JIM and ANDREA HAWTHORNE
Executive Director and Assistant to the Executive Director/Food Service & Hospitality Manager
Jim and Andrea arrived at South Cottonwood Canyon in 1995 toting their one-year old daughter and anticipating the birth of their second child. Over the course of the next 22 years their family grew – they now have a total of five immediate children and countless college and high school students who have spent their summers with them at camp. Jim is the Executive Director and Andrea, after having raised their five children, has once again acquired the position of Head Cook. Both of them consider camp to be one of the greatest blessings of their lives and are thrilled to continue in God’s Kingdom work at YAA!
NAOMI and DAVID BURLEIGH
Operations Manager, Media Support and Full-Time Dad
David and Naomi have been involved with camp ministry here and YAA and other places for most of their lives. Over the past few years, the Burleigh’s have given a great deal of prayer and consideration to a transition into full-time camping ministry here at YAA. The family of 5 relocated here to Bozeman, MT to begin their full-time position in the Spring of 2019. Naomi is working as our Operations Manager and is eager to make improvements that will take YAA to the next level. David is offering his skills and support in Media while also being full-time Dad at home.
Program and Retreat Assistant
Aria’s first introduction to YAA was during the summer of 2020 as a counselor. Despite working at several different camps across the country prior to working at YAA, none could compare to the community that she was introduced to and the work that she saw God do here in the midst of such an uncertain time. Aria made the decision to return to YAA to work full time in the Fall, and she is excited to be a part of such an incredible ministry.
Fundraising Development/Office Assistant
Laura first jumped into the fun and busy kitchen of YAA during the summer of 2020. Seeking to continue in her passion and dedication to ministry, she walked through an open door to serve in a full-time capacity beginning in the Fall. Laura trusts in the plans of the Lord for herself and is willing to joyfully participate in the gospel-centric mission and work set in place for YAA long ago.
Cassidy first discovered YAA in the summer of 2017 where she served as a counselor for two summers. Since then, camping ministry has emerged as one of her many passions. She graduated from Northwestern College in the Spring of 2020 with degrees in Spanish and social work. Through prayer and discernment in the months that followed, she knew the Lord was guiding her into a path of full-time ministry at YAA. Cassidy is excited to take part in God’s work that he is already doing in the ministry and trusts that He will continue to guide her as she joins the YAA team.
John came to YAA in the summer of 2019 when he served as a Timothy Leader. He loved it so much that he returned in the summer of 2020 to work as a Program Assistant. He fell in love with Montana from the first summer he was here and always wanted to return to serve here. When the opportunity came, he couldn’t say no! John graduated in November of 2020 and got right back out to camp as fast as he could. With a degree in Youth Ministry and a minor in Outdoor Leadership and Bible and Theology, John comes to YAA with the hope that he has something new to offer to the ministry. He is so excited to jump back in and offer what he has to give!