Camp PALS Dallas

Meet the Directors: Introducing the Dallas Team

Howdy, y’all! Meet the director team of the brand new Camp PALS Dallas. This exciting team of directors are excited to introduce Camp PALS to the South! With Kellen’s vision and determination, Brenna’s wisdom as a sibling, and Jill’s humor and passion, they hope to provide a week in Dallas that you’ll never forget. Dallas may be the baby of the camps, but this group of campers will represent the oldest age group, 18-25. With the special interests of this group in mind, this week in Dallas will focus on leadership development, self-advocacy, and life skills such as independent living and career building. But never fear! This group will also have plenty of time to soak up the Texas sun with trips to the water park, horseback riding, and more! We can’t wait to see you in Dallas. 

Learn more about this director team after the jump:

“Howdy! My name is Kellen Gandy and this is my fifth year at Camp PALS! I have been a counselor at the Philadelphia and Georgetown Camp PALS locations and can’t wait to lead this camp at its new location in Texas. I am currently living in Arlington, Texas and working on my Ph.D. in Health Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Arlington. Camp PALS is my favorite time of the year and I can’t wait for the exciting week we have planned at Camp PALS Dallas.”

“Hi y’all! My name is Brenna O’Sullivan. I am so excited for Camp PALS to finally come to the South! I have been part of the PALS family since 2009, and this is my first year as a program director. I could not be more honored to serve the PALS community in this capacity. While I’m not daydreaming about Camp PALS, I am working on finishing up my senior year at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and preparing for my Teach For America placement in the Fall. I hope to see you in Dallas for the best week of the year!”

”Howdy, y’all! (Did I say that right?) I’m Jill Novak and I am uber excited for Camp PALS this year. This will be my fourth year at Camp PALS. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend Camp PALS Philly, Princeton, and San Francisco and now will be directing Camp PALS Dallas with some awesome people. I’m originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but am currently living in Nashville, Tennessee where I am getting my master’s degree in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. I enjoy long walks on the beach, strawberry ice cream, and the color forest green. I am so excited to extend our PALS family to the south and can’t wait to make new friends in the lone star state. “

Camp PALS Dallas takes place at the University of Texas at Arlington from May 25-31, 2014 for 20 campers ages 18-25.

 To help this amazing team of directors and the rest of PALS Programs make this summer the best one yet, please consider making a contribution of any size and Donate Here!

Guest Blogging From Camp PALS Dallas Director Kellen Gandy

“Howdy! Luke and I had a great time at the Buddy Walk in Dallas, Tx recently promoting the new Camp PALS location. There were over 150 teams registered at the Buddy Walk with all of their friends and family present. Luke was very energetic when telling people about our plans to go horseback riding, to cool off at the water park and of course, the awesome dance parties that would occur at camp.

We handed out PALS balloons, bracelets, and brochures and it was great to see all of the PALS balloons being paraded around the city during the walk. We are really excited about the new location and to be able spread the PALS joy down South!”

Announcing Our 2014 PALS Directors!

This weekend, our 23 incredible directors will come together in Maryland for the first-ever PALS Director Training Retreat! Led by our Executive Director and members of our Program Catalyst Committee, our directors will work to strengthen their teams, develop visions for their programs, and begin planning for the great summer of 2014!  

During the month of November, each team will have a chance to introduce themselves and share about the exciting details of their camp on the blog! But first, we wanted to take a moment to officially announce the 2014 Directors!

Taking on the 11th summer of Camp PALS Philadelphia will be Laura, Morgan and Jenn!


Bringing the Pacific Ocean to PALS for the 3rd summer at Camp PALS San Francisco will be James, Hannah, and Sara!


Taking us to the MidWest for the second summer of Camp PALS Chicago will be Conor, Joanna, Doug, and Kyle!


Guiding us in our nation’s capital for the second summer of Camp PALS Georgetown will be Andrea, Alex, and Scott!

Leading us through the thrills of New Jersey for the second summer of Camp PALS Princeton will be David, Steven & Whitney!

Introducing the world to Camp PALS Dallas for the first time will be Kellen, Brenna, and Jill!

And finally supporting PALS across the nation in the areas of Donor Relations, Media, PALS Adventures and Medical will be our team of content directors - Paige, Jordan, Courtney & Ricky!


We are so excited for this incredible team of dedicated, genuine and fun volunteers! Feel free to congratulate them all by emailing!