Meet the people who make Camp Jorn one of a kind.
Camp Jorn YMCA is operated by a group of committed and experienced full-time staff that are responsible for the many business facets of delivering mission driven programs. They are pretty fun people too!
Pat has spent over 20 years working with YMCA camping programs and he loves celebrating holidays such as Thanksgiving and St. Patrick’s Day with the Murphy family and friends. Things that make him smile are the feel of new running shoes and socks, the smell of fresh cut grass and working outdoors, and playing with his three children Michael, Madison, and Tegan whether it’s watching trains go by, building Legos, or being the only dad observing Maddie’s dance class.
Camping Services Director
Sara joined the Camp Jorn team full time in September 2015. She started working with the YMCA at 16 years old and has never been able to leave it, living the mantra “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Sara started working with day camps while in college at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Never going to camp as a kid, Sara dreamed of being part of an overnight camp experience, and so at 23 she made it happen and quit her full time job to be a summer camp counselor. Luckily she hasn’t had to leave the camping world since that summer. The reasons Sara loves camp and what it does for kids can be summed up in a few lines of this poem, “if our daily lives were more like summer camp…we’d bond more quickly and more deeply, meals wouldn’t be eaten alone, we’d notice the stars in the sky, and we’d be ourselves.”
Mission Advancement Director
Elizabeth joined the CJ team full time in May 2015, but she started coming to Camp when she was seven years old as a day camper. Twenty two years later, she feels that Camp Jorn and Northern Wisconsin are still equally adventurous and enchanting. She has her Masters in International Development, sits on the Board of Directors for the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce and is also a certified yoga teacher. Elizabeth spends most of her free time growing as a yoga student and teacher, playing with her dog Sunny, cooking delicious food and loving every second outside in the Northwoods!
Child Care Director
Dawn joined the Camp Jorn team as the Director of the Child Care program in the spring of 2003. She brought to camp her love of working with young children along with 30 plus years of experience in the early childhood field. She has worked as a Head Start teacher, owner/operator of a licensed family day camp home, and an early childhood educator in a local child care center. Dawn can often be found in the classroom as she works both as a teacher and the director of the program for our youngest campers. When she is not at work she enjoys hanging out with her husband, reading, gardening, taking long walks and working on house remodeling.
Emir’s first visit to the North woods, in 1991, was as a college student from Ireland working at a local resort. She fell in love with everything about this beautiful area. She came back up north in 1996 for good. She has worked at Camp Jorn since 2005 and lives in Manitowish Waters with her husband, John and their very energetic pup Cooper.
Emir believes the best thing about her job as Registrar is talking to parents and sharing the impact of Camp. The next best thing is seeing it all in action during the summer. There’s nothing like it!
Paul has been the facilities manager at Camp Jorn since 2010. He has extensive experience in just about every field from law enforcement and business, to restaurants and flying airplanes. In his free time he is an avid motorcyclist and enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy and their German Shepherd Max.
Maintenance & Grounds
Matt started as the Maintenance and Grounds Keeper in the summer of 2015. He is originally from Utah, but has spent the last few years in Waukegan, Illinois. Matt loves living and working in the Northwoods!
Kim has been with Camp since 2009. She completes the daily tasks necessary to maintain sound financial practices as well as assisting in human resource activities. She is highly organized, accurate and detail oriented. Kim lives in Presque Isle with her husband, Terry. She enjoys downhill skiing, horseback riding and spending time with Terry and their adult son, Cale.
Summer staff are recruited and hired based on their ability and desire to work with our campers to ensure a safe, fun, adventurous experience. Junior Counselors and Counselors live with kids to form a supportive family group. Instructors have specific training and certification to ensure a camper’s success at many camp programs. Program Directors oversee the quality and standards that make the camp environment safer than your own backyard.