Meet the Team
Carla R. Weiland
President and Chief Executive Officer
Carla joined Camp Summit in 2003. Carla comes to Camp Summit with a varied background in Non-Profit and Camp management. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. She has worked with numerous camps throughout the country and serves as the Texoma Section Chair of the Local Council of Leaders for the American Camp Association (ACA). She is a 2001 graduate of the Leadership Richardson program and involved in many community organizations. Carla is inspired by our campers daily and continues to be an advocate for camping and providing services for individuals with disabilities.
Pam joined our team in April 2022. After moving to Texas in 2005, she started her massage therapy career in a chiropractic setting. Her medical billing education started soon after when she decided to do both specialties. After taking time away for the workforce raising her daughter, she received her medical billing certification in 2021. She loves spending time with her wonderful family, listening to audiobooks,
and watching documentaries. Helping people is always an amazing
experience and she is honored and humbled to join this amazing team
and be part of the Camp Summit mission.
Marketing & Public Relations Manager
Marissa Hoiles, Marketing and Public Relations Manager has recently joined the Camp Summit team in March 2022. She graduated from Texas Tech University in December 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, minoring in Creative Media Industries. Marissa is incredibly grateful to be a part of such an amazing organization and is excited to work for Camp Summit to kick-start her career. In Marissa’s free time she likes to take her dog, Willow on adventure walks through the trails and bake for her
friends and family.
Director of Camp Operations and Strategy
Lisa graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Speech Language Pathology in 1990. She is also certified by the State of Texas as a Special Education Teacher. She began working as a camp counselor in 1990 and has worked every summer since. She was hired on full time in 1996 and served as Camp Director from 1998 - 2017. She has a passion for serving individuals with special needs and loves to see the campers achieve new heights at camp. Lisa enjoys geocaching and traveling in her spare time.
Grady has recently joined the Camp Summit team in March 2023. He first came to Camp Summit in the summer of 2018 as he took a small group from My Possibilities, located in Plano, to Camp Summit for a weekend camp experience and has loved Camp Summit ever since! He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with degree in Theology. He has a wife, Kelsey, and two kids, Henry and Kate who keep him on his toes. He loves watching movies, playing with his kids and is a self-proclaimed Lego Master. He can’t wait to see how he can provide a sense of belonging to each and every camper that comes to Camp Summit.
Assistant Camp Director
Mary joined the Camp Summit team in May 2023. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts, in mass communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in business administration. She has spent her summers at Louisiana Lions Camp, an overnight camp for children with mental and physical disabilities and Type 1 diabetes, since she was 16 years old. She loves to travel, go to concerts and just hang out with friends. Mary is excited to be a part of such an incredible team and to serve the Camp Summit community.
Luisa (Lulu) began working seasonally with Camp Summit in 2009 after her freshman year at Baylor. While school took her many places over the years, including to study abroad and to obtain her doctorate in nursing practice, she always came back to Camp. With school done, she is humbled and excited to see what she can bring to Camp in her capacity as Healthcare Supervisor.
Director of Development
Pam Chicol, Director of Development, joined the Camp Summit Development team in 2007. She brings over 35 years of experience from a non-profit and sales background. She has worked at all levels of organizations from direct service to executive management. Pam is a graduate of the University of North Texas where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Administration. She is a 1990 graduate of the Leadership Richardson program and a 2000 graduate of the Power of Self Leadership Program. In her spare time, Pam enjoys golf, fly fishing, gardening and the outdoors.
Keturah joined Camp Summit in 2021. She has a background in working with people with disabilities around the world and is passionate about making diverse individuals feel included, seen, and heard. Prior to Camp Summit, she worked in India for 7 years at proVISION ASIA and was focused on donor development and fundraising. Keturah graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston. Besides serving at Camp Summit, she is a mom to identical twin girls, involved in her church and loves the beach and anything underwater!
December grew up in Austin, Tx and has loved the camp world ever since attending her first overnight camp in 2006. She has a variety of experience in residential camping, having previously worked at YMCA camps in the Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin area. She has a degree in Communications Studies from the University of North Texas, where she led outdoor adventure trips with the UNT Outdoor Pursuits Center. Outside of work she enjoys baking, watching silly reality shows, and being in the sun! December knows first-hand the positive impact camp can have and is thrilled to continue working in the spirit of camp with Camp Summit.
Carol has been in the nonprofit sector for over twenty years. She began her nonprofit career in development for a large national organization. She increased their annual giving revenue by over 200%. Carol has helped nonprofits gain nationwide attention through effective service delivery strategies. She’s raised millions of dollars for causes that assist individuals with disabilities. She received the largest program grant in a nonprofit’s history for an innovative cognitive program.
As the Executive Director of a disability nonprofit, she earned the Council on Quality & Leadership’s highest accreditation for person-centered service excellence.
Carol’s goal is to help good people do great things through philanthropy!
Larry is a Texas native born in Dallas. He spent 22 years in the Semiconductor Industry working for companies based in the United States, U.K., France-Italy, and Japan providing services in Equipment and Process Engineering, Device Development, Technology Transfer, R&D and Training associated with VLSI manufacturing and technology. Larry began working at Camp Summit in the summer of 2000. “Since that time I have been blessed to be able to serve the camp meeting the needs of the Camp Summit facility, our staff, our campers and their families. My focus has always been to assure that Camp Summit is successful by providing a safe, clean, secure and sustainable environment that allows wonderful life changing experiences to continue for generations to come.” I enjoy spending time with family, woodworking, hunting, spinning vinyl, playing acoustic guitar, and photography.
Tom, an Alaska native, joined the Camp Summit team in 2014. He was previously the Facility Director of Garrett Creek Ranch Conference Center in Paradise, Texas, which is now the location of Camp Summit's Forever Home. Tom has over 35 years of experience in the maintenance field, working for various organizations as an Apartment Technician, Building Engineer, and Director of Maintenance. Tom has been married to his wife, Robin, for over 31 years and has a 23 year old son, Jacob, and two fur babies, Chica & Nyla, a Chi-wiener and Chihuahua. They love to spend time with family and friends, camp, hike, fish and travel and dine out whenever possible.
Fredy joined the Camp Summit team in 2014. He was previously on the Facility Team at Garrett Creek Ranch Conference Center in Paradise, Texas, which is now the location of Camp Summit's Forever Home. Fredy helps Camp Summit stay in tip top shape, taking care of the grounds, carpentry, plumbing, road maintenance, welding, and helping with all facility maintenance projects. He enjoys spending time with his family, his kittens, and raising chickens.
Board of Directors
Alec Vincent – Board Chair
Devetta James – Vice Chair
Emily Buxton Taylor – Treasurer
Meg Frainey - Secretary
Carla Weiland – President and CEO
Van Carmean III