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!
Karen joined the Camp Jorn team in April of 2017. She’s spent the last 10 years working with youth in the outdoors. After experiencing the impact that a unique setting has on individual development while working for an outdoor education center, Karen pursued her Bachelor’s from George Williams College (a former YMCA training camp) in Parks and Recreation Administration. Since then she has traveled around the country working in the outdoors teaching adventure and experiential education, leading wilderness trips, and instructing for Outward Bound. She is currently finishing her Master’s and is excited to bring her passion for using the outdoors as a tool for positive youth development to Camp Jorn. When not working, Karen enjoys paddling, backpacking, a good cup of coffee and spending as much time outside with her dogs as possible.
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 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.
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.
Kristin Kumpula has worked at Camp’s Child Care center since October 2016. She grew up in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin with her family in 1998. Kristin is currently taking classes in Early Childhood Education at Nicolet to get her Associates Degree in Early Childhood.
Kristin previously worked at Walmart as cake decorator and Bakery Manager while her kids attended camp. Kristin is excited to start her new journey in this field and enjoys working with kids.
Kristin is married and has three children who are 13, 5, and 3. In her spare time she enjoys her family, going to school, fishing, and painting. Kristin is also the Cub Master for the local area Cub Scout Pack.
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.