Leadership & Staff

Ali Langseth

Employed since 2009

Ali Langseth is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with a degree in Speech Language Pathology and Psychology.  In the fifteen years prior to leading Camp High Hopes in Sioux City, Ali managed the sales and training teams for a Fortune 500 company in South Dakota, and, in addition, provided direct care for individuals with disabilities and fundraised for non-profits in South Dakota and Iowa.  Ali leads the Camp High Hopes team by providing the executive management for the organization, including managing the development needs of the camp, working with the volunteer Board of Directors to define the strategy and vision of the organization, as well as working with her staff to ensure the mission of the organization is met.  Ali resides in the Sioux City area with her husband Wayne and their daughter Anna.  Contact Ali regarding the camp’s capital improvement needs, how you can help the camp fulfill its vision, and partnership opportunities.

Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 100

Jonathan Mauk
Camp Director

Employed since 2012

Jonathan Mauk is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Prior to joining Camp High Hopes, he served several years as the director of a special needs camp in New Jersey. He currently manages Camp High Hopes’ program to ensure it is safe, fun, and appropriate to the camper’s age and abilities. Contact Jonathan for questions about camper registration, camp sessions, program activities, group rentals, and employment/volunteer opportunities within the Program Department.

Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 102

Samantha Martin
Asst. Camp Director

Employed since 2013

Samantha Martin is a graduate of Georgian College and Redeemer University College with an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation. Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Samantha first joined Camp High Hopes as a Program Intern and is now helping to lead our camp as the Assistant Program Director. Prior to Camp High Hopes, Samantha worked in both camp and non-camp programs focused on adaptive recreation, including therapeutic horseback riding. Contact Samantha for questions regarding our camp & respite sessions, seasonal employment opportunities, and camp enrollment.

Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 105

Meghan McClure
Health Care Manager

Employed since 2012

Meghan McClure is a graduate of St. Luke’s College and is a Registered Nurse (RN). Prior to joining Camp High Hopes she worked for years as a nurse supervisor for a youth shelter and a nurse at a children’s hospital. Meghan now oversees the camp’s medical center and the health care needs of the campers and the employees. Contact Meghan for questions about how the camp can provide the specialized medical care for your child or loved one while they are at camp.

Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 103

Donna Shea
Office Manager

Employed since 2010

Donna is a graduate of the Spencer School of Business with a diploma in medical clerical reception.  Donna joins the team to manage the business office and office support staff in order to ensure an efficient and productive business office.  Donna and her team are the first staff you will interact with when you call or visit the camp.  Contact Donna for information pertaining to accounts payable, camper registration paperwork, Medicaid reimbursement information and general camp information.

Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 101

Becky Ryan
Program Specialist

Employed since 2013

Becky is a graduate of the University of South Dakota with a degree in Biology.  Becky joins our team as an experienced and certified lifeguard and Environmental Education leader.  Prior to joining Camp High Hopes Becky, worked at Upham Woods Outdoor Education Center in Wisconsin as a Teaching Naturalist, leading Project, Wet, Project Wild, Project Flying Wild, and Learning Tree programs.  Becky brings her ingenuity and creativity to the table in helping to develop, design, and implement programs at the camp.

Phone: 712-224-227 ext 104

Dr. Thomas Wente
Volunteer Medical Director

Volunteer Since 2012

Siouxland Native, Dr. Thomas Wente, earned his degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines.  As a provider of family practice medicine, Dr. Wente has been in practice with Family Health Care of Siouxland clinics in South Sioux City, NE and Moville, IA.  Dr. Wente provides knowledge, direction and oversight to the camp’s medical policies and procedures and is accessible to the camp’s onsite medical staff to help in guiding them as they care for the medical needs of individual campers.