Meet the staff

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Matt Rau • Chapter director

Matt is from Elk Grove, California where he lived all his life until attending college at Azusa Pacific University in southern California.  He played baseball, football, wrestled, and ran track throughout high school and continued to run track for the Azusa Pacific Cougars as a decathlete.  Throughout the summers during college Matt was hired by Kanakuk Kamps to work at K-1.  Then he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Exercise Science (Class of 2012) and later attended the Kanakuk Institute (Class of 2015).  He enjoys the outdoors, physical activity, having spontaneous adventures, and meeting new people.  And while his family may be a good distance away, he is so thankful for their support and is so thankful to be a part of this Tri-Lakes KLIFE team.  Matt cannot wait for this team to be continuously humbled and used by the Lord to impact this community each year.

Connor White • women's director

Connor grew up in the great state of Texas. In 2014 she graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Public Relations and Spanish. She spent her summers serving as a camp counselor at TbarM Camps and going on mission trips to Piedras Negras, Mexico. Working for Kanakuk Link Year brought her to Missouri and now KLIFE is keeping her here. Connor enjoys sunshine, bright colors, pretty flowers, good books, and long runs. She is excited to be a small part of a really big story told through Tri-Lakes KLIFE. 

Libby thompson • women's director

Libby was born and raised in the town famous for frozen custard and the world’s best baseball, St. Louis. In 2011 she graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in Ministry and served as a volunteer KLIFE leader for 3 1/2 years before leaving the frozen tundra of Wheaton to serve as a missionary in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. Six of her summers have been spent at Kanakuk & Kids Across America where her love for Jesus, kids, and the outdoors come together so well. After working for Kanakuk Kamps in Branson from 2012 to 2013, she was thrilled to stick around and join the KLIFE staff full time. She is now entering into her third year with KLIFE. Coaching softball, running by the lake, and sipping fresh cups of coffee have made Branson feel like home.