Summer Staff

 

 

Alex Brown

Arts and Crafts Director


# of Years On Staff: Three
Home Town: Grand Rapids, MI
College/University: Knox College
Area of Study: Major in literature, double minor in Latin American studies and Theatre
Classes You Teach At Camp: Crafts, Arts
What would your superpower be: Teleportation!! I would love to be able to go anywhere at any time!
What parents should know about you: I love camp more than just about anything else on the planet and I want to do my part in making sure that your daughter loves camp too.

 

Mikayla

Waterfront Director


# of Years On Staff: Three
Home Town: Walled Lake, MI
College/University: Purdue University
Area of Study: Chemical Engineering
Classes You Teach At Camp: Anything at the Waterfront!
What would your superpower be: I would want to know the lyrics to every song, so I could always sing along!
What parents should know about you: I want every camper to have an unforgettable week at camp, trying new things & having fun, and I will do everything I can to make that happen!!

Sylvie

L.I.T Director


# of Years On Staff: Three
Home Town: Ann Arbor, MI
College/University: University of Life
Area of Study: Life
Classes You Teach At Camp:Anything at the waterfront, Positive Mental Attitude (PMA), and Adventure!
What would your superpower be: Raspberries
What parents should know about you: That I think the best thing anyone can do for themselves is to live in the moment, appreciate what (and who) is around them, and take advantage of sunshine whenever they can. I think Camp Newaygo is the perfect place to do these things.

Alex Kuske

Health Officer


# of Years On Staff: Five
Home Town: Grand Rapids, MI
College/University: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Area of Study: Law
Classes You Teach At Camp: Ballroom Dancing, Puppets, Nursing
What would your superpower be: Stopping injustice
What parents should know about you: I want every camper to have an unforgettable week at camp, trying new things & having fun, and I will do everything I can to make that happen!!

Lilka

Camp Nanny


# of Years On Staff: Three
Home Town: Toluca, México
College/University: Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México
Area of Study: Biomedical Engineering
Classes You Teach At Camp: Gymnastiiiiics!
What would your superpower be: To be a Super Nanny!
What parents should know about you:I loooove Camp Newaygo and I love watching girls blossom into their best selfs! I believe that a safe environment full of fun activities it’s the best place to grow and make friends! And I’m more than happy an grateful to help with that!

Mia

Unit Director


# of Years On Staff: Three
Home Town: Highland Park, IL
College/University: Marquette University
Area of Study: Environmental studies and Spanish
Classes You Teach At Camp: Sailing, outdoor cooking, and wilderness women
What would your superpower be: Shape shifting!
What parents should know about you:I am so excited to get to work with your child! My goal is to make sure each girl I meet feels like they are happy, confident, and capable. Camp is my all time favorite place and I can’t wait to meet all of the awesome campers that will be here this summer!

Emma

Adventure Specialist


# of Years On Staff: Five
Home Town:Philadelphia, PA
College/University: University of Michigan  Area of Study:B.A. Spanish Language and Literature, & Bachelor of Theatre Arts, concentration in Performing Arts Management and Minor in Playwriting
Classes You Teach At Camp: Adventures
What would your superpower be: Flying
What parents should know about you:I’m a gal who loves camp and just keeps coming back!  I love nature and the outdoors and have backpacked almost every trip in Michigan. Here’s to a summer your child won’t forget!

Bitsy

Unit Director


# of Years On Staff: Two
Home Town: Midland, MI
College/University: University of Michigan
Area of Study: Biochemistry and French
Classes You Teach At Camp: Tennis and anything on the water
What would your superpower be: Teleportation, I have a goal to visit every continent!
What parents should know about you: I was a camper at Newaygo for a long time; I loved my experience and am so grateful for everything it has done for me. My goal as a counselor is to make sure that I can help do the same thing for your daughter(s)!

Mallory

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: Two
Home Town: Columbus
College/University: Ohio State University
Area of Study:Computer Science and Engineering
Classes You Teach At Camp: Anything at the Waterfront!
What would your superpower be: The ability to teleport around the world so I can explore new places and easily visit friends
What parents should know about you:I care so much for each girls experience at Camp. I am so excited to get to know all of the girls individually and make this the best summer it can possibly be!

MJ

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: One
Home Town: Alger
College/University: Ferris State University
Area of Study: Forensic Biology
Classes You Teach At Camp: Arts and Crafts and Archery
What would your superpower be: Shooting laser beams out of my eyes
What parents should know about you:I’m a very responsible and respectful person.

Athena

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: One
Home Town: Needville,Texas
College/University:  Needville High School
Area of Study: Radiation Therapy
Classes You Teach At Camp: Anything water-related
What would your superpower be: The power to control owls
What parents should know about you:  I was a camper at Camp Newaygo for 6 years, and I want every child to have the best summer ever just as I did every year.

Hannah

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: One
Home Town:Columbus Ohio
College/University: University of Toledo
Area of Study: Undeclared
Classes You Teach At Camp: Court Games, Arts and Crafts, High Ropes
What would your superpower be: Astral Projection
What parents should know about you: I’m excited to be a strong confident role model for your daughters.

Sami

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: Second
Home Town:Kent City, Michigan
College/University:Grand Rapids Community College
Area of Study: Political Science
Classes You Teach At Camp:I am most excited to teach fishing again this year!
What would your superpower be: Mind reading.
What parents should know about you:I am super excited to teach your kids loud and long songs!

Hannah

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: One
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio
College/University: Ohio University
Area of Study: Middle Childhood Education
Classes You Teach At Camp: Anything in the water! And, of course, arts and crafts!
What would your superpower be: Breath underwater
What parents should know about you:I’m new to Camp Newaygo and I’m really excited to be there this summer with your campers!

Ariel

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: Three
Home Town: Commerce Township, Michigan
College/University: Oakland University
Area of Study: Sociology
Classes You Teach At Camp: SLOPPY SHOWER, Kayaking, and really anything on the water!
What would your superpower be: The ability to summon meteors
What parents should know about you: Parents should know that I’m fully dedicated to making sure camp becomes your child’s second home! I will do everything I can to make sure they have a great and memorable experience! Working at camp is the best decision I’ve ever made!

Liza

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: Fifth
Home Town: Chicago, IL
College/University:University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Area of Study: Computer Science
Classes You Teach At Camp: Gymnastics!
What would your superpower be: Geomancy
What parents should know about you:  Camp Newaygo is an amazing place, and I plan to give it my all so that everyone can have a great summer.

Sam

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: Two
Home Town: Mason , MI
College/University:  Olivet college
Area of Study:  Visual arts and business
Classes You Teach At Camp: Everything and anything I can teach outside
What would your superpower be: Toes that are like fingers
What parents should know about you:I’m a fun loving person that’s super excited to meet their kids.

Laura

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: Two
Home Town: Zeeland, MI
College/University: The University of Michigan
Area of Study: Undecided
Classes You Teach At Camp: Knitting, performance, tubing
What would your superpower be: I would have the ability to speak any language so I could talk to anybody (even animals).
What parents should know about you: I love having fun in the sun! I think it is super important for every camper to grow in their confidence. My goal is to help campers realize just how amazing they are and that they can do anything they set their minds to!

Katie

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: Two
Home Town: Grand Rapids, Michigan
College/University: Syracuse University
Area of Study: Criminal Justice
Classes You Teach At Camp: Teaching songs, and going on camping trips.
What would your superpower be: Wolverine claws
What parents should know about you:Camp Newaygo has had such a positive impact on my life. It has helped me grow as a person and I have met some of my closest friends through camp. I’m looking forward to helping your child have a great summer!

Asha

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: One
Home Town: Milwaukee, WI
College/University: Marquette
Classes You Teach At Camp: Arts and Crafts, Wilderness Women
What would your superpower  be: Control of spiders.
What parents should know about you: I am committed to making sure every camper feels welcome during their stay at Camp Newaygo. I look forward to seeing campers grow in confidence and independence while they are away from home.

Katy

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: One
Home Town: Chicago, IL
College/University: Brown University
Area of Study: Undeclared
Classes You Teach At Camp: Boxing
What would your superpower be: It would be the power to eradicate world hunger because nobody deserves to go to bed with an empty stomach.
What parents should know about you: I am a fun-loving and outgoing person. I love being around children, and I can’t wait to spend time with them this summer.

Lindsey

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: One
Home Town: West Bloomfield, MI
College/University: Walsh University
Area of Study: Biology, Pre-Physical Therapy
Classes You Teach At Camp: Anything outdoor related!
What would your superpower be: Talking to animals
What parents should know about you: I used to go to Camp Newaygo as a kid and that will help me use my knowledge to make sure your camper has the best time! I love the outdoors and plan to show your camper a glimpse how amazing it truly is!

Molly

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: One
Home Town: Waterford, MI
College/University: Central Michigan University
Area of Study: Fashion Merchandising and Design
Classes You Teach At Camp: Pretty much everything
What would your superpower be: Human Chameleon
What parents should know about you:I am so excited to meet your child and make this the best summer ever!

Maggie

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: One
Home Town: Shepard, MI
College/University: Central Michigan University
Area of Study: Family Studies, Spanish, and Substance Abuse Prevention
Classes You Teach At Camp: Arts and crafts and archery.
What would your superpower be: Visibility
What parents should know about you:I am very compassionate and want to make their daughter feel welcome and at home at Newaygo. I want to be an honorary older sister to them!

Molly

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: One
Home Town: Worthington, Ohio
College/University: Ohio State University
Area of Study: Visual Impairment and Early Childhood Education
Classes You Teach At Camp: Anything outdoor related!
What would your superpower be: Talking to plants
What parents should know about you:I am a fun and outgoing individual that genuinely loves spending time with children! I understand that camp can sometimes be a new, foreign place for some campers so it is my goal to make sure that all children have fun while growing in confidence and independence this summer!

Mady

Resident Camp Counselor


# of Years On Staff: One
Home Town: Midland, MI
College/University: Michigan Tech
Area of Study: Pharmacology
Classes You Teach At Camp: Outdoor cooking, Kayaking and Photography
What would your superpower be: Generate Fog Clouds
What parents should know about you: I loooove Camp Newaygo and I love watching girls blossom into their best selfs! I believe that a safe environment full of fun activities it’s the best place to grow and make friends! And I’m more than happy an grateful to help with that!

 

Ethan

Camp Crew


# of Years On Staff: Three
Home Town: Georgetown, OH
College/University: University of Kentucky
Area of Study: Music Education and Opera
Classes You Teach At Camp: Music
What would your superpower be: Telekinesis
What parents should know about you:I have counseled more camps than Michael Phelps has gold medals.


Mary

Camp Crew


# of Years On Staff: Three
Home Town: White Cloud, MI
College/University: University of Michigan
Area of Study: Biopsychology, cognition, & neuroscience
Classes You Teach At Camp: A little of everything!
What would your superpower be: Super fast friendship bracelet making.
What parents should know about you: Camp is one of my favorite places on earth and the value of spending a summer outside is super important to me!!! I can’t wait to share my passion for camp with your kids!

 

See the rest of our staff on our year-round staff page.