Meet our team

Camp Fire Leadership

Barbara Dunnam

Executive Director

Barbara Dunnam has over twenty-five years experience with youth serving non-profit organizations.  She has provided consulting and resource development experience to organizations across the country and has worked for non-profit organizations in Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas and Texas.  


Barbara has her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas Little Rock where she majored in community health, history and political science, in addition, she has completed her master’s  degree in non-profit administration from North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.


Barbara has held many leadership and board positions over the years in community action and legislative advocacy. Barbara led the efforts for the Afterschool-Alliance in Arkansas. Under Barb’s leadership, they were the first state to successfully receive the full support of increased funding for after-school from both the House and Senate in Washington, D.C.


Barbara now calls Central Texas home where she lives with her family in Buda.


Eric Imhof

Director of Operations

Eric Imhof is an educator and environmentalist with a passion for learning and teaching about ecosystems. He grew up taking day hikes along the Appalachian Trail in central Pennsylvania, and has since retained his love for outdoor activities and explorations. With a Master’s of Art in Community Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Eric also has experience integrating art and creative expression into programs with both kids and adults. He believes it is vital to teach the scientific method as a way to promote problem solving and teamwork, and to give kids the tools they need to become leaders in their families, schools, and communities. His favorite animal is a raven because they can – among other things – take complex tasks and break them down into simple, achievable steps.

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Katy Mendez 

Director of Programs

Katy Mendez is an educator and outdoor enthusiast. She earned her bachelors degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has a passion for working with kids of all different ages and backgrounds. She has worked in the education field for 17 years starting with after school programs at 18. She worked for AISD for a few years helping resource students. She enjoys community engagement and working with a variety of programs to get kids engaged in nature. Her love for the outdoors started when she would go hiking and camping in college. She loves to go out West. She has camped in multiple National Forests in New Mexico and all over Texas. Her favorite park in Texas is Big Bend National Park. " There is a sort of magic that you only can get out West." She is a native Texan and resides in Bastrop, Texas with her partner Andrea and their two dogs. When not working she enjoys kayaking, cooking, camping, rock collecting, hiking, and birding. 


Jacquelyn Aguilar

Program coordinator 

Jacquelyn Aguilar is an educator and freelance artist. Originally from Houston, TX, Jacquelyn graduated from The University of Houston with a bachelor's degree in Corporate Communications. She volunteered at The Epilepsy Foundation of Texas, for seven years, where she was able to begin her work with children at Camp Spike 'N' Wave and Camp For All. She continues to serve the community by providing educational opportunities for children and their families, while maintaining a bridge of communication between the English and Spanish communities. Currently, she developed a partnership with The Austin Public Library, who accompany her in our "Play to Learn" classes. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, visiting different parks, kayaking, painting, and being with family.

Camp Fire Board of Directors

President: Diana Wheeler, Austin Energy

Vice President: Dawn Evans, Owner of Synergy Skin Care Spa

Treasurer: Shannon Chandler, Coyote Logistics

Director: Carah-Beth Bass, Allison, Bass and Magee, LLP

Director: Marya Fowler, National Wildlife Federation

Director: James Murphy, Texas Parks and Wildlife

Director: Beth Fagin Payan, Travis County District Attorney

Director: Michael Wellner, BB&T

Director: Raul Lopez, Texas Legislative Study Group

Director: Monica Armendariz, Owner of Monica Armendariz Consulting

Director: Nicole Klepadlo, Owner of Camping Season Supply

Director: Nicole Renaux, Pioneer Wealth Management Group