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Our team is committed to living out Hopewell's mission by providing a welcoming and comfortable space for all to enjoy! Feel free to send us a message to say "hi" or with any questions. 

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David Mills

David joined the team at Camp Hopewell in May of 2023. He grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas and loves calling the south his home. David completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Arkansas. He spent a year as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Northern Ireland and later returned to receive a master's degree in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice from Queen's University Belfast. David is a lifelong Presbyterian who has previously spent time working in churches and camp and conference centers in Arkansas, Texas, South Carolina, and New Mexico. In his free time, David enjoys his ABCs: archery, backpacking, and calling the Hogs.

Executive Director

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Elissa Rayburn

Elissa joined the staff of Camp Hopewell in January 2023. Elissa is currently a senior at the University of Mississippi studying Behavioral Neuroscience. At the University of Mississippi, Elissa is currently researching the avian brain, and she enjoys reading mysteries, spending time with friends and family, doing fun craft projects, and becoming a fried pickle connoisseur in her free time.


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Lindsay Hall

Lindsay joined full-time staff at Hopewell in February of 2021 after 4 summers on camp staff and 3 years on maintenance. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. Lindsay currently serves as our American Red Cross certified Lifeguard Instructor. She also enjoys managing Camp's social media and flying the drone. When she is not at camp, you can find Lindsay hanging out anywhere with water, talking about her cat, Mia, and visiting her large family in Ripley, MS. 

Program Director

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Tori Puckett

Tori Puckett joined Camp Hopewell in August 2018.  She graduated from The University of Mississippi with a degree in Hospitality Management.  She and her husband owned and operated a local restaurant and catering business for 14 years.  They also have 3 beautiful children Sarah, Coleson and Ridge.  All 3 of the Puckett children enjoy coming to Hopewell as campers each summer! Tori loves cooking, gardening, sewing and spending time with friends and family.

Food Service Director

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Robert Hall

Robert joined the full-time staff at Hopewell in August of 2020. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in History.  Robert is no stranger to Hopewell, he was a camper from 2006 to 2012 and then worked on summer staff from 2017 to 2020. He currently holds Level 2 Challenge Course Certification, which allows him to work on Hopewell's course.  He can normally be seen around camp doing maintenance while listening to NBA podcasts.  

Site Director

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Goldie arrived at Camp in September of 2019 and has been a friendly face around our site ever since. She is friendly, has all her shots, and is fed high quality food, so we ask that you do not feed her people food. We do hope you'll pet her if you feel so called - she loves friends! 

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The backbone of our summer camp programs is our summer staff! Each Summer, Hopewell hires young adults to care for & empower campers during their week at camp.

Potential staff members apply for a position, are interviewed by our director, undergo a background and reference check, and experience two full weeks of intensive staff training to prepare them for all of the fun that summer camp brings!

To find out more information on what it is like to work on summer staff, or to apply for a position, click here

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