Riverview Leadership

Camp Directors and Owners


Owners and Directors, Dr. Larry and Susan Hooks with Kyle Hooks, Cassie Hooks Parker and Gary Parker

The Hooks’ have been Camp Directors since 1983, with over 40 years of combined camping experience! Susan and Larry served as Camp Directors for Camp Skyline in Mentone from the fall of 1983 until February of 1997. During the spring and summer of 1997, they worked to prepare for the ownership of Riverview. Susan also worked in camping each summer during high school and college. Larry, as well, worked at various sports camps in the Carolinas. Both Susan and Larry graduated from Southern Wesleyan University. Susan’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting along with her strong business background prior to camping have been an asset to her years in Camp Management. Larry, after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Health and Physical Education, earned his Masters degree in Administration and Supervision from Clemson University. He has earned his Doctorate in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Alabama. Susan and Larry take pleasure in meeting as many parents of campers as possible, discussing any particular concerns that parents may have, and answering questions for both campers and parents. Give them a call at Riverview, 800-882-0722!



Camp Assistant Director


Assistant Director Donna Bares with her husband John and daughter, Bethany.

Donna Bares, Assistant Director, works full time for Riverview. Donna and Susan have worked together since 1987 and Donna has been Susan’s Assistant Director since 1992. Donna is a Red Cross Instructor, and is a First Responder. As a Riverview Camp Administration and she works extensively in Staff Orientation providing training for staff in Red Cross First Aid and CPR. Donna is a graduate of Nichols State University in Thibodaux, LA…with a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree in General Studies and Physical Education. Donna also attended E.D. White High School in Thibodaux. As the full-time Assistant Director of Riverview, Donna travels, along with the Directors, promoting the program and interviewing staff in the fall, winter and spring months. Actively involved in all aspects of camp, Donna’s warm sense of humor, her gentle spirit and her tireless enthusiasm inspires both staff and campers. Donna is committed to camping excellence and make a significant difference in the quality of Riverview camp life.