Meet The Directors

Owner Jack and Jody Ellena with daughters Sarah Joy, Anna Marie and Katherine

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.

Katherine Ellena-Whitestone

Staff & Program Director

Katherine was born and raised at Mountain Meadow Ranch and understands all aspects of the camp experience and life on the ranch. She has true empathy for campers and staff alike. As the Camp Shepherd she nurtures the heart of camp, overseeing the welfare of individuals. She is also passionate about the implementation of our Aj Yapekanbe Philosophy. She is a certified ACA Camp Director.

Brandon Whitestone

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 .

Breanna Owens

Program & Staff Director

Bre’s journey with Mountain Meadow began when she was just a wee eleven-year-old camper and she fell in love with camp. Because of the impact MMR had on her life, she joyfully works to provide the same experience for your young campers today. Bre’s light-hearted, get ‘er done attitude is a perfect fit for the ranch life at Mountain Meadow. Bre currently holds her Bachelors in Human Development with a Minor in Biology from Long Beach State, is an EMT, and enjoys giving horseback riding lessons in the off-season. She is also working to be a Physicians Assistant.

Sarah “Joy” Colavecchio

Administration Director

Sarah Joy is the oldest of Jack & Jody’s three daughters and serves Mountain Meadow as Administration Director from her home in Olympia, Washington. She enjoys walking with parents through each step of their camper’s registration. She has her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education and devotes herself to ensuring the success of each young campers experience at Mountain Meadow Ranch.

Chris Rauen

Communication Director

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

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