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!
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 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.
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 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 joined the Camp Jorn staff in March 2018 as our office assistant. In September 2018 she became our full time Office Manager/Registrar. 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.
Administrative Assistant/ Retreat & Facility Rentals Coordinator
Mandy joined the Camp Jorn team in the Spring of 2019 as our Administrative Assistant/Retreat & Facility Events Coordinator. Mandy grew up in Mercer but has been a local to Manitowish Waters for the last few years. She loves being from and living “Up North” – and our community here in MW. In her spare time she loves going hunting, fishing, working on her podcast, spending time with family and friends, her boyfriend Allen and their German Shorthair Pointer, Piper. Mandy is very excited to be a part of the Camp Jorn team!
Valerie Mayer or better known as Val began working at Camp Jorn as a lead Child Care teacher for infants and toddlers in November 2016. Originally from the Chicago area, she moved here in 2005 to go to college. Val graduated from Northland College in Ashland with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Biology.
Val loves nature, being outside, taking her dog for hikes, crafting and beadwork. Val moved to Manitowish Waters with her husband Matt in August of 2015. They have a beautiful son name Archer who is 3, who attends our Preschool Program. When not in the classroom you may run into Val at the Rustic Roadhaus, where she waitresses on the weekends
Sarah Driscoll joined the Camp Jorn Child Care team in the Spring of 2018. Having been coming to Boulder Junction every summer since she was born Sarah and her family are excited to finally call the Northwoods “Home.”
Sarah grew up in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee. She attended Concordia University Wisconsin and have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Sarah has been teaching for sixteen years (3rd grade, 1st grade, and 4K), and sincerely enjoy working with children. She believes that their innocence, compassion, eagerness to learn is to be commended.
Sarah and her husband Daniel are so thankful they can raise their son, Nolan, in such a beautiful, serene, and natural environment. They thoroughly enjoy being outside in the summers, taking walks, grilling, and spending time with family and friends. When not in the classroom Sarah enjoys reading, writing, running, and staying active.
Sarah prides herself on being easily approachable and loves getting to know the parents in her classroom. Please feel free to stop in and say hello anytime!
Assistant Childcare Teacher
As a former summer staff member, Alyssa Bender is very excited to be back at Camp Jorn on a year-round basis. Alyssa received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from UW – Green Bay and has experience working with children of all ages.
Alyssa is originally from Sheboygan, WI, but has been visiting family in Manitowish Waters all her life. She is very happy to finally call the beautiful Northwoods home, where she enjoys hiking, fishing, and photography.
Alyssa resides in Minocqua during the summer months and will be moving to Manitowish Waters for the winter. She lives with her Bluetick Coonhound named Shelby.
Assistant Childcare Teacher
Shelbi Joustra, is excited to be back at Camp Jorn as an Assistant Child Care Teacher. She rejoined the Camp Jorn team in fall of 2019. Shelbi, her fiancé, Nelson, and their four children, Easton, Saylor, Mason and their soon to be arrival, recently purchased their forever home in Shelbi’s hometown of Mercer.
Shelbi has a certificate in Early Childhood Education. Her passion has always been to work with young children. She loves the fact that Camp Jorn allows her to work with children and use her education every day.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with my family, going fishing and watching the Packers play football!
James joined our staff in October 2018 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.