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Board of Directors

Dr. Garry Blackmon
Board Chair

Dr. Garry Blackmon serves on a number of boards and charitable foundations. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Houston Fire Fighters Relief and Retirement Fund, one of the largest pension funds in the country with assets totaling over four billion dollars. Additionally, he serves as vice-president of the Oldham Little Church Foundation. He is a former trustee of the Houston Baptist University, where he served for nine years.

He is the founder and senior pastor of Crossway Christian Fellowship in Houston, Texas. In addition he also serves as chaplain for the Houston Fire Department, a position he’s held since January 1, 1999. He is a thirty year veteran of the Houston Fire Department with fifteen of those years serving as the chaplain.

He’s been a regular seminar presenter for Leaders Edge and the UBA Church Growth Institute. He has provided the invocation at numerous functions throughout the city, including the City-Wide National Day of Prayer, the Mayor’s Breakfast, The Mayor’s serves Award Ceremony, Houston Fire Department graduations, and the City-Wide Metropolitan Baptists Ministers Conference and many other events.

Dr. Kimberly Harden
Medical Director

Dr. Kimberly Harden is a board certified family medicine physician. She is a native Houstonian, currently residing in Chicago, IL. Armed with southern charm, she delivers compassionate care to her patients in the clinic and hospital setting. Dr. Harden is currently on staff at Rush Oak Park Hospital, West Suburban Medical Center and Doctor on Demand. She serves as Medical Director for Character Camp and loves sharing fond memories of caring for campers and chaperones on summer retreat. At leisure, she enjoys cooking, foreign travel, working out and target shooting.

Dennis Bingel
Board Member

Dennis is from Ann Arbor Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Engineering. He has been a transplant to Texas for more than 25 years. He has 35 years of experience in Project Management as it relates to major projects and construction in the Utility (Gas and Electric), Hotel and Petrochemical industries. Currently, he is a celebrated project controls manager with one of our nation’s largest refiners. He enjoys serving on the Character Camp executive team because of the principles on which the organization is founded and because of the vision, passion and ethics of the leadership. Also important to Dennis is the fact that donations to Character Camp are 100% for the benefit of the children rather than to salaries and corporate overhead.

Crystal L. Jackson
Board Member

Crystal has been working in the Oil & Gas Industry for over 15 years and is currently an HR Account Manager for a global refiner.  Her passion is family and helping to develop our next generation. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband, two daughters, volunteering at the Women’s Center and working with her youth organization (L4 Foundation).

Ruth Rendon
Board Member

Ruth was born and raised in Hondo, Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

She is a part of the Marathon Petroleum team at the Galveston Bay Refinery where she manages Government and Community Affairs as well as heading up the Internal Communications Team, formerly serving as director of Government and Public Affairs for BP North America supporting the Texas City Refinery. She also was a media and community relations representative during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Before BP, Ruth worked as senior reporter for the Houston Chronicle where she was recognized for breaking news and long-term coverage of noted Andrea Yates and Clara Harris cases. She has appeared on national TV networks as well as numerous national television programs – A&E, Unsolved Mysteries, O Network and BBC – as expert in local news coverage.

Ruth also worked as a Texas Legislature correspondent for The Associated Press before transferring to the Houston bureau. She helped author “Lovin’ That Lone Star Flag” which depicts the pride Texans have in their state flag.

Ruth serves on the board of the Texas City ISD Foundation for the Future, Galveston County Economic Alliance Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House Galveston and has been named to the Galveston Chamber of Commerce board. She also is an active member of the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band and the Ex-Student’s Association PR Committee where she chairs the crisis communications subcommittee.

Ruth is married to Kevin Duke and they have one son, Ashton, a junior at Clear Creek High School.

Cora Battle
Board Member

Cora is a State Grants and Work-Study Coordinator for the University of Houston Downtown.  She helps provide State grants to high school graduates in Texas as well as those who just completed their two year degree from a community college in Texas.  She hires college students under the university’s Work-Study Program to allow students to gain work experience while attending college. Cora has been serving as a Board Member with Character Camp for three years, helping children attend Character Camp through her fundraising, volunteering and recruiting. She is enjoying being a member of a caring, hard-working and dedicated board to ensure Character Camp’s success.

Jennifer Hardy
Board Member

Jennifer Hardy graduated from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, with a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies in 2011. She has been working as a teacher of gifted students since that time. She has experience volunteering in the community with a local hospice, where she would visit nursing homes as a clown to help boost morale. She has helped with habitat for humanity building houses, and many other organizations to help people through difficulties. She enjoys chaperoning to build not only the kids’ character but hers as well. In her leisure, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, doing stand up paddleboard, playing kickball, and painting.

Alicia Hollon
Board Member

Alicia Hollon is an educator who has been serving the surrounding area since 2012. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UH-Clear Lake and is currently pursuing her M.Ed. at Lamar University. As an educator she has worked with children of diverse backgrounds and socio-economic statuses and it is her passion to assist our next generation in meeting their full potential. At leisure, she enjoys spending time with her children and family; volunteering with her church and throughout the community.