Camp Aranzazu’s Board of Directors announced the hiring of Kurt Podeszwa as the camp’s newest president Monday, Sept. 27.

Podeszwa is Aranzazu’s third president and succeeds Virginia Ballard. Ballard transitioned from the executive role earlier this year to become the Executive Director of the Camp Aranzazu Foundation, where she leads the Camp Aranzazu Resiliency Fund Campaign. The board cannot thank Ballard enough for her dedication, creativity, and determination during the past six years.

Podeszwa was previously employed at Camp For All in Burton, TX, where he served for 16 years as camp director. He is well known and highly regarded in the national camping community and has a unique background in serving youth and adults with special needs.

With more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit executive administration, Podeszwa has worked with camping, recreation, and outdoor education programs throughout the country. His camping career began in developing programs for inner-city youth and progressed until 2000, when he discovered his passion for providing camping opportunities to special populations.

Podeszwa shares his expertise in team leadership and program management at conferences around the country and camping publications including the American Camp Association’s (ACA) Camping magazine and Camp Business magazine. He currently serves as a board member on the ACA Texoma section and as a member of the ACA’s National Standards Commission.

In addition to his work as a camp director, Podeszwa launched Journey Consulting in 2006 to further share his knowledge of leadership, team management, and programming. With his extensive background in fostering relationships with partner organizations and dedication to empathetic leadership, Podeszwa is a perfect fit for Aranzazu’s programs and staff. The board is excited to work with him in continuing to expand Camp Aranzazu’s growth and successes.

One can meet Podeszwa in-person at Aranzazu’s Aranza-Boo Saturday, Oct. 30.

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