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Tony Jones

Dr. Tony Jones

   

Tony grew up in Wilderness Works programming and may be the senior alumnus! Tony provides professional counseling services for families. Tony is also the Family and Support Coordinator at Hutchinson Elementary School in Atlanta. Tony provides key advice as a board member for Wilderness Works. Read article by Tony Jones (MS Word) »

Ronald Evans

Ronald Evans

   

Having backpacked all over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pisgah National Forest as a child, Ronald is an alumnus of Wilderness Works. Ronald enjoyed great success on the football field. Ronald attended Savannah State College. Ronald is blessed with a beautiful wife and three beautiful daughters Ronald's charismatic personality helps his work with children. Ronald brings a remarkable history for athletic ability and expertise as a personal trainer to Wilderness Works. Ronald is also a tennis devotee!

William Givens

William Givens

   

Authentic, bright and charismatic, William serves as guide and counselor. William's first-hand childhood experience overcoming harsh economic circumstances makes his counseling quite credible. Children revere William and his guidance. William earned a bachelors degree at Shorter College and later studied at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. William went on to military service in Iraq, and later returned to marry wife Gloria. William is currently earning a Master of Divinity at Mercer University. William also acts as Chaplain.

Kee Kee Allen

Kee Kee Allen

   

Kee Kee began participating in City Camp overnights when she was 12 years old. Kee Kee's favorite Wilderness Works memories are from summers at Camp Evergreen. Kee Kee chaperones for girls regularly at City Camp. Kee Kee is dedicated and mature and sets a wonderful example for girls. Kee Kee has plans for becoming a school teacher.

Kimberley Guyton

Kimberley Guyton

   

Kimberly grew up in Wilderness Works programming and went to camp for many years eventually becoming a counselor at Camp Evergreen. Kimberly champions any child she works with and is a popular leader and helper. Kimberly helps chaperone at City Camp and Camp Bob. She plans on pursuing a career in the dental field.

Laura White

Laura White

   

Laura (photo lower right) is an original overnight chaperone and Hands On Atlanta volunteer as well as award winning and notable college school student at Tulane University. Laura is a deeply caring person that channels passion into dynamic solutions for needy children. Laura's passion for children lead her to launch Wild and Water a key swimming instruction resource provided by Emory University swimming staff and volunteers. During summer months Wild and Water is a critical staple for WW programming. Laura is a valued part of the Wilderness Works family!

John Lonaker

John Lonaker

   

John (photo right) first began participating in Wilderness Works activities when he was 10 years old and grew to become a key chaperone and leader. John's wonderful, charismatic personality wins the following of a swarm of children! John is particularly interested in fauna and ecological issues. John has backpacked extensively around the U.S. and particularly in Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. John leads trips in to Pisgah National Forest for Wilderness Works.

Joseph Jones

Joseph Jones

   

Joseph is a key City Camp chaperone and knows the culture of Wilderness Works well. Joseph and all of his brothers and many of his peers grew up in Wilderness Works programming. Joseph is also a counselor at Camp Evergreen. Joseph is an accomplished science student and is focused on a career in the medical field. Joseph currently works part-time at a convalescent care center and is a senior at Tech High in Atlanta. Joseph frequently represents Wilderness Works as a guest speaker and has spoken to small and large audiences.

Ben Simms

Ben Simms

   

With a background in real estate development Ben now develops at-risk youth into the community leaders of tomorrow through a dynamic program he founded: Outdoor Wisdom Leadership School. Using exciting outdoor adventures OWLS teaches young people team-building, self-confidence, problem-solving, communication techniques and more. Ben attended undergraduate school at Davidson College and later attended graduate school at Georgia State University. Ben holds a Master of Divinity from University of the Holy Land.

Bill Mickler, Wilderness Works Director

Bill Mickler

Director (404) 441-1087

Bill Mickler is a former high school mathematics instructor and avid outdoorsman. Bill attended undergraduate school at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia and later attended graduate school at Georgia State University's School of Business Administration. "Mr. Bill", as he is commonly known by the children, is in his 28th year of leadership in youth development programming.