Meet the Team

Jen Mckay, Camp Director

Hello there! My name is Jen McKay. I graduated from KSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2005. I am married and have 2 kids. I have taught 1st grade, 4th grade, and am currently teaching Kindergarten at Village Elementary here in Emporia, KS. This is my 8th year at Camp Alexander. It is a very rewarding job watching all the campers learning through play, making new friends, as well as making memories in the great outdoors.


Juan Ramirez, Program Director

My name is Juan Ramirez and I am a teacher at Village Elementary in Emporia, Kansas.  I graduated from Fort Hays State University with a degree in elementary education. I also have an endorsement in Spanish and an ESL endorsement from Newman University.  I started my teaching career back in 2000 and have been teaching since. My teaching career started in Dodge City, Kansas but I have been teaching in Emporia since 2005.

During my free time, I enjoy playing sports and spending time outdoors. My favorite sports are soccer, basketball, and football. I also enjoy coaching my son’s soccer and basketball teams.

As an educator, I enjoy working and teaching young students. I believe successful students stay active and continue to learn throughout the year.  I think Camp Alexander provides great opportunities for students to continue developing skills throughout the summer that will help them be successful in the classroom at the beginning of the new school year. I look forward to the opportunity to work with past, present, and future students through Camp Alexander.

Carla Fessler, Off-Season Camp Coordinator

My name is Carla Fessler and I am the Off-season Camp Coordinator.  I keep busy assisting the Board of Directors with fundraising, grant writing and day to day operations at camp. I am the main contact person from September to May, and I am always happy to assist you with any questions you may have about camp.  I served as the Camp Director from 2013-2016.

I graduated from ESU with a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in ESL, an MS in Curriculum and Instruction, and an MS in School Counseling. I am currently a counselor at Riverside elementary.

My husband Wayne and I feel very passionate about Camp Alexander and hope that each summer more children from our community get to experience what the outdoors and Camp Alexander have to offer. My husband and I are lifelong residents of Emporia.

Camp Alexander Board of Directors

Annette Legako, Chair
Gary Bacon, Vice Chair
Alicia Redeker, Treasurer
Kathyrn Whitcomb, Secretary
Kevin Ogle, Maintenance Director
Mike Alpers
Corey Bacon
Steve Blocker
Alex Lyon
Jeff Meek
JC Mock
Scott Smith
Tracy Edwards, Financial Advisor

620-794-1830  •  1783 Road P5  •  Emporia, KS 66801