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

Connor Williams
Connor Williams returns to our staff for his 4th summer, all the way from South Wales. This summer, Connor will be co-directing our Counselor-In-Training and Junior Counselor programs. As our Assistant Director, Connor coaches our counseling staff and has a strong role in our leadership curriculum. Connor became a part of Camp Eagle Ridge in 2015 as the youngest boys counselor. Since then, Connor has progressed within our camp to his current role as CIT and JC co-director and Assistant Director. Connor says “counseling will always be the best job at camp in my opinion; however, I am now very fortunate to be in the position to inspire and mentor our staff, CITs and JCs to be the best counselors they can be and deliver a safe and spectacular camp experience for our campers”.

Connor is currently in his final year of University and will graduate as a teacher this summer. At University, Connor is Chair of the Teacher Society and organizes, with his team, professional development opportunities and seminars for trainee teachers. Connor has taught in a variety of contexts; during his gap year, Connor volunteered in Tamil Nadu, Southern India for five weeks. While there, he taught sports and spoken English to underprivileged boys and girls aged five to twenty-one. In addition to teaching, Connor participated in programs that promoted organic farming and women empowerment. Connor thoroughly enjoys traveling and experiencing different countries and cultures; on his travels, Connor has visited many countries in Europe, states in America and provinces in Canada.
Connor is a keen outdoor enthusiast! He enjoys kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding and is a British Canoe Union level 1 coach and an expedition leader. Connor also favors heights; as a qualified climbing instructor, he thoroughly enjoys rock climbing and facilitating the rock climbing trips at camp. “Rock climbing is a unique experience that everyone should have a go at. It provides the perfect balance of mental and physical challenge in a safe environment”.
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. 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 ninth year in the Royal Air Force Air Cadet Organisation. In the RAFAC, Connor is a commissioned adult volunteer and is responsible for facilitating adventure training activities, expedition training and leadership exercises. 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, to achieve this award, Connor hiked for five days and camped for four nights totally self-sufficient in the Lake District, England. Connor is now a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award instructor and assessor.  In addition, Connor has been a certified First Aider for years.

Connor says, “Camp Eagle Ridge does not compare to anything I have experienced before. Our campers, staff and location motivate me to travel ‘across the pond’ every summer to be a part of something special and rewarding”.

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.

Kennedy Garrett
Kennedy Garrett was a camper and then a Counselor-In-Training in 2012, and she is so happy to finally return to Camp Eagle Ridge in 2018 as our Health Manager!

Kennedy grew up in Sacramento, California. She will be graduating with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. She is a licensed EMT, and she plans to get a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Ultimately, she plans to be a Physician Assistant specializing in pediatric care.

When she’s not in school, Kennedy coaches girl’s recreational gymnastics and worked as a summer camp counselor at a gymnastics-based day camp. Kennedy is also very passionate about exploring new cultures and places. She recently had the opportunity to study abroad in the south of France, where she volunteered to help teach English to elementary school children. She’s also fluent in French!

Kennedy cannot wait to be back at camp! She is very excited to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

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!

Mireia Masia
Dudley Williams returns to Camp Eagle Ridge for his 18th summer! He started coming to camp as a camper, was a Counselor in Training, Junior Counselor, and a Cabin Counselor before making the Kitchen his home in 2012.

When Dudley isn’t at camp, he lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He works at the Milwaukee Waterfront Deli downtown and hopes to one day open his own sandwich shop selling sandwiches named after and created by his friends. He is an avid sports fan and particularly enjoys playing basketball and baseball. He’s also tried his hand at stand up comedy and comedy writing.

According to Dudley, it’s “impossible” to pick only one thing that he’s looking forward to this summer. He’s excited to try out new dishes and spread his love of food, go swimming, join in activities and clubs, lead weekend trips, and laugh more than ever, all with the company of both old and new friends.

“The camp experience is truly one of the rarest and great things for someone of any age. To have the opportunity to gain life skills in an environment that showers you with love is a great and beautiful thing. The opportunity to give that experience to someone in the same way past Camp Eagle Ridge staff gave that experience to me is what keeps me coming back.”

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.

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!”

Mireia Masia
Mireia Masia is from Barcelona, Spain. She’s been attending Camp Eagle Ridge since 2014. Mireia was a camper, then a Counselor in Training, and most recently a Junior Counselor. In 2017, she couldn’t come to camp due to University commitments and she really missed it. She is really excited about coming back to camp, seeing past campers and meeting new campers!
Mireia is studying Psychology at the University Ramon LLull in Barcelona. She attended an international school where she learned to speak 4 languages. Mireia has also been an exchange student in Amsterdam.

In her spare time, Mireia enjoys playing volleyball and running, having taken part in many races. Also, she loves dancing. Mireia was part of dance academy for 5 years when she was younger. Mireia volunteered in an organization called Banc dels Aliments and Amics del Rabal that helps kids from disadvantaged families and neighborhoods. She also loves hiking and cooking.
Mireia says “I really love travelling; I have traveled all around the world. I love getting to know all types of cultures.” Recently, Mireia has been backpacking all around Europe. Her favorite places are Rome and Lisbon. This past summer, Mireia went to Japan and she loved it.
Mireia’s favorite camp activities are gaga, biking, kayaking, volleyball, and dance. She loves playing capture the flag!

Will Small
Nathan Burns is from Birmingham, England and graduated from the University of Wolverhampton, where he studied Physical Education. He is currently working at a school which specializes in visually impaired/partially sighted pupils. Nathan’s hobbies include playing many different sports, the guitar and flying his drone.

Nathan is really excited to return to camp for his fourth summer. His favourite activities to teach include: Soccer, Biking, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding and catching critters in the creek. He is also excited to see everyone again and meet new people!

Erin Bloom
Jonah Levy was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri, and will be graduating from Ladue High School this year. Jonah has been a camper, counselor in training, and junior counselor at camp. This will be his 7th summer, and he couldn’t be more excited to be back!

Jonah loves to run, and has been on his school’s varsity cross country team for two years now. This past season, he got the privilege of being the team’s Captain. He also enjoys playing on his school’s varsity ultimate frisbee team, which he first began playing at camp!
Additionally, Jonah has been playing guitar since he was five years old, and is a lover of playing, teaching, and listening to music.

Jonah’s favorite activities at camp include kayaking, soccer, gaga, outdoor living skills, cooking, and anything with a frisbee. He loves to hike and enjoy the outdoors every chance he gets. Jonah also brings a guitar to camp each year, and loves providing a little bit of musical accompaniment to the campfires.

Jonah will be a one of the counselors in the youngest boys cabin this summer, along with his co-counselor and fellow St. Louis native, Elliot Svirnovskiy. Jonah is thrilled to be on staff, and cannot wait to see old friends and make new ones!

Kim Crabb
Anna Frizzell is from Boise, Idaho. This will be her 7th summer at Camp Eagle Ridge! Anna was a Counselor-in-Training and a Junior Counselor. She loves the outdoors and spends time backpacking and skiing. Anna was President of her school’s green team, which implemented sustainability on her school’s campus.

Anna has been playing competitive soccer for 7 years and has traveled to regional and national events. She was also the Captain of her school’s basketball team.  Anna’s other hobbies include making pottery and reading.

Anna’s favorite camp activities are gaga, kayaking, ultimate frisbee, basketball, and soccer. Anna’s favorite memories at camp include playing capture the flag and participating in theme nights. Anna can’t wait for an amazing summer!

Connor Williams
Elliot Svirnovskiy is excited to rejoin the camp community for what will be his 5th year at Camp Eagle Ridge! Elliot attended Eagle Ridge as a camper for 3 years and then became a Counselor-In-Training. This upcoming summer will be his first on staff.

Elliot is from St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently a senior at Marquette High School and plans to attend University in the Fall of 2018. At Marquette, Elliot is the President of the Marquette Speech and Debate Team. Elliot has won numerous local, district, and nationwide debate awards.  As a Junior, Elliot qualified to the National Speech and Debate tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah.  In addition to debate, Elliot is the Vice President of the Model United Nations committee at Marquette, and is the treasurer of the school’s National Honors Society.

Elliot loves sports, and plays football, hockey, and soccer constantly. Elliot’s favorite camp activities
include field hockey and Capture the Flag. He loves being on the water, too. Elliot loves kayaking, canoeing, and swimming.
Elliot is excited to return to camp and looks forward to making an impact on the community. He will work to instill leadership and character onto every camper he meets. Elliot cannot wait for a fun-filled, incredible summer!

Danii Jones
Danii Jones is from Birmingham, England. She is currently on a gap year, travelling around Thailand, and will be starting an Anthropology degree at University College London in September.

In her free time, Danii loves doing various water based activities, especially sailing and jet-skiing. On land, she enjoys everything musical from playing the piano, drums and guitar to seeing as many West End shows as possible. She is a Purple belt in Karate which she practiced for 6 years and also took trampolining lessons for 5 years.

She has been awarded her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and completed the NCS Challenge. She also has been on many camping trips both with the Girl Guides and friends and family.

Danii works at a tutoring practice, helping children prepare for the 11+ exam. Coming from a family of foster carers, she spends a lot of time looking after, teaching and playing with children of all ages and backgrounds.  This summer, Danii will be one of the counselors in the cabin of Integrity, our youngest girls’ cabin.

Danii is very excited to go to camp for what she hopes will be the first of many years!

Lauren Auleciems
Sam is excited to be embarking on his first year at Camp Eagle Ridge! Sam is originally from Worcester in England, you may have heard of it because of the city’s famous Lea and Perrins Sauce! Sam’s main skill is soccer something he has played for 15 years, captaining his local club side to triumphs in various day tournaments around the country and a cup success in his final year, whereby he became the clubs all time record goalscorer with 112 goals in 186 appearances. Sam’s other key interests include Politics something he now studies at University in Liverpool, this has allowed him to develop skills in debate (even victory over his old Politics teacher at school in a formal debate session), public speaking and interpersonal sensitivity, crucial skills needed for any form of leadership. Sam is also a keen canoe and kayaker taking part in guided expeditions in the Algonquin park and Kings River, something he is excited about teaching at Camp Eagle Ridge this coming summer.

Whilst this will be Sam’s first Camp experience, he does have a wealth of experience in caring for the elderly. Every summer Sam has worked at a Alzheimers care home local to his home, taking part in day to day activities in the home. This has developed Sam’s skills of teamwork, empathy, and punctuality.

Sarah Casanova
Sarah Casanova is excited to be joining the Camp Eagle Ridge team for her first year as a counselor! Born in Texas, Sarah has lived in many places throughout her life, including Singapore where she lived for 14 years.

Sarah is about to start her final year at Cardiff University in Wales, studying Environmental Geography. She has a wide variety of hobbies from playing the piano, to hiking, to any water-based activity; but her favourite at the moment is scuba diving. During her gap year in 2015, she worked to earn her PADI Divemaster certification. She also used the year to chaperone for her alma-mater’s outdoor excursions for Grade 6 and Grade 8 to Malaysia and Thailand. During these trips, she helped teachers teach children ages 11-15 and helped them with recreations such as kayaking, hiking, camping, white-water rafting and beach clean-up.

Sarah is a social and outgoing person, who is willing to try many things and loves to bring her friends and peers along with her.

Sarah is thrilled to be the counselor of the oldest girls cabin, Serenity. She is excited to meet everyone, new and old, and help our campers have a summer they won’t forget.

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.

Will Small
Will is super excited to be returning to Camp Eagle Ridge this summer! This will be his 7th summer at camp. Will attended camp for 4 years as a camper and then joined the Counselor in Training and Junior Counselor Program for another 2 years. He is so excited to be an active part of staff this summer and working with kitchen staff to make it great.

Will is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is graduating from Whitefish Bay High School and he will be attending UW-Stout this Fall to pursue a career in Video Game Design and Development. Will has been very involved in his middle school and high schools theater programs, and a part of numerous art programs.

Will really enjoys a variety of outdoors sports such as soccer, basketball, hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking. Some of these he actually learned at camp.

Will can’t wait to go back to camp for another awesome summer. He believes there are always new things to do and learn and that camp is a great place to do just that. He really believes that camp makes a difference and that he can make a difference at camp.

Lauren Auleciems
Lauren Auleciems is very excited to return for her 6th summer at Camp Eagle Ridge. Lauren was a camper for 5 years and this will be her first year on staff. Lauren plans to attend the University of Madison Wisconsin or the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in the Fall.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys running, traveling and music. Her favorite activities at camp are kayaking, sailing, and volleyball. Lauren’s favorite weekend trips at camp include the Brule canoeing trip and rock climbing.

This summer, Lauren is excited to meet all the new campers and capture memories that will last a lifetime as the camp photographer. Lauren is ready for an incredible summer!

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.