Our Board of Directors
Christina Beckwith, PharmD
President, Executive Director
Wapiti Mama has almost 30 years of experience working with Camp Hobé and has been Executive Director since 2003, overseeing all our programs. She caught the volunteer bug as a teenager and has also volunteered for the 2002 Summer Games and at camps for kids with asthma and muscular dystrophy. She believes that Camp Hobé is the best place on Earth!
Mary Ann Owens, MSW, MBA
Mary Ann joined the Camp Hobé board in 2018 and is excited to join the team. She has held clinical and operations leadership positions with healthcare management organizations including Aetna, ActiveHealth Management, Human Affairs International and Magellan. Mary Ann is married with two children. She and her family enjoy skiing, hiking, sailing, traveling and walking their dogs. Mary Ann’s community involvement includes Girl Scouts of Utah camps and as a long-time sponsor family for the Niños of Skis program. She has also participated in corporate sponsorships supporting the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and the American Lung Association in Utah. Originally from Upstate New York, Mary Ann has lived in Park City for 30 years.
Kathy Boben, RN
Kathy joined the Board in 2009 and has been the board Chairperson since 2016. She is Registered Nurse at Primary Children’s Hospital in the Immunocompromised Care (ICS) Unit. She has also become a familiar face at Camp Hobé , volunteering her time there as part of the onsite medical staff, beginning in 1995. She has also been a volunteer at Operation Sunshine since 2007. Kathy received her BSN from St. Joseph’s College in Maine. One of her favorite activities is hiking in Utah.
Kellie is the Office Manager of a local custom software development firm in Salt Lake City. She attended Camp Hobé as a sibling camper in the early 1990’s and has always held a special place for Camp Hobé in her heart. She is excited to have joined the board in 2020.
Mark joined our board in 2019. He is currently the Executive Director of Supply Chain at Mity Lite inc in Orem Utah. He has over 25 years of experience in Supply Chain with multiple international companies in Utah where he has been instrumental in developing strategy, implementing complex sourcing initiatives, improving supplier relationships, developing Lean methodology for the office, overseeing the purchasing and inventory of millions of dollars of inventory, and executing strategy to improve the Total Cost of Ownership to the organization. Mark is active in his profession as a volunteer leader, currently the local Chapter President for APICS/ASM the association for Supply Management, he holds 2 professional certifications; CPIM Certified Production Inventory Control with APICS and CPM- Certified Purchasing Manager with the Institute of Supply Management. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Nebo Credit Union located in Utah County. He graduated with a BA in Management from the University of Phoenix. Mark currently lives in West Mountain with his wife Kristin, they enjoy outdoors while horse riding and raising animals on the farm. They have two married daughters and one grand-daughter with another grand-baby on the way.
Garrett joined our board in 2019. He is the Community Outreach Manager of Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. His program assesses need for, implements, and evaluates cancer prevention education and community engagement efforts across Utah and the Mountain West. Garrett collaborates with internal clinical and research programs and external community partners to educate and address health equity in targeted populations with projects ranging from radon awareness and tobacco policy, to cancer screening, sun safety, and lifestyle factors related to primary prevention. Garrett received a bachelor of science in Public Health and a minor in Communications from Brigham Young University. He is a trained patient navigator, certified tobacco cessation facilitator, and is fluent in Spanish. In addition to his role at HCI, he serves on the executive committee of the Utah Cancer Action Network and as Vice-Chair of the Utah Tobacco Free Alliance.
Robert is the Chief Financial Officer of Sportsman’s Warehouse, an outdoor sporting goods retailer. He has over 30 years of financial management experience, in both public and private companies, ranging in size from small-cap enterprises to Fortune 100 companies. Robert earned a BA in Finance, with Honors, from Michigan State University, and an MBA in Finance from The University of Michigan. He joined our team in 2020 and looks forward to serving our campers.
Allison joined our Board in January 2017. She is the Vice President Branch Manager at Capital Community Bank. She has been in the banking business in Utah since 1993, working for various financial institutions. In addition to volunteering at Camp Hobé, Allison has served on the Board of Community Health Charities and is a President’s Ambassador for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.
Kameron Leon, LCSW
Kameron received his Master of Social Work degree and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health from the University of Utah. He is an Oncology Social Worker at Primary Children’s Hospital. Kameron has a special interest working with Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) and is currently collaborating on the AYA planning committee of an Intermountain Healthcare/Huntsman Cancer Institute collaboration. Kameron co-created the first AYA Connections group which incorporates social and educational activities for the AYA cancer community. Kameron has presented at the national conference of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers on mindfulness meditation as well as his experience as a graduate student on a training grant from the American Cancer Society. He has won numerous awards for his work and enjoys being an advocate for all.
Austin is the CEO of RetouchUp, a photo editing company serving photographers and photo labs nationwide. He has an MBA from UVU, and a BA in Spanish. He attended Camp Hobé as a sibling camper in 1994. He joined the Camp Hobé board in 2018.
Neela Pack, JD
Neela joined the Board of Directors of Camp Hobé in 2020. Neela is a corporate attorney and counsels emerging growth companies from formation to exit with respect to a variety of matters, including formation and structuring, equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general corporate and business matters and advises venture capital and private equity funds with regard to investing in and selling emerging growth and mature companies.
Sara Petersen, CCLS
Sara joined our board in 2020 and works as a Certified Child Life Specialist at Primary Children’s Hospital, Riverton Campus. After completing her bachelor’s degree at The University of Iowa in Child Life, she transitioned out of the hospital setting to work full-time as the camp director for Camp Heart Connection, a camp program for oncology patients and siblings in Iowa. Following that, she worked at The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital as a Child Life Specialist before moving to Utah! As a long-time camp staff member, the opportunity to become involved with Camp Hobé feels like the perfect fit to apply her love for camp and her child life background to campers and families in Utah.
Rebecca joined the Camp Hobé board in 2018. She was born and raised in northern Virginia but has lived in Utah for about 25 years. She is a graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and has worked in human resources her entire career, currently at a Salt Lake City nonprofit that works to reduce risk to the security and reliability of the western interconnection of the electric grid. Rebecca is the mom of four kids and stepmom to two more. After many years of one-off volunteering for various organizations, she is looking forward to dedicating her spare time to one worthy cause.
Belinda “Bel” Thayn, CCLS
Bel joined our board in 2020. She is the Certified Child Life Specialist at Castleview Hospital in Price, Utah. After graduating from the University of Utah with a bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies, she saw a need for psychosocial care for children in rural Utah and worked to create the first child life program in Eastern Utah. She is passionate about helping children cope with hospitalization, procedures, illness and injury. Belinda is also actively involved with the Life Is Good Foundation as a LIG Playmaker, and The PeaceLove Foundation as a Certified PeaceLove Creator. These associations help her bring playfulness, joy and peace of mind to both her patients and community members.
Cory joined our board in 2019 as a Parent Representative. He is a Mechanical Engineer who is active in the commercial construction industry as Technical Sales Engineer. All four of his children have been campers at Camp Hobe and two have been volunteer counselors in training – Tim (a pediatric cancer survivor) and Makayla. He brings a unique perspective to the board regarding the difficulties the campers and their families face.