Kelly Rossebo has been directing Camp Eagle Ridge for the past 21 years! Kelly holds degrees in Organizational Communications and Child Development and has also taught middle and high school English, speech and communication. During the off-season, Kelly travels throughout the country training corporations, faculties and kids in leadership and teambuilding skills. 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.
Kelly is very involved in the American Camp Association. She teaches 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 continues to serve 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.
This will be Taylor Frame's 14th year at Camp Eagle Ridge and her sixth year on staff!
Taylor currently lives in Millau, France, where she is teaching English to French students ages 2-11. She recently graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio with a BA in Educational Studies and Vocal Performance. Some of Taylor's hobbies include singing and playing the piano. She was very involved with the music program at Denison and participated in choir and a female a Capella group, "Ladies' Night Out".
Taylor has volunteered with children throughout her four years at Denison through various programs and plans to continue to pursue a career working with children after she returns from France.
Taylor will be working with our C.I.T.s (Counselors In Training) and J.C.s (Junior Counselors) this year.
Taylor says, "I hope our campers will experience and try new things and step out of their comfort zone because camp is the perfect place to do just that! Camp is truly a place you can be yourself without being judged, so my hope is that our campers embrace that fully by not being afraid to take advantage of the opportunites camp has to offer. I want to make a difference in the lives of the campers I interact with and make sure they have the best summer they can possibly have. Camp Eagle Ridge is a magical place...there is a reason I am coming back for a 14th summer!"
This will be Stu Pawlak's 12th year at Camp Eagle Ridge and his 6th year on staff! Stu is our Junior Counselor Director and Waterfront Director. Stu is a lifeguard and has taught swim lessons for the past three years.
Stu is from Middleton, Wisconsin, but is currently studying at UW Oshkosh to become a high school science teacher. Stu hopes to be teaching Biology and Physics. He also works on campus as an algebra tutor. In his free time, Stu likes to longboard, play guitar, and is also teaching himself to play bass. Stu also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee.
Stu says "Camp has played a large role in my life growing up and it is a place I will always hold dear to me. I feel that camp is a place that every child should have the opportunity to experience because it is a place where you can expand your comfort zone and try new things. And because campers are 'unplugged' from technology and surrounded by nature, there are a lot of new things to try! Camp is a place where you meet lifelong friends, and because of this you don't have to worry about being judged, bullied, or criticized. It is truly a place of laughter, love, and happiness."
This will be Mary Samson's 17th summer at Camp Eagle Ridge! She was eight when she started as a camper, and later, she became a counselor-in-training, junior counselor, and a member of our kitchen staff. This will be Mary's second year as our Kitchen Facilitator!
Mary is from Bloomington, Minnesota. She graduated this December from St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota. She graduated with a degree in Educational Studies - Youth Leadership & Development. While at Saint Mary's she was involved with Campus Ministry by participating in retreat team, volunteer mentors and going on missions trips regularly. In her free time, Mary loves to camp, hike and do basically anything outdoorsy.
Right now, Mary is an Infant teacher for children ages 6 weeks - 16 months where she focuses on early childhood development.
Mary says “Camp is a special place where everyone accepts you for you. It’s where you can be pushed out of your comfort zone in order to grow as a person within a safe environment. Camp is where you meet the most amazing people who become lifetime friends.”
Elizabeth Ball is very excited to be joining the staff at Camp Eagle Ridge this summer as our Health Manager. Elizabeth is a certified nurse assistant looking to make a difference. In the upcoming year, Lyz will continue her schooling in Criminal Law, Behavioral Analysis, and Medicine Science in North Carolina. Loving and helping others is one of her passions.
Lyz has been involved in several student government organizations and other extra-curricular groups. Having spoken at women's leadership conferences and attended others, she understands the importance of leadership. She enjoys promoting health, work, academics, and personal growth in others. Helping young people achieve a steady self-image and positive, determined attitude is what she was born to do.
When she is not at work, Lyz is on the move! She enjoys playing sports, and playing board games with her favorite person, her twin. She has been active in Mixed Martial Arts for four years, which she says, “…is a positive way to learn and have fun!” She loves letting other people know that they are valuable and loved. She looks forward to being impacted by and impacting the staff and campers at Camp Eagle Ridge!