Year Round Staff

Jane Vitek

Executive Director

Jane has been the Executive Director since 2002. She came to Camp Newaygo in 1975 as seasonal staff while working full time teaching Middle and High School Art for 25 years. She has a master’s degree in Education from Central Michigan University and was a Middle Level Curriculum Consultant .

Jalisa Danhof


Jalisa came aboard as the Program Director in 2011; was promoted to Assistant Director in 2014; and was named Director in January 2020. She is a leader in the camping field and is the chair of the National American Camp Association’s EPIC (Emerging Young Professionals in Camping) group. She is the recipient of the Jack Weiner Leadership Award from ACA in 2017. She has a bachelor’s degree in camp administration from Florida State University.

Christa Smalligan

Events and Operations Director

Christa began at Camp Newaygo as a camper and worked in many seasonal positions. She joined the leadership team year-round directing events and operations in 2011 and has steadily increased Camp Newaygo’s reputation for great customer service and as a beautiful venue. She has a degree in English from Central Michigan State University.

Caitlin Voyt

Business Director & Registrar

Caitlin began her career at Camp Newaygo in 2002 as a counselor, and through the years served as the Leader in Training Director and Tripping Director until taking over as the Business Director in 2015. She worked for several years as an educator and historian for the National Park Service and various public museums. Caitlin holds a masters degree in History from Central Connecticut State University.

Charley Maguire

Overnight Camp Program Trainee

Charley worked as a counselor at Camp Newaygo summer 2017 & 2018. She returned year-round as a program intern for the 2018-19 season. From the United Kingdom, Charley is known at camp for teaching fencing and stage combat. As a Program Trainee, she works with rental groups, girls overnight camp, and our Youth Advisory Council.

Scott Lakin

Senior Program Director

Scott started at Camp Newaygo in 2017. He brings experience in camping, participatory design, and community development through work in after-school programs and management of a STEM mentoring initiative. Scott manages volunteerism and community events at Camp Newaygo. He holds a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Whitney Saylor

Executive Chef

Whitney started her career at Camp Newaygo in June 2018, and has already embraced Newaygo county and all it has to offer. Whitney comes to us from Lucy’s Cafe in Grand Rapids, and has experience with The Gilmore Collection and working for Disney World. Whitney holds a degree from the Culinary Institute of Michigan.

Kurt Sanderson

Facilities Director

Kurt first started fixing up Camp Newaygo back in 2011 as our part time maintenance man. He became our full time Facilities Director in 2015 and has been spearheading our Capital Improvements Campaign. Before lending his talents to Camp he was a skilled contractor building custom kitchens and bathrooms for elite clientele.  Kurt holds a Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture and Nursery Management from Michigan State University.

Shelby Prickett

Housekeeping Director

Shelby started working at Camp Newaygo in the summer of 2014 doing housekeeping, maintenance and events. She has been our full time Housekeeping Director since 2015. Her prior experiences include multiple years maintaining and improving the beautiful grounds of a local award winning Michigan golf course. She is a native of Newaygo County and her skills and experience help keep the grounds and facilities at Camp Newaygo gorgeous.

Peter Casey

Adventure Program Director

Peter joined the Camp Newaygo staff in the spring of 2020. Originally from Minnesota, he is an avid outdoor enthusiast, with extensive wilderness tripping experience. He has a master’s degree from the University of Glasgow in History and Politics. Peter is the summer Day Camp Director, leading the curriculum and staff for our co-ed program. Year-round Peter facilitates programs for school rentals and outdoor programs.

Dylan Devries

Sous Chef

Dylan holds a degree from the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education. He has been with Camp Newaygo since Spring of 2019, working with Ridge Specialties Catering. His expertise in soups and sauces, along with skilled execution and presentation, make him an asset for our team. In his spare time, Dylan plays Frisbee golf and enjoys listening to records.

Aryn Jones

Program Intern

Aryn began his experience in summer 2017 with Camp Newaygo as a Day Camp Counselor. Looking for more experience in year-round program, he rejoined the team in summer 2019. Aryn volunteers year-round to build programs with our parent organization, TrueNorth Community Services. He has added his skills to afterschool programs, camp retreats, and summer camp recruitment. Aryn has enjoyed seeing American year-round, including attending his first UofM football game.

Allison Medema

Business Intern

Allison has worked at Camp Newaygo as a counselor, and most recently as the summer Wilderness Tripping Director in 2017. After finishing a position on Mackinaw Island, Allison returned to Camp Newaygo as a Business Intern, helping with long-term projects. With a degree in illustration from Northern Michigan University, she has put her talents to use helping to design custom camp creations.