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!

Dennis Lipp
Executive Director

I’m back! Life is a JOuRNey and I am back a place and community that was a love affair for 23 years (1991-2013).

The YMCA has been in my blood since my college days as an employee at the Aberdeen (SD) Family YMCA and I got started in camping as a counselor at Y Camp Wisagoma. I enjoyed the last five years as the Executive Director of the Fergus Falls (MN) Family YMCA and am now back at CJ to support the ongoing mission of service to kids and families.

My wife, Terry, and I love the area for all it has to offer in silent sports. We have two children and 4 grandchildren that will all be campers this summer.

I am very excited to reunite with old friends and looking forward to meeting new campers and families.

Nina Rouse
Camp Director

Nina has rejoined the Camp Jorn team as the Camp Director and could not be more excited! Nina has a Masters of Education from UW-Whitewater and lots of experience working around the country in recreation.

Nina lives in Eagle River year round with her Bernese Mountain Dog named Odin. When she isn’t working, Nina enjoys spending time volunteering in the community, waterskiing, and canoeing.

Holly Golfis
Child Care Director

Holly has joined the Camp Jorn team as the Child Care Director in the Spring of 2019. She brings with her years of experience in and out of the classroom and a BA degree in ECE from LSSU.   Before joining our team, she was the lead classroom teacher in an all-day Head Start program for many years. 

Holly has three children – Gabriel, Alexis and Jared. Recently, she and Jared have relocated to Minocqua Wi. from Iron River MI., to be closer to camp.   

In her free time, Holly enjoys spending time with her family, Kayaking, hiking, home remodeling, reading and going for long walks with her black lab Dozer. She prides herself in being approachable and easy to talk to; feel free to stop in and introduce yourself.

Kim Tassi
Finance Manager

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.

Jenn Davis
Office Manager/Registrar

Jenn joined the Camp Jorn staff in March 2018 as our office assistant. In September she became our full time office manager. She lives in Mercer with her husband, their children, and their two dogs. When not working Jenn likes to spend time exploring the local area with her family, hiking, riding their bikes on the MW trail system, and tries to spend as much time on the water as possible.

Mandy Scheels
Administrative Assistant/ Facility Rentals Coordinator

My name is Amanda (Mandy) Scheels, and I’m originally from Mercer, WI but have lived in Manitowish Waters for a few years now. I love being from and living “Up North” – and our community here in MW. In my spare time I love going hunting and fishing and spending time with family and friends, my boyfriend Allen and our German Shorthair Pointer, Piper. I also enjoy producing a podcast about my little up north life. I’m very excited to be a part of Camp Jorn!

Valerie Mayer
Childcare Teacher

My name is Valerie Mayer and I’m a lead 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.

I love nature and being outside. I love taking my dog for hikes and he loves to run being the husky that he is. I like to do crafts and beadwork. It is very relaxing.
I moved to Manitowish Waters 2 1/2 years ago when I married my husband, Matt. We have a beautiful 18 month old son named Archer who is constantly on the move despite me telling him to slow down. Other than caring for him and the babies here, I waitress at the Rustic Roadhaus on the weekends

Sarah Driscoll
Childcare Teacher

My name is Sarah Driscoll.  I’m so excited to be starting my adventure as a teacher at Camp Jorn Child Care!  I have been coming to Boulder Junction every summer since I was born and am so happy to finally call the Northwoods “home.”

I grew up in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee.  I attended Concordia University Wisconsin and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Counseling.  I have been teaching for sixteen years (3rd grade, 1st grade, and 4K), and sincerely enjoy working with children.  Their innocence, compassion, eagerness to learn is to be commended.

My husband Daniel and I recently moved to Boulder Junction with our son, Nolan, after many years of coming here during the summers.  We are so thankful we can raise our son in such a beautiful, serene, and natural environment.  We thoroughly enjoy being outside in the summers, taking walks, grilling, and spending time with family and friends.  I enjoy reading, writing, running, and staying active.  We moved at a good time, because now we can learn all the fun things to do in the snow!

I like to think I am easily approachable and pride myself on getting to know parents and staff quickly.  Please feel free to say hello anytime!

James Stapleton
Property Manager

James joined our staff in October as our full time Property Manager. He has been a resident of the Northwoods for most of his life. Prior, to Camp Jorn he worked at Chippewa Ranch Camp in Eagle River, WI, where he was the Assistant Director of Operations for 13 years. When not working James loves to spend time outdoors and enjoys hunting, canoeing, and playing with his wife, two children, and puppy at the beach.

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.