Meet our Head Staff for this summer

With camp drawing nearer, we’re super excited to have our Head staff in place and eager to make this summer the best one yet. Our team works diligently to create exciting programs and events all term long. Whether it’s organizing swim meets, announcing field day winners, counting up tribe points, or leading gymkhanas, our Head staff team is the core of camp operations.


Joy Ferguson – Head O’ Horseback

Joy (left), Jane (right)

Joy Ferguson is back! A graduate with her master’s from Texas A&M, she teaches in her native El Paso, and was also the coordinator of hippotherapy for EPISD. Joy was Head O’ Horseback here for three summers in the mid-1980’s, and has led riding for our mother-daughter retreats on many occasions. She is the founder of Compadres Therapy, Inc. in El Paso, a therapeutic horseback outreach.



Emelia Conner – Head at Large

Emmy leading a horseback class last summer

Emelia Conner will fill our new position title of Head at Large. Emmy was a horseback counselor last year and can’t wait to return this summer. She grew up in Poland but comes to us from Scotland, and helped us recruit great staff through Camp America Fairs earlier this year.

“Hey! I’m Emelia but most people will know me as Emmy, the crazy loud Scottish girl. I was a horseback counselor last year and I’m currently at Law School in Glasgow. I’m an enthusiastic and bubbly person and I cannot wait to get out of the Scottish rain, and into the Texas sunshine to spend my summer with you guys.” <3 Emmy



Katie Clarke – Head O’ Waterfront

Katie Clarke (right)

Head O’ Waterfront for this summer is Katie Clarke!!

This will be Katie’s third year with us and we’re happy to have her back at the Heart <3 Katie is from the U.K. and attends Sheffield Hallam University for Sports and Exercise Science. She is a lifeguard and WSI.




Megan Croes – Head O’ Field Sports

We’re excited to announce that Megan Croes will be our Head O’ Field Sports this summer!!

Megan in Aggie stadium!

Megan is excited to come back and share her passion for camp. Here are a few words from the fantastic gal herself:

“Howdy, my name is Megan and I will be the Head O’ Field Sports this summer! I am currently an Education major at Texas A&M (Whoop!). I was first introduced to camp by my grandmother. The Heart was a very special place for the both of us and it was a bond that we shared together. Last summer I had the amazing opportunity of coming back to camp as a counselor and I was reminded of what a special place The Heart is. I am beyond excited to come back to camp!! I cannot wait to get started and play a role in giving our campers the best summer yet!!!♥” -Megan


About the Author

Katie Dougherty

Katie was an 11-year camper from Florida and has a criminal justice degree from University of Central Florida. She is The Heart's program director

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