YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow

OUR CFA Leadership Team

Wendy Mieske
Executive Director

Wendy loves camp!  She started going to camp at the age of 11 and has not missed a summer yet.  That makes over 30 years of camp!  A Michigan native, she has also spent time working and volunteering at camps in Indiana and most recently Wisconsin. Her favorite things about camp are the feeling of community and belonging, giving campers and staff a place to shine, and CAMPFIRES! 

Wendy married her husband Fred 15 years ago beside Blackman Lake at YMCA Camp Potawotami (in Indiana.)  They have two amazing kids— Wesley (age 13) and Rebecca (age 10) who are also huge fans of camp.  The whole family is beyond excited to be a part of CFA.  In her free time Wendy enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family, teaching children’s Bible Classes at church and watching ice hockey.. GO RED WINGS!

ashley henry
Business Manager

Ashley’s life is all about camp.. literally. She grew up just down the road from CFA at another summer camp! Ashley went to high school in Ingram and went on to attend college at Texas Tech University.  Ashley was a camper for ten years and a counselor for over three. She truly has a passion for camp and what it’s all about. She believes camp is about changing lives, making memories and being the person the Lord intended you to be— yourself! Growing up at a camp, she called it the “camp bubble.”

After graduating college with a degree in Psychology, she married her high school sweetheart, Nathan, in 2006. After living in Tucson Arizona, Houston and Austin, it was time to get back “home”. In October 2013, her husband was offered a job at her family camp as the boys director! Ashley has always felt like the Texas Hill Country is their home and could not be more excited to be back and working in the camp world. Ashley and her husband have two children, Blake and Caroline, and they are already loving life here in the heart of the Hill Country.


Adam Ayres


After about a year and half, away Adam has come back to CFA and he couldn't be more excited! Adam is originally from Indiana but has spent much of the past 4 years here in the great state of Texas. After attending his first resident camp at 8 he knew camping is what he wanted to do forever and he hasn't missed a summer yet. Adam attended Indiana University to study Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management. He got his start in camping as a summer counselor and worked his way up through the system until he became a full-time staff member working with groups and conferences. He has been a day camp director and served as the summer camp program director at CFA. Now Adam is back at CFA and looking forward to helping kids grow through the camp experience.

Julia Cassill


Julia was born in California but grew up in San Antonio. She has been spending her summer at camps since she was four, but wasn’t a camper at CFA until she was twelve. Her twin sister was nominated for a leadership summer camp, so Julia decided to pick a different camp with different interests. Since then she has spent every summer at CFA. She was a camper for four years then transitioned through the leadership program into being a counselor. She spent every summer of her college career working at camp, where she was a camp counselor for two years, Pioneer Village Coordinator for one, then Assistant Director for two more. After she graduated from the McCombs Schools of Business at the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Finance and a minor in Management Information Systems she accepted a full time job here at Camp Flaming Arrow.  She is excited to live at camp, the best place in the world, full-time and to continue impacting the summer experience for campers and staff alike.



Ashley has spent a lot of time at different camps across Texas. She started her camping journey at YMCA Hamman Ranch Camp as a camper. There her love for camp grew and she knew this was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She was a camper at Hamman for 4 years, and once it closed she started working at different camps across Texas. She has worked at 6 different camps throughout her camping career, with one of her favorite jobs being a Survival Instructor for Bear Grylls Survival Academy at YMCA Camp Cullen. While continuing to work at camps, she has also been studying Mathematics at Sam Houston State University (Eat 'em up Kats!) and will be graduating in the Fall of 2017. She has been working at CFA since the Summer of 2012, and is excited to be here with her dog Gunther. Her favorite thing about CFA is the family-feel you get due to being a small enough camp where you can get to know everyone.

Vicky Bates
Summer camp MANAGER

Vicky traveled across the pond from Wigan, England to be here. She wanted to work in America with kids, so she applied through Camp Leaders and ended up getting placed at CFA! She was first a camp counselor in 2013 and fell in love with the job, the people, and the camp. She has worked for CFA for the last five summers and is now the Summer Camp Manager on an 18-month visa. Vicky loves working at camp as she loves to see the joy it brings to so many! Her favorite activity is the water slide, though she loves all aquatic activities on the Guadalupe River. She adopted her dog Gizmo in May of 2017 and he loves being at camp with her. She studided drama at college and now has a BA Honors in Performance for Stage and Screen from Sheffield Hallam University. 

Cassie whately
retreats Manager

Cassie grew up in the Great Lakes State. She has been going to camp for as long as she can remember, whether it was a day camp in the form of Vacation Bible School or like now working at camp. CFA is the forth camp she has worked for. She worked for Living Water Ministries through the two camps it had for 5 summers, an at no cost camp for children who can't afford camp called Pretty Lake Vacation Camp for 1 summer, and a different YMCA Camp for 2 years. She attended Central Michigan University where she got her Bachelors in Recreation, Parks and Leisure. Fun fact about her is is she lived on an uninhabited island for a week.

Mallory Lengel
Equestrian Manager

Mallory grew up in Maryland riding and working with horses. She has competed in hunter, jumper, dressage and games competitions. She has given advanced beginner/beginning intermediate riding lessons privately and with a lesson barn, and worked with children with developmental disabilities through a therapeutic riding program. She also has worked with many young and green horses and ponies and enjoys creating bonds with them and overcoming the challenges they pose. Mallory moved to TX from the Outer Banks of North Carolina where she managed a kite shop for an action adventure company. While in the OBX she learned to hang glide, surf and fly sport and power kites. Here in Texas, she enjoys playing Roller Derby with Kerr County Roller Derby. 

Lollie Mata
Head cook

Lollie loves working in the beautiful Hill Country at YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow. She has been living in Kerrville since 1978, but has been at CFA since 2014. She makes our awesome meals, with her specialty being enchiladas and Magic Bars. She enjoys being at camp, working with our wonderful team and making new friends!

Property Manager


Jorge is our Man of all Trades. He is orginally from Mirando City, but has been in the Kerrville area since 2000. He has been working at CFA for 6 years now, and he enjoys making sure that camp is in working order and looking great. He is married to Asha and together they have four kids; Jorja, Aryn, Noe and Eli. When he isn't working he likes to support the Broncos and go hunting.

Ben Cranford
Maintenance technician


Ben is originally from the Kerrville area, but he spent 7 years in Wisconsin before he moved back to Texas and started working at CFA in our Maintenance Department. He wanted to work outside making CFA to and everything look great. He is married to April and they enjoy living in the Hill Country. In his spare time he likes to play the guitar and support the Cowboys.


YMCA Mission

To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs
that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

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