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 ACA EPIC (Emerging Young Professionals in Camping) group.  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 Phillips

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

Kori Swieter

Program Director

Kori started coming to Camp Newaygo in 2000 as a camper, then as a counselor, and was hired as our Program Director in 2015. She taught at Mountain Trail Outdoor School in North Carolina and has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Economics from Sienna College.

Scott Lakin

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 holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Chris Gribble

Executive Chef

Chris came to Camp Newaygo as a master chef with over 20 years experience in the kitchen. His resume includes eight years as Executive Chef at Candlestone Resort and Golf Club and the respected Applause Catering, both located in greater Grand Rapids, 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. He still owns and operates Brooks Creek Carriage Works, showcasing his skills as a master woodworker. 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.



Mike Voyt

Day Camp  Director

Mike joined the team back in 2014 to help build the zip line and then the following year he came aboard as the Day Camp Director. He has been working in education since 2008 and is currently a Site Coordinator in Newaygo County for PROJECT FOCUS, an out-of-school mentoring and enrichment program facilitated by TrueNorth Community Services. Mike holds a BA in the History of Art and Architecture from Western Michigan University.