Contact Us/Staff

Bob Polansky ( or Ext. 14) – Executive Director

Bob Polansky truly has a heart for service. He has been part of Lutheran Child and Family Services (LCFS) of Illinois since 1986. He worked at Lutherbrook for eleven years (a residential treatment center for children) where he held several positions: child care worker, intake worker, field cottage and Collins Group Home supervisor. Bob was hired as camp manager of Camp Wartburg in 1997. Camp Wartburg has grown tremendously under Bob’s leadership. When Bob came to Camp Wartburg in 1997, LCFS had just purchased the camp one year earlier. Camp was 38 acres and the buildings and grounds needed work. Today we have 124 acres, a beautiful dining hall/meeting facility, a new craft center, a new pool house and updated cabins. We have grown from serving 186 campers in 1997 to more than 1,200 campers in 2014. The pool house, craft cabin and increased acreage have been put into place since Bob was promoted to executive director in 2011. Bob is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where he serves as an elder and choir member. He has also served on the boards of the National Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Association (NLOMA) and the St. Louis Section board of the American Camp Association (ACA), both of which Camp Wartburg is a member.

John “Sparky” Hemenway ( or Ext. 15) – Camp Manager


Theresa Thorburg ( or Ext. 11) – Development Coordinator

Theresa Thorburg joined the Camp Wartburg team in 2010 as development coordinator. Theresa’s background was in corporate America where she held the position of vice president administration with a local privately-owned insurance company. Theresa served on the board of directors at Green Park Lutheran School for six years. She also served as their fundraising chairperson for six years. After twenty-five years in administration and fifteen years as a fundraising volunteer, the position at Camp Wartburg is a great fit. Theresa is responsible for donor management and fundraising events, which include our Trivia Night in January/February, Chicken Dinner in April, John Mohl Memorial Golf Classic in May and our “Let your Love Shine” Dinner Auction in August. Theresa enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband Tim.


Ruth Hertlein ( or Ext. 13) – Administrative Assistant

Ruth Hertlein joined the Camp Wartburg team in October 2010. Ruth brings a variety of skills to her position. She served at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church for four years assisting with worship preparation. Prior to her work at Christ Memorial, she spent five years as a kindergarten teacher’s aide at Green Park Lutheran School. She holds a place in her heart for the not-for-profit community, especially serving children of all ages. Her office responsibilities include accounting, payroll, database management, our summer day camp program and the management of Camp Wartburg’s scholarship program. Ruth enjoys reading and spending time with her three children and husband David.


Clara Lewis ( or Ext. 10) – Assistant to Camp Manager


Terri Maier (Kitchen: 618-939-6433) – Head Cook and Caterer


Cindy McNew (Nice Twice: 618-939-311) – Nice Twice Coordinator