Our Staff


Relena Lyddon Myers,  Director

Relena and her husband, Tommy, and two children moved to Alaska in June 2016.  Relena grew up on the prairie in Nebraska’s Sandhills; she has lived in Wyoming, Colorado, and Quebec, too. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Northern Colorado.  She is currently completing a Master of Arts in Outdoor Leadership from Denver Seminary.   She also has education and experience in nursing and social work.  She loves time in fellowship with family and friends; and enjoys swimming, “backyard living,” camping (especially campfire and “beach” time), fishing, archery, skiing and snowshoeing, gardening, nature and environmental education.  She and her family enjoy traveling and learning about new people and cultures.  They are excited to be a part of Birchwood Camp!

Karen Jennings,  Program Specialist

Karen moved to Alaska in 2015 and joined Birchwood Camp in March of 2016. She was born in Flagstaff, Arizona and received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Parks and Recreation from Northern Arizona University. Karen enjoys spending her time hiking, camping, cooking, and rock climbing. She is most passionate about travel, animals, and all outdoor activities!

Berneita Norris, Food Service Manager

Berneita Norris, Food Service Manager

Berneita manages Birchwood Camp’s Food Service operations. She has been part of the Birchwood Camp staff team since 2006. Berneita has been working in the Food Service industry for nearly 30 years and is a certified dietary manager. Berneita loves to cook and keeps our campers, guests and staff well fed!

Radie Rapanut, Office Manager

Radie joined Birchwood Camp in July of 2014. She was born in the Philippines and moved to Alaska in June of 2008 to join her husband, Carlo, in pastoring the United Methodist Church of Chugiak. Radie enjoys cooking, reading, singing, dancing as a form of exercise, hiking and managing the affairs of the household.

Lisa joined Birchwood Camp in October of 2016.  While she calls South Dakota her home, the Air Force brought her and her family back to the great state of Alaska for a second tour of duty.  They have also lived in South Korea, Germany, California, and Washington DC, courtesy of the US Air Force.  Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management and a Master of Business Administration, both from the University of South Dakota.  Lisa and her husband, Spencer, have 3 amazing children.  In her free time, Lisa enjoys running, reading, hiking, baking healthy treats, and spending time with her family.

Brent & Liz Hoffman, Camp Hosts; Liz is also our Reservations Coordinator

Brent & Liz Hoffman, Camp Hosts

Brent and Liz joined the Birchwood Camp team in 2010. Brent was born in Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from Messiah College in Grantham, PA and a Master’s of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY. Liz grew up in Oregon. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from George Fox University in Newberg, OR and her Master’s degree in Counseling from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY.The Hoffman’s are both passionate about equipping leaders, mentoring, spicy foods, hiking, traveling and exploring, learning about other cultures, music and film making. In addition, Brent enjoys playing the bass guitar on the worship team at church, biking, preaching, building roaring camp fires, emergencies and all things science. Liz enjoys helping others use their God-given gifts, coordinating events and volunteers, teaching, frequent flyer miles, cooking, lattes, walking/jogging, snow shoeing, stories of survival and anything related to animals.