Kia Kima Alumni Association

Board of Directors

The Executive Board of the Association is composed of nine elected members, each serves a three-year term, along with two camp staff liaisons. Three new members are elected each year by the dues paid members of the Alumni Association.

Elected Directors (2021)

Chuck Barber – Chuck is an Account Manager, Strategic Accounts Group for T-Mobile for Business where he is also a member of the T-Mobile Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Chuck is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and former Lodge Chief of the Ahoalan-Nachpikin Lodge. Chuck served nine years on the Kia Kima Staff and volunteers for at least one week every summer and with Winter Camp. He has served the KKAA as Activities Chair, Treasurer and a three term President. Recipient of the OA Founder’s Award, Volunteer of the Year from the Blues Foundation and the KKAA’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Ryan Cooper – Ryan is the Director of Information Technology at Nesvick Trading Group. An Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, Ryan served on KKSR Staph (1996-2004) in various positions including Camp Cherokee Program Director, Camp Osage Program Director, and COPE Director.  Ryan currently serves as Eastern District Chairman of the Chickasaw Council and is a member of the National Camp Accreditation Team. Ryan is a former Ahoalan-Nachpikin Lodge Chief and recipient of the OA Founder's Award, Silver Thunderbird Award, and KKAA Service Award.

Andrew Schrack – Andrew is an Attorney, licensed in Tennessee and Arkansas, and practices commercial and construction litigation with Butler Snow LLP in Memphis, TN. Andrew worked at Kia Kima from 2010 through 2017. During that time he served four years in Cherokee Scoutcraft, three years as Osage Program Director, and one year as Cherokee Camp Director. Eagle Scout; OA Vigil Honor; OA Lodge Chief (2012, 2013); KKAA President (2015, 2016, 2017). Andrew currently serves as the Ahoalan-Nachpikin Lodge Advisor.

Elected Directors (2021 - 2022)

Mark Follis, PhD – Mark is a Certified Arborist and President of Follis Tree Preservation in Memphis, TN. An Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow member, Mark was a camper at both the original camp property and at Kia Kima Scout Reservation. He served on the Staph from 1968 to 1970 in the Osage Nature Lodge. Mark has been a key bridge between the Old Kia Kima Preservation Association and the KKAA.

Brian Leith – Majority owner, Nesvick Trading Group, LLC. Memphis, TN., Brian is a proud Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member and served as OA Lodge Chief (1995-1997) and recipient of the Silver Beaver award. While on Kia Kima Staph (1993-2002), Brian served on Osage nature staff before becoming the camp’s program director for five of those years. Having not missed a camp takedown weekend since 1993, Brian continues to volunteer his time at the Reservation on a regular basis. Brian’s wife Katie and his brother-in-laws, Spencer and Clayton all served on KKSR Staph for many years.

Graham Warr, MD – Graham Warr is a primary care physician with Baptist medical group in Germantown, TN. An Eagle Scout from Troop 34 in Memphis, TN, Graham currently serves as an adult leader with Troop 241 at Christ Methodist where his son Alex was awarded his Eagle in 2016. Having first arrived at Kia Kima at the age of three, Graham spent a week every summer at Kia Kima alongside his father, Dr. Otis Warr III while “Doc Warr” served as the camp doctor for many years. During these ‘pre- scouting” summers, Graham learned to swim, paddle a canoe and shoot a rifle on the banks of the South Fork River. Graham’s two brothers, Otis IV and Jim, are also Eagle Scouts from Troop 34 and were on the Cherokee staph for many years.

Elected Directors (2021 - 2023)

Jason Hood – Jason is an Attorney and Counselor at Law with Davies Hood PLLC. Jason is an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member, Order of the Arrow. KKSR Staph (1979, Camp Osage Nature; 1980, Dining Hall Steward; Camp Cherokee Program Director, 1983, 1984, 1991, and 1992). Former Chickasaw Council president, council commissioner, and long-time council executive board member. Boy Scout volunteer on national, regional, area, and local levels. Troop 34 committee member. Vice-Chair, American Red Cross Mid-South Chapter Advisory Board. Pinecrest Camp and Retreat Center Board Chair. Idlewild Presbyterian Church (USA).

Alexandra Howard - Alexandra Howard is a Business Planning and Policy Specialist with Youth Villages in Memphis, TN. While working on staph, Alexandra spent three years in Osage Nature Lodge, two years as Cherokee Program Director and two years as Osage Program Director. Alexandra has served on the KKAA's board as the Camp liaison (2016-2018) as well as the KKAA's secretary (2020).

Ken Kimble – Ken Kimble is the National Managing Director of Development at Youth Villages in Memphis, TN. Ken spent most of his years at Kia Kima (1991-1995, 1999) working with high adventure programs. He was appointed Reservation Director (2000-2001) while working as a professional Scouter for the Chickasaw Council. Ken is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor Member of the OA and was the last Chief of the Chickasah Lodge. He has served as Vice President, Chickasaw Council Executive Board (2017-2020) and is a master educator for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Ken and his family are members of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Camp Staff Liaisons (2021)

Jeremy Palazolo - Jeremy is the Chickasaw Council Director of Support Services, an Eagle Scout from Troop 34, and a Vigil Honor member, Order of the Arrow. Jeremy has served many years on Kia Kima Staph, including as the Reservation Director for the last several years.

Dalton Cook - Dalton Cook is currently a student at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis. Dalton is an Eagle Scout from Troop 64 and continues to serve as Camp Osage Program Director for a third year.

Officers

The Officers of the Association are elected by the Board of Directors annually for a one year term.

President Jason Hood (President@KiaKimaAlumni.org)

Secretary Ryan Cooper (Secretary@KiaKimaAlumni.org)

Treasurer Alexandra Howard (Treasurer@KiaKimaAlumni.org)


The Kia Kima Alumni Association is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation in the State of Arkansas. EIN: 47-2796543
PO Box 342855
Memphis, TN 38184

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