Staff

IdRaHaJe could not operate without our amazing staff who have dedicated their lives to full-time ministry with the mission of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have seen God work in our lives, and enjoy seeing God work in the lives of people who attend IdRaHaJe. We want to offer a special thanks to our current staff as well as all of the full-time staffers who have helped point campers to Christ throughout the years!

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Mike D

Mike D

Mike DeBoer

Executive Director

director@idrahaje.org

Mike’s early life growing up on a farm prepared him for the many facets of camp life. He’s worked full time at IdRaHaJe since 1996 in different roles ranging from MLS Instructor, Assistant MLS Director, Adventure Program Director, and Operations Director before becoming the Executive Director. He is comfortable wearing many hats and loves being a part of what God is doing in the lives of campers at IdRaHaJe. He and his wife, Amber, enjoy serving in ministry together.

Fun Fact: His beard is really to cover up for his charming looks.

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Dawn

Dawn

Dawn Hamilton

Office Manager

info@idrahaje.org

For Dawn, it would be hard to imagine life without IdRaHaJe. Dawn was a camper as a child and has volunteered at Camp for most of her life. She has been on full time staff with her husband, Ken, since the year 2000. They have two married children (also former campers and summer staff) and three grandchildren. She enjoys biking, hiking and being outdoors, but her favorite thing is spending time with family, and being a grandma.

Fun Fact: Dawn enjoys folk instruments and playing the hammered dulcimer.

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Betty

Betty

Betty Pellman

Registrar

registration@idrahaje.org

Betty has been involved in the ministry of IdRaHaJe as Registrar since March 2010. She is originally from Texas, and she and her husband, Mike, moved to Colorado to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren. This is a very different type of working environment for her because her career profession had previously been as a specialized machinist.

Fun fact: Contrary to popular belief among her co-workers, Betty has never been a roller derby competitor but she has always wanted to be.

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Tyler

Tyler

Tyler Kerst

Mountain Lab School Supervisor

mls@idrahaje.org

With generations of Colorado blood flowing through his veins, Tyler made the continental transition from the western slope hometown of Glenwood Springs, to eastern slope world of IdRaHaJe in 2010. No matter what mountainous region he is in, he is passionate about using God’s incredible creation and the amazing array of adventures that can be had in it to educate and excite students of all ages. He is equally passionate about his beloved wife, Keturah, and their 4 daughters, Isabel, Adelyn, Annaliese and Emmeline! He lives an unending adventure.

Fun fact: Tyler narrowly avoided death when the miniature iceberg at the frozen edge of Lake Superior proceeded to split in half when he landed upon it. The reason for the jump is still unclear.

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Ken

Ken

Ken Hamilton

Guest Group Supervisor

retreats@idrahaje.org

Ken loves IdRaHaJe! He has been at Camp most of his life. He was a camper at IdRaHaJe when he was younger, and he was also a counselor. He has been working full time at Camp since the year 2000. Ken works with our retreat groups. He loves not only showing them the amazing mountain environment, but also encouraging their walk with Jesus Christ. Ken has been married for 40 years to his wife, Dawn. They have two married children and three incredible grandchildren. Being a native of Colorado, Ken loves to hunt, fish, and run. Anything outdoors!

Fun Fact: Ken has many hobbies, but his favorites are making knives and black powder firearms and re-enacting early American historical events

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Cliff

Cliff

Cliff McCalister

Staff Ministry Supervisor

cliff@idrahaje.org

Cliff has been involved with camp since 1986. He has been a counselor, Tepee Chief, Back Pack Director, Guest Group Coordinator and Discipleship Director. Cliff and his wife Joy were sent by camp as missionaries to Mexico in 2001. Cliff is currently the Events Director for Christian Camping International America Latina Mexico. They have returned to IdRaHaJe for an extended period of time and look forward to how they can minister here and in Mexico. Cliff and Joy have been married for 25 years and have three wonderful kids; Molly, who is married to John Stark, Cailey, and Jack.

Fun Fact: In Mexico, they call me Juan Carlos "Juegoman." "Juegoman" is Spanglish so you will have to figure that one out on your own!

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Brooke

Brooke

Brooke Nofer

SaLT Supervisor

salt@idrahaje.org

Brooke found her passion for camp at the age of 9 when she first attended a camp supported by her church in Ohio. It was at this camp where she first heard the gospel and committed her life to Christ. Brooke was brought to IdRaHaJe by a simple google search in 2015. She was a summer counselor at Tepee Camp in 2015 and fell in love with the mountains of Colorado. After a second amazing summer, Brooke joined full-time staff in the fall of 2016 as the SaLT Supervisor. She enjoys watching movies, reading by the fire, stargazing, and being outside!

Fun Fact: Brooke played and marched the trumpet at a football game in the Tampa Bay Ray’s baseball stadium.

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Ben

Ben

Ben Garcia

Adventure Program Supervisor

adventures@idrahaje.org

Ben is a Colorado native who loves the Lord and the outdoors. While studying at the University of Northern Colorado, he learned of summer staff opportunities at IdRaHaJe and worked on the adventure staff. He became a full time staff member in 2014 and took over the Narrow Way Expeditions adventure program. He enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboarding and playing volleyball with his wife, Rachel.

Fun Fact: Ben has won three strongman competitions.

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Travis

Travis Badding

Summer Program Coordinator

travis@idrahaje.org

Travis grew up in a small town in southeastern Colorado. While studying threater at the University of Northern Colorado, he learned about IdRaHaJe and came to work on summer staff in 2014. After graduating in December of 2015, he joined the full-time staff as the Summer Program Coordinator. He enjoys shooting archery, hiking, and rock climbing.

Fun Fact: Travis has a twin brother, but they do not share the same birthday.

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Amber

Amber

Amber DeBoer

Curriculum and Instruction Supervisor

amber@idrahaje.org

A native of Colorado, Amber first worked at IdRaHaJe in the summer of 1995. After marrying her husband, Mike, in 1998, her life path became closely connected to the ministry of IdRaHaJe. Amber taught various age groups in the public school system before feeling called to join IdRaHaJe's full time staff in the fall of 2014. She is passionate about creating Biblical, engaging and relevant curriculum for all facets of Camp and training staff to effectively interact with campers. Amber fully believes in the power of camp ministry to transform lives.

Fun Fact: Amber loves mountain adventures and can often be found exploring the trails, rocks and forests surrounding Bailey.

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Kasey

Kasey

Kasey Kahle

Mountain Lab School Assistant Supervisor

kasey@idrahaje.org

Kasey grew up in the flat-lands of Indiana. She first came to IdRaHaJe in 2011 as a summer counselor where she fell in love with camp ministry.After 3 summers with the SaLT program, Kasey moved into the role of Mountain Lab School Assistant Supervisor. This role combines her love of education and the outdoors. Since moving to Colorado, Kasey has come to love the mountains, rock climbing, hiking, and spending as much time in the outdoors as possible.

Fun Fact: Kasey competed as a Division 1 track and field athlete in college.

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Shawna

Shawna

Shawna Brown

Food Service Supervisor

foodservice@idrahaje.org

Shawna is a proud Texan and has been involved in Christian camping since 2000. She and her husband, along with their two youngest children, moved to IdRaHaJe from Texas in the spring of 2014. She enjoys creating healthy, homemade meals for the campers. When not in the kitchen, she can be found riding her horse or hiking.

Fun Fact: One of her goals is to get the entire staff to call eggs, potatoes, sausage & cheese wrapped in a tortilla a breakfast taco and not a breakfast burrito.

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Janice

Janice

Janice Mortimeyer

Bookkeeper

books@idrahaje.org

Janice feels blessed to be serving at IdRaHaJe as bookkeeper since 1984. During that time, she has seen many physical as well as fiscal changes around Camp. However, she feels her greatest mission in life is being a wife to Earl, mother to two grown children and grandmother to three grandchildren. In her spare time, Janice can be found enjoying time with her family.

Fun Fact: Janice was born in Canada.

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Debbie

Debbie

Debbie Spencer

Housekeeper

Debbie loves the Lord with all her heart and serving Him any way she can. She loves to fish and hear children laugh. Debbie joined full-time staff in April of 2016 as the new housekeeper.

Fun Fact: She once caught a 6 pound trout and promptly threw him in the freezer.

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Keturah

Keturah

Keturah Kerst

Nursing Advisor

nurse@idrahaje.org

If you are able to catch up with this Oklahoma transplant, you might find Keturah teaching grammar, math, history, science or nursing. Then again, you might find her helping out one of the many ministries she supports. Most likely, you will witness her caring for and homeschooling her and Tyler’s four vivacious daughters, while juggling many other demands on her time. If it happens to be May, June or July, you may get to observe Keturah training, supporting, managing and assisting the indispensable Summer Camp nursing staff. Since Keturah and Tyler’s arrival at camp in 2010, life has certainly been a fast paced lively adventure.

Fun Fact: 126 degrees in the shade! Mud brick hut. Middle of nowhere in Mali, Africa. Two years serving Jesus.

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Ed

Ed

Ed Gallinger

Building Supervisor

After growing up in Central New York, Ed and his wife Suzette moved to Colorado in 1971, so they could enjoy the skiing. But, God intervened in their lives and they asked Christ into their hearts and in 1989 they felt called to Camp IdRaHaJe. Ed is in charge of construction and remodeling. He enjoys seeing what God does through him.

Fun Fact: Ed has tools older than most of the staff.

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Micah

Micah

Micah Eggleston

Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor

micah@idrahaje.org

Micah was born and raised in the Denver area. He was a camper at IdRaHaJe and worked as summer staff in 1980. After running his own automotive repair shop in Denver, he wanted a change from the headaches and came to work at IdRaHaJe full time in 2010.

Fun Fact: Micah is a second generation camper at IdRaHaJe, and his kids were third generation campers.

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Mike S

Mike S

Mike Schwan

Cook

Mike joined the IdRaHaJe team in 2002 as a cook. His favorite thing to cook is hamburgers on the grill. You will often find him at Aspen View in the summer. He loves to see the kids’ faces light up when they enjoy eating his delicious food. In his spare time, he enjoys making log furniture.

Fun Fact: Mike is the only deaf member in his family.

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Pam

Pam

Pam Eggleston

Cook

pam@idrahaje.org

Pam is blessed having been born and raised in the mountains of Colorado. Now she has the privilege of working in them as a cook at IdRaHaJe, along with her husband Micah. While it is a blessing to work here, her greatest blessings are her three children, Matthew, Caleb and Laura.

Fun Fact: Pam ran hurdles as a star athlete in high school.