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Sarah Resch, Local Council of Leaders Co-Chair

Sarah is a 20+ year American Camp Association member and proud volunteer!  She is the Executive Director of Camp Whitcomb/Mason, owned and operated by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee in Hartland, WI.  She lives on-site at camp with her husband, three children, and Golden Retriever.  Sarah’s introduction to camping was at Camp Ehawee in 1982 first as a camper, then a seasonal staff member, and eventually the Camp Director.  After directing Camp Ehawee for eight years, Sarah took a position as an Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tomah and Baraboo focusing on day camp and afterschool programming.  In 2012 she moved to Camp Whitcomb/Mason where her love of camping and her love of the Boys & Girls Club mission came together.   A new experience for Sarah has been experiencing life at camp with two of her children on camp staff with a third joining soon.  It was a proud moment to have a camper refer to her as “StarLord, the Waterfront Director’s Mom!”  In her spare time, Sarah loves to read, spend time with her family, visit Disney World and go tent camping.   State Parks with waterfalls are her favorite!

 

Kelly Coulthard, Local Council of Leaders Co-Chair

Kelly Coulthard’s camp career began as a camper at Camp Evelyn in Plymouth, WI where she found that camp is a life-changing place. Kelly has worked within the afterschool and camp profession her entire life and holds a Master’s of Science from Aurora University in Outdoor Pursuits Recreation Administration.  She has been Gordie Kaplan’s intern at ACA, Illinois; directed several resident and day camps as well as overseeing afterschool programs and 21st Century Learning Centers. Recently, Kelly started a business called Spark 2 Ember Consulting which provides consultation and trainings for camps and afterschool programs. She has been able to bring her passion for working with staff and children to a new level and loves the new connections she is making through her business. She has been an active ACA member for over fifteen years and is a standards visitor as well. Currently, Kelly serves as the Chair of Outreach and Engagement for the Wisconsin ACA LCOL and it always looking for new ways to reach our members, families, and potential camps. When not doing all things camp, Kelly is probably at a concert somewhere. She loves music (especially Tom Jones!) and sees as many concerts as possible.  She loves to travel with her husband Patrick, go camping, be out on the water, exercise, hang out with family and friends, and cheering on the Badgers and Packers.

 

Eve Smallwood, Professional Development Co-Chair

Eve came to believe in the life changing power of camp through firsthand experience as a camper at Camp Manito-wish YMCA. As an adult, her career has been dedicated to the fields of camp and environmental education. Eve has a Masters Degree in Environmental Education and Interpretation from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She is currently the Camp Director for the Kellogg PEAK Initiative, and previously served as the Camp Director of Camp Helen Brachman and Cincinnati Nature Center. Eve has been involved with ACA for many years, and is proud to serve as a Standards Associate Visitor and as the Professional Development Co-Chair for the Local Council of Leaders. She is also a board member for the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education. Eve looks forward to seeing you at the next ACA WI professional development opportunity!

 

Elizabeth Mayer, Standards Co - Chair

Elizabeth has been involved with camp since 1995 when she started as a camper at Chalk Hills Camp. She progressed through the wilderness canoe trip program and eventually joined summer staff in 2001. During her years as summer staff she had the opportunity to take on many roles including counselor, trip leader, trip director and program director. Her passion lies in wilderness trips of backpacking, kayaking, canoeing and biking. She has been a camp director since 2008 and continues that role today as the day camp director for YMCA Camp Shioc. Elizabeth has been a member of ACA for many years, starting in the Northland LCOL and recently joining the WI LCOL as a standards co-chair. She is also a visitor and standards instructor.

 

Danielle Polzin, Standards Co-Chair

Danielle started her camp career as an adventure loving 11 year old attending Girl Scout camp. Since that time she has spent hundreds of nights hiking, canoeing and kayaking all over the Midwest and Canada. Some of her best years were spent working as a Trip Leader, teaching girls leadership and teambuilding skills in the wilderness. Danielle graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh with a degree in Elementary Education, but quickly decided that teaching in a traditional school was not for her. She is currently the Camp Director at YMCA Camp Nan A Bo Sho located in Lakewood, WI. Danielle has been involved with ACA standards since 2013 first as a visitor, then trainer and the Standards Co-chair in WI. While Danielle is not at camp she enjoys going on adventures with her partner and her goldendoodle Montana. 

Tracy WatsonGovernment Relations Co-Chair

Tracy has been involved with Camp Manito-wish YMCA since 1995 as a camper, participant and  both seasonal and full time staff member. From 2008-2013 Tracy worked for the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast overseeing Silverbrook Day Camp then Camp Alice Chester.  She then headed back to Manito-wish in 2013 to run their Summer Camp Program, and since 2017 has been serving as the Camp Director overseeing the Summer Camp program, Outpost extended tripping program, Leadership Program, Health Center and Food Service. Tracy also serves as a standards visitor besides this role for ACA-Wisconsin.