Secretary - Jennifer Benton

Secretary -  Jennifer Benton
  • Category: 2024 COCA Board Nomination Profiles
  • Jennifer Benton
  • Camp: Camp Mak-A-Dream
  • Current Camp Position: Camp Director
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  • What are Your Reasons to Join the COCA Board of Directors: As part of the COCA community for nearly two decades, I've had the opportunity to connect with countless camp professionals and serve alongside many of them on the COCA board which has been rewarding and productive.
  • Board Experience and Responsibilities: Secretary (2021-2023) - COCA Board of Directors
    Serve as part of the Governance Committee
    Take minutes at all board and executive board meetings
    Take attendance and help maintain board records

    Secretary & Member-at-Large - Ovarian Cancer Survivors Foundation (7 years)

    I have also served on organizing committees for both my own camp, but also other non-profit organizations
  • Career Successes You Have Had in Pediatric Oncology: I've been part of the Camp Mak-A-Dream staff (located outside of Missoula, Montana) for over 28 years, serving in a number of roles involving fundraising, board development, strategic planning, event management, program development and camp management.
    We have grown our programs at Camp Mak-A-Dream from one week of camp (when we opened in 1995) to up to 18 programs per year serving children, teenagers, young adults, brain tumor survivors, adults with cancer, family camps and caregiver retreats - and to date, have served over 13,000 participants from all 50 states and several foreign countries.
    During the pandemic, we also ran two years of more than 20 weeks of virtual programs and monthly online meet-ups for participants.
    I have overseen camp operations for over a decade, hired staff and lead successful fundraising and outreach efforts.
  • Prepared to Attend Annual Conference and Bi-Monthly Board Meetings: Yes