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 prior to her arrival at the lake was as the Athletic Director at The Crosby at Rancho Santa Fe. She is an East County native, with a degree in Communication from San Diego State, and is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive. You’ll spot her around the campground and lake wearing a smile and her pink steel-toed boots that Earl picked out for her.


Sherry Burchert

Recreation Coordinator

Sherry’s favorite activity at the lake is driving the dump truck! She joined the lake as our Recreation Coordinator in October of 2019 after working in both animal welfare and community recreation. She studied Recreation Management and Wildlife Biology at the University of Vermont. She joined the team at Lake Jennings to share her love of water and wildlife with the public. You’ll find her splitting her time between the lake and the campground!


Tim Gray

Maintenance Ranger

Tim has now been a Lake Jennings Ranger for nine 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.


Rusty Brown

Assistant Maintenance Ranger

Rusty started in August 2015 as a Dockhand here at Lake Jennings and has been excelling in his role as our Assistant Maintenance Ranger. You can join him Saturday evenings for S’mores in the campground and find him giving you gentle reminders of quiet hour and fires out time for your campsites. He graduated from Steele Canyon High School and is going to Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College to study Criminal Justice and ultimately transition into 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!


Nancy Garcia

Office Assistant

Nancy became a member of the Lake Jennings family in September 2017. She is the office assistant in the campground office. She is retired from the City of San Diego working there nearly 30 years. She enjoys the beautiful scenery, peaceful setting here and loves watching the wildlife too. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends and traveling occasionally.


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!


Joey Fenick

Assistant Recreation Ranger

Joey joined Lake Jennings in March 2018. He previously worked in construction for about two years. He is currently attending Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges and getting started on his civil engineering degree. He enjoys walking around the lake with his friends and family while just enjoying the day at the lake. Joey loves how the lake is kept up extremely well and enjoys the other people who work and volunteer here. He wants to remind you not to hesitate to ask questions, all the LJ staff are here to help ensure you have a great time!


Dennis Connors

Assistant Recreation Ranger

Dennis has been fishing the lake for many years and it was one of the first things he thought he would really enjoy doing in his retirement after a long career with Solar Turbines as a Turbine Engine Technician. He lives right around the corner from the lake and loves being so close to work (if you can even call it work!) He is always up for sharing his fishing tips and tricks with the public and wants to remind new fishermen to always ask at the bait shop what is biting and what bait is the best that day!


Devon Bullock

Assistant Recreation Ranger

Devon is a student at El Capitan High School. She joined the lake in June 2018 and after enjoying spending many days in the sunshine down on the dock as a Dockhand, she was promoted in 2019 to Assistant Recreation Ranger. Devon previously worked for Lakeside Stampede girls youth basketball for a year and a half. She loves to fish here when she’s not working and loves its beautiful and relaxing atmosphere here every day of the year.


Gabe Ruiz

Dockhand

Lake Jennings welcomed Gabe to the team in April of 2017.  In addition to working at the lake, Gabe works as a firefighter and travels throughout the state. He was born in San Diego and grew up in El Cajon. Gabe was a regular fisherman at the lake with his 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.


Barbara Lagorio

Campground Park Host

Barb joined the Lake Jennings team in April of 2015. She studied law at Lambton College and has lived on Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Barb enjoys the water, boating and sailing. She has sailed on the Atlantic and the Pacific and loves the freedom and people she has met. One of her favorite things to do here is to meet and greet our guests at the campground kiosk. You may occasionally see her lending a hand to our young campers during Arts and Crafts in the campground.


Lori Stangel

Campground Park Host

Lori is a native San Diegan and attended Helix High School. She spent 30 years in Early Childhood Education and joined us here at Lake Jennings in 2013. Her favorite things to do here are taking walks and golf cart rides around the lake. She takes great pride in caring for the natural beauty that the park and lake provide. It is full of nature and live animals. It is home to local birds that attract people and she loves to catch moments in the day when the sun dances on the water like shimmering diamonds.


Kip Finn

Campground Park Host

Kip started working at Lake Jennings as a Park Host beginning November 2017. He studied Business and Finance at San Diego State University and has owned Montecatini Ristorante in Northern California since April of 1994. What Kip loves about the lake are the aesthetics; the trees, birds, campers and all the critters. He loves the rocks and boulders too! Some of his favorite things to do around the lake are getting to know both the long and short term campers and feeding the birds and critters. You’ll find Kip cooking and sitting around the campfire in the evenings.


Tom Piracci

Campground Park Host

Tom believes strongly that spending time around water is a big part of what is necessary for a quality lifestyle. You’ll find Tom and his corgi Bridget working the campground kiosk and cleaning campsites. Before he came to the lake in November of 2019, Tom studied at Humboldt State and worked at SDSU in recreation and maintenance. Tom balances his work with hiking and fishing and he loves meeting new people at the lake!


Mollie Cummings

Park Host

Mollie became a Park Host here at Lake Jennings in November 2019. She enjoys the views and peaceful setting of the lake and loves walking her dogs throughout the campground and hiking trails. Mollie is a big dog lover and currently dog sits as a side job. She studied elementary education at Western Governors University and currently runs Craft Time on Saturday afternoons for our young campers.