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.
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. She and her husband Mike were married at Camp in 2019 and enjoy living on Pickerel Lake for good fishing.
Programs & Operations 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.
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.
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 nove 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.
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.
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.
Athena found Camp Newaygo on google, and was a camper for many years, before becoming an LIT and camp counselor. This year interning at Camp, she is excited to experience a Michigan winter, as a native Texan. She loves the camp waterfront, being outdoors, and working with kids.
Marei came to camp in 2019 as an LIT, after hearing about camp from a friend in Ann Arbor. Before she moves full time to Germany, she is experiencing a semester at Camp Newaygo. She loves camp dogs, learning about new camp programs, and helping out wherever she can.