Board of Directors
As the father of three sons, John has been involved in youth activities for most of his adult life. He held multiple roles at the Pack, Troop, and Council level with the Boy Scouts of America, including running some of the Council’s largest camping and training events every year. He severed his relationship with Scouting in late 2013 after finally coming out as an atheist. For the past few years, John has been involved with the Dallas area freethought community including volunteering at the CQTX summer camp, assisting with a number of management-level tasks for CQTX, and attending national events such as the Reason Rally and the Camp Quest Leaders Retreat. Professionally, John is an Infrastructure Architect and Project Manager in the DFW area with over 20 years of experience in architecture, infrastructure operations, and strategic planning of technology solutions.
Zachary was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, but got to Texas as quickly as he could. Trained as a molecular biologist at the University of Cincinnati, he now works as a medical writer and consultant. For the past decade, he has been an active leader in the freethought community of Dallas/Fort Worth, serving on the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Freethought in Dallas, as the Coordinator of the Dallas/Fort Worth Coalition of Reason, and as Treasurer for the Foundation Beyond Belief. He has also been responsible for producing the “Evolution 101” and “Apologia” podcasts, and currently blogs at The Doubting Thomases.
Since volunteering with the first Camp Quest Texas in 2009, Zach has served as a media liaison, webmaster, photographer, videographer, registrar, and counselor.
Chelsea Pavey has been involved with Camp Quest since 1997. Chelsea spent several years as a camper at Camp Quest Ohio, moved up to be a counselor there, served as Program Director and is currently the Camp Director. Chelsea also helped in the inaugural years of Chesapeake and South Carolina serving as Assistant Camp Director at both camps. She currently serves as the Secretary on the Camp Quest National board, and the local boards for Ohio, the Southeast Region, and Texas. She is also a pro animal noise maker while at camp. She is excited to see more children grow up with Camp Quest as she did.
During the part of the year that Chelsea is not at a Camp Quest, she works in customer service in the DFW metroplex. She currently holds a degree in Managerial Science from Georgia State. As a new Texas resident she spends her free time exploring the area, knitting, and following Atlanta sports.
Other Board Members:
Kyle and his family have been active members of Camp Quest Texas since 2014. That first year, he and his wife volunteered and their three oldest children attended as campers. Now, the entire family will be at camp with a total of four adult volunteers and four campers. Kyle has served as a cabin counselor and camp director as well as helping with the registration software and website management. He and his family are also active members of Fellowship of Freethought Dallas where he and his wife have served in various leadership roles.
Larry is an attorney, and for the past several years he has helped Camp Quest Texas with contracts, insurance, and other legal matters. His memberships include Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. He recently helped the Metroplex Atheists get incorporated and create bylaws. He is also a past President of Home for the Holidays Texas, Inc., an organization that raises money for AIDS services. As an attorney with a Dallas law firm, Larry works with attorneys across the country to conduct research, evaluate cases, formulate litigation strategy, and prepare appellate and trial briefs in federal and state courts, including the highest courts of Texas, New York, California, and Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he was Editor in Chief of the Iowa Law Review and a Presidential Scholar.
Jason was born and raised in Texas, and moved to Fort Worth after being stationed in Alaska in the US Air Force. He has worked as an occupational safety and risk management consultant for the last 12 years. He has a B.S. in Biology, and is a Texas Master Naturalist.
Jason heard about Camp Quest Texas on a podcast in 2014, and signed his older son up to attend that day. The spirit of freethinking atmosphere of inclusivity made him want to help further the goals of the organization, so in 2015, he volunteered himself, working in the clinic. He volunteered for CQTX at the Apostacon convention in 2016, as well. Jason has acted as the Quartermaster for camp since 2016.
Carl Wessels, CPA
Carl is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Government Finance Officer. His greatest love is his wife and family. His favorite hobby is umpiring youth baseball, but he is also a private pilot, golfer, blue belt in karate, computer geek, expert blackjack and poker player, and successful stock market investor. Carl is a true jack-of-all-trades.