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KEY STAFF

Darlene Kulla

Executive Director/Outdoor Discovery Camp Director

Darlene is married to Reuben. After working in the banking industry for several years, Darlene is now a stay-at-home mom, raising their seven children. In 2006 she started a nonprofit and has been working with nonprofits ever since. Darlene loves children and all people. She enjoys teaching Sunday school and has taught different age groups for several years. Through many ups-and-downs of raising a family, she has learned through the challenges of life. Her desire is to help others navigate through the difficult situations we all find ourselves in at times. Darlene loves being part of such a positive organization as Camp Hope, watching kids come out and spend time in an amazing place, just having fun and being carefree.

Cindy Heer

Executive Assistant / Foster Family Camp Coordinator 

Cindy is originally from Las Vegas, where she taught Special Ed for 4 years at a K-12th grade private school, and where her passion to see children learn and grow began.  After deciding they did not want to raise a family in Las Vegas, she and her husband and daughter moved to the PNW in 2009, and in 2011 they welcomed their second daughter.  She worked for 2 years tutoring here in Clark County, and she also became involved with child advocacy and child abuse prevention work. She realized how important it was to help kids feel safe and supported, so after 4 years of doing this work, she decided to focus her efforts on the healing side of things, and founded Anchored Creative Arts as a supportive healing outlet for children who have walked through tough situations in their lives.  She loved what Camp Hope represented, and partnered up with us in 2014 to help with the creative side of things: website, admin and marketing, and she is also responsible for facilitating our Foster Families Camping program. She loves getting to witness the transformation that takes place in the personalities of the youth that visit Camp Hope, including her own children - from day one, being shy and unsure of themselves, to the end of the season, having new friends, new outdoor skills and being confident!

Alene Hochstetter

Outdoor Discovery Camp Activities Coordinator

Alene has two talented children, and has homeschooled them both for several years. She studied classical ballet from the time she could walk, and was placed in the Tacoma Ballet Company when she was 12 years old. She went on to perform professionally with Disneyland, The Crystal Room in Tokyo Japan, Sesame Street Live as Betty Lou, with Siegfried and Roy, and at the MGM in Las Vegas, NV. She has been teaching creative arts to children for over 20 years. She has held a variety of teaching and director positions in dance, drama, creative arts, and musical theatre, and has taught freelance classes at camps, schools, day cares, mommy and me groups, Montessori and Waldorf schools, Head Start, music, dance, art studios, birthday parties, and Girl Scouts. She is proficient in American Sign Language, a Kindermusik Instructor, and owned and operated a creative ballet studio in Las Vegas. She currently teaches her Passport to Dance/Passport Club, Fairytale Theater, and Fairytales and Tutus programs all over the PNW. We love having her creativity at Camp Hope! 

Jim & Rebecca Keithley

Camp Caretakers

Jim grew up in the Puget Sound area and moved to Clark county in 1976. He spent six years in the military police corps. He married Rebecca in 1982 and together they raised eight children. Their interests now are their grandchildren and the youth of Clark County.Rebecca grew up in Southern California and has lived in Washington since 1971. She is married to her best friend with whom she has spent the past 32 years. They have eight children and many grandchildren. She loves spending time outdoors and some of her favorite times have been hiking with the grandkids or just hanging out with their kids and grandkids.