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Virginia C. Ballard

Virginia joined Camp Aranzazu as President in March 2015. She brings over 25 years of non-profit experience to Camp Aranzazu and is known for her dedicated strategic, financial, and operational leadership. Virginia has served organizations in healthcare, education and recreation in a variety of capacities, bringing tremendously valuable and relevant experience to the Camp Aranzazu organization and mission.

During Virginia’s tenure with Discovery Green Conservancy and Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Cancer Center, she oversaw development activities and worked with community leaders and stakeholders in each of these organizations in support of their stated missions. Additionally, Virginia worked with physicians and patients in one of the largest pediatric cancer and blood disorder programs in the United States, providing a unique understanding of the community that Camp Aranzazu principally serves. Virginia adds further hands on experience in education having served as Director of Development for St. John’s School in Houston. Virginia is a dedicated servant leader and is passionate about leading the Camp Aranzazu team to fulfill its mission.

Ashley Balch MacKenna
Managing Director

Ashley will join the Camp Aranzazu staff as Managing Director in September 2017. She has a great love for the camping industry which is illustrated in her 30 plus years at Camp Longhorn, a highly respected Texas summer camp. She held many different positions there from a very young age. She spent her last 12 years at Longhorn as the Girls Camp Director where she managed over 300 staff and 1,500 campers. Ashley also served 5 years as an officer for Camping Association for Mutual Progress. She has given much of her time in last three years to several non-profit organizations in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a successful board member, fundraiser, development chair, supporter and volunteer. She has a great passion and energy for helping others and making a difference in any organization which she is involved.

Lillian Anfosso
Finance and Administrative Director
Lillian Anfosso joined the Camp Aranzazu staff in March 2017 as Finance and Administrative Director. A CPA since 1987, her initial training was with Ernst and Young. Prior to joining Camp Aranzazu, Lillian worked at the Amazing Place for nine years and served various non-profit organizations as an auditor with the Houston CPA firm, Blazek and Vetterling. Lillian graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in accounting. She enjoys using her accounting experiences to facilitate the non-profit business model and feels it is a way of serving others.
Lillian grew up in Houston and is excited about living in Rockport where natural beauty abounds. She enjoys traveling to visit her adult children, gardening with her husband, and reading.

Amelia Haslam
Camp Director

Amelia joined the Camp Aranzazu as an Activity Leader during the summer of 2013 and returned in October 2013 as a full time Program Manager. She was recently promoted to the role of Camp Director. Amelia graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation with dual emphasis areas in Therapeutic Recreation and Natural and Cultural Resource Management. Amelia obtained her Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification in January 2014. Born and raised in Milledgeville, Georgia, she began her career in the camping world by volunteering at an outdoor camp for kids. Amelia continued in the camping industry working for Trinity Woods Day Camp in Macon, Georgia from age 18 to 21 and volunteering at Sharp Top Cove, a YoungLife Camp in Jasper, Georgia. She was also active in the YoungLife organization as a volunteer leader throughout her four years at Georgia Southern University.

Amanda Praet
Program Manager

Amanda first joined Camp Aranzazu as an Activity Leader in 2013. She loved it so much she returned in both 2014 and 2015. In September 2015, she began as a full-time Program Manager. Amanda hails from the metro Detroit area of Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She interned at Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center in Colorado after college and obtained her Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) certification in January 2015. Prior to Camp Aranzazu, Amanda was involved in many day camps and after-school programs working with various types of children with special needs. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, going to the beach and playing volleyball.

Alexa Rosenblat
Program Manager

Alexa first came to Camp Aranzazu in the summer of 2015 as an Activity Leader. She returned the following summer and became a full-time Program Manager in January 2017. Alexa was born and raised in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan and received her degree in Therapeutic Recreation in December 2017 at Grand Valley State University. She had the pleasure of interning at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and obtained her credentials as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) in December 2017. During her years at camp, Alexa has continued to show her love and passion for Camp Aranzazu’s incredible campers.

Jennifer Fernelius
Development Director

Jennifer joined Camp Aranzazu as Development Manager in February 2013, following positions at SpringSpirit Baseball and Dini Spheris. Her professional background also includes public relations and advertising experience for a variety of healthcare, nonprofit and real estate clients. As a volunteer, Jennifer has served The Junior League of Houston, Inc., The Children’s Fund, Chi Omega Alumnae Association of Houston, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Second Baptist School and St. John’s School.

Jennifer used her writing and editing skills as editor of the Junior League’s Peace Meals cookbook and “Houston News” magazine. Jennifer is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a journalism degree in public relations. When she’s not attending a sporting event with the boys in her family, she enjoys reading, gardening and experimenting with new recipes.

Jennifer Janecek
Communications and Development Coordinator

Jennifer joined the Camp Aranzazu team in November 2010, as Development Associate. She has years of nonprofit experience in the Coastal Bend and has worked for various organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, YWCA, and South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind. Jennifer has been involved in numerous fundraising events in the community such as Casa de Amor, Celebrity Waiter, Roam Through Our Home, Heroes for Hearing, Rubber Duck Round-Up, Yuletide Market and several Volunteer/Staff Recognition Banquets. She has an extensive background in printing and mailing, graphic design, as well as database management, grant management, event planning and fundraising, administrative operations and volunteer recruitment.

Mark White
Facility Manager

Mark joined the camp during the fall of 2014 as Facility Manager. Mark has over 17 years of experience in facility maintenance management and water treatment system management – having served most of those years for New Horizons Ranch in Goldthwaite, Texas. His professional skills include building construction, water treatment (license level B), air conditioning/heating systems, electrical system repair, and land improvement management; he enjoys landscaping and gardening, and is always quick to lend a helping hand to anyone.

Raised in Houston, Mark has enjoyed years of fishing the Gulf Coast. He and his family had vacationed in Rockport for many years and were excited to relocate to the Coastal Bend. Mark and his wife Paige have three sons, Carson, Evan and Preston.