Paul, a former camp parent, bought Circle F in 2000 from the original 1952 founding family. This transition of ownership has guaranteed the Ranch’s continued operation for over 70 years.
Paul has more than fifty years of experience in the shipping, shipbuilding, and cruise ship industry. Beyond his work at Camp, Paul is a founder of the Ocean Renewable Power Company, LLC, that harnesses renewable energy from ocean tides.
Paul provides daily leadership and visionary insights that continue to help the Ranch grow every year.
Ben and his wife Katie joined the Circle F Family in the summer of 2011. Ben is the Camp Director and brings over 25 years of experience in youth development and camp management to Circle F Dude Ranch. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in interpersonal communication and public relations. Originally from the Midwest, he worked as a nationally registered Paramedic in St. Louis, MO, before moving to Florida. His experience and passion for youth development in the outdoors helped spark the creation of Circle F Dude Ranch Camp Outdoor Education Program in 2012 and has led it to become one of the best outdoor education centers in Florida.
Dr. Katie Hennessy owns Polk Equine, an equine practice in Polk County, Florida, and serves as the Ranch veterinarian.
Ben & Katie’s daughter Amelia attends Circle F’s summer camp each summer. Ben and Katie love long-distance running with multiple 5k, 10k, half, and full marathons completed in their free-time.
Bilingual — English & Español
Kris joined the Circle F Family in the summer of 2005. He holds a degree in business administration and marketing from Warner University. Over his time at the Ranch, Kris has worked as a cabin counselor and head of general sports, which lead him to his current role as Assistant Director. He plays an integral part in the summer camps’ day-to-day operations supporting campers, staff, and camp families. Kris loves movies, basketball, trivia and sports overall in his free time.
Colleen joined the Circle F Family in the summer of 2014, and her husband Alex joined in 2007. Colleen graduated from Ulster University with a degree in property investment. Over the years her focus has shifted to early childhood development. Joining the team from her home in Ireland, Colleen has worked as the Head of Arts, an outdoor educator, and Girls Line Head Counselor, before becoming an Assistant Director. She has a love for art, design, and dance in her free time.
Alex focuses on the Camp’s social media and documenting the summer camp experience through photos and video. Alex has worked as a cabin counselor, full-time outdoor educator, and Head of Extreme sports, before taking on his current role. Alex has a love of film, photography, and skateboarding in his free time.