“Hello! We are the proud owners and operators of one of the newest KOA parks, Uniontown KOA in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. In 2005, we took a chance on a park that we thought might have “potential”. We focused on one goal: happy campers. And, after years of hard work, a dedicated staff and plenty of friends and family helping out, we are proud to say that our “park with potential” became a KOA in 2014! And, for our first two years as a KOA, we earned the President's and Founder's Awards both years!"As managing members of VADA, LLC, Denise and Deene have led their team over the last 11 years to transform a failing RV park business into a profitable, customer service award-winning park.
Denise says, “Returning to my hometown and running a successful business gives me great satisfaction. I always remember thinking ‘that campground is really a diamond in the rough' and now I think others can see what a gem it is, too.”
Denise Gallo has always focused on winning and being her personal best. A two-time Kodak All-American and 2015 Pitt at Johnstown Hall of Fame Inductee for Women's Collegiate Basketball, setting and achieving goals has always been her game plan.
After earning a bachelor of science degree in business from the University of Pittsburgh, Denise spent several successful years in the mortgage industry honing her financial skills and learning about the importance of strong customer service.
Denise says, “I enjoy that in the campground business every single day is a new challenge and a new opportunity to please our guests. I really love being hands-on with our team and our customers, from crunching the numbers to making sure each ice cream scoop is just right every time.”
Deene Yenchochic has been effectively leading teams and strategic initiatives for more than 23 years in non-profit higher education as well as for-profit business.
Deene earned a bachelor of science from West Virginia University and a master of science in project management and leadership from Regis University. She recently retired from a career in higher education where she served in multiple academic and marketing consulting roles including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer.
Deene says, “The campground business gives me the opportunity to combine all the things I love to do. I get to work with great people, create successful systems and solutions, and dig ditches and plant trees with my favorite ride--my mini-excavator!
“We invite you to give the Uniontown KOA a try! Enjoy floating down the Youghiogheny River back to the banks of camp. Or, ride along the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail that runs parallel to camp. Or, just enjoy a fun community bonfire while listening to good music. There is plenty to do or just take time to relax—you choose! Hope to see you soon so we can prove to be your favorite place to stay!”