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Meet Our Staff

Chip Hutler, Site Director

Chip has been involved in United Methodist and YMCA Camps for the past 30 years. He is looking forward to seeing you at Wesley Woods and sharing all that Wesley Woods has to offer: a place to retreat, relax and renew as well awesome summer camp experiences.  He enjoys the beauty of God’s creation and spending time hiking, biking and photography. Chip lives at Wesley Woods with his wife Laura and their chocolate lab Abby.

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 11+ grandchildren. Hometown: Indianola, Iowa.

Gracie Gibler, Program Coordinator

Gracie is an Iowa native who is passionate about the Iowa United Methodist Camping Program and is excited to help grow and oversee the summer and year around youth programs at Wesley Woods.  She spent many of her high school and college summers at Wesley Woods and loves working alongside the summer and year around staff to ensure campers and guests have wonderful experience.

John Miller, Maintenance

John has been full time staff at Wesley Woods for more than 30 years. He has served on Summer Staff, Volunteer Ministry Assistant and Ranch Manager before taking over as Building and Grounds Manager. John is originally from northeast Missouri and is married to Lora Appenzeller. John and Lora are blessed with four children:  Andreas, Annaliese, Angelika and Anson.

Marni McMillan, House Keeper

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

Matt Dahlin, Retreat Coordinator

Matt has worked in Iowa United Methodist Camps for seven years. Matt’s experience includes working at Okoboji UM Camp as the Waterfront Coordinator, High Ropes Coordinator and Ministry Assistant. He is looking forward to working with groups and volunteers to assure great experiences here at Wesley Woods!

Rick Peake, Food Service Coordinator

After 30 plus years managing in the foodservice industry Rick felt called to return to his roots in the camp kitchen.  With experience at three previous camps and several other foodservice operations Rick brings a passion for tasty food and superior service. He is excited to be working with the camp staff team to make Wesley Woods the number one choice for camping and retreats in Central Iowa.

Michael Curtis, Equestrian Coordinator

Michael has an extensive history of working and playing with horses which began in 1987. She is always happy to share her equine knowledge with anyone that wants to learn more about horses. Michael is excited to continue offering year around lessons, therapeutic riding opportunities, trail rides, pony rides, parties and veterans programs as well as our amazing summer camp program. Michael, originally from Kentucky, and her husband of 17 years, Matt, reside in Newton.

Bill Tomlinson, 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.