Executive Director of Ministry
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!
Executive Director of Operations and Development
Rick Villarreal comes from a Catholic family of six boys whose mom took a job in a Catholic school cafeteria to make sure her children could receive a Catholic education. After graduating from St. John High School in Gulfport, Mississippi, he attended Southern Miss where he eventually earned a degree in Sports Administration with a minor in accounting. While there, he married his high school sweetheart and faith partner D’Lynn and have since welcomed their three children (Kimberly, Justin and Tony) and six grandchildren. After some time spent in ownership of eight Domino’s Pizza franchises, Rick began a collegiate football coaching career that led him to LSU and TCU. Here, he also ran summer camps and was involved in the formation and development of Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapters at each. In 1997, Rick returned to Southern Miss where he served as an Associate Athletic Director until being named Director of Athletics at The University of North Texas in 2001. During his over fifteen years at the helm, the program experienced unparalleled growth in academic success, gender equity, fundraising, post season appearances and facilities among others. While most consider the state-of the-art Apogee Football Stadium his crowning achievement, he revels most in the dramatic increase in graduation rates and the progress made in raising women’s athletics to a level of respectability.
Active in St. Mark’s Parish in Denton, Rick has served as an usher, lector/speaker, ACTS team member and has been active in the Knights of Columbus for nearly 40 years. Rick served most recently as Vice President of The Pines’ Board of Directors, and brings a wealth of knowledge of leadership, development, facilities, and organizational excellence. His excitement for our Catholic faith and the opportunity to serve children and their families brought him out of retirement, and we are so fortunate to have him in this role.
Carla is a true fan of East Texas, attending and graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University. Carla has a degree in middle school education and several little random certifications that aided her in her roles at The Pines.
After graduating from SFA in 2014 (concluding their record-shattering basketball season), Carla headed to the East Coast to serve with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) as a missionary at Western Connecticut State University and West Virginia University. While living out the call to fulfill The Great Commission, Carla desired to return to Texas to spread the joy of the gospel in real life ways. She taught and coached for a year before the tall pines began to call!
Joining our staff in May of 2017, Carla jumped right in to the mission of camp. She loves her role, her job, and camp greatly. Carla coordinates summer camp logistics, plans and organizes some of our special events, and more. Her favorite part of the job is getting to work with an amazing team!
You can often find her on the sand volleyball court, rooting on the National Football League (minus two unmentionable teams), and writing letters to all her fans.
Kyle comes from the great state of Ohio but became a real Texan whenever he married his wife, Angela. The Hatfield's moved to The Pines in late July of 2017. They both attended camps growing up and attribute much of their faith formation to these camps. After graduating from Franciscan University with a degree in Catechetics, he took a job as a youth minister in Houston, Texas. While there, he and his wife began to feel a call to do ministry together as a family. They found The Pines and knew this was exactly where God was wanting them. Living at camp full-time, they are able to carry out the mission of The Pines together.
Kyle and Angela have been blessed with one daughter, Elizabeth, and are expecting another sweet girl, Juliana, in January 2018! Kyle enjoys spending time with his growing family, grilling, fishing, playing guitar, and reading. Within an hour of being on camp Kyle received his camp name, "McCoy." He and his family look forward to many years serving the Lord at The Pines Catholic Camp!
Director of Logistics and Formation
Andrew is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. While at Franciscan, Andrew was a part of and a leader in many campus ministries such as Homeless Ministry and S.E.N.T. Ministries.
Andrew joined The Pines Catholic Camp staff in 2014 as a summer counselor and his life was radically affected by the love and fellowship that he encountered in the Piney Woods. After pursuing a career as an Executive Team Lead with Target in 2016, Andrew felt a strong call to a life of ministry. This call led him back to the place that had changed his life forever, where he joined The Pines as the Director of Logistics and Formation in June 2018.
Andrew now handles much of our American Camp Association accreditation process as well as the training and formation for our missionaries. During his free time, he can be found enjoying a large cup of joe, rock climbing or playing volleyball. He is excited for this new role and eager to spread the joy of the Gospel!
Director of Communications and Media
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.
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 Finance
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.
Dallas Administrative Assistant
Taylor Atkinson joined The Pines staff in December 2017. Taylor spent much of her childhood in Houston before moving back and forth between Arkansas and North Texas. She graduated from high school in Little Rock, AR prior to attending Texas A&M University where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Health Education.
Taylor met her husband, Matt, at Texas A&M and they were married in June of 2017. In her free time, Taylor enjoys exploring Dallas with her husband, visiting her family, going for walks with her Golden Retriever, Darcy, and cheering on the Fightin’ Texas Aggie football team.