The Camp Koinonia Foundation was started in 1978 and consists of 12 volunteer board members.
2013 – 2014 Officers
- Dr. Gene A. Hayes – Executive Director
- Joseph L. Ortiz – President
- J.D. King – Vice President
- Dr. Angela Wozencroft – Secretary
- Carlene LeCompte – Treasurer
- Dr. David Cihak
- Paige Dailey
- Angela Hunter
- Michael LeCompte
- Melissa McVey-Howard
- Robbie Proffitt
- Rachel Smith
- Andrea White
David Cihak, Ph.D
David Cihak, Ph.D. is an associated professor at the University of Tennessee in the Special Education Program. His work regards remedying classroom-based problems associated with academic and social/behavioral problems of children and adolescents with severe disabilities and Autism. He is interested in self-regulation and independent functioning that result in greater competency, community access, and acceptance. His research interests include the use of effective instructional and behavioral strategies, specifically video technologies for improving educational, functional, and social/communicative outcomes for students in classroom and community settings. Dr. Cihak also is an investigator for the FUTURE postsecondary education program at the University of Tennessee.
Paige Dailey has been on the Board for 6 years. She and her husband John have a daughter named Amber who has participated in Camp K for many years. Each Camp K enriches her life and presents opportunities and activities that she may share with her peers and create lasting memories for years to come. Camp K truly has been a life-changing experience for this family. Personally, Paige works for a dermatologist in Knoxville and they all enjoy boating and lake activities.
Ms. Angela Freeman-Hunter is employed by Knox County School System working in the Special Education Department. Ms. Hunter’s passion to support and serve her community is because of her own personal experience with a 21 year old autistic son. In the early years her son was non-verbal and only communicated through his artwork. Inspired by her son, she founded Eyes of Faith, an art business and “Our Place” an organization established to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities through the arts.
Michael and Carlene LeCompte
Michael and Carlene have a son, Matthew, who has been a camper at Camp Koinonia since he was 7 years old. They are early retirees who enjoy spending time at the lake, gardening and reading as well as bringing more awareness of the camp to others to position it for the future. Matthew has always had a great camp experience and the LeComptes consider it a win, win, win for the camper, the UT students and the parents.
Melissa over 22 combined years experience of working with children with disabilities. She has a bachelor degree in Recreational Therapy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a Masters in Special Education, from East Tennessee State University. She is the mother of three beautiful children and enjoys spending time outdoors. She actively participates on various boards within the local community.
Joseph L. Ortiz
Joe and his wife Nancy and two children, Lauren and Joseph, have called East Tennessee home for almost 20 years. Joe is founder of 4D Imaging Systems Inc., a software company focused on developing and marketing visual decision support solutions for healthcare. Joe brings his experience in business and information technology to The Camp Koinonia Foundation in an effort to build awareness for the organization in the region and position it for long-term growth and preservation.
After several years of supporting Camp Koinonia, Robbie has become one of the newest members elected to the board in 2009. Raised in Speedwell, TN; Robbie and his wife Sonya have been residents of Knoxville, TN since 1991 along with their 3 children (Shaunna, Shannon, & Tyson). Robbie is the founder of Proffitt & Wilkes financial consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. Robbie has been a financial advisor, assisting his clients reach their financial goals for over 25 years. In their free time, both Robbie and Sonya enjoy taking a scenic ride on their motorcycle, camping with friends and family, and most of all spending time with their 6 month old grandson Barrett.
Andrea is a single mother of two beautiful children and is Vice President/General Counsel of a mid-size corporation.
Dr. Angela Wozencroft
Angela is an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee. She received her Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Clemson University. While at Clemson she worked as a graduate student researcher/instructor and an adventure course facilitator at Clemson’s Outdoor Laboratory. Angela received her B. A. in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario, a post graduate professional diploma in Gerontology from The University of Waterloo and one in Therapeutic Recreation from Georgian College. She completed her Master’s degree at UT and was the assistant director and director of Camp Koinonia in 2003 and 2004 respectively. Her research interests include older adults (cognitive/physical disabilities), adventure challenge courses, children with multiple disabilities, at-risk youth/delinquency, therapeutic recreation in public schools, therapeutic camping, and the Theory of Self-Determination.