ABOUT GRAND OAKS:
Grand Oaks Staff
Brad Fields, wife Erin and son Judah moved on campus and joined our team in May of 2016. Brad spent the ensuing months learning the camp operation in anticipation of transitioning to camp manager. In addition to learning the Grand Oaks “physical plant” operation, his business and computer skills have served well and he is now handling the billing and record keeping as well as helping guide a website renewal. Brad has a military background having served 4 ½ years in the active duty Air Force following high school. Initially he maintained B-1B aircraft. Following active duty he settled in Wichita and continued serving in the active reserves for 15 ½ years. He is trained in weapons safety instruction and also has led event security operations. After several years of employment at Boeing Aircraft his job moved to other locations, but he didn’t! Using the education benefits previously earned, he returned to school at Butler Community College earning an associate degree in Criminal Justice and another in Applied Science. He then earned his degree in Business Administration from Friends University. He has also worked toward a master’s degree in Business at Friends. Joining the Fields family on January 26th, 2017 was Manaen Donald Fields. [And, just so you know, Brad does not have a head cold…a serious bike accident as a young teen destroyed his voice box and he now has a very deep voice.
Don & Jolette Boyer have served at Grand Oaks since February of 1986. Until 2016, Jolette took care of all the food planning and ordering as well as many office duties. As Manager, Don oversaw the care, maintenance and daily operation of the campus as well as serving as the guest contact person and public relations representative. Currently, Jolette is assisting in the care of grandsons and advising the food service coordinator in her duties. Don now serves as assistant camp manager in charge of much of the maintenance operation as well as some public relations. The Boyers live off campus about a mile or so up the road. Don & Jolette attended and met at Northeast Missouri [Truman] State University from which Don holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. He was pursuing a career in teaching high school Industrial Arts when the Lord called them to serve at Grand Oaks.
Erin Fields assumed the newly created role of food service coordinator in 2016, working closely with Jolette to learn the process of planning and ordering the tons of food consumed during summer camps. She meets with our volunteer cook staff on the first day of camp and also helps guide the clean up process on the last day. Being the one near the office, Erin takes care of the daily office duties of answering the phone and handling the bills and gifts in the daily mail. Erin has extensive experience in camp ministry having grown up here at Grand Oaks serving as summer maintenance helper and lifeguard. She served two summers on staff at Riverbend Retreat Center in Texas and two years as Assistant Manager at Linden Valley Conference Center in Tennessee. She holds a Business Administration Degree from Belmont University and Master of Business Law from Friends University.
Each summer Grand Oaks employs several lifeguards to ensure safety at our pool and lake.