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Meet Our Staff

Deke Rider, Site Director

Full time staff since 1999, serving first as Outpost Coordinator, then as Program Coordinator, Interim Site Director and named Site Director in November of 2007. Married to Su Rider (Equestrian Coordinator), with two children, Lia & Isaac. Hometown: Farmington, Iowa

Joanne Appenzeller, Office Manager

Full time staff since 1995, performing bookkeeping, keeping track of the staff, and providing hospitality services. Married to Eldon Appenzeller, with four adult children: Lora, Traci, Jennifer, and Brian. Grandmother to 10 grandchildren. Hometown: Indianola, Iowa.

Kim Campbell, Retreat Coordinator

Kim comes to us from Marshalltown and began her duties September 2015. She is looking forward to working with you. She has done mission work in Sierra Leone, Mexico and other countries. Kim is a graduate of Iowa State University and was working as office administrator in a Marshalltown church.

Suzanne Rider, Equestrian Coordinator

Full time staff since 2003. Manages the Equestrian, Archery & Ropes programs. In addition seasonally supervises waterfront programming. She spends her days planning summer schedules, teaching riding lessons/HHP and leading program activities. Married to Deke Rider (Site Director) and mother to Lia & Isaac. Hometown: Oskaloosa, Iowa

John Miller, Maintenance

Full time staff going on 25+ years. He served in program positions before taking over as Buildings & Ground Manager. Originally from Northeast Missouri, married a local girl from Indianola (Lora Appenzeller). Currently blessed with four children: Andreas, Anna, Angelika and Anson.

Marni McMillian, House Keeper

Staff since 2005. Provides clean and beautiful facilities for retreat guests. She has two children, Kiersten and Sarah. Hometown: California

Food Service Coordinator

In the Hiring Process

Bill Inson, Full Time Volunteer

He has been serving as a full time volunteer since 1991 and specializes in handyman and woodworking tasks. Married to Eileen and is a retired UMC Pastor. Resides in Indianola.


Program Assistant

Live on grounds and concentrate on the summer camp program and the Wesley Woods internet presence.