Meet the Staff

Michael Johnson ‘Mr. Purple’ – Director

Michael grew up in Garden City, a small town in western Kansas.  After college Michael, a proud Kansas State graduate, worked in New England camping for over a decade. Michael got his start as the Athletic Director at Camp Waziyatah. He then moved on to Camp Wekeela, where he stayed for seven years as the Head Counselor. Finally he graciously accepted the position of Assistant Director at Camp Caribou. While at Camp Wekeela, Michael met his wife Erika.  They have two daughters, Maya and Annika, who absolutely adore summer camp. Michael loves traveling around the country with his family in their spare time. As previously mentioned, he loves all things Kansas State, he and his girls spend time in Manhattan, KS following everything from football to track & field. One of his daughters wants to be a K-State basketball player and the other wants to be the mascot. Michael can also be found playing a sport with a ball of some sort whether it be golf, tennis, basketball or Australian Rules Football; he loves them all. Michael is thrilled to be working with Camp Fire and is excited to get to know and love Iowa.


Owen Ballard ‘Mr. Berry’ – Assistant Director


Owen was born and raised in Des Moines. He grew up attending Camp Fire and Camp Hantesa programs all the way through high school. After high school, Owen began working at Camp Hantesa; first as a general counselor and later as the LC/Apprentice Director. Owen is currently a senior at Iowa State where he is studying Biology and Child, Adult, and Family Services.

In his spare time he enjoys hiking, canoeing, and camping; especially with his puppy, Robin. Owen is very excited to begin working more with Camp Fire and is looking forward to many great summers ahead!


Kalsa Parker ‘Miss Juni’ – Naturalist


Kalsa is from Des Moines, Iowa and grew up attending Camp Fire day camps. During high school she spent time volunteering with Camp Fire and completed Camp Hantesa’s Apprentice program. While in college she spent her summers working as a Camp Counselor both at Hantesa and abroad at an English language immersion camp on the sunny coast of Croatia, and later came back to Hantesa as the Day Camp Coordinator in 2015. Kalsa recently graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. After graduation she moved to the East Coast and spent the summer working for Vermont Fish and Wildlife teaching Environmental Education at Green Mountain Conservation Camp. She has returned to Des Moines and is looking forward to teaching youth about the natural resources in her home state of Iowa and getting them excited to be in the outdoors! Kalsa also loves to travel, be outside camping, hiking, rock climbing and all things acrobatic.


Kallie Fish ‘Miss Sully’ – Program Intern

unknownI’m Kallie and I’m from a small town near Seattle, Washington. I grew up going to Camp Killoqua. I have enjoyed being involved in the various aspects of camp my whole life. I hope to continue working with Camp Fire and youth.