Charlie and his wife Kathy live in Hutchinson KS. They have 3 sons; Ryan, Ian and Spencer and one grandson Alexander (only grandpa can call him AJ). Charlie is a retired pastor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor. He began volunteering at Camp Hope in 2008 and is now camp director for Camp SIBSational. His days are spent volunteering as a reader and mentor at the elementary level in the Hutchinson School system, serving on the KyMel Board of Directors, spending time with AJ and traveling with Kathy. He enjoys photography, sports and laughing.
Mental Health Director
Katie graduated from the University of Kansas with her Master’s in Social Work in 2016. She has a bachelor’s in early childhood education from Kansas State University (Go Cats) and spent fourteen years as a certified child life specialist in Houston, TX and Kansas City, MO. She has experience working with children to help them understand the medical experience by providing education and developmental support. Katie currently works as a medical social worker at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She has lived in Kansas City for ten years and enjoys trying new places to eat while enjoying the theater and sports scene. Her favorite things to do are spend time with her dog, Callie, read, and explore new places. Katie first volunteered for Camp Hope in 2002 while in college and returned as a volunteer, again in 2015. She has previous camp experience while in Texas with the pediatric kidney population. She loves that camps provide an experience for children with a medical diagnosis to “just be kids”. Katie is excited for Camp SIBsational, for the siblings of kids who have or had cancer.
Bio coming soon.
Off-Site Medical Director
Andy Bukaty, DO
Dr. Andy lives in the Kansas City area, as he has for much of his life. He has been a part of the Camp Hope family since 2008. He married his high school sweetheart in 2000 and they have one daughter, born in 2006, and one son, born in 2009, who rule their worlds. He is a family physician and is fortunate to help lead an organization called Docs Who Care that helps staff rural communities. The flexibility it affords him allows him to work in rural ERs, teach residents in training, devote time to Camp Hope Heartland, and spend a great deal of his time being a dad and husband. He also enjoys film analysis/history, cooking, American history, playing the drums, and cheering for the professional KC teams, Jayhawks and Saint Louis U. Billikens, who represent his alma mater
Devon is a lifelong Kansas Citian and is a proud Rockhurst University graduate having obtained her B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice in 2015 and her Masters in Secondary Social Studies Education in 2017. She has been working as a High School Social Studies Teacher serving KC’s urban core since 2015. She loves working with students and does so in several capacities as a teacher, TaeKwonDo instructor at Seagull Blackbelt Academy, Speech/Debate Coach, and Activities Director for Camp SIBSational. When she isn’t working, she loves to spend time with her family, cuddle with her dog, read, sketch, perform in local theatrical productions, sing, and do textile crafts like knitting and embroidery.
John resides in Overland Park, KS with his spirited Jack Russell-mix Bella. His multifaceted, 30+ year relationship with KyMel started as a Camp Hope camper in 1985. As a camper John survived Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and as volunteer he finds many rewards in seeing former campers return as adult volunteers. He hopes to see much of the same at Camp SIBsational. Outside of volunteer work, John is a full-time student seeking his second-degree from Kansas State University in Human Development and Family Science. With his academic work and KyMel experience, he looks to certify as a Child Life Specialist (CLS). John spends his free time oil painting, cooking for friends, collecting/trading sports collectibles, cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs/Royals and being a loving uncle to a host of nieces and nephews.
Teresa is an autism consultant and been in special education for 34 years. She established Tot Olympics 30 years ago and has been a Camp Hope volunteer for 18 years. She has been married 21 years and has 5 children and 12 grandchildren. She loves working with children and helping people!
Catherine lives in Kansas City with her husband, Mike, and their family. Originally from Wichita, Catherine attended Kansas State University earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Lifespan Human Development in 2004 and the University of Missouri earning her Master’s Degree in Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Life in 2006. She has worked as a Child Life Specialist since 2007 and was a Camp Hope Day Camp volunteer for 5 years. Catherine served as the Pediatric Family Support Group Facilitator for the Wichita Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society for two years before moving to Kansas City.
Hannah is a social worker with a special interest in individual and family therapy. She graduated with her BSW from the University of Central Missouri in 2012. She then graduated with her MSW from University of Missouri in 2014. Currently, she is working on achieving her LCSW by the spring of 2019. At this time, she is working as a mental health therapist at Live Well Community Health Centers in rural Buckner, MO. She specializes in grief and loss counseling, crisis intervention, trauma informed practice, cognitive behavioral therapy and brief solution focused therapy. She values cultural competency, empathy, social justice, individual expression and a good sense of humor. She has a wide variety of experiences working with youth, adults, families and the community that she will cherish for the rest of her life. One great example was during her undergraduate practicum at Saint Luke’s Homecare & Hospice in 2012. She helped create a grassroots committee to create a day camp for children currently suffering from significant loss. They teamed with the YMCA and Camp Express Yourself was up and running! It still stands as a wonderful option for children to enjoy each June. Her personal favorite yearly activity is to volunteer at Camp Hope. She is a pediatric brain cancer survivor and former camper. Camp Hope is her yearly re-charge to life and is a humbling reminder of what truly matters. Last but certainly not least, she is happily married to her best friend Robert and they are blessed to have their toddler Samuel and two pesky dogs Zeek and Lulah who definitely keep them on their toes.
Bio coming soon
Jacey is from Manhattan and currently attends Kansas State University. She is majoring in Pre-Speech Therapy and will graduate next spring. Jacey has personally experienced what being a sibling of a cancer patient is like; her younger brother was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 16. Camp Hope has been a blessing to her brother, and Jacey loves the idea of SIBsational bringing that kind of joy to siblings! When she’s not in class or studying for class, you can probably find Jacey at a coffee shop with friends or spending time on her dorm floor.
Marissa lives in Olathe, KS, she is a sibling ambassador for Camp SIBsational. She is currently working on her degree in Communications and a minor in Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. She is actively involved in many different organizations on campus including; Student Government, Relay for Life and Greek Life. She loves working with kids, meeting new people and going on fun adventures!
Janelle Hilger, LSCSW
Janelle lives with her family in Olathe, Kansas and their time is often spent travelling, enjoying local sporting events, and spending MANY hours outside, in nature. Janelle is a Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker [LSCSW] and Licensed Clinical Social Worker [LCSW] and works as the Crisis Prevention and Response Specialist for an education service center in Kansas, providing prevention and support to students in populations at risk. She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas and furthered her education by earning her Behavioral Health Consultant Certification from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis, Missouri Institute of Mental Health, and also her certificate of Play Therapy from the Kansas City Play Therapy Institute. She values the role of play in exploring life’s events. Janelle began volunteering at Camp Hope in 2008 and has appreciated the good fortune of serving in many special roles since then; Activities Volunteer, Camp Hope Committee Member, Camp Hope Director, Board Member, Mental Health Volunteer and in her present role, as Chair of Camp SIBsational, a camp for the siblings of youth with cancer.