Erin Newport, Executive Director, joined the Colorado Lions Camp team in November 2018. Erin is a Kansas native who attended Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. She earned a Bachelors's degree in Recreation and Sports Management. Erin has spent the past 21 years in various roles throughout her camping career. She started as a counselor, then moved on to the Aquatics Director, Program Director and Camp Director. For the past 18 years, she has been in a Camp Director position for the Special Recreation Association and Camp Red Leaf in Illinois.
Erin has been involved in various boards and committees. She has sat on the ACA Illinois board for over 10 years and within that organization was the membership chair for ACA Illinois. She also served on the Mid States Camping Committee, where not only she organized the three-day conference but lead sessions on raising a family in the camping world. She built her career as a director at Camp Red Leaf where she took the camp from 200 children and adults to 800 in her tenure there. She had the opportunity to make the camp more accessible by adding a treehouse, sensory room, and open floor plans for campers to get around better with no limitations.
Witnessing firsthand the impact camp has on the campers, it also has an impact on the staff as well. Camp allows you to experience what outside the box means and how you will be the world to one person. Erin lives by the quote, "to the world you maybe one person, but to one person you maybe the world."
Angela Wolcott, the Executive Assistant, joined the Lions family full time in September 2020. Angela has an Associates's degree in Business as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science Education. Angela was a stay-at-home mom for close to a decade, after which she fulfilled a life-long dream of becoming a teacher. Prior to mothering and teaching, Angela spent years managing offices and providing bookkeeping services.
Born and raised in Ventura County, California, Angela and her husband decided to trade the Pacific Ocean for Pikes Peak. Ten years, two sons, 3 dogs, 2 turtles, and 7 chickens later they are still enjoying mountain life. Apart from being a mom and wife, Angela loves to garden, read, bake, and suffers from a strong case of wanderlust. She has had the privilege of traveling abroad to places such as China, Iceland, Costa Rica, and Europe - she looks forward to visiting many of the other places that fill her bucket list.
Lorie Smith, our Hospitality Coordinator, joined our team in 2020 where she is keeping our camp in the best condition possible! Lorie grew up in Teller County where she later laid down her family roots, raising three wonderful children, a son in California, and two daughters in Woodland Park. In addition to being a proud grandparent to her granddaughter. Lorie can also wield and deal cards as she previously was a Blackjack Dealer at Wildwood Casino. Lorie is passionate about her sports as she is a diehard fan of the Broncos and Lakers.