Our outstanding staff make all the difference. We strive to provide a “Ministry of Hospitality” in all aspects of our work – whether leading an activity, cleaning a cabin or preparing a meal.

Interested in joining our staff team? We’re recruiting our Summer Session residential staff as well as fill out our housekeeping, custodial and kitchen support roles. We’re also looking to complete our office team with an Office & Event Coordinator.

Core Staff Team

Hayley ElliottActing Director – Hayley Elliott:

Hayley Elliott was born in West Virginia, where love of nature was instilled in her from a young age.

Hayley received a B.S. in Business Administration from Mars Hill University. Hayley then entered Vanderbilt Divinity School, where she completed an MTS (Master of Theological Studies) degree. While in divinity school, Hayley furthered her commitment to youth education by working at a local school as the lead counselor in their afterschool and summer programs.

After graduating from Vanderbilt Divinity School, Hayley and her wife, Rachel, moved to Denver, Colorado. During this time, Hayley worked full time as an anti-money laundering analyst while also serving as a co-director for youth and children at Sixth Avenue UCC and sharing her gifts at LaForet Conference and Retreat Center. Rachel and Hayley moved to Illinois in September 2020 so Rachel could serve as the Associate Pastor for Community and Mission at St. John United Church of Christ in Freeport, Illinois.

Hayley is very passionate about outdoor ministry within the United Church of Christ and excited about the future of caring for God’s creation and extending God’s extravagant welcome at DuBois Center!

Program Director – Rylee Hodges-Stone 

Rylee grew up in southern Illinois and initially heard about DuBois Center from her home church, Zion UCC in New Baden, and started attending in the summer of 2006 as a half-week camper. She grew up going to summer camp every summer, while also attending retreats and festivals at DuBois Center. Rylee recently graduated from the Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. She joined DuBois Center’s Core Staff Team in September 2021. In Rylee’s free time, she goes boating, goes horseback riding, and hangs out with her family.

Facility Caretaker – Tom Kahrhoff: 

Tom joined the DuBois Center Core Staff Team in September of 2016. Tom lives locally, works around his own property and owns a couple horses. This paired with over 20 years of experience in maintenance at a local hospital, make his skill set a great fit for DuBois Center. Tom retired from the local hospital, but after a couple years decide to go back to work part-time – and we are very glad he did. Tom loves working outdoors and considers himself quite the handyman. When not at camp, Tom enjoys hunting, working with horses and spending time with his grandchildren.

A Note On Office Hours

As we are currently hiring for an office and event coordinator, we cannot guarantee our office will be staffed during posted office hours. The easiest way to get in contact with our staff is to email and allow 2 business days for your message to be forwarded to the correct office and to receive a response. During the spring and summer season, it may take up to a week to receive a response on non-summer camp related questions.

Summer Program Staff

Our summer camp counselors and coordinators are a caring, energetic and dedicated bunch! Each member of our summer program staff has experience working with children and are committed to the personal and spiritual growth of our campers. Most, if not all, are certified in First Aid and CPR. Many are also certified lifeguards. They participate in an intensive 9-day staff training program to ensure they are ready to serve our campers and families.

All staff members meet strict standards related to the application process, and reference and background checks.