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Virginia C. Ballard

Virginia joined Camp Aranzazu as president in March 2015. She has more than 25 years of fundraising and leadership experience at some of Houston’s most well-respected non-profit organizations, including Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Cancer Center, and St. John’s School.

Ashley Balch MacKenna
Managing Director

Ashley joined the Camp Aranzazu staff as Managing Director in September 2017. She spent more than 30 years attending and working at Camp Longhorn, one of Texas’ most prestigious camps. As their Girls Camp Director, Ashley managed more than 300 staff and 1,500 campers. At Camp Aranzazu, Ashley is responsible for overseeing our 104-acre facility and our programming team.

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.

Kate Plouvier
Development Director

Kate joined the Camp Aranzazu staff in April 2018 as Development Director. She looks forward to helping as many campers as possible benefit from Camp Aranzazu’s programs. Kate has worked with various nonprofits including Houston Habitat for Humanity; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and YES Prep Public Schools. She holds a Master of International Affairs – Nonprofit Management Concentration from The George Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. She lives in Houston with her husband, two children, and labradoodle.

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.