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United Camps, Conferences & Retreats (UCCR) is pleased to announce new Site Director Susan Souhrada to staff Clover Woods Camp and Retreat Center based in Madrid, Iowa. Souhrada stepped into the new role December 20 and reports directly to UCCR’s Chief Operating officer Kent Shelby and CEO Mike Carr.
Souhrada holds a B.A. in Biology from Luther College (IA) and an M.S. in Nutrition from Iowa State University. Her professional experience includes food service and many research positions at Iowa State University along with the position of Product and Process Improvement Manager for the Burke Corporation which is a division of Hormel Foods.
Souhrada’s small business experience includes carrying out grounds keeping operations for various county and privately owned properties in Iowa, an endeavor in which she has been involved for more than 20 years. Additionally, Souhrada has worked on the outdoor crew for a painting contractor.
“We are thrilled to bring Susan on-board, she has a wealth of pertinent experience and will surely serve Clover Woods Camp and Retreat Center and customers well.” says Shelby, COO. “Most exciting to us is her long-term dedication to Clover Woods Camp and Retreat as she has lived with her family next door to the camp for years and has volunteered many hours to watch the camp thrive.” continued Shelby.
“I have long been fond of Clover Woods and want as many people as possible to come and see the event space and consider bringing a group to enjoy staying with us.” Souhrada says.
For more info on Clover Woods Camp and Retreat Center visit uccr.org/cloverwoods or for Camp Property Management Services visit camppropertymangement.org or call 800-678-5102
United Camps, Conferences and Retreats (UCCR), a California-based non-profit cooperative is happy to announce that Matthew CastleMan has been hired as the new Site Director of Craigville Retreat Center on Cape Cod in Centerville, MA.
CastleMan follows longtime UCCR Site Directors Cynthia and John Diggs in this position. The Diggs’ are retiring after more than 30 years serving as Site Directors at many of UCCR’s California camp and retreat center facilities.
CastleMan grew up in western Massachusetts though since 2014, has been with the Springfield-based Open Pantry Community Services agency where he served as Executive Director. CastleMan holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University.
CastleMan fondly recalls spending many summers on Cape Cod visiting his grandmother. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have the opportunity to live and work here. My family and I feel so incredibly blessed that Mike Carr, CEO and the entire UCCR team have bestowed the opportunity to live on site and manage the property as Site Director. Our gratitude will continue to fuel our desire to be stewards of this beautiful piece of land, and keep the Craigville Retreat Center prospering for many years to come.” says CastleMan.
Craigville Retreat, a historic center overlooking Nantucket Sound, is owned by the Christian Camp Meeting Association (CCMA). UCCR partnered with the CCMA in 2015 to manage operations at the Craigville Retreat Center.
UCCR has been managing all aspects of facility management for camps and retreat centers since 1970. UCCR operates 13 facilities in California, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. All sites managed by UCCR are open to non-profits, schools, religious groups, and organizations for retreats, camps, meetings, reunions, educational and community gatherings. UCCR also provides program partnership to its facilities and owner group organizations through on-site support and the Web of Life Field School (WOLF). The WOLF School is an environmental education provider.
UCCR may be contacted directly at 800-678-5102 or at uccr.org
During Kent's younger years, his parents managed camps for a non-profit organization, providing a great environment for understanding the inner workings of camp property management & hospitality servicesRead More