An amazing place for kids to enjoy summer camp

Staff Philosophy


A well trained, enthusiastic staff is the key to a positive camping experience for your child. We evaluate staff by their maturity, strong values, enthusiasm, and ability to be positive role models for children. All staff members undergo extensive training before the camp season, emphasizing safety, child development and so much more.

Potter's Ranch is the facility and staff that makes up Kids Quest, which is a full time, all year round Wilderness Retreat that accomodates thousands of guests every year, with particular care for Special Needs, Mental Illness, Wounded Veterans, and more. We are certified, and for several programs a training facility for the many activities we do at Kids Quest. (Camp Infinity & Conservation Camp has additional staffing & programs of their own; we work together for the Kids Quest Schedule)

In addition to the full time staff at Potter's Ranch, we also have certified & highly skilled speech therapists, educators, and counselors that are hired just for Kids Quest who go through our extensive and high standard interview process, looking for individuals who specialize in the required fields like Orton-Gillingham, 1-on-1 tutoring, child nurturing, and teaching experience.

There is even oportunity for our campers who have gone through our Leaders-In-Training program to become Junior Counselors for day camp when they graduate our program and turn 16, eventually earning the chance to become full counselors when they become adults.

Some Of Our Leadership Staff

  • Potter's Ranch Director
  • Food Service Director
  • Activities Director
  • Administrative Director
  • Equine Director
  • Art Instructor
  • Archery Instructor

Tony Vornberger - Director

  • Potter's Ranch Staff: All Camps

Tony Vornberger has been in boyscouts all his life, and has been a Boyscout Leader for 20 years, as well as a Nurse for 25 years. Tony brings the experience, and safety mindset to Kids Quest, along with our team of people to ensure a successful camp in every way. Tony and his wife Debbie (who is also a staff member) have 3 fully grown children, (one of which is on staff, all 3 volunteer) with 4 grandchildren.

Dave Bruggemeyer - Food Service Director

  • Potter's Ranch Staff: All Camps

David has been the Potter's Ranch chef since opening in 1997. David graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. His experience includes Food Service at Procter and Gamble, Trio Restaurant in Kenwood, The Waterfornt, Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse, and several other local restaurants. David and his wife Debbie have a son Joseph and twin daughters Lily and Mia.

Chris Gerth - Activities Director

  • Potter's Ranch Staff: All Camps

Chris Gerth volunteered a year before joining our staff full time in 2007 as Activities Director. Overseeing and instructing the many programs and camps of Kids Quest, even growing up having Dyslexia, Chris has a heart for kids and working with them in our many activities and seeing them grow individually. Chris and his wife Jayme (also a staff member) have four children.

Aaron Barker - Administrative Director

  • Potter's Ranch Staff: All Camps

Aaron is a Northern Kentucky native who graduated from Simon Kenton High School in 1999. Throughout the years he has worked in youth ministry, training, customer service, sales and logistics and has been an itinerant evangelist preaching revivals and providing pulpit supply for nearly 20 years. Outside of the wonderful atmosphere and ministry provided at Potter’s Ranch, Aaron also hosts a popular podcast entitled “The Breakdown.” With nearly 10,000 show downloads in 2017 and thousands of unique monthly visitors at www.breakdradio.com, Aaron provides social and political commentary from a Biblical perspective with the Gospel in the crosshairs of every conversation. He has been married to Allison for 16 years and they have two beautiful daughters, Makayla and Bree. The Barker’s attend Grace Fellowship Church in Florence, KY.

JoEllen Mullins - Equine Director

  • Potter's Ranch Staff: Horse & Dyslexia Camp

JoEllen was a 4-H horse member for 10 years. Started teaching riding lessons at 16 and worked summers as a horse camp counselor for Camp McMillan Girl Scouts. Then became the Equestrian Director of Red Cedar Center for Special Services, Fort Wayne, In. She moved to Cincinnati after being offered the Equestrian Program Director position at YMCA Camp Kern and later became the Equestrian Director for their Year Round Equine programs. JoEllen also served as Board President for Ohio Therapeutic Horsemanship 501©3 and is now the Potter's Ranch Equine Director.

Allison Barker - Art Instructor

  • Potter's Ranch Staff: All Camps

Allison Barker is a graduate of Antonelli College with a degree in Interior Design and has studied art formally for many years. She enjoys the different artistic styles and outlets as they express the majesty and beauty of Christ's creation. Allison has been married for 16 years to Aaron (our Administrator Director) and they have two beautiful daughters together.

Tracy Maxwell - Archery Instructor

  • Potter's Ranch Staff: Adventure & Dyslexia Camp

Tracy Maxwell has 45 years of experience shooting Archery, and approximately 20+ years of competitive shooting. Her family originatd a local club titled Boone Co. Bow Hunters around 49 years ago, and she emphasized safety as their #1 rule in Arhcery. Working with children and young adults has been a passion of hers to be able to share with them the skill sets and fundamentals of Archery.

Join Our Team


Whether you would like to join the team as a Counselor, Program Instructor, or wherever you can help, please fill out the form below to start the process.

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