CalARVC executive director to step down in July 2019

CALIFORNIA — Debbie Sipe plans to resign from her positions as executive director of CalARVC and CEO of Camp-California! Marketing next July, reported the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) and Camp-California! Marketing, its for-profit marketing subsidiary.

Dyana Kelley, a lifelong RV enthusiast, backpacker and former REI outdoor travel guide, will assume Sipe’s duties. Kelley, who joined CalARVC June 1 to manage the association’s marketing, was selected to replace Sipe after a nationwide executive search.

Sipe has already begun training Kelley for her new leadership positions at CalARVC as well as Camp-California! Marketing, which manages Camp-California.com, the association’s travel planning website and its Camp-California! campground directory.

“CalARVC and Camp-California! Marketing will be in good hands with Dyana,” said CalARVC President Randy Hendrickson, who noted that Kelley has a natural passion for the camping and RV industries.

Kelley has traveled by RV to the 48 contiguous states, visited 26 national parks, and hiked many of California’s most beautiful trails, including portions of the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trail. Professionally, she has worked as an outdoor recreation guide for REI, leading courses in backpacking, hiking, kayaking, paddleboard, and yoga. She has also run multiple businesses in the fitness industry and had a lengthy career in commercial insurance.

“To say that I am elated is an understatement,” Kelley said. “This opportunity is a culmination of my life’s work and passion and I am looking forward to bringing an even greater awareness of the many privately owned RV parks and campgrounds as well as the outdoor recreation industry as a whole.”

Sipe, for her part, is ready to spend more time RVing herself. She and her husband, Michael, have always planned to retire early so that they could spend more time RVing and camping with their friends. Sipe also wants to spend more time with her parents, Tug and Judy Miller, who helped run CalARVC from its inception, back in the days when it was known as the California Travel Parks Association (CTPA).

While Sipe is resigning from her leadership positions at CalARVC and Camp-California! Marketing, she plans to continue to be involved with the association.

“I will be submitting a proposal to the CalARVC board of directors to manage the government affairs portion of the job,” Sipe said, adding that both she and Kelley plan to attend ARVC’s Outdoor Hospitality Convention & Expo in Oklahoma City next week.

For more information about CalARVC, please visit the association’s website at www.calarvc.org.

SOURCE: CalARVC press release

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at ingoodcompanycommunications@gmail.com.

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