John, a native of New City, NY moved to The Pines in December 2007 with his wife Ronna and their three children, Brendan, Molly and Kiera from North Carolina. Before taking over at The Pines, John served God in parish youth ministry for 10 years, most recently as youth director at St. Leo parish in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. John has a BA in English from Marywood University and a Masters in Pastoral Ministry from Caldwell College. John and Ronna dreamed of managing a Catholic camp and are overjoyed to lead this enthusiastically Catholic place. They believe wholeheartedly in the mission of The Pines and have blessed the camp with many gifts and talents over the course of their time here. Their energy and passion are reflected everyday in the life of camp. John loves salt water taffy, coaching baseball, and the New York Knicks.
Since the Egans have moved here, the family has increased by three! They were blessed in November 2009 with Anna Elizabeth, in September 2013 with Lydia Rose, and in July 2015 with Stella Maris! For the summer time The Egan family can be found answering to : Big Tuna, Tootsie, Captain Awesome, DeeDee, Special K, and Minnie. Lydia and Stella's names are still to be determined!
Anthony is a graduate from the University of North Texas and has a degree in Radio, Television and Film. He grew up in Allen, Texas and attended The Pines as a camper for three years. He then joined the summer staff in 2011 and 2012 as the Communications Director under the camp name “Kenobi,” where he headed up daily video updates, lip dubs, promotional videos, and more.
As Marketing Director, Anthony manages the website, camp's social media accounts, parent/group communication, graphic design for printed material, and video production. He also coordinates conferences to exhibit at as well as camper recruiting sessions that help to expand the reach of The Pines.
In his spare time, Anthony leads the youth band/choir at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Wylie and plays in a couple of soccer leagues. He loves movies, games, and Fightin’ Texas Aggie football, and he’s always down for a game of soccer, ultimate, or volleyball!
Director of Operations
Vickie Pybus started with The Pines in May 2017. She brings to the camp 22 years of accounting and tax experience. She has worked in both private industry and public accounting and has worked the last 10 years in public accounting.
Vickie relocated many places with her family growing up and moved to Texas in 1981 and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1985. She has been married to her Aggie husband John for 30 years and they have two children, Lauren and Sam. Lauren graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016 and Sam is a freshman at the University of Arkansas.
Vickie enjoys traveling, spending time with family, reading and gardening. She is excited to begin working with the camp!
Camp Store Manager
Ronna Egan is more than the Camp Director’s wife and wonderful mother of six beautiful children --- she is also a creative inspiration to camp and the Camp Store Manager. Having received her BFA in Interior Design from Marywood University, Ronna has put her creativity and experience to practice at The Pines through many renovations including the redesign of the Camp Store. Her favorite part about The Pines is the amazing staff and the fact that she doesn’t have to cook as often! Juggling her role as wife, mother, teacher, and Camp Store Manager, Ronna pulls it off seamlessly. She is looking forward to many years at The Pines helping kids grow closer to God.
Camp Administrative Assistant
Gretchen Garey began working for The Pines Catholic Camp in February of 2016. She’s been married to her husband, Dale, for 21 years and has 5 children and 12 grandchildren. She is passionate about her faith, although not Catholic, and has found a home here among The Pines Family. She serves as a leader for a Bible Study Small Group and, also, Celebrate Recovery at her home church. She lives two miles from The Pines and considers her job as part-time Administrative Assistant, as a perfect fit.
She grew up in Allentown, PA and spent summers going to church camp and, also, in Canada boating the Rideau Canal systems and moved to Big Sandy, TX in 1990. She started off her career as an auto insurance adjuster, then took a break to stay home raising her children, went on to work in the public school system working with children with behavioral issues, from there went on to work as a Food Service Director at a camp for children with the same issues as well as at her church summer camp. Camp atmosphere has been part of her life & work history for many years.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her large family, traveling with her husband, reading, swimming, and kayaking.
Helen Mary Halphen
Dallas Administrative Assistant
Helen Mary began working at The Pines in April 2015. She is originally from Jackson, MS and graduated from Spring Hill College. In addition to living in Mississippi she also resided in Lafayette, LA and moved to Allen, Texas in the spring of 2004. She and her husband Ed are currently enjoying an empty nest while their two children attend LSU; Andrew is a junior majoring in finance and Mary Catherine a sophomore nutrition/dietetics major.
Her daughter, aka Hammer, became a camper the summer of 2010 and now spends her summers as a counselor at The Pines. It is through her daughter’s love of camp that Helen Mary became familiar with the greatness of The Pines and was thrilled to accept the job of Administrative Assistant.
Besides spending time with family and friends throughout the south, Helen Mary also enjoys cooking, reading, and running.