Camp To Belong Georgia is led by a working board of 13 volunteers and a part-time executive director. We are currently seeking additional board members with a heart for separated siblings and a desire to serve others.
Robert Tysver, B.S. Accounting, B.S. Finance, CPA – Board Chairman
Robert Tysver joined the Camp To Belong-Georgia board in late 2012 after serving as a camp counselor earlier that year. Robert received both a BS in Accounting and BS in Finance from Florida State University. He currently works with Invesco Ltd. (IVZ) as a senior systems analyst and is an active CPA. Prior to Invesco, Robert worked in the public accounting industry for seven years.
During his childhood, Robert was separated from his siblings in foster care. He was eventually reunited with them and they were adopted into a family of 11 children. As a result of his experience, Robert truly believes in CTB’s mission and purpose of bringing separated siblings back together. Robert serves as a lead counselor at camp.
Robert and his wife, Jenny, reside in Lilburn, Georgia and have two children (a girl and a boy).
Jennifer D. Fehd – Board Vice Chairperson
Jennie Fehd joined Camp To Belong-Georgia board in 2015. Jennie has been volunteering with CTB for the past 4 summers. Jennie got to witness firsthand the impact CTB made on these children’s lives and knew it was an organization she wanted to be involved in. She is currently serving as the CTB Secretary and is helping in Volunteer Recruitment. Jennie has always enjoyed working with children and for the past 10 years she worked in a non-profit that provided 24/7 services for at-risk children in the foster care system. She is currently working in an engineering firm in Roswell, GA, but enjoys volunteering with the non-profit’s foster care program.
Jennie resides in Marietta, GA with her husband Karl and her two boys. She is surrounded by family and enjoys getting to spend time with them.
Jenny Tysver, B.A. Business Administration, Concentration in Accounting – Treasurer
Jenny Tysver joined the Camp To Belong-Georgia board in early 2017, succeeding her husband, Robert, in this role. Jenny received a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Wesleyan College. She has passed the CPA exam and is currently pursuing her MBA from Georgia Southern University. She recently left her job as the Vice President of Accounting at Cortland Partners to focus on school and family.
Jenny coaches her daughter’s youth soccer team and is actively engaged with her son’s baseball team. She is also the treasurer for her son’s Cub Scout pack.
Jenny and Robert live in Lilburn, Georgia with their two children.
Debby Carty-Campbell, B.S. Management, MBA – Board Secretary
Debby Carty-Campbell became a Camp To Belong-Georgia team member in 2007 and was on the founding board of Camp To Belong-Georgia. Since that time, she has acted as the secretary of the Board of Directors, assistant camp director, camp director and camp day captain. Debby is part of the counselor and volunteer recruiting for CTB-Georgia. She served as a camp counselor for the first four camps and has been in leadership at camp ever since then. She is passionate about CTB's mission and purpose.
Debby has worked with special needs children for 24 years. For the past 17 years, she has worked with young adults that have cognitive disabilities to help give them the opportunity to receive vocational experiences, while developing skills needed to successfully transition into a more independent life.
Debby and her husband, John, have raised three daughters and have nine grandchildren. They live in Canton, Georgia.
Traci Bensley - Executive Director
Traci Bensley joined Camp To Belong-Georgia as Executive Director in 2012. Traci’s professional career began as a CPA working for a large public utility in various accounting and finance departments. However, her true passions were discovered after leaving the work force to become a full time mom to her three boys. Traci became actively involved within her neighborhood and surrounding community, serving on the boards of various athletic associations and taking on leadership roles within the PTA at the schools her children attended.
Having grown up with a close extended family, including a younger brother, and now having kids of her own, Traci is passionate about the importance of family bonds and desires to make a difference in the lives of kids from broken families. In her spare time, Traci enjoys playing tennis and running. She lives in Powder Springs, Georgia with her husband, Danny, and her and boys.
Andrew Benesh, MS Doctoral Student and Teaching Assistant - Co-Camp Director
Andrew Benesh began volunteering as a camp counselor with Camp to Belong - Georgia in 2013. After two summers of volunteering, Andrew wanted to be more involved with Camp to Belong-Georgia, and asked to become a board member. Andrew will be moving into camp leadership next year. Andrew is currently pursuing a PhD in Family Therapy at the Florida State University. Andrew's research and clinical work is focused on improving the lives of youth in the child welfare system by improving foster parent training.
Andrew currently works at the FSU Center for Couple and Family Therapy providing treatment to children and families. Andrew and his wife live in Tallahassee, FL
Rachel Frazier B.S. Human Services
Rachel Frazier joined the Camp To Belong-GA team in January, 2014 as the Spring intern and immediately fell in love with its mission. She served as a camp counselor in 2014 and joined the board soon after camp. Through working with CTB-GA, Rachel has realized her passion for children who have endured separation from their siblings. Rachel graduated from Kennesaw State University in December 2014. She plans to attend Graduate School in order to obtain a Master of Social Work and then go on to work within the foster care system.
Rachel currently resides in Marietta, where she is a full time nanny. She has five brothers and one sister and is very passionate about the importance of family, and especially the sibling bond. Rachel enjoys hiking, baking, making people laugh, and spending time with family and friends.
Ross Cooper, B.B.A. Marketing – Fundraising Committee
As a founding member of the organization in Georgia, Ross Cooper began his service to Camp To Belong-Georgia as Board Chair of the Georgia affiliate in early 2008. Since then, he has co-chaired camper recruitment, volunteer recruitment, and grant writing committees. By far his most rewarding camp experience was volunteering as a counselor for the inaugural Georgia camp in 2008.
Ross is also President of QLM Quantum Marketing. The agency provides marketing services to a wide variety of industries and brands, including Hanes Brands, Russell Athletic, Bellsouth/AT&T, and Kraft Foods. Ross started his career with Procter & Gamble where he led promotion planning for all food and beverage division brands, such as Jif, Duncan Hines, Pringles and Folgers. He then joined Prince Foods as Group Product Manager where he launched Classico Pasta Sauces, a line of premium regional Italian sauces. Ross joined QLM in 1992 as Vice President Account Director where his responsibilities have grown as has his innovative promotion expertise.
Ross is married and has three children and two siblings. These relationships have strengthened his commitment to the rights of sibling connection for foster children. Mr. Cooper lives in Dunwoody, Georgia, with his family.
Lindsay Odom, B.S. Accounting, M.S. Accounting, Cosmetologist
Lindsay Rose Newman attended the University of Alabama. She has an undergraduate and Master’s in Accounting as well as her license in cosmetology. She is currently working as a stylist and salon manager at Salon Allure in Huntsville, AL. Lindsay began her journey with Camp To Belong-Georgia as a day volunteer, became a camp counselor for several years, served as co-assistant director for two years and camp director as two years. Now Lindsay continues to serve on the board and assists with transportation needs for camp. To continue her Camp To Belong journey, Lindsay also helped to start Camp To Belong Alabama.
Lindsay is close to her family, including a brother and two sisters. She grew up on the lake in Guntersville, AL and currently lives in Huntsville, Alabama. Lindsay still very much enjoys being around water and participating in outdoor activities. Lindsay spent all of her summers from elementary school to high school on the lake and attending summer camps. Lindsay has always enjoyed how camp can bring people of different backgrounds and different situations together.
Kelsey Prezioso, B. S. Criminal Justice
Kelsey Prezioso holds a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Kennesaw State University. During Kelsey's senior year of college, she participated in a study abroad program in the Netherlands and Germany that focused on International Crime and Human Rights. Kelsey became a part of Camp To Belong - Georgia as a camp counselor in 2012. She joined the board in 2016 and became a part of the leadership team in 2017. Kelsey found her passion for social work and working with foster children while volunteering at camp. She enjoyed it so much in 2016, she joined the Cobb County Department of Family and Children Services as a foster care case manager. Kelsey enjoys returning to camp every summer to see the growth and bonds between each sibling.
Katie Cawthon, B.S.W. Social Work, Co-Camp Director
Katie Cawthon joined the Camp To Belong-GA family as a camp counselor in 2011, and immediately knew she would never be the same. Getting to know the campers, hear their stories, and watch their sibling relationships strengthen and grow changed her life - her passion for foster children intensified, and she learned to appreciate her own brother even more.
Katie graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's of Social Work in May 2013. In 2014, she went on the World Race, an 11-month mission trip to 11 different countries, which was incredible and life-changing, but sadly caused her to miss camp that summer. She currently works as the Missions Coordinator at Perry United Methodist Church, where she coordinates all local and international mission efforts, including projects that benefit children in foster care! She is also a foster parent adn has even had some of her own kids come to camp. Camp is one of Katie's favorite times of the year!
John Carty-Campbell, B.S. Management, MBA, CFP®
John Carty-Campbell became a Camp To Belong-Georgia team member in 2012. John served as board chairman for three years. He is a part of the counselor and volunteer recruiting for CTB-Georgia and has been the lead trainer for counselors for ten camps.
John worked for Fortune 500 companies for 23 years prior to joining the financial services industry and becoming a CFP®. He has taught for the Executive Program in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and teaches at Emory University. John and his wife, Debby, have two grandchildren who were separated due to their mother's passing since the children lived with separate fathers. John has a brother and a sister and cherishes his close family bonds.