Board of Directors
Don grew up on an Iowa farm working with animals and getting to know nature. With degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science, Don spent a decade designing aircraft and space vehicles in St. Louis, followed by a decade based in Kansas City designing and supporting this country’s first ATMs. During the last two decades of his career, Don traveled nationwide as a bank operations consultant based in Dallas where he still lives.
Since retiring, Don has managed Red Cross disaster shelters, conducted accelerated learning workshops for the American Society of Training and Development, made presentations at freethought events, served as a Board member of the Fellowship of Freethought in Dallas, supported CQ OK as the 2012 Assistant Director, and supported CQ TX as the 2012 Director. In December, Don supplements his retirement income as a real bearded Santa. (As Santa Don puts it, it just doesn’t get any better than getting paid to talk with kids.)
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:
Bob’s connection to Camp Quest started in 2008 when he passed by a Camp Quest table at the American Atheists national convention in Minneapolis. Bob signed up to volunteer for Camp Quest Minnesota’s 2008 session, and he has considered camp the best thing he does ever since.
In his non-camp life, Bob is an IT engineer and works extensively with various nonprofits. Bob has served on the board of multiple organizations and has a strong background in organizational structure and governance. Bob spends his free time in diverse ways when he actually has it, and they can usually be stereotyped as extremely nerdy. In his native habitat, he can be seen wearing a tiara, gifted to him by a camper in honor of his camp nickname, “Princess Bob.”
Katie Gaines is the Volunteer Coordinator and a Member at Large on the board of Freethinkers Association of Central Texas in San Antonio. She has worked multiple clerical and administrative assistant positions within the healthcare system. She now focuses on volunteering and being involved in her local community. She also serves as the Parliamentarian on the board of the PTA at her daughter’s elementary school.
In 2015, Katie volunteered at Camp Quest Texas as a counselor for the very first time. The experience was enough to make her want to be involved for the long haul and she is thrilled to be a part of the future of CQTx.
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 Director of Infrastructure and Data Security in the DFW area with over 20 years of experience in architecture, infrastructure operations, and strategic planning of technology solutions.
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.