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!
Carrie joined the Camp Jorn YMCA team in Jan. of 2017. She’s spent at least some of every summer working at camp for the past 30 plus years. Carrie started out her camping career as a volunteer at YMCA Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya and has never looked back. After graduating from Northland College with a Biology degree, Carrie got her first camp director job at a small Girl Scout camp in Northern MN. Carrie spent 20 years with Girl Scouts, after which time she moved on to Camp Helen Brachman, serving central city low income youth and families from Milwaukee before moving to Camp Jorn. When not working, Carrie enjoys her three dogs, anything outdoors including canoeing, biking, fishing and hunting and spending time with her husband and three boys!
Senior Program Director
Elizabeth joined the Camp Jorn YMCA team in Jan. of 2018. Elizabeth started her camping adventure at Chalk Hills Camp in 1995 and has spent every summer since at camp. After graduating from UW-Oshkosh with a degree in physical education she worked at a small Camp Fire USA camp in Iowa and then moved to the Girl Scouts in MN where she has spent the past 8 years. When not working Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her husband and three boys, canoeing, biking, swimming, fishing and hunting.
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.
Bill joined the Camp Jorn team in March of 2018. He grew up in Boone, Iowa, where he first discovered his love of camp as a camper and CIT at the Iowa 4H Center.
After graduating high school, Bill spent five summers working at Des Moines Y Camp, spent three months volunteering at NR Camp in Sapucai Mirim, Brazil, graduated from Simpson College, then made his way up to the Northwoods to begin his adventure at Camp Jorn.
When he’s not at work, Bill enjoys travelling (he’s been to New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, and 26 US states), writing, hiking, biking, watching Parks and Recreation, and hanging out with his hedgehog, Chip.
Emir has worked at Camp Jorn since January of 2005 and lives in Manitowish Waters with her husband, John and their energetic pup Cooper.
Emir believes the best thing about her job as Office Manager/Registrar is sharing the impact of Camp. The next best thing is seeing it all in action during the summer. There’s nothing like it!
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.
John is a former Illinois resident, born and raised in Chicago. He attended Loyola University and graduated from the Chicago Police Academy. After a four year stint as an electrician and 10 years as a Patrolman at the Broadview Police Department, he moved to Manitowish Waters in 1990.
John worked for and retired from the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office. After “retirement” he took a job in Maintenance at Camp Jorn and was employed for three years. In late September of this year, he returned as the Property Director.
In his spare time, John enjoys upland game hunting with his dog Cooper, camping, motorcycling, and ice-fishing.
He has always enjoyed working with his hands, and is glad to be back helping keep Camp in great condition.
Jenn and her family have called Manitowish Waters home for the last 4 years. When not at work Jenn enjoys spending time with her husband, their son, and their two dogs.
Some of their favorite things to do include cooking new dishes, hiking, riding their bikes on the MW trail system, and fishing and swimming in the local lakes.
Stacey has been a substitute and part time employee at Camp Jorn since 2007. She became a full time staff member in September of 2017.
She grew up at an all season resort in Mercer and attended Mercer School. She attended UW-Stevens Point and obtained her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She has been working in the education field locally since 1998 and was a full time teacher at North Lakeland Elementary School.
Stacey has worked with the local council of Girls on the Run Northwoods as a coach and Executive Director. She prefers working with young children and staying connected to this population. The experience at Camp Jorn has renewed her enjoyment in the teaching field. She is raising her two teenage daughters and when not at work, she enjoys being outdoors whenever possible, gardening, snowshoeing and spending time with her children.
My name is Valerie Mayer and I’m an assistant teacher here. I am originally from the Chicago area and I moved here in 2005 to go to college. I graduated from Northland College in Ashland with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Biology.
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.