Kelsie has worked for H.E. Butt Foundation since 2016. She previously served as the Assistant Director of Programming for Laity Lodge Family Camp and moved into her current role fall of 2021. Kelsie’s history with the H. E. Butt Foundation began in Summer 2009 when she began serving as seasonal staff on Work Crew at Singing Hills. She continued working summers for LLYC as a Counselor, Work Crew Boss, Girls’ Director, and intern through 2015 and frequently worked weekend retreats at Family Camp over those same years.
Kelsie was born in Pasadena, TX, but claims the Texas Hill Country as home. Her family moved to Kerrville when she was in elementary school and after graduating from Texas A&M University, she returned to Kerrville. Kelsie and her husband, Kevin, have known each other since high school and have a long history of friendship as well as wonderful memories working together at camp in the summers. They love hiking, kayaking, and traveling together. When Kelsie isn’t at Family Camp, you can often find her spending time with friends and family.
“My time at camp has been extremely formational and transformative to me as a person, and I love getting to be a small part of joining in the work the Lord is doing in this incredible Canyon. Camp is an absolutely beautiful setting that is made more beautiful for me by being a sacred place that is filled with great depth and rich connection to the Lord and to others. I also love the amazing team of people I get to work with and our awesome staff – I feel like we all bring out the best in each other!”
William has worked for the H. E. Butt Foundation since 2003. He previously served on the Guest Services & Foundation Camp team before moving into his current role at Laity Lodge Family Camp in 2016.
William is from Houston, TX. He attended The University of Texas where he completed his Bachelor of Arts and later completed a Master of Arts in Teaching from Rice University. Before moving to Kerrville, TX in 2002, William lived in Basalt, CO. William is married to Barbara and together they will be celebrating 40 years of marriage this July. William and Barbara have six daughters – Paige, Hattie, Chandler, Adelaide, Rebekah, and Sydney. They also have 8 grandchildren – Mary Ann, JW, Henry, Winnie, Trotter, Lewis, Yates, and David. William loves running and traveling with Barbara on weekend adventures in her vintage trailer.
“I love the structure and the flow of LLFC. Being a year round program it keeps me focused and energized knowing that we are going to do it all over again in 2 weeks. Working with passionate and competent teammates who recognize and support each other’s roles make the job fun. Add to that the energy and enthusiasm of 40+ college staff and the smiles, laughter, and engagement with our guests, and it makes my job, the dream job.”
Josh began working for the H. E. Butt Foundation at the end of January 2022. Before joining the Laity Lodge Family Camp team, he worked in youth and children’s ministry at several churches.
Josh was born in Kentucky and has moved all around, including living in the Texas Rio Grande Valley for 16 years and in San Antonio for the past six years. His family just recently moved to Kerrville. Josh is married to Veronica and together they will be celebrating seven years of marriage this May. They have one daughter named Grace who will be turning one year old in May as well. Fun fact: Josh’s wife, Veronica, was a camper through the Foundation Camp program for 5 years – long before Josh knew about the H. E. Butt Foundation! Josh loves being a parent, exploring restaurants with Veronica, mountain biking, action movies, game night, and learning new things.
“The LLFC team is knowledgeable, fun loving, skilled, kind, and overwhelmingly hospitable. Both the office and the Canyon are beautiful with so many details that point to care and that reflect our Creator. They say if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life, and this fills me with excitement and creativity.”
Meet Melody Mabry Touchon, LLFC Guest Care Specialist!
Melody has worked for the H. E. Butt Foundation since 2019. She previously served as the Laity Lodge Youth Camp Office Coordinator before moving into her role at Laity Lodge Family Camp this spring. She has also been an LLYC camper and staff parent for almost 14 years.
Melody was born in Houston, TX. However, she considers herself exactly half Texan and half Coloradan, going back and forth between Texas, her birth state, and Colorado, her childhood state. Melody attended Texas Tech University, studying Nutrition and Early Childhood Education. She adores working and interacting with children, teens, and young adults and all the adventures, wisdom, and fun they ignite. Melody served as a counselor at Texas Lion’s Camp and a teacher at Houston ISD’s Outdoor Education Magnet Program when she first met her husband there 27 years ago, and they reconnected at the staff reunion! Melody is married to her brand-new husband and lifelong friend, David. Melody now lives in Boerne, TX, with her three children: Ella, Niles, Violet, and four dogs: Fisher, Levi, Benny, and Watson.
Melody loves socially introverted things like perfecting and sharing Spotify playlists, reading and book collecting, face-to-face conversations, sticker collecting, home and office organizing, and enjoying live music. She can’t get enough of visiting Ella in Fayetteville and Niles in Austin, attending band concerts in Boerne for Violet, and all the college parent weekends. Melody also enjoys hike-fishing in Colorado with David, singing when no one is around, cooking for family, caring for plants, and all snow-related activities. She is also the owner and lead designer of Nila Melott Luxe Floral, a beloved outlet for curating and creating.
“The Foundation and Laity Lodge programs have provided an important spiritual influence and loving support for our family. The Camping Programs brought light during some tough stages of life for me and my children, allowing for years of sustained, intentional friendships for all of us. The confidence instilled and the amount of fun over the years within the Camping Programs is immeasurable and will always be the most sought-after reunion for us all. That dusty road and splashing water is the preface to a brand-new year of growth and love. There is nothing like escaping to the Canyon to encounter God and be reminded of his Grace and Provision through a whole team of loving people. I am excited to continue to work within the Camping Programs with the STELLAR LLFC Team to help bring comfort, ease, and joy to experiences for families who need to come to a place to wholly be with God while wildly having time together.”
Meet Marie Phillips, LLFC Administrative Assistant!
Marie has worked for H. E. Butt Foundation since 2014. She began in an administrative role for the Risk Department and moved into her current role at Laity Lodge Family Camp in 2016. Before working for the Foundation, Marie worked for 13 years for a Property Management Company in Dallas, TX.
Marie grew up in Kerrville, TX and attended Tivy High School, where she was a member of the choir and the dance team. She is the youngest of four girls and her current household is ever changing with the support of family, friends, and the urging of God. Marie lives in Kerrville and is grateful to be back home near family. Marie has two dogs, Siddalee and Baylah, and her depth of care is obvious in her passion for and involvement in foster care and dog rescue.
“The LLFC Team is a small unit of amazing folks with very different roles and workloads, yet we all strive for the same goal of serving our campers with excellence and hospitality. Administrative Assistants carve out their work by supporting others, as it’s their role to do so. Oh, how very humbling & overwhelming it is to work in a place that not only ensures you are successful within your work, but actively stands shoulder-to-shoulder with you during the low and high valleys of life.”
Rachel has worked for the H. E. Butt Foundation since 2016. Rachel’s history with the H. E. Butt Foundation began in 2000 as a Singing Hills camper. She served as a Singing Hills Counselor in college and did a handful of Central Staff positions, including a year as an Intern working with both the LLYC and LLFC programs. Rachel is also a part time art teacher in Fredericksburg, TX.
Rachel grew up in Amarillo, TX. She attended the University of Texas in Austin and hasn’t left central Texas since. Rachel lived for brief stints in Fredericksburg, Boerne, and San Antonio, and has now been in Kerrville for six years. Rachel is married to Dayton, who serves as the Singing Hills Director for the Laity Lodge Youth Camp team. Rachel and Dayton just had their first child in January – a son named Daniel! They also have a cuddly 80 pound lap dog, Mack. Rachel says that she forgets what hobbies are now that they have a baby, but once upon a time she used to enjoy gardening, baking, and picnics. Rachel and Dayton also have an ongoing construction project— a 100 year old home that they have been renovating for 5 years.
“I love seeing the “regulars” – families who come to LLFC each year or multiple times a year. I love getting to catch up with them and honestly I see them more frequently than some of my friends who live in different cities! I love my Arts and Crafts regulars. I love seeing how different families function, especially now that I am a mom. It’s confirmation that there isn’t one “right” way to have a family. As far as the job – what’s not to love? We work in a beautiful place with beautiful people. My husband and baby get to come to work with me. It really is like a dream come true.”
Meet Cary Hendricks, Executive Director of Laity Lodge Camping Programs!
Cary has worked for the H. E. Butt Foundation since 2013. He previously served as an LLYC Director at Echo Valley for two years, the Senior Director of Laity Lodge Family Camp for six years, and then moved to his current role fall of 2021. Cary’s history with the H. E. Butt Foundation began in 1985 as a Singing Hills camper. He attended LLYC every summer as a camper and staff member throughout his college years, and during one of those staff summers met Jenny, who would eventually become his wife.
Cary was born in The Woodlands, TX, attended Austin College in Sherman, TX and lived in North Texas post graduation before moving to Illinois for the following nine years – where their children Seth, Stella, and Sloane were all born. Their family moved back to Texas ten years ago. Cary has completed a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently working towards a Doctor of Ministry degree also from Fuller. Cary loves running, reading, and participating as the #1 fan of any youth sport in which his kids are competing.
“There is so much to love about what I get to do with the H. E. Butt Foundation and Laity Lodge Camping Programs. Mostly though I enjoy building, leading, and working together with a team toward a common goal that is significant. All of this is true in the work I get to do here. I get to work with the most talented and selfless people I know. I get to be stretched in my understanding of leadership. I get to work with this team toward a goal of creating space where kids and families are strengthened and grow in their faith. What is there to not love about that?!”
Meet Kate Batchelor, Executive Assistant to Laity Lodge and Camping Programs!
Kate has worked for the H. E. Butt Foundation since 2013. She began as an Administrative Assistant that summer, then served as the Guest Care Specialist for Laity Lodge Family Camp from 2014 through the end of 2021. At the start of 2022, she moved into her new role supporting the Executive Directors of Laity Lodge and Laity Lodge Camping Programs as well as their program teams. Kate also attended Family Camp back in the 90’s before Headwaters was brought to fruition.
Kate grew up in the Hill Country. Kate earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. After graduation from college, she taught at public elementary schools in both San Antonio and Midland, TX. Kate is married to her husband Aaron and together they have two children. Kate lives in Kerrville, and she is beyond grateful to be back and living close to extended family. Faith, family, loving others well, and staying functionally fit are Kate’s top priorities in life.
“I love my new role because I get the chance to work with amazing people across the Laity Lodge, LLFC, and LLYC program teams. From this viewpoint, I am able to experience the ways in which the H. E. Butt Foundation’s mission to ‘cultivate wholeness in people and institutions for the transformation of communities’ plays out in each unique program.”
Meet Matt Huffman, Executive Chef of Laity Lodge Camping Programs!
Matt has worked for the H. E. Butt Foundation since 2014. Matt previously served as the Executive Chef for Laity Lodge Family Camp then moved to his current role fall of 2021. Before coming to Texas, Matt served in various roles with a Christian camp in Northern Wisconsin. His responsibilities included working in Development, Family Camp Programming, and as the Food Service Manager.
Matt was born and raised in northern Michigan. He started college at Michigan Community College and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Carin University near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Matt also lived in Illinois, where he married his wife, Julie. Matt and Julie later moved to Wisconsin where Matt served with Forest Spring Ministries and started his family. Then, Matt and his family moved to Kerrville in 2014. Matt and Julie have four kids: Simon, Hudson, Alivia, and Clara, along with one dog and two cats. When Matt isn’t out at the Canyon, he loves camping, spending time with family at the beach, playing cornhole or pitching horseshoes, cutting firewood and sitting around a campfire in the backyard.
“Being able to make the experience for the whole family – including those with special food allergies – the best it can be, is why I got into food service in the first place. I have always enjoyed being able to serve the needs of others and being able to serve at a beautiful facility like Headwaters is the best of both worlds. I love seeing the joy and laughter on the faces of the families that come to Family Camp – the ones that are there for the first time and the ones that return year after year. I also love to see staff return weekend after weekend with the opportunity to provide families with a great weekend.”
Jordyn began working for the H. E. Butt Foundation in November of 2021. She previously worked on Laity Lodge Family Camp summer staff, starting in 2017 – serving as a cook, in the Outpost, and as a counselor. Before moving into her current role Jordyn worked as a nanny as well as a registered behavior technician in Austin, TX.
Jordyn was born in Kansas but grew up in Corpus Christi, TX. She completed a Bachelors of Psychology from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Jordyn moved to Kerrville in November when she began this role. Jordyn loves hiking, climbing, paddle-boarding, cycling and reading.
“I have loved the Canyon since my first summer! I feel like I can truly be myself and am fully loved by everyone around me while doing it. I have also seen transformations among families and campers while at LLFC which has been the most special thing. I also luv my team 4ever.”
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