This camp experience has been created to engage LGBTQ youth in leadership and advocacy development.

Identify a personal sense of safety.
Develop self-awareness.
Make life-long connections with others.
Learn new coping and advocacy skills.

Camp Sunflower Board of Directors

Jackie Carter



Brian Sutton

Vice President


Sandra L. Hawk


Sandra has been an activist/member of the Wichita area LGBTQ community for 30+ years and has been married to the same woman for 20+ years. She and her wife have a child that they raised thinking she was a young lesbian, and in later years realized she was transgender. He is now a well adjusted and well educated young man. Serving on the executive board of Camp Sunflower gives her the opportunity to assist other parents and LGBTQ children in their journey’s of growth. Her email is hawkpride212@gmail.com

Cheryl Roy


As an ally of the LGBTQIA community, she feels honored to serve on the Board of Directors of Camp Sunflower since its beginning in 2017. She was one of the few that was instrumental in Camp Sunflower coming to fruition. It has been amazing to see the growth of the youth that have attended the camp. She is glad that she can support our LGBTQIA youth that looks at Camp Sunflower as a sense of hope and well-being. She comes from a financial background and has helped build one other nonprofit. Now retired, she enjoys her role as wife, mom, grandmother, and volunteer.

Dave Roy

Dave has been a driving force in getting a dream that was envisioned by his church in 2015 brought to reality. That dream was to create a camp to support our LGBTQIA youth. It took three years to bring other members of our community with like thinking to hold the first camp in 2018. Throughout his life, he has loved working with youth and understands the need for all youth to be loved, listened to, and understood but of most be true to themself. Dave is now living his retirement years spending time helping others, walking, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Will Rapp

Will Rapp has a long career of work in education and public service on a number of community boards. Of special emphasis is his work with special needs and at-risk youth. Mr. Rapp has been a board member and volunteer for GLSEN Greater Wichita, an organization dedicated to making schools safe for all kids through anti-bullying education. He has served as a professional development trainer for educator in-services as the organization’s treasurer and host for special events. Rapp has also given time as a board member for Camp Sunflower Kansas, a youth camp for LGBTQIA individuals and Bloom House Youth Services, an inclusive refuge for youth in need.

Claire Brubacher


Erica Shook


Paul Ellis Jackson


Samantha Smith


Andy Palacio


Kara Courtney


Bev Baumgartner


Tessa Early


Jaye Friesen


Olivia See

Olivia See was born and raised in Wichita, KS. Olivia loves nature, community, and connecting the two in meaningful and intentional ways. She is passionate about providing space for our youth where they feel safe and can learn from being in community that they are not alone. Olivia has been married to her wife Seri for 12 years. They love to travel and explore as many new places as they have time for.

Camp Sunflower Staff

Finn Lanning


Finn has been the Director of Camp Sunflower  since the first year of camp in 2018. Prior to that, Finn worked at other camps for 10+ years. Outside of camp, Finn teaches secondary math at the Northfield School in Wichita, KS, and writes social-emotional learning curriculum. Finn also serves as the Professional Development Coordinator on the board of GLSEN Kansas.
In his free time, Finn enjoys spending time taking care of plants, hanging with his dog, and working on projects.

Patti Lonergan

Mental Health Director

Patti has been working with Finn since 2014 at various LGBTQ+ camps throughout the country. She started as the mental health director with Camp Sunflower in 2020. When not spending two weeks a year in Kansas, Patti has spent the last 16 years as a School Adjustment Counselor (at a Massachusetts high school) and works part-time as an individual/family and group therapist. Patti loves pugs, learning about the history of the US presidency, theater, meatballs and laughing at all the silly things in life.

Shaggy Stearns

Middle School/CIT Coordinator


Jaye Friesen

High School Coordinator

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Camp Sunflower is a safe and welcoming space that affirms everyone regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Camp Sunflower, Inc. is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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