Meet the Full Time Staff of Annunciation Heights

the AWESOME Men and Women devoted to making our visitors know and experience true friendship with Jesus in a new and transformative way.

Kyle Mills

CEO & Executive Director

A Colorado native, Kyle brings to the role of Executive Director countless experiences that prepared him well to lead Annunciation Heights. Kyle is married to his lovely bride Amberly, and they have four kids. Kyle enjoys hiking, reading scripture, being with his family, and creating an awesome Camp experience for all those that step foot on the holy ground of Annunciation Heights.

Kyle’s favorite Bible story:
The Creation Story

Kyle’s favorite quote:
“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!”
-St. Catherine of Sienna

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Fr. Donatian Kaigoma


Originally from Tanzania, Fr. Donatian is a gift to the Annunciation Heights Camp through his compassionate love and attending care to campers and staff. He walks with campers, retreatants, and adult leaders to encounter Jesus Christ.  He provides spiritual care to counselors, missionaries, full time staff, summer staff, and those who come to experience the love of God here in the mountains. 

Donatian loves long distance hiking, music and traveling during his free time. He is a Catholic Priest from Catholic Diocese of Geita, Tanzania.

Donatian’s Favorite Bible story:
The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet story (John 13: 1-17).

Donatian’s favorite quote:
“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Luke Hlavin

Assistant Camp Director

Raised on the East Coast, Luke fell in love with the outdoors in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. After working as a backpacking guide in Utah, though, he found the wilderness of the American West to be entirely captivating, bringing him back to the mountains of Colorado today. Luke directs the development and execution of the program offerings of the camp, striving to allow Christ’s love to be shared with all who visit Annunciation Heights. When not at work, Luke loves to play the guitar, go hiking with his wife Nicola, and work to improve his climbing.

Luke’s favorite Bible story:
The Good Shepherd

Luke’s favorite quote:
“The glory of God is man fully alive.” -St. Irenaeus

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Catherine Wurts

Director of John Paul II Outdoor Lab

Camping and hiking in the mountains of southern California is where Catherine learned to love the great outdoors and their Creator. After many years in education and ministry, she is thrilled to be leading Annunciation Heights’ outdoor science and leadership program as Director of JPII Outdoor Labs. Catherine enjoys hiking, reading, cooking & eating great food with friends, and watching the sun rise over a new day.

Catherine’s favorite bible story:
The Good Samaritan

Catherine’s favorite quote:
“Behold, I make all things new.” – Jesus

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Tom Myers

Senior Mission Advancement Officer

Raised in New Jersey, Tom moved to Colorado in 2018. As the Senior Mission Advancement Officer Tom channels his passion for the outdoors and families to align the interests of others with the mission of Annunciation Heights. In his spare time Tom enjoys rock climbing, fencing and finding good spots to set up his hammock.

Tom’s favorite Bible story:
Last Supper Discourse (John 14-17)

Tom’s favorite quote:
“For the Son of God, Jesus Christ…was not Yes and No; but in him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him.” (2 Cor. 1:19-20)

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Jerry Bellendir

Business Manager

A native of Colorado, Jerry brings 30 years of accounting and managerial experience to Annunciation Heights. Jerry lives in Greeley, CO with his wife Jackie. They have three daughters and six grand kids. Jerry enjoys working on Respect Life issues and attending their grandkids events.

Jerry’s favorite Bible story:
The Prodigal Son

Jerry’s favorite quote:
“The fruit of silence is prayer, the fruit of prayer is faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service and the fruit of service is peace.”– Mother Theresa

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Thomas Thompson

Facilities & Maintenance Manager

Originally from Conifer, CO, Thomas has lived in the Estes Park area for several years. Before moving to Estes Park, he served for five years as a Navy Seabee. When he’s not beautifully maintaining the property of Annunciation Heights, Thomas enjoys hiking, hunting, and spending time with his new bride, Ellen.

Thomas’ favorite Bible story:
Jonah and the whale

Thomas’ favorite quote:
“From small beginnings come great things.”

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Josh Marcantonio

Adventure & Land Manager / Maintenance Assistant

A native of the Estes Park area, Josh is our Jack-of-all-trades. He oversees our 1,000 foot zip-line and challenge course, he manages our forest, and he pitches in with countless maintenance projects. When he’s not giving 110% to AH, he enjoys hiking big mountains, leading our staff and missionaries in CrossFit workouts, and being with his wife, Cynthia, and their five kids.

Josh’s favorite Bible story:
The Prodigal Son

Josh’s favorite quote:
“It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.” -St. Ignatius of Loyola

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Mikaela Chandler

Assistant Program Director

Mikaela loves everything camp: games, ropes, dining hall chatter, and the amazing natural views. Raised in the north woods of Minnesota, she has been drawn to the beauty of mountains ever since she can remember. From exploring the Saw-tooth Mountains on the shoreline of Lake Superior to the Appalachians of Georgia she is excited to see what the creator does and will do in the Rocky Mountains. In her free time Mikaela likes to dance, do puzzles, and ski.

Mikaela’s favorite Bible story:
The Raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-44)

Mikaela’s favorite quote:
“It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” G. K. Chesterton

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Brenda Brown

Guest Services & Office Manager

When you call Annunciation Heights, the kind and friendly voice you’ll hear on our end is that of Brenda Brown. Originally from the East Coast, Brenda has lived in the Estes Park area for nearly 30 years with her husband Paul. They have two grown kids. Brenda enjoys writing, reading about the lives of saints, and talking about the greatness of St. John Paul II.

Brenda’s favorite Bible story:
Daniel and the Lion’s Den

Brenda’s favorite quote:
“I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it.” -St. Faustina

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Bernadette Buches

Guest Services Coordinator

From Lakewood, CO, Bernadette is a recent graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas College. Bernadette serves AH in many different ways, which includes overseeing housekeeping and serving as the Head Guest Master. Bernadette enjoys baking, swimming, and reading.

Bernadette’s favorite Bible story:
Jesus calming the storm

Bernadette’s favorite quote:
“The mountains are calling and I must go.” -John Mui

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Victor Rojas

Assistant Cook

Victor originally hails from Mexico, but he has lived in the Estes Park area for more than 20 years. Victor does it all for us at Annunciation Heights, and he does it all with a smile on his face. In addition to helping in the kitchen, he helps our maintenance guys with various projects, and he tackles countless other random projects, as well.

Victor’s favorite Bible story:
Jonah and the whale

Victor’s favorite quote:
“Joy is a net of love by which we catch souls.” 
-Mother Teresa

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