Meet the Team

Jen Mckay, Camp DirectorJen Mckay

My name is Jen McKay.  I graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2005.  I am married and have 2 kids.  My daughter will be in 7th grade this year and my son will be in 2nd grade.  I taught first grade in Wamego, KS for 5 years before our family relocated to Lubbock, TX.  There I had the opportunity to be a stay at home mom for 4 years before relocating to Emporia, KS.  This upcoming school year will be my third year teaching 4th grade at Village Elementary.  This is my first summer to work at Camp Alexander, and I have loved every minute of it.  It is rewarding to see children having fun and making new friends in this amazing outdoor environment.

Juan Ramirez, Program Director

My name is Juan Ramirez and I am a fourth grade 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 have been teaching for 15 years. My teaching career started in Dodge City, Kansas but I have spent the last 9 years working for the Emporia school district.

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.


Lauren Theas, Camp Counselor

Degree: Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education

University: Emporia State University

Specialties: Middle School Mathematics Endorsement

Experience: 4th year teaching 5th grade for the Emporia School District at Village Elementary

Hobbies: Participating in different types of sports/games, reading, watching movies, spending time with friends, family, and my dog, Norman, attending concerts and shows

Quote: I am so excited to join Camp Alexander for the summer! I have heard great things about their summer program and the people who work there. Since I typically work with kids in the classroom, it will be a great opportunity for me to spend time with them in the outdoors!

Jacob Kucza, Camp Counselor

Jacob has a BS in Elementary Education from Emporia State University. He is currently in his fifth year teaching fourth grade at Village Elementary in Emporia. You might find Jacob out training for a marathon, hiking or playing a great game of fetch with his dogs. Jacob is wholeheartedly invested in making this summer’s experience memorable for every kid. He looks forward to spending his summer in a setting as beautiful as Camp Alexander.

Walker Ayres, Camp Counselor

Walker graduated from Emporia State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. He is currently furthering his education at ESU and will soon also have his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Walker stays active playing basketball and working on vehicles. He loves being outdoors and will be a great addition to this fun filled summer.

Marcus Cornelius, Camp Counselor

My name is Marcus Cornelius and I have taught fourth and fifth grade at Village Elementary School in Emporia, KS for 5 years.  Next year, I will be teaching sixth grade math at Emporia Middle School which I am very excited for as I really enjoy math and science! I grew up in Alaska and joined the Army in 2000 for 5 years serving at Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart all in Georgia and Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, South Korea.  After the Army I found my way to Pittsburg, KS where I graduated in 2011 with my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in English for Speakers of Other Languages.   I am currently attending Emporia State University to get a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration.   Even though I am currently a Hornet… I will always love Pitt State!  Go Gorillas!

In my free time I love to travel, camp, read, and run mixed with a good amount of couch time as well.  I have visited 99 National Parks and Monuments in my travels and I will hit 100 this summer!  I love watching the Kansas City Royals and Duke Basketball!  I know that is not the most popular around here but… go Duke!  This will be my second summer working at Camp Alexander and I love it.  The counselors that work here are a great group of people and educators that care a lot about our community and the students here.  Thank you for giving me the chance to work with your children in the summers!


Kathryn FloKathryn Flotttt, Camp Counselor

Kathryn is a student-athlete at Emporia State where she is majoring in Elementary Education as well as playing basketball for the Lady Hornets. She will graduate this upcoming May with her degree. Kathryn enjoys playing basketball, biking, working out, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She is extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with kids in an outdoor setting and help them discover new things.



Camp Alexander Board of Directors

Carmen Leeds, Chair

Eric Porter, Vice Chair

Alicia Redeker, Treasurer

Jon Proehl, Secretary

Bob Burenheide, Maintenance Director

Mike Alpers

Corey Bacon

Gary Bacon

Johnny Drake

Wayne Fessler

Crista Grimwood

Al Slappy

Tracy Edwards, Financial Advisor

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