catalyst for others growth and learning.

Rita Lupercio

Recording Secretary (non-voting)
Rita was a Camp Fire Leader for eight years and looked forward to Summer Camp with her young friends. She left Court Reporting to become a Captioner for various City Councils, as well as enabling hearing-impaired college students to be a part of class participation. Both opportunities are a perfect fit for the position of Recording Secretary for Camp Fire Heartland.

Our Community Partners

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!

Our Statement of Inclusion

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.

Careers

Working at Camp Fire is an extremely rewarding experience. It’s an opportunity to join an innovative leader in youth development and help the today’s youth thrive now.

Come change lives with us!

The following job opportunities are available at Camp Fire Heartland:

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The Legacy

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Our Promise

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.

Light the fire within