Staff

Mission Springs is led by a dedicated team of Christian men and women who desire to serve God in this unique camp ministry. Read more about each staff member below.  You may also contact them directly.

Chuck Wysong

Executive Director

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Husband, dad, friend, old surfer, golfer and love to read and lead! I am a communicator and have spoken to NFL chapels, NBA chapels, all school assemblies, weddings and special occasions. I now serve as the Executive Director of Mission Springs Camps and Conference Center here in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Scotts Valley, CA.

Kris Palmberg

Site & Facilities Director

Julie Larson

Guest Services Director

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I started working in guest services at Mission Springs in 1991, but long before that, I worked in the dining room as a teenager. I guess I’m one of the old-timers now! A California native, I love my crazy, beautiful town of Santa Cruz. Food is my passion; I love to read about food, watch the Cooking Channel, and cook, although my main hobby is going out to eat so that someone else will cook for me. I also like to proofread things, which I admit is kind of nerdy. The best thing about working at Mission Springs is the fun staff and hearing stories about how God has blessed those who retreat here. My favorite comment from a guest: “I infinity percent believe in God now; it’s all because I came here.”

Stacie Daoust Burch

Outdoor Education Director

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I first fell in love with Mission Springs the summer of 2003 while working at one of our summer kids’ camps. I spent two more summers at Mission Springs while completing my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. Excited to teach outside the classroom, I became a Naturalist at Mission Springs for the 2005/6 & 2006/7 seasons. I then moved to New Zealand for 2.5 years where I coordinated school groups as the Education and Activities Manager at a camp.  I then returned to Mission Springs as the Assistant Director of Frontier Ranch and Adventure Programs Coordinator, serving in that role for three year. I’ve had the honor of being the Director of Outdoor Education since February 2013. I love combining my passions for education and camp as I guide our amazing Naturalists in providing a vibrant outdoor education experience for students. I personally come alive when in nature, as I am often found trail running, surfing, hiking, and traveling.

Jeff Neckers

Director of Programs

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Jeff grew up the in small town of Clymer, New York. His family still owns the general store next to the only stoplight in town. He went to school in Rochester, NY to study design and photography and then moved to California to pursue ministry. Took a job at Camp Hammer in Boulder Creek, CA where he fell in love with the redwoods and camp life. Jeff and his family have lived in the area for ten years and love hiking, skiing, watching/discussing great movies, and eating amazing tacos.

Rachel Lockridge

Group Sales Coordinator

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Rachel grew up in Orange County, CA attending camp throughout her youth. She is an alumnus of Humboldt State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration. After college she worked for Marriott and Wyndham resorts in various departments. Rachel served as an intern at Mission Springs 2011-2013 during which time she met her husband. Following her internship, Rachel served as a youth pastor at a local church then came back to Mission Springs full time in 2016 in group sales. She lives at Mount Hermon with her husband Matt, daughter Alexandra, sons Landon and Ashton where she enjoys reading, baking cookies and a good cup of coffee.

Karen Routley

Program Assistant / Camp Registrar

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I joined the Mission Springs team in March of 2007, the days of paper registrations and mailing out of registration information to parents and conference attendees. What changes have been made to the registration process and how my position has evolved throughout the years!  Born on the east coast, I still miss the changes of the seasons but am able to enjoy a smidgeon of color changes through my corner office window. A studio art major in college with an emphasis in bronze casting, I have had a varied career starting with customer service to inside sales, outside sales, back to school for an ECE degree to teach 10 years at Mount Hermon Playschool, and I’ve spent since 2007 here at Mission Springs! It is a joy to work with wonderful people God has put in my life.

DeAnna Valencia

Financial Controller

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I was born the daughter of two military parents in West Virginia and have lived in several places across the US and then in Germany for a time.  I graduated from Lompoc High School and earned by B.S. in Accounting at Azusa Pacific University, where I met the love of my life, Matt.  I completed my CPA certificate and worked as an accountant in public and private sectors in the L.A. area before the Lord moved us to Northern California and into full-time ministry.  I helped Matt start Calvary Chapel Gilroy where we served for 12 years and then the Lord moved us to Scotts Valley in 2012, where I have the privilege of serving alongside my husband as he pastors ReGeneration Church.  I began working in the Business Dept. at Mission Springs within the first few months of moving here and am currently the Financial Controller.  The Lord has blessed us with 5 wonderful children ages 25 to 12 who love the area and the memories they have made at Frontier Ranch. I have the joy of doing ministry both at work as I support the vision and people of Mission Springs and outside of work ministering to those the Lord brings into my life.
Chuck Wysong

Chuck Wysong

Executive Director

Husband, dad, friend, old surfer, golfer and love to read and lead! I am a communicator and have spoken to NFL chapels, NBA chapels, all school assemblies, weddings and special occasions. I now serve as the Executive Director of Mission Springs Camps and Conference Center here in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Scotts Valley, CA.

Kris Palmberg

Kris Palmberg

Site & Facilities Director

Julie Larson

Julie Larson

Guest Services Director

I started working in guest services at Mission Springs in 1991, but long before that, I worked in the dining room as a teenager. I guess I’m one of the old-timers now!

A California native, I love my crazy, beautiful town of Santa Cruz. Food is my passion; I love to read about food, watch the Cooking Channel, and cook, although my main hobby is going out to eat so that someone else will cook for me. I also like to proofread things, which I admit is kind of nerdy. The best thing about working at Mission Springs is the fun staff and hearing stories about how God has blessed those who retreat here. My favorite comment from a guest: “I infinity percent believe in God now; it’s all because I came here.”

Stacie Daoust Burch

Stacie Daoust Burch

Outdoor Education Director

I first fell in love with Mission Springs the summer of 2003 while working at one of our summer kids’ camps. I spent two more summers at Mission Springs while completing my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada. Excited to teach outside the classroom, I became a Naturalist at Mission Springs for the 2005/6 & 2006/7 seasons. I then moved to New Zealand for 2.5 years where I coordinated school groups as the Education and Activities Manager at a camp.  I then returned to Mission Springs as the Assistant Director of Frontier Ranch and Adventure Programs Coordinator, serving in that role for three year. I’ve had the honor of being the Director of Outdoor Education since February 2013. I love combining my passions for education and camp as I guide our amazing Naturalists in providing a vibrant outdoor education experience for students. I personally come alive when in nature, as I am often found trail running, surfing, hiking, and traveling.

Jeff Neckers

Jeff Neckers

Director of Programs

Jeff grew up the in small town of Clymer, New York. His family still owns the general store next to the only stoplight in town. He went to school in Rochester, NY to study design and photography and then moved to California to pursue ministry. Took a job at Camp Hammer in Boulder Creek, CA where he fell in love with the redwoods and camp life. Jeff and his family have lived in the area for ten years and love hiking, skiing, watching/discussing great movies, and eating amazing tacos.

Rachel Lockridge

Rachel Lockridge

Group Sales Coordinator

Rachel grew up in Orange County, CA attending camp throughout her youth. She is an alumnus of Humboldt State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administration. After college she worked for Marriott and Wyndham resorts in various departments. Rachel served as an intern at Mission Springs 2011-2013 during which time she met her husband. Following her internship, Rachel served as a youth pastor at a local church then came back to Mission Springs full time in 2016 in group sales. She lives at Mount Hermon with her husband Matt, daughter Alexandra, sons Landon and Ashton where she enjoys reading, baking cookies and a good cup of coffee.

Karen Routley

Karen Routley

Program Assistant / Camp Registrar

I joined the Mission Springs team in March of 2007, the days of paper registrations and mailing out of registration information to parents and conference attendees. What changes have been made to the registration process and how my position has evolved throughout the years!  Born on the east coast, I still miss the changes of the seasons but am able to enjoy a smidgeon of color changes through my corner office window. A studio art major in college with an emphasis in bronze casting, I have had a varied career starting with customer service to inside sales, outside sales, back to school for an ECE degree to teach 10 years at Mount Hermon Playschool, and I’ve spent since 2007 here at Mission Springs! It is a joy to work with wonderful people God has put in my life.

DeAnna Valencia

DeAnna Valencia

Financial Controller

I was born the daughter of two military parents in West Virginia and have lived in several places across the US and then in Germany for a time.  I graduated from Lompoc High School and earned by B.S. in Accounting at Azusa Pacific University, where I met the love of my life, Matt.  I completed my CPA certificate and worked as an accountant in public and private sectors in the L.A. area before the Lord moved us to Northern California and into full-time ministry.  I helped Matt start Calvary Chapel Gilroy where we served for 12 years and then the Lord moved us to Scotts Valley in 2012, where I have the privilege of serving alongside my husband as he pastors ReGeneration Church.  I began working in the Business Dept. at Mission Springs within the first few months of moving here and am currently the Financial Controller.  The Lord has blessed us with 5 wonderful children ages 25 to 12 who love the area and the memories they have made at Frontier Ranch. I have the joy of doing ministry both at work as I support the vision and people of Mission Springs and outside of work ministering to those the Lord brings into my life.

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