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 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. She and her husband Michael were married at Camp in 2014, and their son Calvin loves living at camp – especially jumping off high dock.
Director of Business, Community Development and Alumni Relations
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. She and her husband Mike were married at Camp in 2019 and enjoy hiking around Newaygo County with their daughter Violet.
Overnight Camp Program Director
Angie joined the Camp Newaygo team in the Spring of 2021. With a master’s degree in Environmental Education & Non-profit Management, she previously worked as a camp manager in California. Originally from Minnesota, she is thrilled to return to the Midwest and explore the water recreational opportunities Michigan has to offer. As the Overnight Camp Program Director, she works with girls overnight camp, year-round rental groups and events, and our Youth Advisory Council.
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.
Events & Catering Director
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. She and her husband Dave were married at Camp Newaygo in 2021, and their daughter Brooklyn is a proud Camp Newaygo camper.
Originally from Fremont, Ryan now lives up near Camp, a short walk away from the main gate. He learned his skills in maintenance from his dad, who operated rental properties while being a teacher in Grant, MI. Prior to working at Camp, Ryan managed facilities for 30+ local rental properties. He and his wife Katie were married at Camp Newaygo in 2012, and their children (Case & Cora) love spending time at camp, especially if it involves treats from Chef Whitney.
Jody is the youngest of 8 and mother of 3. She moved back to the Howard City area in 2013 and she became a part of a blended family when she married her husband, Rob, gaining 2 bonus daughters. Jody also has a son named Collin who has Autism. Jody has years of experience working in the healthcare industry and with children. Jody is excited to be a part of the Camp Newaygo family. She is most looking forward to the change of pace that camp offers!
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Patrick is originally from Missouri City, Texas and holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. He started his camping career while in college in 2015 and has been a overnight camp counselor, camp intern, outdoor educator, overnight summer camp coordinator, day camp coordinator and the list goes on and on. Patrick enjoys reading books and material that cover diversity, equity, and inclusion. What he loves most about working in the camping industry, is the opportunity to be an example of what civic engagement and social responsibility is to youth of all ages. Patrick joined the Camp Newaygo team in the winter of 2022.
This is John’s first summer with Camp Newaygo as our Chef! John can be found jammin out in the kitchen, creating tasty concoctions for our camp meals, and coaching our culinary interns into tomorrows leading culinary professionals. He is a talented guitarist, but will not sing you a song(HAHA!). In his spare time you can find him watching a documentary or completing a challenging puzzle. John is excited to be a part of the Camp Newaygo team!
Fernando worked at Camp Newaygo in the summer of 2021, as part of our culinary intern team. He had such an outstanding experience, that he’s chosen to return for the Spring semester to experience year-round programs at Camp Newaygo. From Mexico City, Fernando loves cooking, exploring the joys of winter, and learning new cultures.
Lilka has worked seasonally at Camp Newaygo since 2017. From Toluca, Mexico, she has worked as the Spanish Immersion lead instructor, she has led two years of the week-long day camp program. In 2021, she interned working with the Outdoor Learning Center program, for virtual students to learn at Camp Newaygo. This year she has returned for a second internship to experience year-round programs at Camp Newaygo and TrueNorth.