This year’s theme is built upon the word, focus.

Focus is defined as becoming able to see clearly or pay particular attention to. CEO Summit 2020 is your opportunity to focus in on topics, strategies, and discussions particularly pertinent to Camp Fire executives right now. We will kick-off the CEO Summit on Monday, October 19th, with a Virtual Social Hour for council Chief Executive Officers and Executive Directors to come together in a safe and informal fashion. Beginning Tuesday, October 20th, each day will have a specific focus, spread across four days. The sessions will be a mix of pre-recorded and live content. The live sessions will be approximately 90-minutes each day.

Generally, the CEO Summit is a gathering of all council Chief Executive Officers and Executive Directors. This year, council executives may invite other senior leadership team members that they feel will benefit from a particular session(s).



>> Pre-Conference Videos
(please watch these in advance to the conference)





These are the experts you will be learning from during the conference.



Bianca J. Baldridge

Scholar. Educator. Youth Advocate

Bianca J. Baldridge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and Education from Columbia University-Teacher’s College. Her scholarship explores the socio-political context of community-based youth work and afterschool education.  

Bianca’s research critically examines the confluence of race, class, and gender, and its impact on educational reforms that shape community-based spaces that engage Black and Latinx youth. She explores the organizational and pedagogical practices employed by youth workers/community-based educators amidst neoliberal education restructuring.  

Her book, with Stanford University Press, Reclaiming Community: Race and the Uncertain Future of Youth Work, examines how the privatization of public education undermines Black community-based organizations’ efforts to support comprehensive youth development opportunities. 


Jimena Quiroga Hopkins 

Founder and Principal 

Jimena leads Thrive Paradigm, formerly Development Without Limits West, a national education consulting firm where she is in charge of the overall development and management of the organization. She supports clients by providing technical assistance, training, strategic advising and a variety of other services to schools, afterschool programs, and organizations in the education sector. She has almost 20 years of experience in the youth development field in efforts to build staff capacity and improve program quality as a field researcher, technical assistance provider, and curriculum developer.  She brings special content expertise in supporting organizations that serve low-income youth, immigrant populations, English Learners, as well as working with individuals and organizations to deepen their equity, diversity, and inclusion work.    



Benjamin R. Case  

Chief Executive Officer and Fundraising Guru; Focused On Fundraising, Inc.

Benjamin Case is Chief Executive Officer and Fundraising Guru for Focused On Fundraising, Inc. He helps nonprofits raise more money by advising on strategic planning, fundraising, and communications. Mr. Case has served in the nonprofit sector as an advancement professional and leader for over four decades. He has worked for and been engaged by organizations that have raised more than $5 billion in gifts. His experience includes work with world-class institutions such as Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the Metropolitan Opera, as well involvement in the start-up of many successful nonprofits. Mr. Case is the exclusive provider of materials for Focused On Fundraising, Inc. He is known for providing “Tips for Highly Successful Fundraisers” to readers around the world. His book, “21 Tips for Highly Successful Fundraisers” is an Amazon International best seller in six countries and nine categories. He has served on the boards of Catawba College, Medical Ministry International, and the Charitable Trust Leadership Forum. He appears extensively as a featured speaker for many associations including Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, Association for Fundraising Professionals, and State Policy Network. He and his wife Angela have been married 40 years and they make their home in NC. They have two grown children and four granddaughters. 

Laura Fredricks

CEO & Founder The Ask 

Laura Fredricks, JD is the Billion Dollar ASK Maker Powerhouse, who as CEO and Founder of THE ASK© trains and coaches individuals, nonprofits and businesses on How to ASK. She is the first to combine the most trusted professions, law and philanthropy, to show how any person, charity or business can raise money to unprecedented levels. For over 27 years, she has advised organizations around the globe on current trends that impact and influence the for-profit and nonprofit world. Her five books, including three on THE ASK©, are the international industry leading go-to guides. Her latest book: “THE ASK: For Business, For Philanthropy, and Everyday Living” (October 2017), has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs, teenagers, artists and philanthropists get their Best Life Possible, through THE ASK.    



Adam Lucassian, A.T.C 

Camp Tannadoonah Director 

Adam started as the Camp Director at Camp Tannadoonah in January 2020. Prior to coming to Camp T, he spent the previous 9 summers involved the summer camp program at Camp Blodgett as a cabin counselor, High Ropes/Rock Wall Coordinator, and Assistant Camp Director.  

Adam graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. Prior to coming to Camp Fire, Adam practiced Sports Medicine as an Athletic Trainer at Florida Gulf Coast University, the University of Cincinnati, Assumption College, and Georgia Gwinnett College. Outside of camp, Adam enjoys going to Crossfit, Snowboarding, and Hockey. He is originally from the Detroit area. 


Christy R. Jones  

Vice President, Marketing & Communications at Camp Fire First Texas 

Christy Jones began her career with Camp Fire in 2009 as a marketing coordinator and later was promoted to marketing manager before accepting her current position. Her responsibilities include overseeing the planning and strategic direction of Camp Fire’s integrated marketing and communications plans which includes: messaging, community and public relations, increasing participation in council programs and awareness of Camp Fire. 

She brings extensive marketing communications experience to Camp Fire, having previously served as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Martin Fletcher, Communications/PR Manager for Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, as well as Associate Communications Manager for the American Heart Association’s national center headquartered in Dallas. Christy holds a Bachelor of Science in communication from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. 


Beth Getsinger  

Teen Program Manager, Camp Fire Central Oregon  

From teaching photography to teens in Tanzania, to working for a girls’ mentorship start-up in New York City, to coaching swimming in California, Beth has worked with youth in many capacities throughout her career. Her work and personal endeavors as an avid traveler and adventure-seeker have instilled in her a deep appreciation for the power of new experiences to open eyes and change lives. 

In managing our Teen Programs, Beth continually strives to bring eye-opening new experiences to Camp Fire’s middle school and high school members. She is motivated by seeing how young people thrive when given opportunities, encouragement and freedom to be themselves. As our Marketing Manager, Beth enjoys coming up with fresh, creative ways to share the Camp Fire story and spread knowledge about current youth development issues. 

Beth is also a photographer, loves the water, travel and all things creative. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at OSU Cascades with plans to continue helping teens grow their potential 

Penn Henthorn  

Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma 

Penn Henthorn has served as the Director of Camps and Programs with Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma since 2011. He grew up in Camp Fire and will tell you that it shaped his view of the world. As a young man with ADHD, Dyslexia and other physical health issues, Camp Fire helped him discover his passion, develop new skills, and recognize his opportunity to have a positive impact on the world.   

After running a Research and Development and Technical Services department for a high-tech security firm for over 15 years where he developed life-safety systems, he felt a call to contribute to the development of youth in much the same way he experienced from Camp Fire as a youth. He became a consultant working with youth who experience ADHD/ADD, test anxiety, social skills challenges and more.  

He helped youth find and develop new skills to succeed academically and socially, which then lead him back to the organization of his youth, Camp Fire. Penn has an extensive background in Child Development, Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Support, Program and System Design, and Risk and Camp Management. He is certified in mental and physical health first aid, many different outdoor skills and activities, non-profit consulting, and more. He is trauma informed and holds a Neuro-linguistic Programming Practitioner certification from NLPCA. He currently sit on the Texoma Region (Oklahoma & Texas) Local Council of Leaders for the American Camp Association as a District Chair, and I volunteer with ACA as a Standards Instructor and Lead Visitor.   

He is the father of four children and has three grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, curling, amateur radio, woodworking, tinkering with technology, spending time outdoors with his children and grandchildren, volunteering in his local community, and telling dad jokes. 




Preliminary Schedule of Events (all times are in Central Time Zone).

Please register separately for each day you plan to attend.


MONDAY 10/19

4:00 PM: Kick-off Social Hour    

Register for the Kick-off Social Hour


TUESDAY, 10/20

1:00 – 1:15 PM: Opening Remarks with Greg Zweber, Camp Fire President & CEO

1:15 – 1:45 PM: Keynote Q & A with Bianca J. Baldridge: Lifting Up Youth Work (Presentation pre-recorded)

2:00 – 2:30 PM: Town Hall Discussion with Jimena Quiroga Hopkins: Equity in Programs

Register for the Focus on Equity Session



1:00 – 1:45 PM: Keynote: Fundraising through COVID keynote discussion

2:00 – 2:30 PM: Panel Discussion with Laura Fredricks: Year End Appeal to Panel Discussion with Laura Fredrick: How to Make Your Best End-of-Year ASK

Register for the Focus on Philanthropy Session



1:00 – 1:20 PM: Guest Appearance from Chris Littlefield: Self-Care & Leadership (feat. Special Announcement)

1:20 – 1:50 PM: Presentation: Camp Fire’s 18-Month Strategic Plan

1:50 – 2:35 PM: Council Feedback: Camp Fire’s 18- Month Strategic Plan

Register for the Focus on the Future Session


FRIDAY 10/23

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: CEO Town Hall Session One: Mental Health & Crisis Management (facilitated discussion with Adam Lucassian, Camp Fire River Bend)

Register for Session One


1:00 – 2:00 PM: CEO Town Hall Session Two: Alumni Relations (facilitated discussion with Christy Jones, Camp Fire First Texas, and Beth Babicz, Camp Fire Central Oregon)

Register for Session Two


3:00 – 4:00 PM: CEO Town Hall Session Three: Planning & Preparing Programs for a New Normal (facilitated discussion with Penn Henthorn, Camp Fire Heart of Oklahoma)

Register for Session Three




Please listen to these recordings prior to the CEO Summit. Sessions discussions will be based on the content in these recordings




Our Promise

Young people want to shape the world.

Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are.

In Camp Fire, it begins now.

Light the fire within