Kelly Rossebo has been directing Camp Eagle Ridge for the past 20 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 13th year at Camp Eagle Ridge and her fifth year on staff!
Taylor lives in Granville, Ohio but is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She is now a senior at Denison University in Ohio, where she is an educational studies major with a vocal performance minor. Taylor plans on pursuing a career working with kids after graduation.
Some of Taylor's hobbies include singing and playing the piano. She is very involved with the music program at Denison and participates in choir and a female a Capella group, "Ladies' Night Out". Taylor also volunteers with children throughout the school year through various programs while at school.
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 my campers will experience and try new things and step out of their comfort zone because camp is the perfect place to do just that! I also want to make a difference in the lives of the campers I interact with, and I want to make sure they have the best summer they can possibly have."
2014 will be Jenna Young's third year at Camp Eagle Ridge. Jenna is originally from Franklin, Wisconsin where she currently resides. Jenna grew up in her mother's dance studio, surrounded by teaching, dancing and performing since the age of 2. After graduating high school, she spent five years touring, teaching and performing through the US, Europe the United Kingdom and Japan with the performance group, The Young Americans.
During the year, Jenna teaches at Young Dance Academy, working with kids of all ages. She also works at Starbucks as a bright and chipper barista. In her free time, she loves to read, swim, listen to music, and go to the movies!
This year, Jenna joins our administrative team as our Program Specialist. Jenna will continue to teach activities and lifeguard, as part of our Waterfront Team. She will also be the camp photographer and work with our social networking.
Jenna is SO ecstatic about returning to camp this summer. "Camp is a place where I can share my passion for life and see kids blossom to their fullest potential. And I simply cannot wait for that!"
Dustin Handrich is very excited to be back at Camp Eagle Ridge this summer as our Assistant Director! This will be his 19th 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!
Max Westman is our Kitchen Facilitator! Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Max has been at Camp Eagle Ridge since 2002. He was Camper of the Year in 2006, a Counselor-In-Training in 2007 and a Junior Counselor in 2008. 2014 will mark Max's 6th year on our staff!
This fall, Max has been volunteering with children in Ecuador and Guatemala.
In the past, Max has been one of our Health Managers and Waterfront Directors. During the off-season, Max is a EMT (Emergency Medical Technican).
This is the second summer that Max has been running our kitchen! Max is a terrific cook! Max is a vegetarian and has lots of experience in finding creative recipes that are both delicious and healthy.
This will be Stu Pawlak's 11th year at Camp Eagle Ridge and his 5th year on staff! Stu is our 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."