THE STAFF

JIM and ANDREA HAWTHORNE

Executive Director and Food Service 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.

MAX PLASKET

Program Coordinator

Max grew up in Kennesaw, GA but has spent almost every summer since 2012 working at YAA! He just completed his Civil Engineering degree at Georgia Institute of Technology but over the past few months the Lord led him to postpone his engineering career and commit to serving Him full time in Montana. In his words, “It was one of the scariest decisions of my life, having to decide between a full time structural engineering offer and this amazing opportunity to be program specialist at YAA.  My decision came down to where I believed I could personally grow the most, as well as most effectively serve the Lord in this season of life right after college.”