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Camp Fire First Texas Council announces 2022 Officers and Board

Written by Mindia Whittier

The organization envisions a community where every child has equitable access to quality learning opportunities.

Camp Fire First Texas Council announces a new slate of community members who are volunteering on its board this year, as well as the winner of the organization’s Chairman’s Award winner for 2021.

Anne Carvahlo has been elected as Camp Fire First Texas’ new chairman of the board. Carvahlo, the incoming Chairman, has served on the board in various capacities since 2017 as well as volunteering as a past Honor Chair and committee member for An Artists’ Christmas, the premier fundraising event for the organization. In addition to a new chairman, the organization also installed a new slate of officers, who also serve as the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee includes Vice Chair of Administration, Lisa Mares; Vice Chair of Financial Development, Jason McMillan; Vice Chair of Planning, Drenda Williams Witt; Treasurer, Robert Pike; and Secretary, Will Jung. One new board member, Drew Ruiz, was elected to his first three-year term. He joins returning board members-at-large Teresa Ayala, Katie Briggs, Dr. Christi Buell, Michelle Clark, Michelle Crim, Kim D’Avignon, Jason Helton, Clay Hooper, Jay Jackson, Donna James-Harvey, Will Jung, Dava Kaitala, Erma Lee, Aileen Milton, Myra Olivares-Urueta, Miranda Plusnick, Devin Sanders, Derrick Thomas, Carlos Walker and Doug White.

The 2021 Chairman’s award, given in 2022, was presented to member-at-large, Donna James-Harvey for her support and leadership. James-Harvey has served on the Camp Fire Board of Directors since 2016 and is the current Director of Racial Equity Fund at North Texas Community Foundation.

Camp Fire First Texas is one of the largest Camp Fire councils in the country and invests in North Texas communities by providing out-of-school time and outdoor learning programs for children and youth while also offering workforce development programs for the educators who care for them.

Camp Fire programs are uniquely focused on the two periods of greatest brain growth and development: early childhood and early adolescence. The organization leverages the impact of the outdoor environment on the brain to educate and connect children to each other and the world around them.

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Mindia Whittier