Jack “Chip” Ellena Jr. & “Mamma” Jody
Jack “Chip” Ellena Jr. is the son of Mountain Meadow Ranch founders Jack and Jacquie Ellena. Chip and his wife Jody have served as camp directors since 1989. Chip grew up here at Mountain Meadow. He holds a B.A degree in Fine Arts. It is his daily goal to check in with each camper. Jody is the perfect match & complement as the camp Mom. She is Director of T.L.C.(Tender Love for Campers) and as a mother of three can readily relate to all aspects of a young person’s time away from home, both from the camper’s and the parent’s point of view. Mountain Meadow Ranch is home for Chip & Jody year round and summer camp is their life. They are thrilled to be a family business, in the truest sense, with all three of their daughters involved!
Brandon & Katherine Whitestone
Brandon – Staff Director & Ranch Manager
Brandon was born and raised locally. With his background developing youth leadership with young people, studying youth ministries at Masters College. Brandon is an ideal addition to the MMR team serving as a Staff Director as well as a Ranch Manager. Brandon is a natural born leader that brings out the best in the staff. Brandon has a passion for life that is contagious and he is devoted to promoting the heart of Mountain Meadow.
Katherine – Staff & Program Director
Katherine was born and raised at Mountain Meadow Ranch and understands all aspects of the camp experience. She has true empathy for both campers and staff. As the Camp Shepherd she nurtures the heart of camp, overseeing the welfare of individuals. As such, she is passionate about the implementation of our Aj Yepekanbe Philosophy. She is a certified ACA Camp Director.
Isaac & Sarah “Joy” & Leo & Josephine Colavecchio
Media and Marketing Directors
Sarah Joy is the oldest of Jack & Jody’s three daughters and works with Isaac from their home in Olympia, Washington. They work to create and spread the culture of camp through social media and other forms of communication during the months when our camp family is scattered all around the world.
Anna Marie Ellena
Administrator and Co-Director
B.A. Honors Psychology with Human Services Certificate
Anna has a lifetime of camp experience, growing up at MMR took her from camper to counselor, kitchen manager to director. Studying Psychology with hands on experience garnered through a Human Services certificate program equipped her with an empathic worldview that she takes into her work at camp. Her favorite thing is working directly with the entire camp family, from parents to staff and campers. You’ll hear from her often as she processes enrollments, tuition, and registration as well as runs our in-summer “Parent Hot Line.”
Chris joined Mountain Meadow Ranch as a counselor back in 1987. He has made a career of serving the campers and families of Mountain Meadow Ranch. He is an invaluable member of the Mountain Meadow Ranch team and his work touches every part of camp. Chris is a credentialed teacher with a Bachelor’s Degree from Chico State in Broadcasting and Education