Greetings Camper Families!!!
I am proud to be back as your Camp Director in 2019. It always surprises me how fast the fall goes by before it is time to start signing campers up again for a new season. I have been busy!
My favorite things about camp are watching campers during Thought and Campfire, sharing stories or songs or skits. I love hearing the sounds of children chattering, singing and laughing all around me at any given time of day. My most favorite thing is watching timid young souls at registration blossom into best buddies and struggle to say goodbye to their new friends on Saturday mornings. I also love watching new staff start out a little timid each season and grow into seasoned leaders by summer’s end. The transformations are sometimes amazing.
My history with VBYC started as a high school student at Leadership in 1980. I was a counselor, program staff member, Head Counselor, Morning Cook, Assistant Director and Director in my first 12 years out here. Since then, I have been mostly in Restaurant Management where my love for learning was encouraged every day. I also have served on the VBYC Board of Directors for most of the 20 years I was away. I live in Kalamazoo with my kids, my husband Brian, our cats Rory (aka Freaky), Oliver and Chase. We also have a bunny, Juneau! My son, Zak, is a graduate of MSU and now lives in Chicago while working at a non profit organization called City Year. My daughter, Kenzie, is going in to her Sophomore year at U of M, and is a part of the STAMPS School of Art and Design. They have both been campers here since they were little and have gone through the counselor training program as well. Kenzie is also working as one of our Office Managers out here at camp this summer (and last)!
I continue to love what I do. I still learn something new every day and I love doing that with your campers and my staff. I love the quiet beauty of VBYC in the spring and the fall and the anticipation of a new season to come. I’ve really enjoyed watching Camp change over the years and look better every year. I am still a happy camper!!