Dena Cambra: Students and Sports

Dena Cambra: Students and Sports

Dena Cambra has been serving at BBC&S for almost 20 years. She is currently Director of Marketing Integration in the Communications & Marketing Department, coordinating the content, design, and production of web, print and other materials.Dena Cambra

Originally from Riverside, CA, Dena grew up in Boise, ID. She graduated from Northwest University in Kirkland, WA, where she played basketball and volleyball. After earning a B.S. in Behavioral Science, she came to BBC in 1993 to work at BBS and assist in coaching the Lady Defenders basketball team. She aided former head coach Sherrie Holloway for 14 years.

Recently, Dena was inducted into the Northwest University Eagle Hall of Fame as the all-time leading scorer for the women's basketball team with 2,179 points. In addition to the team's three NCCAA Division II National Championships during her time at NU, she earned All-American honors three of her four years. Dena's love for basketball mixes with her heart for students as she continues to build into the lives of young athletes at BBC.

Dena has been part of the Communications & Marketing Department since 1995 and holds a Master of Education with an emphasis on Health, Physical Education, and Sport from BBC. She also serves on the LYFE Women's Conference committee.

I came to BBC&S as a result of people I met while playing basketball in college. I played for Northwest University in Washington. We played at the national finals that were hosted by BBC. Through that I was able to get to know a few of the players as well as Coach Sherrie Holloway. They talked me into considering coming to Pennsylvania when I graduated from college in 1993.

I was originally hired into the Communications & Marketing Department by Mel Walker in 1995 to be his assistant in the Public Relations office. Over time, I was able to gain more experience in desktop publishing and design. Increased interest in design led me to take a few continuing education classes at the University of Scranton in order to increase my understanding of design programs.

Some of the things I enjoy about being at BBC&S are the ability to be involved in the lives of the students and employees. I enjoy working with our Communications team as we work to promote and market BBC&S. I enjoy having outlets, such as the basketball coaching for those 14 years and even being involved with the LYFE Women's Conference planning committee. Recently, I have also been given the opportunity to use my graduate degree and teach an online class for the Health and Physical Education department. I am really enjoying that as well.

To be recognized as one of the first individual athletes in the Northwest University Eagle Hall of Fame was a huge honor. The award and the memories behind it are so special; they are something I will always treasure. Northwest University represents a big part of my personal and spiritual formation. This honor was timely and reminded me of why I worked then and why I work now--for God's glory. Working hard was never for awards, but to look back and see how God has matured me through sports, through education, through life, is a great encouragement for me.

I am the youngest of four kids in my family. My mom and dad live in Boise. My dad retired from the U.S. Air Force and later from the State of Idaho Department of Education. He and my mom are both heavily involved in ministry (as they have been since we moved to Idaho in 1974). I also have four nephews and one niece.

I came to know Christ as a little girl, about 5 or 6 years old. I was attending children's church where a puppet show helped to trigger my understanding of my need of salvation. So, that day I asked Jesus to come into my life to be my Lord and Savior.

There are two individuals who I would consider big influencers in my life: First, my children's leader growing up, who spent a ton of time with me, showing me Jesus, loving me, and encouraging me as I continued to grow and develop into the individual God had designed me to be. Second, my college basketball coach who has always encouraged me, challenged me, and listened to me--all the while pointing and pushing me closer to Christ. Still to this day, both are good friends and "life coaches" to me.

Philippians 3:13-14 is my life verse. When the rubber meets the road, it calls us to forget, focus, and finish. Forget what's behind, whether it is good or bad. Focus on what God has called me to right now. Finish strong, running toward God's calling. His plan. His purpose. That is what life is all about. Play now. Live now. Do now--with eyes focused ahead.

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Posted on: 6/4/2012 2:12:47 PM

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