Dottie Myers-Hill, Camp Director
Dottie Myers-Hill, Camp Director — Hello there goobers and grownups! My name is Dottie and I am your Camp Director at VBYC. This is my 20th summer working at Camp and I love my job so much...I used to tell people that being on staff was so fun, it felt sacrilegious to accept a paycheck. I have worked with a bunch of different camp generations and consider myself lucky enough to have met many founding family members in my days here. I credit them with giving me the camp spirit and the inspiration to come back and keep their original vision for the program alive so many years later. I feel very lucky to work with the young people in these photos...they teach me things every day and I am extremely grateful that they allow me to lead them and VBYC into the future. I have two kids in college now and a husband and a cat at home. In addition to my family, camp fills my soul and keeps me grounded. Thank you for trusting me, and our staff, to look after your children...happy camping! :)
Zak Hill, Assistant Director
Zak Hill, Assistant Director — Hi everyone! I’m Zak Hill and I’m the Assistant Director this summer. I studied Spanish and English Education at Michigan State University and will be completing my student teaching internship in Chicago Public Schools in the fall. So many of my earliest and fondest memories happened at VBYC, and I’m so proud to support this amazing staff in creating those meaningful memories for our campers.
Hannah Powless, Head Counselor
Hannah Powless, Head Counselor — Hello, my name is Hannah, and I’m so excited to return to VBYC this summer! Spending the summer at camp is the highlight of my year! During the off-season I am a student at Western Michigan University where I am pursuing degrees in Gender and Women’s Studies and Communications.
Kiernan Dean-Hall, Outdoor Living
Kiernan Dean-Hall, Outdoor Living — Hello, salutations, and other greetings! My name is Kiernan! I’m thrilled to be back this summer. I love swimming, kayaking, sailing, hiking, and many other things that end with -ing. I grew up nearby camp in a town called Kalamazoo where I graduated from Loy Norrix and KAMSC. I am currently studying Chemistry, Philosophy, Physics, and Film at Kalamazoo College where I am also a part of the circus club, filmmaker’s society, and a radio DJ. Working with people, especially young people, has always been one of my favorite things to do, and I’m excited to continue working with the many campers who come our way.
Wendy Tarantino, Office Manager
Wendy Tarantino, Office Manager — Hi! My name is Wendy and this is my 8th summer as your Office Manager at Van Buren Youth Camp. I love all the campers, the singing, the games and fun that we have out here. This has been my favorite place since I was 8 and it has barely changed at all. I LOVE IT HERE! Besides camp, I work at an elementary school and am a mom to 5 girls ages 1 - 18. My favorite things to do include taking photos, watching my girls play at the beach, attending (or being in!) musicals and travelling.
Madelin Lapp, Song Dance & Dram
Madelin Lapp, Song Dance & Dram — Hello! My name is Madelin “Redd” Lapp! I have been going to camp since 2013 and I was a counselor for two years. I attend Butler University studying arts administration with a concentration on music.
Hollie Powless, Sports
Hollie Powless, Sports — Hello, my name is Hollie, and I am thrilled to be on staff this summer! I have been attending VBYC since I was five and I'm very happy to be returning again this year. While not at camp I attend Western Michigan University where I am majoring in Anthropology. I can't wait to meet you!
Collin Bennett, Social Media
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Azabeth Kish, Arts & Crafts
Azabeth Kish, Arts & Crafts —
Alyssa Witvoet, Nature
Alyssa Witvoet, Nature — Hey everybody! My name is Alyssa Witvoet and I’m this season’s nature instructor plus everything the virtual equivalent will entail. I’ve been going to camp for seven years and counting as a camper, counselor, SIT, and now a staff member. When camp season is over I’ll be studying psychology and sociology at Fordham University in Manhattan.