Camp Leadership

Kelly & Erik Rossebo
Kelly & Erik RosseboCamp Directors
Kelly Rossebo has been directing Camp Eagle Ridge for the past 24 years! Kelly holds degrees in Organizational Communications and Child Development and has also taught middle and high school English, speech and communication. Kelly is a lifeguard, certified sailing instructor, certified food service manager and an instructor for the American Red Cross for first aid, CPR and AED certification.

As part of the American Camp Association, Kelly has taught the Basic Camp Director Course for the A.C.A. and has sat on the Board of the American Camp Association – Wisconsin Section and served as the Public Relations chair. Kelly has also served as the spokesperson for the American Camp Association in Wisconsin. Kelly has appeared on Oprah and the Today Show! Kelly has also authored a book, “Lessons In Leadership” and several magazine articles on summer camp and summer camp staff and leadership training.

Erik Rossebo serves as our Site and Facilities Director. Erik is constantly looking for ways to improve our program and our site.

Most recently, Erik built a new dock and upgraded our waterfront area, built our slingshot range, developed a walking/running trail throughout camp and designed and built the new camp office. Currently, Erik & Kelly are working on designing and building our new lodge and dining hall.

Erik and Kelly are the proud parents of four children between the ages of 16-24.

Our Staff

Stuart Pawlak
This will be Stu Pawlak’s 14th year at Camp Eagle Ridge and his 8th year on staff! Stu is our Assistant Director and co-Waterfront Director. Stu is also an American Red Cross certified Lifeguard Instructor and trains our lifeguards, throughout the summer, to a high standard.

Stu is from Middleton, Wisconsin, and is currently teaching High School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He is also the assistant swim coach for the boys swim team.

In his free time, Stu likes to play guitar, fly racing quadcopters, and is currently teaching himself to play the piano. Stu says, “Camp is a place that I will always hold close to my heart. It has taught me many lifelong lessons and has helped me to become the person I am today. I feel that every person should experience camp because of the friendships, memories, and experiences it gives. It is also a great chance for kids to get away from their cell phones and computer screens and experience the people and world around them. And because our camp atmosphere is free of judgment, bullying, and criticism, it is truly a place of laughter, love, and happiness.”

Connor Williams
Connor Williams returns to our staff for his third summer, all the way from South Wales. This summer, Connor will be co-directing our Counselor-In-Training and Junior Counselor programs.

Connor is currently attending University to obtain his teaching degree. During his gap year, Connor volunteered in Tamil Nadu, Southern India for five weeks. He taught sports and spoken English to underprivileged boys and girls aged five to twenty-one. More so, he participated in programs to encourage organic farming and women empowerment. Connor has also traveled to Sweden, where he worked with local sports clubs and their members.

Scouts and Cadets has been a huge part of Connor’s life. He has spent over two years as a Scout, where he became a patrol leader and participated in bush and camp craft activities; as well as, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking and pioneering adventures.
Connor says “Scouts taught me the importance of preparation. A simple example is having everything needed to maintain a campfire before lighting it: having the three materials at hand and using them in the correct order; the tinder first, then the kindling and finally the fuel.”

Connor is now entering his sixth year as an Air Cadet, where he serves the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. In 2012 he completed the Nijmegen marches (held in the Netherlands) where he, and his team marched one hundred miles over four days along with other cadets and military personnel from all over the world.
In 2013, Connor graduated the Air Cadet Leadership Course at RAF College Cranwell with a distinction. Also, in cadets as a senior member, Connor teaches Initial Expedition training and leadership exercises.

Connor is a keen scuba diver, having dived in Gibraltar and Cyprus he achieved his PADI Advanced Open Water Diving qualification. He has also completed his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, when he hiked for five days and camped for four nights totally self sufficient in the Lake District, England.
Climbing and kayaking are two sports Connor loves; he assists cadets climbing on weekends whilst working towards his Single Pitch Award and Kayak Coach Level 1.

Connor says, “I cannot wait to bring campers together, to foster the sense of adventure, team spirit, and fun to have the best summer ever!”

Michaela Griffin

Michaela Griffin has been a camper, Counselor-In-Training, Junior counselor and Counselor. This will be her 9th summer at Camp Eagle Ridge!
Michaela is from New Berlin, Wisconsin. Michaela is studying Special Education at the University of Mississippi. In the past, Michaela was very involved in the student aid program in her school’s special education room. She also coached for the special olympics swim, and track team.

Michaela was a part of her high school’s varsity swim team and was voted overall team captain for her senior season. Michaela has also played soccer for over 14 years and was on her school’s varsity team along with playing club.

Some of Michaela’s favorite camp activities are soccer, basketball, canoeing, kayaking and cooking. Michaela is always excited to see what each day at camp will bring for new fun memories. Her favorite trip is the Brule canoeing trip and she encourages campers to try it for the first time or go on it again because it is such a fun experience. Camp has been an important and positive impact on her life and she can’t wait to make camp a home away from home for new and old campers.

Maddie Byrnes
This will be Maddie’s 3rd year on staff, but she’s been a life long camper. Outside of camp, Maddie attends the University of Green Bay, Wisconsin as a Communications major. She currently works at David’s Bridal as a consultant, and performs at Comedy City De Pere as an improv comedian.

In her free time, Maddie enjoys settling down with a good book, creating art anywhere, from drawing to sculptures, and playing board games. Maddie  teaches archery, improv, art, and lacrosse. Her favorite nights at camp are the theme nights such as: Murder Mystery and The Avengers, and the Friday night dance!

She can’t wait to be back at camp to see all of the old campers and meet the new ones! Maddie can’t wait to bring all of her board games to camp and create new clubs. Maddie believes this summer will be better than ever!

Alex Ingram
Alex Ingram returns to our 2018 Counseling Staff! Alex is from Woking, England and is looking forward to working with our teen boys once again.

He studied Sports Technology at Loughborough University in which he had the opportunity to live and work in Germany for one year completing internships at Adidas and PUMA headquarters. After graduating in July 2017, Alex decided to take a gap year and embark on a round the world adventure through Asia, Australia and New Zealand, exploring new and inspiring cultures. After leaving camp in 2018, he will be pursuing a career as a Design & Technology teacher at his old High School in England.

Further to Alex’s Design & Technology interests, he is extremely active and love’s all water activities and sports, especially Basketball, in which he has played and coached for over 7 years. Alex has also been coordinating the Basketball program at Robert Bakewell Hall for the past 4 years! He was also captain of his High School and local Basketball teams and was awarded a Coach of the year Award at school.

Alex enjoys to try new things such as his involvement with school theatre productions and being a member of a Street Dance/Hip-Hop group for 2 years.

Furthermore, Alex has been awarded his Bronze & Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards, taking part in multiple hikes and outdoor camping trips.

Alex says “I can’t wait to be returning to Camp Eagle Ridge. It has been upsetting to miss the past few summers due to commitments at University. However, it goes to show that even after spending just one summer at camp, the CER family is one I’ll have for the rest of my life no matter what commitments get in the way. Bring on summer!”

Olivia Burridge
Olivia Burridge returns to our 2018 counselling staff!

Olivia is from Edinburgh, Scotland and is in her third year at the University of Aberdeen studying Biomedical Science.Olivia has been a competitive swimmer for many years and is currently captain of the triathlon club at her University.

Olivia loves all water activities, in particular kayaking and sailing. She is a lifeguard and teaches many of our sailing lessons and while at camp spends most of her time on the water. She has completed her Duke of Edinburgh and loves hiking, camping, and being outdoors. She also enjoys travelling and has spent time backpacking around Europe. Olivia can’t wait for camp this summer!

Erin Bloom

Erin is very excited to return to our Kitchen Staff in 2018! Erin had been a camper for five years before participating in the Counselor-in-Training program, and then moving on to kitchen staff.

Erin is from Rhinelander, Wisconsin, where she attends Nicolet College, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology. In the past, she had participated in her high school’s arts programs, participating in choir and theater for all four years. Erin had the opportunity to tour in Europe with the 2016 Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music and perform in 7 countries. Along with this, Erin has earned her certified nursing assistant license, allowing her to work as a CNA, teaching her many lessons in patience and humility.

Erin has always found camp to be a warm and welcoming place, and she’s looking forward to seeing all the campers come to camp and grow, just as she did in her camper years.

Max Westman
Max Westman has been a part of Camp Eagle Ridge for his 16 years!   Most recently, Max was the Counselor in the cabin of Discovery, our youngest boys’ cabin.  Max has also been our Health Manager and Kitchen Facilitator.

Max is originally from Racine, Wisconsin and has also lived in France. Max has also spent time volunteering with children in Guatemala. Max attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has been an E.M.T. in the past.

Kippy Terry
Kippy Terry has been a counselor in Integrity, our youngest girls’ cabin, for the past two years.. She was a camper since 2011 and participated in our Counselor-in-Training and Junior Counselor programs.

Kippy is from Kansas City, Missouri, where she is involved in volunteer programs such as the Great Plains SPCA and Girls on the Run. She was the president of her high school’s Pep Club and loves demonstrating school pride. Kippy has also been a partisipant with AMIGOS de las Americas and she traveled to Nicaragua to live with a host family for a month in a rural community. Her experience in Nicaragua gave her an opportunity to use the leadership skills she learned at camp to bring her community together and build a kitchen for the primary school.

During the off-season, Kippy travelled through Asia, including Nepal and the Himalayas, volunteering with Youth International.

Kippy’s favorite part about camp is the talent show because it gives each camper a chance to showcase their talents. Her other favorite activities include lacrosse, kayaking, and cooking.

“Camp is my favorite place in the world and I cannot wait to help make this summer the best ever!”

Matt Pugliese
We welcome Matt Pugliese back to our 2017 staff! As a camper for seven years, a counselor-in-training/junior counselor for two years, and in the start of his second summer on staff, this year marks the eleventh year that Matt will be a part of Camp Eagle Ridge!

Matt attends Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is a rising sophomore who intends to major in International Business and minor in Spanish. A member of the Rhodes Organization of Investors, the club hockey team, and an overnight host for prospective students, Matt enjoys supplementing his academics with active and engaging extracurriculars.

Also at Rhodes, Matt was chosen to be a Bonner Scholar. The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation was founded in 1990 to give college students the opportunity to engage in anti-poverty driven community service. For the Bonner Program, Matt developed the Big Brother Mentoring Program, a tutoring program that pairs Rhodes students in a mentoring role with disadvantaged children of the Memphis community. Largely building the foundations of the program off of the ideals of Camp Eagle Ridge, Matt’s goal is to teach tangible academic skills to children, as well as to instill an internal drive for academic success.

At camp, some of Matt’s favorite activities are basketball, volleyball, and mountain biking. However, over the years he has found great value in leadership workshops, and is excited to help campers develop their leadership skills. From 2011 to 2015, Matt was a camp counselor for 3,4, and 5 year olds near his home in the Chicagoland Area. He believes that the most rewarding thing about working at a summer camp is seeing children step out of their comfort zone to meet and share experiences with people from different walks of life.

Matt is extremely excited to be on staff again this summer. He says, “Camp has given me the opportunity for the last ten years to really come out of my shell and thrive in such an accepting environment. I am excited this summer to provide children with the same platform that will allow them to step out of their comfort zone and develop a true sense of self.”

Kim Crabb
Kim Crabb has been a part of Camp Eagle Ridge for 7 years, as a camper, Counselor-In-Training and as a Counselor!
Kim is from Eagle, Wisconsin where she attended KM Perform, a performing arts charter school, as a theater focus. While in high school, she was actively involved with several dance teams, dance instruction, student government, volunteering at her animal shelter, and drama club. Currently, she is working towards her BFA Dance degree at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Some of Kim’s favorite activities at camp include cooking, kayaking, singing before meals, and the weekend trips! Kim also loves how many moments there are to look forward to in every day at camp! Camp has had a huge impact on Kim’s life and she absolutely can’t wait to help do the same for other campers.

At Camp Eagle Ridge, we take pride in having one of the highest staff retention rates in the nation! Most of our staff have been a part of Camp Eagle Ridge for 10 years or longer! We believe that it is the staff that works with your child that matter most.