Meet The Directors

We have a professional team with a variety of youth development experience. 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 want Camp Huawni to be a place where kids know they are valued and loved. We believe in hiring fun, caring, and mature staff that are the kind of role models we want for our own kids. Travis grew up at Camp Huawni and has served in virtually every role from groundskeeper to Director since 1995. Travis and Mandi met in Austin in 2011 and decided to continue the Huawni legacy so that the next generation of kids would experience the magic. They currently live in Tyler, Tx with their three boys (Barrett, John Brooks, and Westley) where Travis works as Owner of Camp Huawni, Grow My Camp, and Mandi as a professional counselor. Their current role at Huawni is to protect the traditions and the vision of camp being a second home for all campers.

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TJ Nicholson, Executive Director

TJ grew up right here in East Texas and graduated from East Texas Baptist University. TJ has 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 at 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 grow in self-confidence and have the time of their life!

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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.