Kelly Rossebo has been directing Camp Eagle Ridge for the past 23 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.
Bethany Korom returns to our staff in 2017 as our Health Manager! This will be Bethany’s 11th summer at camp.
Bethany is from New Berlin, Wisconsin, and is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is studying pre-med with an emphasis on child development. She is also a certified Emergency Responder.
Throughout Bethany’s summers at camp, she enjoyed playing and teaching soccer and golf, and being a part of cooking meals and all water activities. She loves the delicious food served for every meal, especially the desserts! Bethany says, “Camp is a safe place to let go and be yourself. No one judges you and everyone is ready with hugs and a huge smile to encourage you with everything you do. The long-lasting friendships and endless memories will truly make camp your home away from home.”
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!”
Erik Rossebo has been a part of Camp Eagle Ridge for the past 7 years. Erik is constantly looking for ways to improve our program and our site.
Most recently, Erik created a new off-site fishing trip, built a new dock and upgraded our waterfront area, and designed and built the new camp office. Erik is also a professional videographer. Last summer, he was able to capture lots of new and beautiful drone footage of our site.
When Erik is not at camp, he runs two other businesses and is the father of four children between the ages of 15-23.
This will be Stu Pawlak's 13th year at Camp Eagle Ridge and his 7th year on staff! Stu is our Assistant Director and co-Waterfront Director.
Stu is from Middleton, Wisconsin, and currently teaches high school science in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Stu is also the Assistant Swim Coach at the high school.
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."
Katie Shields has been attending Camp Eagle Ridge since she was seven years old! This will be her 17th summer! This year, Katie will be our Program Director, heading up all of our evening programs and events. She will also be coaching our girls'counseling staff.
Katie is originally from Naperville, Illinois and graduated from the University of Tampa in Florida, majoring in Applied Dance. There, Katie spent time studying brain compatible dance education as well as working with mixed abilities dancers and senior adults.
Katie is currently doing personal training and training for a bodybuilding show in the spring!
While at camp, some of Katie's favorite activities include archery, dance, canoeing, kayaking, ultimate frisbee and cooking! This will be Katie's third year as a certified lifeguard so she is looking forward to spending more time on the water. Katie also enjoys leadership workshops and says that she is constantly reminded of what she's learned at camp while at school or work. Katie says she's "most excited to see all of the new and returning faces as well as getting back out on the lake as soon as possible!"
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.”