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.
Julie joined Camp Summit in February 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Julie is the mother of two girls and spends her spare time enjoying their activities and going to Disney World. She is thrilled to be a part of the Camp Summit team!
Marketing and PR Manager
Abbey joined the Camp Summit team in October 2019. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Strategic Communication. Abbey has been volunteering with numerous non-profits since she was young and is excited to combine her passion for philanthropy with her love of marketing in this role. When she is not volunteering or at work, she enjoys spending time with her dog or hosting dinners with her friends.
Director of Camp Operations and Strategy
Lisa graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Speech Language Pathology in 1990. She also is 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.
Luis Reyes joined Camp Summit in September 2016. Luis holds a Bachelor of Arts in History (with Honors) from Southwestern University and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. After serving three terms of service with AmeriCorps as a VISTA in New Orleans, Luis’s passion for social justice and for advocating on behalf of marginalized communities deepened. Having grown up with congenital glaucoma since infancy, Luis sought out opportunities to advocate for people with disabilities upon moving to the DFW area in March 2016. In June, Luis began his career in working with the disabled communities of North Texas through the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind as an intern. Now, as a member of the Camp Summit staff, Luis seeks to utilize his skills in community outreach, networking, and project development to expand the impact of Camp Summit’s mission and goals.
Amanda graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Special Education: Severe/Profound with Multiple Disabilities. She has several years of camping experience, including Camp Director for a weekend residential camp program serving individuals with disabilities before joining Camp Summit in 2017. Amanda’s passion is serving individuals with special needs and their families and building community support to increase awareness and help them have more options in their 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.
Assistant Camp Director
Zoe joined Camp Summit as the Assistant Camp Director in 2021. She first came to Camp Summit in the fall of 2019 as the boys side Unit Leader Liaison (ULL) and has been crazy about Summit ever since! She went to Winthrop University in South Carolina for a dual certification in Special Education and Elementary Education, and she has worked in a variety of fields, such as ABA therapy and teaching. She loves to hike with her dog, go camping, play video games, and travel. Zoe is ecstatic to not only see how she can evolve camp, but to also continue to learn from all the incredible campers!
Camper Realtions Fellow
This is Bonnie's 5th season at Camp Summit. In her free time, she loves playing Bingo. Bonnie is from Florida, where every says Disney is the happiest place on each...but she feels differently. She thinks Camp Summit is the happiest place on earth!
Lulu has been working at Camp Summit for four seasons. She loves to read and listen to music. Lulu is looking forward to making more memories and connecting with the counselors.
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.
Donor Information Coordinator
Catherine arrived to Camp Summit in April of 2018 with an administrative background as the Office Manager of a Psychiatric practice. She is a 2012 graduate of Austin College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology. When she is away from Camp, she can be found contra dancing, hiking, gardening in her backyard, and listening to audio books during weekend camping trips with her partner Scott and dachshund Maggie.
Marty joined Camp Summit in May 2014. A Texas native he was excited to return to the Lone Star State after living away for many years. Marty brings over 40 years of extensive food service experience to Camp, including 20 years in the U S Navy serving on several submarines and shore facilities. He enjoys interacting with our Campers, and providing them with nutritious and enjoyable meals during their stay here at Camp Summit.
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, photography and long walks with Cathy, my sweetie.
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
Meg Frainey – Vice Chair
Emily Buxton Taylor – Secretary
Mike Moreland – Treasurer
Carla Weiland – President and CEO
Claire Hetherington Darr