Our staff work hard on creating safe memorable experiences

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 youth. All staff members undergo extensive training before the camp season, emphasizing safety, mentor development and so much more.

Potter's Ranch is the facility and staff that makes up Kids & Teen Quest, which is a full time, all year round Wilderness Retreat that accommodates 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 Quest Camp. (Camp Infinity & Conservation Camp has additional staffing & programs of their own; we work together for the Quest Camp 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 & Teen 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 opportunity 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

  • Executive Director
  • Potter's Ranch Director
  • Administrative Director
  • Food Service Director
  • Facilities Director
  • Equine Director

Holly Hightchew Vornberger - Executive Director

  • Potter's Ranch Staff: All Camps

Holly Hightchew loves watching children learn. It is for this very reason that she selected to homeschool her own three children. It was only after her youngest daughter was diagnosed with profound dyslexia that Holly geared her passion and training to helping children with dyslexia successfully learn to read. She now works with dyslexic students and their parents providing reading assessments and training at The Learning Curve in Union, Ky. She also helps train parents, teachers and tutors to work with children using the Orton-Gillingham method. Holly has logged more than 500 hours working with dyslexic students, including her own. She is a Certified Barton Tutor. Holly holds a BA in Communication and Business Administration from Northern Kentucky University. She worked as the Human Resources and Public Relations Manager for Gallatin Steel in Ghent, Kentucky. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the Gallatin County Public Library in Warsaw, Kentucky, and has volunteered many summers working as a camp counselor at Happy Hills Christian Service Camp in Carrollton, Kentucky. She and her husband, Bob, have been happily married for 27 years, and along with their three children, live in Warsaw, Kentucky.

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 Quest Camps, 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 5 grandchildren.

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.

Ted Griswold - Food Service Director

  • Potter's Ranch Staff: All Camps

Having moved to KY from CT with his family after teaching music in public schools for 31 years, he was praying that he would find work in support of a Christian ministry. Some friends pointed him to Potter’s Ranch, and he began working there part-time, and soon after full-time. Ted has a heart for camp and retreat ministry, and has served in our food service, maintenance, activities, and housekeeping departments. His favorite thing about working at Potter’s Ranch is seeing God at work when groups, families and individuals come to the ranch for a visit. Ted and his wife, Sharon, have two children - Megan, who volunteers at the Ranch, and Michael. Ted and Sharon are members at Grace Fellowship Church in Florence, KY.

Chris Pitter - Facilities Director

  • Potter's Ranch Staff: All Camps

Louisa Barton - Equine Director

  • Potter's Ranch Staff: Horse & Dyslexia Camp

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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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