Executive Director of Ministry
John, a native of New City, NY moved to The Pines in December 2007 with his wife Ronna and their three children, Brendan, Molly and Kiera from North Carolina. Before taking over at The Pines, John served the Lord in parish youth ministry for 10 years, most recently as youth director at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. John has a BA in English from Marywood University and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Caldwell College. John and Ronna dreamed of managing a Catholic camp and are overjoyed to lead this enthusiastically Catholic place. They believe wholeheartedly in the mission of The Pines and have blessed the camp with many gifts and talents over the course of their time here. Their energy and passion are reflected everyday in the life of camp. John loves The New York Mets, playing pickleball and anything Keto.
Since the Egans have moved here, the family has increased by three! They were blessed in November 2009 with Anna Elizabeth, in September 2013 with Lydia Rose, and in July 2015 with Stella Maris! For the summer time The Egan family can be found answering to: Big Tuna, Tootsie, Brendo, DeeDee, Special K, Minnie, Bitty, & Youtube.
Executive Director of Operations and Development
Rick Villarreal comes from a Catholic family of six boys whose mom took a job in a Catholic school cafeteria to make sure her children could receive a Catholic education. After graduating from St. John High School in Gulfport, Mississippi, he attended Southern Miss where he eventually earned a degree in Sports Administration with a minor in accounting. While there, he married his high school sweetheart and faith partner D’Lynn and have since welcomed their three children (Kimberly, Justin and Tony) and six grandchildren. After some time spent in ownership of eight Domino’s Pizza franchises, Rick began a collegiate football coaching career that led him to LSU and TCU. Here, he also ran summer camps and was involved in the formation and development of Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapters at each. In 1997, Rick returned to Southern Miss where he served as an Associate Athletic Director until being named Director of Athletics at The University of North Texas in 2001. During his over fifteen years at the helm, the program experienced unparalleled growth in academic success, gender equity, fundraising, post season appearances and facilities among others. While most consider the state-of the-art Apogee Football Stadium his crowning achievement, he revels most in the dramatic increase in graduation rates and the progress made in raising women’s athletics to a level of respectability.
Active in St. Mark’s Parish in Denton, Rick has served as an usher, lector/speaker, ACTS team member and has been active in the Knights of Columbus for nearly 40 years. Rick served most recently as Vice President of The Pines’ Board of Directors, and brings a wealth of knowledge of leadership, development, facilities, and organizational excellence. His excitement for our Catholic faith and the opportunity to serve children and their families brought him out of retirement, and we are so fortunate to have him in this role.
Kyle comes from the great state of Ohio but became a real Texan whenever he married his wife, Angela. The Hatfields moved to The Pines in late July of 2017. They both attended camps growing up and attribute much of their faith formation to these camps. After graduating from Franciscan University with a degree in Catechetics, he took a job as a youth minister in Houston, Texas. While there, he and his wife began to feel a call to do ministry together as a family. They found The Pines and knew this was exactly where God was wanting them. Living at camp full-time, they are able to carry out the mission of The Pines together.
Kyle and Angela have been blessed with two daughters, Elizabeth and Juliana, and are expecting their third child in Summer 2019! Kyle enjoys spending time with his growing family, grilling, fishing, playing guitar, and reading. Within an hour of being on camp Kyle received his camp name, "McCoy." He and his family look forward to many years serving the Lord at The Pines Catholic Camp!
Bridget, originally from southwest Missouri, now calls Texas home and is excited to be in the trenches of camp ministry at The Pines. After graduating from Northwest Missouri State with a bachelor's degree in biological psychology, Bridget found herself in east Texas as a missionary at the best camp in all the land. Upon the completion of missionary year, she dabbled in public school teaching and coaching, and then parish ministry in the Dallas area for a few years. However, following the culmination of the Master of Pastoral Ministry program at the University of Dallas, much prayer, and reflection on how The Pines is changing lives and the place it fits in ministry and evangelization, Bridget decided to return to full-time camp ministry as the Camp Administrator.
Bridget is looking forward to experiencing how the Holy Spirit continues to work through, with, and around people at camp, as well as continuing to see this special community grow with new and familiar faces alike. In her free time, Bridget enjoys reading a good book, writing, finding the best coffee shops (or just making a cup of her own), leisurely running, and travelling to see friends and family.
Director of Marketing and Communications
Paige is a southern girl at heart who has lived in Colorado the past couple of years before recently relocating back to her roots in Texas with her husband and 2 year old son.
She brings to her position over 12 years experience in Marketing and Communications having worked for brands such as SUCCESS Magazine, Michael Angelo's Gourmet Foods, and Dickey's Barbecue Pit. Her goal is to have The Pines a household name across the globe.
Camp Store Manager
Ronna Egan is more than the Camp Director’s wife and wonderful mother of six beautiful children --- she is also a creative inspiration to camp and the Camp Store Manager. Having received her BFA in Interior Design from Marywood University, Ronna has put her creativity and experience to practice at The Pines through many renovations including the redesign of the Camp Store. Her favorite part about The Pines is the amazing staff and the fact that she doesn’t have to cook as often! Juggling her role as wife, mother, teacher, and Camp Store Manager, Ronna pulls it off seamlessly. She is looking forward to many years at The Pines helping kids grow closer to God.
Director of Finance
Vickie Pybus started with The Pines in May 2017. She brings to the camp 22 years of accounting and tax experience. She has worked in both private industry and public accounting and has worked the last 10 years in public accounting.
Vickie relocated many places with her family growing up and moved to Texas in 1981 and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1985. She has been married to her Aggie husband John for 30 years and they have two children, Lauren and Sam. Lauren graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016 and Sam is a freshman at the University of Arkansas.
Vickie enjoys traveling, spending time with family, reading and gardening. She loves working with the camp!
Campsite Administrative Assistant
Gretchen Garey began working for The Pines Catholic Camp in February of 2016. She’s been married to her husband, Dale, for 21 years and has 5 children and 12 grandchildren. She is passionate about her faith, although not Catholic, and has found a home here among The Pines Family. She serves as a leader for a Bible Study Small Group and, also, Celebrate Recovery at her home church. She lives two miles from The Pines and considers her job as part-time Administrative Assistant, as a perfect fit.
She grew up in Allentown, PA and spent summers going to church camp and, also, in Canada boating the Rideau Canal systems and moved to Big Sandy, TX in 1990. She started off her career as an auto insurance adjuster, then took a break to stay home raising her children, went on to work in the public school system working with children with behavioral issues, from there went on to work as a Food Service Director at a camp for children with the same issues as well as at her church summer camp. Camp atmosphere has been part of her life & work history for many years.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her large family, traveling with her husband, reading, swimming, and kayaking.
Amy Wrozek joined The Pines staff in July 2019. She graduated from St. Paul the Apostle ’09, Ursuline Academy of Dallas ’13, and St. Andrews University ’17 with a Business Management degree.
Her greatest love in life is riding horses. She also enjoy watching Law & Order SVU, cooking with my mom or dad, being with my sisters & friends, walking my dog Chicken, and reading.
Helping others and the Catholic faith have always been part of her life; She is excited to be with The Pines to help carry out the mission/vision of empowerment through faith and to have fun while doing it.
Food Service Manager
Beverly is a Native East Texan, raised in Longview. She attended Pine Tree High School before beginning secondary education at Kilgore College for elementary education. Married her husband Deacon Vincent “Blue” Wilson and began growing a family.
Together they have four children (Liam, Erin, Emma and Edie Belle) and she focused on staying home and raising a family until the first three children were school aged. To ensure a catholic education for their children, she began working at St. Mary’s Catholic School in the kitchen and eventually became kitchen manager. During those years, she also attended Deacon formation training classes for 5 years through University of Dallas with her husband as well as assisting in their parish and school by substitute teaching, sacrament formation, catechesis, and youth programing. Beverly earned a Certificate of Theological Studies through a satellite program offered to the Diocese of Tyler through UD, while pregnant with their fourth child. After the birth of their youngest, her duties at St. Mary’s evolved to the classroom. She has instructed a variety of classes ranging from high school Family and Consumer Science to teaching Pre-kindergarten, while also working to complete degree requirements at Tyler Junior College, and helping at The Pines dining hall.
Beverly and Blue have devoted themselves to the faith formation of families, believing it to be one of the most important elements necessary for creating change in our world. They are grateful for the opportunity to care for God’s children and support the life changing joy and love of God that is spread through the mission of The Pines Catholic Camp.
Daphne’s family owned a steakhouse in Wichita Falls, TX, so she always knew food industry was in her blood. After moving to Seattle to study music, she began working at Fisherman’s on the Pier and became the first female line cook at the age of 20. That’s when she knew she wanted to be a chef. She changed the direction of her education and since has run kitchens from Seattle, Washington to Houston, Texas. She made the decision to move out of the big city life when she fell in love with East Texas on a visit. Every door that has opened and closed in her life has finally landed her here at The Pines Catholic Camp. She looks forward to many years of service and preparing great food for this community.
Daphne’s great loves are her two “rescues”, her dogs Bailey and Bandit. She enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, music festivals and water skiing. She can play a mean piano as well!
Born in Texas and lived in East Texas all my life. I married my childhood sweetheart and have remained so for 30+ years. Self employed for 20 years then spending 10 years with the Camp Tyler Foundation as facilities director. After leaving Camp Tyler I was hired by The Pines Catholic Camp in a similar capacity. I feel incredibly blessed to be part of this wonderful mission.
Facilities Team Member
Kelly originally came to the Pines in 2009 as SWAT and returned in 2017 after earning a bachelors degree in Fine Arts and spending 7 years doing service work. After graduating, Kelly wanted to use her talents and put her faith into action. She served with Catholic Charities Service Corps, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Fruits of the City, and Senior Chore Services. Kelly hopes that in all she does it may be done humbly in Faith and Love.
Facilities Team Member
Ronald Tuttle, the man, the myth, the legend. He has worked full-time at the Pines since 2011, and could be found way before leading trail rides. Ask him to build, fix, lift, catch, anything, there is nothing this man cannot do. Come and see for yourselves.