Meet The Directors

Ok, so here’s the thing…our Directors are just as cool as our Counselors and cannot wait to hang out with you. We like to say “we’re standing on the shoulders of those who’ve come before us,” meaning that our job is to serve you and serve our Counselors until we’re blue in the face.

Our family has been running Camp Huawni since Daddy Earl turned his dream into reality in 1965. We take great pride in making sure your Camp Huawni experience continues to get better and better every summer. Meet our Full Time Team!

Travis Adams

Owner & CEO

Travis has spent 28 summers at Camp Huawni. Travis is the grandson of Earl and Retha Adams, Founders of Camp Huawni. Travis is married to the love of his life, Mandi, and together they have two sons, Barrett “Bear” Clark Adams and John Brooks Adams. Travis graduated from Texas Christian University in 2003 with a degree in Finance and a minor in Communication. Travis received his MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Acton School of Business in 2009. Mandi received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication at Texas A&M University and recently completed her graduate degree with a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Travis and Mandi both have a bent for raising up the next generation.

TJ Nicholson

Executive Director

TJ grew up right here in East Texas and graduated from East Texas Baptist University. He’s worked in camping for over two decades. TJ and his wife, Amanda, met at Pine Cove while on Staff in the Summer of 2003 and married in 2006. They have 3 kids; Jace, Adley, and Crew who have grown up as camp kids their entire life. Amanda received her teaching degree from Texas A&M University and was a Teacher in the Tyler Independent School District before becoming a stay at home mom. Both TJ and Amanda are passionate about caring and shepherding Staff. Their entire family is excited about being apart of the Huawni family.

Billy Martin

Men’s Staff Director

Billy won a gold medal at the 2011 Karate World Championship.

Billy Martin is in his second year as Men’s Staff Director. Billy grew up in Seattle, Washington and is a natural leader. He loves the outdoors, camp and what it does for children, and baseball. Billy was a Huawni Senior Counselor at Camp Huawni for two summers and a recent graduate of the Huawni Legacy Development Program. Billy graduated from Colorado Christian University in Denver, Colorado with a degree in Youth Ministry and a minor in Business. Billy has been heavily involved with Young Life over the years and has dedicated much of his life to investing in youth.

Alex Perez

Women’s Staff Director

Alex enjoys spending her weekends outside with her dog, Beckett.

Alex grew up in Dallas, Texas and her journey at Huawni started as a camper in 2003. In 2012, Alex was hired as a CIT and spent five more summers on staff, including as an Assistant Director and Marketing Intern. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Advertising and Marketing, Alex worked for Pine Cove Summer Camps. Alex is passionate about making Huawni an environment that allows people to freely discover who they were designed to be. She truly enjoys getting to invest in the lives of our Staff and Campers in the midst of all the fun that Summer camp provides.

Tim Krueger

Campus Director

Tim grew up in Center, Texas and has a passion for creative problem solving. Tim graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002 with a degree in Hospitality Administration and worked all over North America in Hotel Management Operations and Corporate Quality Assurance Consulting, but felt tied to his East Texas roots. Tim enjoys working behind the scenes and ensuring the campers, counselors, and staff have the opportunity to have fun, play, and grow in a safe environment. Before Summer 2019, Tim will marry his best friend, Andrea, and looks forward to building their future together.

Lauren McCrory

Director of Family Relations

Lauren is an avid coffee mug collector - she owns around 30 mugs.

Lauren is from Richland, Mississippi and will graduate in December with a degree in Business Management from Mississippi State University. While searching for somewhere to spend her summer in 2015, Lauren stumbled across Camp Huawni and has been back every summer since. She has an adventurous heart and strives to always make people feel welcomed. Lauren’s number one goal is to help others get a glimpse of the unique environment Camp Huawni has to offer campers and their families so they can grow to love camp as much as she has.

We'll Call You! One of our directors will be happy to give you a call

Ms. Ada Earl

Head Cook & Queen of the Dining Hall

Other than fried chicken, Ms. Ada is famous for dancing at meals!

Miss Ada might soon be your favorite person at Camp. Ada’s favorite ingredient is “love,” and we’re still trying to figure out how she serves it to you with every summer meal. She has a servant’s heart and is such a blessing to all of Camp. If there’s just one reason for you to go to Camp, it’s to eat Miss Ada’s famous, famous, most famous fried chicken served the first evening at Camp. Your friends who already go to Camp crave it year round! We only get it once a session, but it sure is hard to forget.

Heard enough about the directors? Check out the history of Huawni.

Show Me Huawni’s History

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