Meet 2014's KOA Care Camps Board Leaders
KOA Care Camps announced that during the charity's board of directors’ annual meeting, Hope Perkins was elected as the group’s new chairperson, with Diane King elected as vice chair and Wade Elliott as secretary, according to a written announcement.
In addition, Karen McAndrew was appointed as the new executive director of the charity, which raises funds to send children and teens diagnosed with cancer to specialized summer camps throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Mike Groseclose was also appointed to the board as its executive committee member at large, with John Downing re-appointed as treasurer.
Perkins and husband Peter purchased the Middlebury, Ind., Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campground in June of 2002. Since joining the KOA family, Hope Perkins has been an avid supporter of the KOA Care Camps cause, especially after visiting Camp Special Days in 2007. She has been committed to working behind the scenes to bring more awareness to the organization, and was delighted to be asked to sit on the board in 2009 following the loss of Peter to cancer.
As board chair, Perkins plans to continue to work with other members to bring the charity to “the next level.” She said her goal is to ensure that the organization will never have to turn away an oncology camp needing support and that every child with cancer who wants to attend summer camp will be able to do so. She invites KOA owners, managers, partners and campers to join in this ongoing effort.
Diane and Scott King have owned and operated the Springfield/Route 66 KOA in Springfield, Mo., for the past 10 years.
Diane King has been active in supporting many causes dear to her. In addition to KOA Care Camps, she has been active in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) as well as the Boy Scouts of America, Greyhound Pets of America and PTA. As a member of the KOA Care Camps board, she is driven to make a difference in the lives of these children who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Wade Elliott has been a member of the Care Camps board for three years and is one of the first non-KOA franchisees asked to join the KOA Care Camps board. He is the founder and owner of Utility Supply Group headquartered in Kingston, Wash., a leading supplier to the RV Resort and campground industry.
Elliott is a member of the board of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC).
Along with his wife, Shirley, Mike Groseclose has been a part of the KOA organization for 18 years. For the last 11, they have owned and operated the Buckeye Lake/Columbus East KOA in Buckeye Lake, Ohio. Prior to purchasing their current campground, they owned the Meridian East Toomsuba KOA in Mississippi.
Mike was elected to the Owners Association Board of Directors in 1997 and to the vice president position in 1999, the job duties of which also meant assuming leadership over the KOA Care Camps board. He has been an active and enthusiastic member of the board ever since.
Karen McAndrew and her husband, Daniel Parent, have been the owner/operators of Ontario’s Cardinal/Ottawa South KOA for the past eight years. McAndrew recently retired from Ashbury College, a private day/boarding school in Ottawa where she served for 11 years as their director of finance and operations. She was responsible for all aspects of the school administration and finances, including oversight of an annual budget of $18 million. McAndrew was also responsible for human resources and supervision of the physical plant, including more than $20 million in new construction. She also worked with the Ashbury College Foundation overseeing an $8 million endowment fund.
McAndrew has spent more than 20 years working in the nonprofit sector and has spent more than 35 years as a volunteer involved with Scouts Canada, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa and the Gloucester Minor Hockey Association. She and her husband are passionate about KOA Care Camps and actively spend time raising money for the charity.
John Downing is the president of Camelot Recreations Inc., a family owned and operated company managing the Rock Island KOA in Illinois. A former accountant with nearly 20 years of experience in the RV park business, he has been an active member of ARVC, the Illinois Campground Association (ICA) and the Illinois KOA Owners Association (IKOAO) holding positions on the boards as president, vice president and treasurer. Downing is a graduate of the ARVC campground management school and he is a certified park operator.
Downing also has more than 25 years of experience on nonprofit boards. His motto is "We should all take a little time and give back to our communities to make the world a little better for all."