Directors

Kent and Gretchen Collard

Ari's family camp 2 photos 38Kent and Gretchen have been Directors since 1998. Kent grew up spending summers and holidays at the Ranch with his grandparents, Grover and Erma Gates. He worked on the Ranch crew and as the Ranch Manager before becoming Director. Kent has a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley, and a MA in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Gretchen was a camper, a counselor, the CILT Director, and Staff Director. She has a BA in Spanish Literature from UC Davis, and a MA in Social Work from UCLA. Gretchen has over 17 years of experience working with children and families as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Kent and Gretchen have three children, Melia, Weston, and Olin. Their family lives on the ranch with their dog Xochi.

Laura Higley

Laura first came to Camp with her parents when she was 4 years old… and hasn’t missed a summer since! She was a camper for years, worked as a counselor & CILT Director during college, and moved into the Assistant Director position in 1990. Laura accepted the additional position of Office Manager in 1998 & moved to the Ranch to live & work full-time. Laura earned a BS in Human Development and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from UC Davis. She and husband Paul have two children, Taryn and Grayson.

Emma Bundy

Emma first came to the Bar 717 Ranch as a 9 year old camper. After two weeks of barely leaving the barn except to eat or sleep, she was hooked on camp. After spending many summers as a camper, Emma joined the counseling staff in 2005, and worked as a counselor for 4 summers. Emma graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with degrees in Public Policy & Law and Hispanic Studies. After spending several years working in the Bay Area nonprofit and education sectors, Emma is thrilled to be back at the ranch and excited to work alongside a great staff of counselors this summer.