Sarah Morgan – Executive Director

Sarah Morgan
Executive 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, son, Cameron, and Boston Terrier fur babies, Mugsy and Finnegan.
712-224-2267 ext. 100

Derek Bergman – Camp Director

Derek Bergman
Camp Director
Employed Since 2021

Derek Bergman has a passion for camp! He earned his degree in elementary education from Peru State College in Nebraska. Derek has been involved with summer camps for more than 20 years prior to arriving at Camp High Hopes. Twelve of those years have been in a full-time position. Derek loves the power of camp. He said, “We all learn something about ourselves and each other when we experience camp. Camp helps us push our perceived limits and grow beyond them.” Derek is excited to make camp accessible for everyone. Derek brings his wife, Amy, and their three kids, Tava, Kaden, and Kyler with him to Camp High Hopes.
Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 102

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.
Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 101

Ashley Ayala
Program Director
Employed Since 2022

Ashley is a graduate from Ferris State University with a major in Criminal Justice and DeVry University with a major in Technical Management. She comes with experience in working with the homeless youth population and working at previous summer camps in Michigan, where she is from. Ashley believes that being outdoors and enjoying nature is the best medicine. She is adventurous at heart and enjoys hiking, backpacking, white water rafting, gardening, and bonfires! She plans to one day to start her own practice bringing the outdoors to service youth and families with mental health issues. She brings with her to camp her husband, Aaron, and her two standard poodles, Auggie and Axel.
Phone: 712-224-2267 ext 105

Amy Bergman
Employed Since 2021

Amy Bergman is a graduate from Sioux City’s very own Morningside University. She has been involved in camping since the summer of 2002. She is bringing a wealth of knowledge from prior camping experiences. Amy has served as a volunteer, summer counselor, and in a variety of seasonal positions at previous camps. During her time working in the elementary school system, she enjoyed the challenge of working with children with special needs and loved watching them succeed academically and socially. Amy has always dreamed of working at a camp year-round and is excited to have the opportunity to do so at Camp High Hopes!
712-224-2267 ext. 108

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.

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