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ACA, Wisconsin Local Council of Leaders
I am currently in my 12th year as an Assistant Program Director at Camp Anokijig, an independent, not-for-profit, year-round camp in Plymouth, WI. However, participation in camping goes back to my childhood. Family car-camping trips morphed into more rustic whitewater rafting camping trips, weeks spent at day and resident camp with the Girl Scouts, to backpacking trips on the Oregon and Northern California coasts, and winter camping in the BWCAW. I graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in outdoor education and recreation in 2003. Today, I oversee many areas of our summer camp program, teach outdoor education, and coordinate much of Camp Anokijig’s marketing and social media efforts. I am also an American Red Cross CPR and Lifeguard Instructor. My involvement with ACA includes 9 years as a standards visitor and regular attendee at our annual events.
I am very lucky to work side by side with my husband Scott, who also works at Camp. We have a 4-year-old son, Cameron, who is quite jealous that Mom and Dad get to go to “work” at Camp, while he has to go to school. When I’m not at Camp, you will find me at Zumba class, coordinating an event for my son’s school, baking, reading a good book, or watching the Brewers!
Carissa joined Easter Seals Wisconsin in 2009, and is currently the Director of Camp and Respite Services. She brings to the LCOL many years of camp experience, a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, and a love for everything outdoors. Carissa currently serves as the Membership Chair on the state ACA (American Camp Association) Local Counsel of Leaders and is a member of the local Kiwanis club. Carissa has been very active in the Camp community, serving as Mid States Camp Conference Chair as well as an ACA visitor. She loves to spread the word about camps and the positive impact they make on every person, any age, any ability. She looks forward to growing the membership in Wisconsin, because it means more people will be participating in all of the great things ACA has to offer. Important to Carissa and an extension of Camp Wawbeek and Respite Camp are her two goats, Cappuccino and Rosie, and Garrison the chicken, who is also a part time artist.
Carrie is currently the director at COA Youth and Family Center’s Camp Helen Brachman. She has been involved with standards for the past 20 years, first as a visitor, then a trainer and now the standards chair in WI. Carrie is also a volunteer and master educator for Leave No Trace. In her free time, Carrie enjoys camping, bow hunting, fishing and spending time with her family.
Lori has a degree in both elementary education and special education. Camping and in particular volunteer-driven camps have been Lori’s area of expertise at Girl Scout Councils for the past 18 years. Lori has been everything from a counselor to a camp director and is currently the Director of the Camp Pathway for Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. Lori is always looking for the fun in all we do and believes that it is our job to create the next generation of leaders.
Cathy has a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Camp Management and Youth Agency Programming from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She has spent 20 years in camp as a counselor, waterfront director, program director, and camp director and served 6 years with the ACA national office in education and professional development. Cathy is actively involved with ACA as an ACA visitor, instructor and trainer of instructors, is on the Local Council of Leaders for Wisconsin, is a faculty member for Expert Online Training, and is the author of Camp Waterfront Management. She is an Administrative Program Specialist in the School of Education Graduate Office for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she also co-advises the Wisconsin Camps Student Organization.
Andrea Yenter, Local Council of Leaders Chair
Andrea’s involvement in ACA includes being a visitor, standards instructor and chair of the LCOL. She was originally introduced to Wisconsin Lions Camp in 1987 at the age of nine. After just one camp session, she was hooked and attended every year through 1993 as a youth camper. She then spent summers as staff until being hired full-time in 1999. She took over the Camp Director position in 2003.
When not at Camp, Andrea is the mom of a very active 11 year old “little man” Andrew. Andrea is also a member and secretary of the Rosholt Lions Club, and is the secretary and member of the Rosholt Area First Responders. She enjoys scrapbooking her camp and life adventures, curling up with a good book, cooking and canning the goodness from the garden, volleyball and spending time with family and friends in her free time.