Wendy Mieske 

Executive Director
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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!

Julia Cassill

Summer Camp Program Director
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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 the camp, the best place in the world, full-time and to continue impacting the summer experience for campers and staff alike.


Equestrian Director
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MaryAshley McGibbon

MaryAshley grew up in the San Antonio area and has ridden horses her whole life. In college, she began working for Camp La Junta for Boys teaching riding where she met her husband, Dick. She has been involved with YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow since 2008. MaryAshley enjoys long-distance competitive trail riding and learning the fundamentals of dressage, as well as camping and hiking with her family. She has one young daughter, Leona, and a plethora of animals, including goats, horses, ponies, parrots, chickens, dogs, and cats. She has a Master's degree in Animal Science from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas and loves to spend time in that part of the state. 

Lollie Mata

Kitchen Manager

Lollie Mata -CFA Kitchen Manager


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
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Jorge Ramirez

Jorge is our Man of all Trades. He is originally 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.


Business Manager
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Monika Lopez

Monika is from San Antonio Texas. She got her start in camping as a summer counselor in 2014 and worked her way up through the system until she became a full-time staff member in 2018. Monika is currently working on her degree in Business Management at UTSA so she often works at both CFA and the YMCA Solution Center during a normal week. She is in charge of all financial assistance and registrations among other things. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring camp with her dog Opal, shopping at craft stores, and listening to podcasts.