Our Leadership

Get to know our awesome team!

Jessi Persson, Site Director

Potosi Pines

Jessi Persson is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and more recently a graduate of Candler School of Theology, Emory University where she earned a Master of Divinity and a Certificate in Religious Education. Jessi has over nine years of experience in Camp and Retreat Ministries, and additional experience in the education and care of children. Her previous camp roles include: counselor, program staff, ropes director, discernment intern, and program director. She enjoys being active in creation, playing camp games, telling #JessiJokes, camping, and having theological conversation over a cup of cold brew coffee. She is a dog-mom to Flint, a three year old black lab with lots of personality.

Contact Jessi!

Camp office: (702) 875-1980
Cell: (406) 697-5486

Chris Mikiel-Bolan, Director of Operations

Chris Mikiel-Bolan grew up in a camp community setting which involved understanding her native culture, spiritual teachings, herbal medicine, and playing important roles within her communities’ activities. Chris has accumulated experience in nearly every aspect of business throughout her professional career. In 2022 she made her way to Potosi Pines Camp to provide contracted maintenance service but instantly fell in love with camp and what it has to offer. She joined our team in roles of grounds and facility maintenance shortly thereafter. She has since been promoted to Director of Operations, where she continues to seek the best for Potosi Pines. Chis is a mother to 4 children and has 3 grandchildren. Her youngest son and husband work at camp alongside her assisting in the kitchen, housekeeping, and maintenance. When Chris isn’t at camp you will find her on the road trucking material, operating heavy equipment, or maintaining her little farm at home with her family. 

Contact Chris! 


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Emma Gowan, Office Administrator

When Emma was 12 years old, she was invited to summer camp by a friend.  It being her first time at camp, she didn’t know what to expect; that simple invitation changed her life forever! After many summers as a camper, Emma worked on Summer Staff as a counselor and Crafts Director. After graduating from UT Chattanooga with a degree in Communications, Emma worked with many nonprofits — from summer camps to community centers to Habitat for Humanity. Emma is looking forward to being back in the camp mindset (although it feels like she’s never left.) One invitation to camp by a new friend changed Emma’s career path, friends, college choice, and camp is even where she met her husband! Needless to say, she really believes in the power of camp! Emma and her husband are raising three young boys — so free time is limited — but on the off chance she has some, she enjoys reading books and drinking lots of coffee. 

If you have questions about registration or payment, you can reach Emma using the contact info below.

Contact Emma!

Office: 928-719-6162 (call/text)

Interested in joining our team? Check out our job opportunities HERE!