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!"
Chris Paris is returning to our 2015 staff as our Health Manager for his 11th summer! Chris has been a camper, Counselor-in-Training, Junior counselor, Counselor, Waterfront Director, and our Health Manager.
Chris is originally from Denver, Colorado. Chris currently lives in Boulder where he graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in physiology and neuroscience. He is currently helping to develop educational medical software with plans to attend graduate school this fall and then, medical school. Chris is an Emergency Medical Technician and has been ski patrol. Chris loves to ski and will take any chance he gets to head into the mountains for a ski day.
Chris credits camp for helping him learn and develop a healthy approach to facing problems and challenges every day. "Camp frequently places children in new and different situations, but it does so in such a positive and supportive environment that it reinforces healthy ways of interacting with new and different situations that are encountered at home all the time."
Dustin Handrich is very excited to be back at Camp Eagle Ridge this summer as our Assistant Director! This will be his 20th summer at camp! He has been a camper, counselor, Waterfront Director, Junior Counselor Director, and Assistant Director at camp! Some of his favorite activities at Eagle Ridge are canoeing, rock climbing, archery, teambuilding, and leadership workshops.
Dustin is originally from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. He received his degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and was the Assistant Director of an outdoor education program in southern California for 4 years. He has been living in Minneapolis since 2012. After spending time as a climbing coach and leading groups through teambuilding experiences, Dustin is now teaching 5th grade at Sojourner Truth Academy in North Minneapolis. He is also pursuing his Master's degree in elementary education.
Dustin is excited to bring what he has learned through his teaching experiences to help our campers and counselors have a fantastic and meaningful summer!
This will be Stu Pawlak's 13th year at Camp Eagle Ridge and his 7th 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 16th 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 year, Mary is taking on the role of Kitchen Facilitator! She's very excited for this new role and can't wait for this upcoming summer!
Mary is attending St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. She is an Educational Studies major and is the manager for the track and field team.
In her free time, Mary is very involved with Campus Ministry by participating in retreat team, volunteer mentors and going on missions trips regularly.
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.”