Beth Jones  


Kim McKearnan, Executive Director - Kim is returning to Montana after living abroad with her family in Qatar where she was helping to open a much-needed children’s hospital.  They are thrilled to be back in beautiful Big Sky country!  Kim’s education culminated in a PhD in Nursing from the University of Washington and she has a nearly 25 year professional history in pediatric healthcare starting with bedside clinical care and progressing to organizational leadership positions.  Kim has worked in or with non-profit organizations including board membership for many years.  She is a Leadership Missoula alumnae and active in many facets of the Missoula community.  Kim and her husband, Colin, have 4 children ages 9-16 who keep them busy racing from the soccer pitch to the theater stage to the football field to the basketball court and beyond.  Luckily, Kim’s parents also live in the Missoula area and it’s great to have them actively involved in the often chaotic family life.   When not at kid-related activities, Kim’s family enjoys travel, skiing, hiking, camping and spending warm MT days at the pool or on the golf course.  Kim is grateful for the opportunity to work with the remarkable team at Camp Mak-A-Dream including the passionate & knowledgeable staff, dedicated & supportive board, amazing & tireless volunteers and, most importantly, inspiring participants.  She is excited to put her professional experience, knowledge and skills to good work for an organization that is perfectly aligned with her passion for encouraging and caring for others.

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Beth Jones



Beth Jones, Camp Director – Beth joined Camp Mak-A-Dream as the Residential Director in 2006 and moved into the position of Camp Director in 2007.  Originally from Massachusetts, Beth moved to Missoula in 1997 to be part of the staff of the Missoula Children’s Theatre where she first became acquainted with Camp by presenting theatre workshops there. She always knew she wanted to do more than spend a few hours at a time with the special people she met at Camp and was excited when the opportunity presented itself. Beth recently received a Certificate in Public Health from the University of Montana and is currently working on her Master's. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Eric and son Isaac. 

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Shirley Hummer  


Shirley Hummer, Camper & Medical Center Manager – Shirley still remembers walking across the “bridge of dreams” her first time, back in the summer of 1995 on staff training day — with the construction crew still hanging doors and painting. Being part of the growth of Camp and expansion of programs has been “more than rewarding,” she says. Shirley started as a volunteer cabin counselor and has held many different positions over the years.  Her husband, Bob, has also worked at Camp!  A Missoula native, Shirley enjoys spending time with Bob, their sons and their grandchildren.

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Jennifer Benton, Program Manager – Jennifer began as a volunteer with Camp Mak-A-Dream in 1995 following her move to Missoula from the mid-west.  She joined the team full-time in 1996. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ovarian Cancer Survivors Foundation (based in Helena, Mont.), and volunteers with other nonprofit organizations in the area. Jennifer grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota and graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul where she met her husband, Sean. In 1995, they moved to Missoula where they enjoy skiing, fishing, hiking, and camping with their two labs, and traveling the globe.

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Jake Wood, Property Manager – A Montana native, Jake has been with Camp Mak-A-Dream since 2002.  He first started as a groundskeeper and maintenance assistant and was promoted to his current position in 2006.  Jake, quite literally keeps the wheels on the bus and the roof over our heads!  Jake and his family live in Gold Creek, Montana and he enjoys fishing and hunting in his free time.  

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Sam DiFrancesco, Property Manager Assistant - Sam is a Montana native and has lived in the Deer Lodge valley almost all of his life. He studied at the University of Montana COT for 2 years after high school and returned to Deer Lodge in 2013 to begin his first summer at Camp that season. Sam has been a member of the full time staff since September of 2014 and has been "learning the ropes" since then as Jake’s helping hand. He is an outdoorsman by nature and loves spending time with his family whether it is camping, fishing, or just hanging out. 

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Jennifer Savage, Director of Development 

Jennifer Savage moved to Missoula in 2001 with a few boxes of books, her partner and her yellow lab puppy named Imogene for a one-year job after graduate school. Sixteen years later she still calls Montana home. During that time she got married in her pasture on five acres with fallen down fences and a view of the southern Mission Mountains, learned to milk a goat, had two tiny daughters and lived in 282 square feet for two years with her family, two dogs and one wayward bunny. She’s worked in development, communications and marketing for Missoula nonprofits for more than a decade and spent the last five years working at UM. She is so very happy to have joined Camp Mak-A-Dream as the director of development in 2017. When she’s not busy keeping up with her children, who are now 8 and 10 years old, she loves to run, read, write, bike, dream of redesigning her old farmhouse and preserve food like turn of the century homesteader.

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Jen Emendorfer-Wade, Program Administrative Assistant - Jen started volunteering in the Camp Mak-A-Dream foundation office in 2001 and went to Camp her first time as a concierge for the 2002 Winter YAC.  She immediately loved the community and people, and returned that summer for Teen Camp and two more Winter YACs.  Since leaving her volunteer position in the foundation office in 2004, she continued to keep Camp in her heart.  She is delighted to be returning to Camp as Program Administrative Assistant.   Jen grew up in Stevensville, Montana, and graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.  She enjoys photography, scrapbooking, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and spending time with her family.

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shelly Cooper  

Shelley Cooper, Business Manager – Shelley joined Camp Mak-A-Dream in 2010. Previously she worked for nine years at Community Medical Center in the Pediatric Specialty Clinics as clinic coordinator. Shelley grew up (for the most part) in Montana then attended college in East Texas with her focus in Business Management. She returned to Montana to raise her children. Shelley has also volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Missoula, Missoula 3:16 and is passionate about helping others. She spends as much time as possible with her family and friends. 

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 Kathleen Cotter, Administrative Assistant - Kathleen was born and raised in Montana and graduated from the University of Montana in 2012 with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. She then spent a year living in the Czech Republic teaching English as a foreign language. She began working for Camp in 2010 as a member of Core Staff and has come back every summer since to work in the office in Gold Creek and will now be working full time in the Missoula office. Her favorite part about working with Camp is to see the most timid of campers turn into the boldest within the space of a few days. 

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Renee Dutton  


Roger Coulter, Camp Chef  - Roger is a Professional Certified Chef. His passion for food began late in life, after the tragic loss of his teenage son. Since then he has become a prominent chef having explored numerous styles and cuisines; cooking everywhere from a fine dining French bistro to a country bar and grill. In the quest for adventure and to find more meaning to his cooking he packed up and hit the road on what has been an epic culinary adventure; visiting all the states on the west coast and cooking for locals along the way. This adventure and need for meaning and making a difference through food has brought him to Montana. He is currently in the process of researching and writing a cookbook filled with healthy recipes and the stories of the real people behind them.

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Claire Steinberg, RN, CPN, Health Care Coordinator- Claire volunteered at Camp in 2016 as a medical volunteer.  She eagerly joins the camp staff in 2017.  Claire is a registered nurse, certified in pediatric nursing by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), a member of the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN), an American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) instructor, and a pediatric chemotherapy and biotherapy provider certified by the Association of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Nurses (APHON).  She has spent her nursing career in pediatrics, working at Community Medical Center in Missoula, MT in the Pediatric Unit and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, also serving as the unit clinical educator, and spent a year traveling nursing around the U.S. with her travel nurse husband and children.  She is currently on track to complete her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner degree in June 2018.   Claire and her husband Ben, have four kids ages 7-16.  Claire is a lover of cooking, hot weather, summertime in Montana, vacations to the ocean, hiking, backpacking, fly fishing, yoga, and big laughs.  She tries to be a good sport about winter--downhill and backcountry skiing and sipping peppermint tea--and also likes a few snow days complete with sledding parties, and bonfires.

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