Kira Haley

Lake Recreation Manager

Kira joined Lake Jennings in December 2014, and was a welcome addition bringing with her a solid recreation management background. Her most recent position was Athletic Director at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe prior to her arrival at the Lake. She is an East County native, with a degree in Communication from San Diego State, and is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional. You’ll spot her around the campground and lake wearing a smile and her pink steel-toed boots that Earl picked out for her.

Tim Gray

Maintenance Ranger

Tim has now been a Lake Jennings Ranger for seven years. He is our resident tractor expert, and is excellent at felling trees. You can find him in and around the campground while working, and even camping on the weekends for fun! Tim gave up his job as a transportation manager for a nationwide distribution company to come back to nature. He loved camping and fishing the lake, and realized it could be a career!

Earl Voogd

Maintenance Ranger

Earl is known for his jolly personality and rainbow suspenders. You can’t miss him around the campground! He is a volunteer firefighter with the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District, with 14 years experience as a Ranger at Lake Cuyamaca, and he is still the Reservoir Keeper there. Earl has been with Lake Jennings since December of 2008, and was a Senior Chief in the U.S. Navy in his younger days.

Austin Lyford

Assistant Maintenance Ranger

As a four year veteran of the lake, Austin has worked his way up from Dockhand to Ranger. He currently attends Cuyamaca College and plans on transferring to SDSU to study Civil Engineering. When he isn’t spending early mornings out fishing for bass, you are sure to find him working as a Hunting Salesman at Turners Outdoors. He encourages people not to give up if they do not catch something the first time fishing. He will remind you that fishing takes patience!

Bud Murray

Assistant Recreation Ranger

Bud is a Lake Jennings staple. He has been working at the lake part time for 30 years. He worked in publishing with the Union Tribune for 20 years and spent some time working in ship yards and on aircraft before that. He is a San Diego local who attended SDSU and studied political science and biology. He loves the lake because of the rewarding experience it brings to all. He enjoys encouraging a deep respect for nature, teaching knot tying and explaining different techniques and bait for catching fish!

Glenn Spangler

Assistant Recreation Ranger

Glenn is really enjoying working here at the lake since he came on board in early 2016. He likes being outdoors and loves how warm the lake gets in the summertime. He finds the environment at the lake relaxing. He grew up in Phoenix and has two granddaughters ages 9 and 11 that he loves spending time with. He is a self proclaimed “vitamin junkie” and came to the lake after a career at Hewlett Packard. Come say “Hi” to Glenn at the Bait Shop!

Cathy Zimmerman

Assistant Recreation Ranger

Cathy refers to the lake as a “little slice of nature close to home”. You will find her walking Bass Road during the week and working in the Bait and Tackle Shop on weekends. Cathy came to us in May of 2015 from a career working in the grocery business and likes the relaxed nature of the lake. She expanded her knowledge by studying Science at Mesa and Cuyamaca Colleges.

Mark Slagle

Assistant Recreation Ranger

Mark has worked at the lake since late 2016 after working at Vons for an impressive 40 years! He grew up in San Diego and loves the lake because of the quality fishing. He is constantly amazed at the beauty and wilderness that is so close to the city. His favorite thing is to take the staff barge out on patrol and to help out on the boat dock. If you ask Mark if he’s a happy camper he will tell you he finally has his dream job!

Rusty Brown


Rusty started in August 2015 as a Dockhand. He is finishing up high school at Steele Canyon and plans on going to Grossmont in the spring to study Criminal Justice and ultimately gain a career in Law Enforcement. He loves the lake because of the beautiful scenery and enjoys seeing people catch fish; especially when it is a child’s first fish!

Gabe Ruiz


Lake Jennings welcomed Gabe to the team in April of 2017.  Gabe is currently working on his bachelors degree in Fire Protection Administration with the aspiration to work as a firefighter upon completion. He was born in San Diego and grew up in El Cajon. Gabe was a regular fisherman at the lake with grandfather before joining the Lake Jennings team and even made it in the “Catches of the Week” section of the fish report with a nice bass! He continues to fish with his grandpa in his spare time as well as hike many local trails.

Jorge Carrillo


Jorge joined the team in May of 2017 as our newest member of our lake staff. Jorge was born in San Diego and grew up in Spring Valley where he attended Mount Miguel High School. He is currently attending Cuyamaca College as a freshman and loves spending his weekends at the lake!  When Jorge is not hanging out on the dock, you’ll find him with friends or working out at the gym. He’ll tell you the lake is a great place to relax after a long day of studying!