Meet The Directors

We are passionate about your camper leaving our gates knowing their true significance and purpose. We believe that your child is one-of-a-kind throughout history, and we are enthusiastic about fostering an environment of growth for your child this coming summer. Meet our team!

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Travis & Mandi Adams, Owners

Travis and Mandi married in 2012 and have faithfully served Camp Huawni for the last decade. Travis has spent 30 summers at Camp Huawni. Travis is the grandson of Earl and Retha Adams, founders of Camp Huawni. Travis and Mandi have 3 sons, Barrett, John Brooks, and Westley. Travis graduated from Texas Christian University in 2003 with a degree in Finance and a minor in Communication. Travis received his MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Acton School of Business in 2009. Mandi received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication at Texas A&M University and recently completed her graduate degree with a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Travis and Mandi are passionate about making Camp Huawni a wholesome and safe environment where children truly discover their significance and purpose.

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TJ Nicholson, Executive Director

TJ grew up right here in East Texas and graduated from East Texas Baptist University. He’s worked in camping for over two decades. TJ and his wife, Amanda, met at Pine Cove while on Staff in the Summer of 2003 and married in 2006. They have 3 kids; Jace, Adley, and Crew who have grown up as camp kids their entire life. Amanda received her teaching degree from Texas A&M University and was a Teacher in the Tyler Independent School District before becoming a stay at home mom. Both TJ and Amanda are passionate about caring and shepherding Staff. Their entire family is excited about being apart of the Huawni family.

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Jonathan Cox, Men’s Director

Jonathan grew up in the Rose Capital of the world Tyler, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University in the summer of 2018 with a degree in English. Jonathan spent a year working at Sky Ranch in the Fellowship Program before joining the Camp Huawni team as the Men’s Director. Jonathan married the women’s director, Taylor Cox, on September 21st, 2019. Jonathan hopes campers leave camp knowing their true significance and purpose, and having truly grown as an individual.

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Taylor Cox, Women’s Director

Taylor is from Denison, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University in May of 2018 with a degree in Child Development. She began her journey at Camp Huawni in 2015 and spent the next three summers on Staff as a Counselor and Senior Counselor. Taylor hopes that campers and families can leave Huawni having experienced how special Camp is and knowing more about their true significance & purpose like she has during her summers at Huawni. Taylor & Jonathan married in September of 2019.

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Lauren McCrory, Director of Family Relations

Lauren is from Richland, Mississippi and graduated with a degree in Business Management from Mississippi State University. While searching for somewhere to spend her summer in 2015, Lauren stumbled across Camp Huawni and has been back every summer since. She has an adventurous heart and strives to always make people feel welcomed. Lauren’s number one goal is to help others get a glimpse of the unique environment Camp Huawni has to offer campers and their families so they can grow to love camp as much as she has.

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Ms. Ada Earl, Head Cook

Miss Ada might soon be your favorite person at Camp. Ada’s favorite ingredient is “love,” and we’re still trying to figure out how she serves it to you with every “summer meal”:/great-food. She has a servant’s heart and is such a blessing to all of Camp. If there’s just one reason for you to go to Camp, it’s to eat Miss Ada’s famous, famous, most famous fried chicken served the first evening at Camp. Your friends who already go to Camp crave it year round! We only get it once a session, but it sure is hard to forget.