Emeritus Members

Emeritus Members of KyMel are an elite group of individuals who have been recognized by the Board of Directors for outstanding service.

Donna Brown

Donna created Camp Hope in 1982 and remains an honorary committee member to this day.  KyMel derives its name from her two children, Kyle and Melani, in who’s memory Camp Hope was created. She currently resides in Derby, KS.


Ken Miller

Ken was the camp director for the very first Camp Hope held in Salina. Ken is a retired science teacher/coach  and currently lives in Salina and has attended Camp Hope since 1983.  His wife, Beth has volunteered for more than 20 years; son Stan also spent several years as a houseparent.  Ken served on the Camp Hope committee for 34 years.


Leta Nelson

Leta has been a volunteer at Camp Hope since the very first camp back in 1983. She hasn’t missed a single year. Leta has lived in McPherson her entire life and has been married to LaRue for 45 years. They have two sons, Jeremy and Andy, their wives Carol and Amanda, and four grandchildren Caitllyn, Emalee, Alaina and Rowen. She started out as as volunteer in crafts but has been a houseparent since 1986. She is currently a Para at Roosevelt Elementary School and is planning to retire in 2019.