Chris Liberto
Executive Director
Employed Since 2016

Chris Liberto is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Prior to joining Camp High Hopes, Chris helped lead a health and well-being initiative called the Blue Zones Project.  The majority of Chris’s professional career came in broadcast journalism where he spent 10 years as a news and sports anchor for ABC.  Chris serves on the board for Mid-Step services and has helped found organizations like the Pier Center for Autism and 100+ Men Who Care.  Chris was also recognized as a “Ten Under 40” award recipient in 2016 for his work in the community.  Chris and his wife Jenna live in Dakota Dunes, SD and have three young children named Hunter, Quinn & Kennedy.

cliberto@camphighhopes.com
Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 100

Stephen Fasnacht
Camp Director
Employed Since 2018

Stephen Fasnacht started working at camps for people with special needs in high school. He worked at the Boy’s and Girl’s Club Camp after high school. During the summers while attending the University of Missouri, Stephen worked at another special needs camp in the Catskill Mountains of New York. After college, he joined the staff at Camp Courageous of Iowa to get camping out of his system. After being a counselor, nature director, adventure specialist, lifeguard and eventually Asst. Program Director, he realized that was never going to happen. Stephen loves working in such positive environments with people that have special needs, because camp never tells people what is impossible to achieve. It doesn’t matter if you have a disability or not, we can all sing, dance, play, and do things we never thought possible. He is the proud father of two boys. He has also volunteered as an EMT and helped at animal shelters. He loves biking, running, and being outdoors.

sfasnacht@camphighhopes.com
Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 102

Sarah Morgan
Advancement Director
Employed Since 2016

Sarah Morgan is graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, but is originally from Colorado. She holds degrees in Broadcast Journalism and French. She started her broadcasting career at KMEG 14 in Sioux City where she met her husband, Travis. After getting married, they moved to Omaha, but they missed their family, friends, and home in Sioux City and moved back. Sarah was the morning anchor at KTIV News 4 for four years. After 12 years in the TV biz, Sarah decided it was time for a change. Sarah began working at Camp High Hopes in March of 2016. She and Travis live in South Dakota with their daughter, Cate, new baby boy, Cameron, and a fur baby Boston Terriers, Mugsy.

smorgan@camphighhopes.com
712-224-2267 ext. 107

Rhianna Tousignant-Hanley
Health Care Director
Employed Since 2016

Anna Tousignant-Hanley joined the staff at Camp High Hopes as the Health Care Director in March 2019 after working at camp as a nurse since September 2016. She loves being surrounded by the smiles and positivity provided by the campers and staff. She earned her diploma in Practical Nursing through ECPI University in Northern Virginia and after 7 years of practicing nursing in Virginia and Georgia, she returned home to the Midwest to be closer to family. Anna and her husband, Eddie, have 3 adorable and very spoiled fur babies, Harley, Oliver, and Buster.  She enjoys music, reading, crafts, puzzles, and spending time with her husband fishing or riding on the motorcycle.

rtousignant@camphighhopes.com
Phone: 712-224-2267 ext. 103

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.

Teresa Brus
Office Manager
Employed Since 2017

Teresa Brus is a graduate of Western Iowa Tech Community College with an Associates Degree in accounting. Originally from Harlan, Iowa, she has lived and worked in the Sioux City area since graduating from WIT. After 20 years of working for BPI Technology, Teresa decided it was time for a change and went to what she considers her dream job, Camp High Hopes. She lives in Sioux City with her two teenage sons, Matthew and Christopher, and their dog, Cooper. Teresa was also involved with Sioux City-Westside Little League as their treasurer for a number of years. Teresa loves the outdoors and volunteers when she can.

tbrus@camphighhopes.com
Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 101

Samantha Martin
Program 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 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.

smartin@camphighhopes.com
Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 105

Emily Wark
Assistant Program Director
Employed Since 2017

Emily Wark graduated from Eastern Washington University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She has worked at camps for people with serious illnesses across the United States from Washington to Georgia. She has worked with campers in outdoor recreation and creative arts. Emily moved from the Puget Sound in Washington to settle in the Loess Hills of Iowa in late 2017. Emily joined camp as a seasonal counselor and now plans and helps with facilitating weekend camps as well as summer sessions.

ewark@camphighhopes.com
Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 104

 

Melissa De Kok
Registrar
Employed Since 2019

Melissa De Kok started working at Camp High Hopes in 2019 after spending most of her time in customer service roles. Finally realizing there is no better role than one that allows you to be involved with people from all backgrounds and abilities, she decided to try a new path and joined Camp High Hopes. She currently lives in Sioux City with her two daughters, Brianna and Kennedy, and their German Shepard, Lola. When she isn’t balancing activities with the kids, she enjoys puzzles, Pinterest projects, and anything outdoors.

mdekok@camphighhopes.com
Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 108