Camp Jorn Staff

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!

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Dennis Lipp

Executive Director

715-543-8808 ext. 202 |

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.

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Holly Prehn

Child Care Director

715-543-8808 ext. 203 |

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 and a granddaughter named Madelyn.

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.


Joe Raasch

Operations Director

715-543-8808 ext. 209 |

Joe Raasch, born in Lake County Illinois, grew up with a passion and love for the outdoors. This love for nature was brought on from the summers he spent as a camper and staff member at Camp Jorn! He spent eight years as a camper and has been on staff since 2015. The last two summers on staff were spent in Leadership positions helping develop and maintain Camp Jorn Programing. Joe went to school at Northern Michigan University for his degree in Communications studies with an Outdoor Recreation and Leadership management minor. 

Outside of camp, Joe enjoys hiking, fishing, making music and spending time with friends and family.

Kim Tassi

Finance Manager

715-543-8808 ext. 205 |

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. She enjoys downhill skiing, horseback riding and spending time with her son Cale, his wife Kait, and her grandchildren.

Jenn Davis

Office Manager / Registrar

715-543-8808 ext. 201 |

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.

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Tyler Magnuson

Property Manager

715-543-8808 ext. 210 |

Tyler joined our staff in September 2020 as our full time Property Manager. Born in northern Illinois, Tyler grew up fixing anything that he was allowed to tear apart. Learning closely all of his mechanical knowledge from his dad and grandpa. Tyler went to college for automotive service technology and has always loved working on anything with an engine. For the past five years he has been working building and grounds maintenance at a historic museum and village in Rockford Illinois. When not working he spends most of his weekends in the Manitowish Waters area fishing and riding snowmobiles in the winter.


Kris Bensen

Day Camp Director

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Kris began his career with the YMCA in 2013 as a camp counselor in Iowa, and loved it! Since then, he has held a variety of roles working with kids and families through the YMCA. This included a summer at Camp Jorn as a Program Director in 2016. Through this experience, he gained an even greater appreciation and love for camp, and knew one day he wanted to go back. He graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services with an emphasis in Leisure Planning Management.
Kris is very excited to be back at Camp Jorn, and can't wait to meet all the kids and families who come to camp! Kris' hobbies include fishing, camping, biking, and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings 🙂
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Valerie Mayer

Childcare Teacher

715-543-8808 ext. 213 |

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. Val and Matt's son Archer attends North Lakeland.

Tessa England

Tessa England

Childcare Teacher

715-543-8808 ext. 213|

Tessa began working at the Camp Jorn Child Care Center in the spring of 2020. Tessa enjoys working with the toddlers, watching them grow, and helping teach them new things. In Tessa's free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 dogs and 2 cats. Tess is a self taught artist, who loves photography, painting, crafts, and living the "lake life." 

Kristin Kumpula

Kristin Kumpula

Childcare Teacher

715-543-8808 ext. 213 |

Kristin  is our newest face in the Childcare Center, joining us this fall as the lead teacher of our Preschool. She grew up in Chicago Illinois and moved to Boulder Junction in 1998 with her parents and two brothers. She is mother of three (2 boys 16 & 8 and a 6 year old daughter). Kristin is excited to be back at Camp. She is currently enrolled in Nicolet working on her associates degree in Early Childhood Education and plans on transferring to UW Superior to get her bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. Kristin credits her 8 year old son as her reasoning for going back to school. When her son was two he was diagnosed with Autism. In her “free time” she enjoys painting, drawing, fishing and being outdoors. She is also involved in Girl Scouts and is a Cubmaster in Cub Scouts at North Lakeland.

Meet Our Summer Staff!

Every summer Camp Jorn YMCA hires a staff of remarkable young men and women to serve as counselors, activity and trip leaders. Many are former campers, many are new to Camp Jorn, but all are committed to making every camper’s experience fun, memorable and affirming.