Our Team

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

Assistant Director

Jalisa came aboard as the Program Director in 2011, and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2014. She is a leader in the camping field and is the chair of the National American Camp Association EPIC (Emerging Young Professionals in Camping) group.  She is the recipient of the Jack Weiner Leadership Award from ACA in 2017. She holds 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 & Office Manager

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 more than two years as an educator and historian for the National Park Service and holds a masters degree in history from Central Connecticut State University.

Charley Maguire

Resident Camp Program Director

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 UK, Charley is known at camp for teaching fencing and stage combat. As a Program Driector, she works with rental groups, girls resident 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 Masters 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.



Ella Bellavia

Media Intern

Ella has been a seasonal staff member at Camp Newaygo since 2016. As our year-round media intern, Ella runs the Camp Newaygo social media campaigns and assists with event promotion and design. In summer 2019 she will be serving as our Leader-In-Training Director. Ella is originally from the UK and is surviving her first Michigan winter with the help of cross country skis.