Meet Our Leadership Team
Our Leadership Team is a year-round, permanent staff of administrators and support personnel who work tirelessly to enhance and improve our programs and facilities, recruit top-notch staff, ease the enrollment process, and provide mature guidance for our seasonal staff and camp families.
The Cheley family has been dedicated to Cheley Colorado Camps since its founding in 1921. As the two oldest members of the fourth generation, siblings, Jeff Cheley and Brooke Cheley Klebe take tremendous pride in running camp. It’s a testament to the family commitment that Cheley remains owned and operated by the same family, ensuring continuity, integrity, and a deep understanding of the camp experience.
Meet Today’s Cheley Family Leaders
OWNER & DIRECTOR
As part of the fourth generation of camp leadership, Jeff works with his sister, Brooke, to oversee the operations of the business and continue the traditions established by Frank Cheley. Jeff and his wife, Erika, live in Englewood during the winter months with their three sons; Jackson, Harrison, and Hayden. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and a proud Longhorn. When Jeff is not chasing his boys around the house, he enjoys playing golf, skiing, cycling, coaching youth sports, or taking a Sunday afternoon nap. During camp, Jeff can be found biking up the Cheley Challenge, driving around in his Bronco, or carrying AV equipment somewhere around camp.
Owner & Director
Brooke Cheley Klebe
As part of the fourth generation of camp leadership, Brooke works with her brother, Jeff, to oversee the operations of the business and continue the traditions established by Frank Cheley. She lives in Denver in the winter months with her husband, Kurt, and their daughters, Ellie, Kate, and Sammie. Brooke graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Communications. As a former competitor in freestyle skiing, an Ironman triathlete, and a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School in Patagonia, Brooke brings a wealth of knowledge to Cheley. Brooke was a camper for nine summers and on staff as a counselor for three before joining the year-round team. She is a devoted, fun mom and treasures the camp experience.
Meet More Legendary Leaders
Our year-round leadership team has extensive experience in the camp industry and in working with children and young adults. Many members of the team have been with Cheley for several years, with some having attended as campers themselves or having been a camp parent. They are dedicated to providing a safe and enriching experience for all campers, staff, and families, and are committed to making each summer an enriching and unforgettable one!
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Shawn first found Cheley in the summer of 2003 and has been back every summer since. He has been a wrangler, assistant director, and unit director. He has a B.A. in Social Science Secondary Education and M.S. in Counseling, both from Eastern Illinois University. Shawn was a high school counselor in Northwest Suburban Chicago for 10 years before joining the year-round team in 2013. He lives in Denver in the winter and when he’s not eating, he can often be found running!
Peggy has many years of experience with Cheley. She was a camper (1965-1974), a CILT in 1975, the assistant director in Lower Chipeta in 1980, a year-round office employee in 1980 and 1981, and a camp parent. Her son, Devon, was a camper from 2000 to 2009, and he was on staff in 2011 and 2012. She is a graduate of Indiana University and brings over 25 years of office experience and great customer service skills to the position.
Dylan grew up near Chicago, Illinois, and has been a camper and staff member at Cheley since 2007. Dylan has been a campfire counselor in Ski Hi and Haiyaha and assistant director in Haiyaha. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Communication, he joined the year-round staff as Cheley’s inaugural Marketing Specialist, a position he held for three years before starting his current role as Program Director. Dylan is a USA Archery Level 2 Instructor and ACCT Level 2 Challenge Course Practitioner. Whether he’s in the office or on the trail, he can be found with his camera and an iced vanilla oat milk latte in hand.
Food Service Manager
Clint grew up in Northern Maine and graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. He came to Colorado for six months in 1997 and never left! He has worked in a variety of food service operations, including camps, restaurants, and private country clubs. When he is not in the kitchen, he enjoys the outdoors doing a little fly fishing and shooting vintage recurve bows.
Mike has been with Cheley since 2005. Mike toured the world playing bass guitar and singing with a rock band before settling in Estes Park. When Mike is not busy remodeling our cabins or keeping our turf plush and green, he can be found playing the guitar, rafting, or pouring over boatbuilding books. Mike lives in Estes Park with his wife, Elise Booth (former camper and staff member), and his daughters Zoe and Cameron.
Human Resources Manager
Kim was our HR Manager from 2013-2020 and then was a camp director in Virginia for two years before returning to Cheley in 2022. She grew up in northern Virginia and has been at camp every summer since she was 8 years old as a camper, CIT, junior counselor, counselor, trip leader, EMT, registrar, assistant director, HR manager, and director. Kim graduated from Mississippi State University, where she met her husband, Kenny. They live at camp year-round with their three children: Brayden, Brinley, and Bristol. Kim is active in the American Camp Association, where she is a Standards Visitor and involved with the Local Council of Leaders. She enjoys reading, running, crafting, and extra sharp white cheddar cheese.
Nicole joined the Cheley team in 2019 after working at Tollgate Farm in Novi, Michigan for 3 years. Born in Virginia, she graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Animal Science. She loves animals and manages a small farm on the ranch including chickens, goats, pigs, cows, cats, ducks, and horses. In her free time, you will have to check the trails for her as she will probably be on one of her three horses.
Facilities & Maintenance
Ryan joined the Cheley team in 2019 when his girlfriend (now wife, Nicole) came to camp as the Ranch Manager. He was working for his family’s construction business in Michigan before moving to Colorado. He was born in Michigan and attended community college in Michigan. Ryan brought a bunch of his toys to Estes Park including dirt bikes, four-wheelers, and a bunch of skis. Ryan was a high school ski coach, so he is excited to tackle the amazing skiing in Colorado.
Facilities & Maintenance
Kenny joined our team in 2022 after spending 12 years working in facilities maintenance at two resident camps in Virginia, and six years in the apartment maintenance industry in Denver. He never went to camp as a kid, but he did have the unique opportunity to grow up in a state park in Kings Park, NY, where his dad was the golf course superintendent. Kenny graduated from Mississippi State University, where he met his wife, Kim. They live at camp year-round with their three children: Brayden, Brinley, and Bristol. Kenny enjoys home improvement projects, hiking with his family, and watching Denver sports: ice hockey, baseball, and football.
Out of Camp Program Director
Rhonda has been with Cheley more than 20+ summers, including seven summers as a backpacking counselor and prior role as the Program Director (Year-Round). In 2019, she retired from the American Camp Association as the Director of Accreditation. During her professional career, she has provided tireless work and dedication to ACA and the camp community. She lives in Estes Park and spends her free time hiking, biking, volunteering in Rocky Mountain National Park and walking her dogs. Ask Rhonda about her recent experience hiking Cotswold Way in the United Kingdom!
Director of Estes Park Operations
Bo started working at Camp in 1985. He spent many years in the horse program and facility management. As of Spring 2021, Bo is back with Cheley after going on several “sabbaticals” throughout the years. He left for a while to learn more about himself and try other career paths. He joins us again with new knowledge, a desire to keep history and traditions of Camp alive, and is rejuvenated for the future. Bo currently works on strategic ideas, community relations, and is our Boys’ Camp Director. When not working, Bo is playing with grandchildren, working in his woodshop, or traveling with his wife, Lauri.
Don is part of the third generation to operate Cheley. Don attended Colorado College and graduated from Menlo College in California. Don can tell you anything you want to know about Cheley Camps. He has dedicated much of his life to Cheley and the camping industry. During the summer, you can find Don driving around camp in his pick-up truck checking on activities, campers, and the facilities. He may be sweeping a porch, cutting down a tree, or fixing a vacuum. If you can’t find him, just hang out in the kitchen while a fresh batch of cookies is baking, and he will be around soon.
As a former Director for 25 years, Carole continues to offer her expertise, wisdom, and love to Cheley and the world of organized camping. She is still involved with the American Camps Association and the Western Association of Independent Camps. She remains a great resource for Cheley and many other camps throughout the country. When she is at camp, you can find her connecting with campers, staff, and alumni. When not at Cheley, she’ll most likely be traveling with Don, practicing yoga, taking pictures, reading, or just hanging out with her many treasured friends.
Join Our Team
What does it take? A sense of adventure, a desire to be with people, and leadership skills.