Kamaji Office Manager: Bri Humphries

Bri Humphries works as Kamaji’s year-round Office Manager. She grew up in Indiana and graduated from Franklin College. While at Franklin College she majored in Political Science.

In 2014, Bri was debating between doing another internship or finding a summer job. Luckily, she discovered a flyer for Camp Kamaji and chose to take a summer job as an office assistant. Bri worked seasonally for two summers before we asked her to join us working year ‘round. Bri works remotely from her home in Franklin, Indiana and joins us in the Northwoods each summer.

In her own words, “I took the position because it seemed like the perfect fit. This job challenges me and allows me to grow as a person. I truly love Camp Kamaji, our campers, and our staff and I believe in what we’re doing. When not sending emails and researching, I enjoy spending time with family, getting coffee with friends, and watching Disney movies”.

Camp Caretaker: Randy Nyberg

Randy started working at Camp Kamaji in 2007 as camp’s caretaker. Randy works year ’round taking care of our beautiful camp. He spends a lot of the off-season making improvements at camp like renovating the washhouses, building the treehouse, siding buildings and building new decks and porches. His trusty sidekicks, dogs Patch and Oreo are always by his side.

During the season, Randy is at camp and helps to keep camp running smoothly by fixing holes in screens, dealing with any plumbing issues, driving campers to their canoe put-in spots and tinkering with our camp boats and vehicles.

When he’s not hard at work at camp, Randy loves to coach and watch baseball (he’s a Twins fan!), spend time with his wife, Barb, who works locally as a nurse, and with his kids, Chris, Nick, Georgia and Josh.

Leaders In Training (LTs)

Sydney Aronson

Hometown: Deerfield, Il
School: Deerfield High School
Qualifications for the job: I am just finishing my second year of babysitting for a family. The kids are 12, 10, and 8 years old. in addition to that by the time summer will have come I will have completed a class called child development. In this class we learned the development of the child’s Brain and how one interact with another. I also had the opportunity to be a counselor in training for campers of ages 3 to 4 at a day camp. I believe all of these opportunities will help me for the upcoming summer.
Who is your role model: My role model is my mom because she is a straight up superhero. She can work a full-time job while being there for my sister and I all the time. She has wonderful qualities and characteristics that I aspire to develop.
Favorite camp food: Cookie Dough Brownies
What you love most about camp: Camp is such an amazing place because of the independence it provides the campers. I loved learning new skills and the feeling of accomplishment. These feelings contributed to my independence that I could later take home and apply elsewhere.

Sammie Axelbaum

Hometown: Chicago, IL
School: Beacon Academy
Qualifications you have for the job: I love camp, I love getting to know kids and forming bonds with campers younger than myself, I like to make people laugh, and I’m so excited to be an LT!
Who is your role model: My dog Melvin
Favorite Camp Food: scones
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The friendships I’ve formed, the memories I’ve made, being away from technology, great counselors, the scenery, and so much more!

Katie Bielarski

Hometown: Glenside, Pennsylvania
School: Bishop McDevitt High school
Qualifications you have for the job: my love for camp and how I absolutely love sharing the camp experience with other campers. I also love making other people’s day brighter:)
Who is your role model: my older sister, Mary, for she shows me how to be an independent women with moral values.
Favorite Camp Food: be the classic rainbow burger.
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: I love that you are surrounded by confident girls who you can be yourself and show your true colors.

Emma Brafman

Hometown: New York, NY
School: Birch Wathen Lenox
Qualifications you have for the job: Having been a camper at Kamaji and babysitting
Who is your role model: Gwen Verdon because she was a fearless dancer
Favorite camp food: rainbow burgers!!
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The beautiful scenery your are surrounded by the whole summer along with all the special friendships you make!

Sarah Devereux

Hometown: Boulder, CO
School: Alexander Dawson School
Qualifications you have for the job: I love kids and camp!!
Who is your role model: My role model is definitely my mom because she is funny and loving.
Favorite Camp Food: My favorite camp food is Belgian waffles by far!
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: I love the people I’ve met at camp over my 6 years at Kamaji and I love laughing uncontrollably with them.

Ryan Foreman

Hometown: Highland Park
School: Highland Park High School
Qualifications you have for the job: was a camper, I babysit, I love camp.
Who is your role model: Lin Manuel Maranda
Favorite Camp Food: Birthday angel foods cake
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: being with my best friends

Cora Galpern

Hometown: Denver Colorado
School: George Washington High School
Qualifications you have for the job: I was a camper for 6 years, babysit, and love camp!
Who is your role model: Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo
Favorite Camp Food: Scones
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The life skills such as community living, sharing, compromising, talking through problems, and sustaining long distance friendships with my best friends

Olivia Garg

Hometown: Chicago
School: Francis W. Parker
Qualifications you have for the job: Works with first and second graders on Sundays. Babysits too.
Who is your role model: My parents (trying not to be cheesy but they are who I look up to)
Favorite Camp Food: Fruit pizza
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: What is not to love? The people, food, canoe trips, the cabins, and my favorite the trees!

Eleanor Goldman

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
School: MICDS (Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School)
Qualifications you have for the job: I have been a camper at Kamaji for 7 years and I also babysit during the school year. I absolutely love Kamaji and working with kids.
Who is your role model: My Holy Creature:)
Favorite Camp Food: Rainbow Burgers!!
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: My favorite part of camp is all the life-long friends I have made!

Sydney Kaplan

School: Deerfield High School
Qualifications you have for the job: I’m spirited, I love camp, and I’ve spent the last 6 summers at camp
Who is your role model: My mom
Favorite Camp Food: Carmel Ribbon Bars
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: Friends and Council Fire

Sara Moore

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
School: Lafayette High School
Qualifications you have for the job: 7 years as a camper!
Who is your role model: Rapunzel from Tangled
Favorite Camp Food: Caramel ribbon Bars
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: Making Memories!

Maggie Morison

Hometown: Peterborough, NH
School: ConVal Highschool
Qualifications you have for the job: 7 year camper, Horse eventer, and Outdoor enthusiast.
Who is your role model: My sister, Sydney, because she is never afraid to speak her mind, and always finds time to do the things she love.
Favorite Camp Food: Fruit pizza (YUM)
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The happy environment where you can be yourself, and the ability to do the things you love with the people you love!

Molly Raichle

Hometown: Madison, WI
School: Edgewood High School
Qualifications you have for the job: I have a positive attitude, I work well with others, and I am excited to bring my enthusiasm to new and different responsibilities at camp.
Who is your role model: My mom, all the great camp counselors I have had, and my Madison rowing teammates.
Favorite Camp Food: GOOEEEEY rolls and hot chocolate!
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: I love the people, the metigs, the trees, the lake… everything!

Alex Rendleman

Hometown: St. Louis
School: Villa Duchesne
Qualifications you have for the job: going to camp and babysitting
Who is your role model: Selena Gomez
Favorite Camp Food: Belgium waffles
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: I love my friends and all the memories we’ve made

Kate Rendleman

Hometown: STL
School: Villa Duchesne
Qualifications you have for the job: 6 years of being a camper if this didn’t help I don’t know what else did
Who is your role model: Selena Gomez
Favorite Camp Food: Belgium waffles for sure!
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: the people there they rock

Natalie Ringel

Hometown: Glencoe, IL
School: New Trier High School
Qualifications you have for the job: I’ve been a camper at Kamaji for six years and love working with kids and creating friendships at camp!
Who is your role model: Bindi Irwin
Favorite Camp Food: toothpaste brownies
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The friendships I have made throughout the years and making new friends every year! Also, how everyone can be themselves and have an amazing time!

Edie Salk

Hometown: Chicago, IL
School: Lincoln Park High School
Qualifications: I’m a huge fan of camp and a frequent babysitter during the off-season!
Role Model: Miles Metiggy Martin Nelson
Favorite camp food: Cinnamon Scones!!!
What you love most about Kamaji: The waterfront and the trees. (Oh, and the people are pretty great, too)

Gracie Sclamberg

Hometown: Highland Park, IL
School: Highland Park High School
Qualifications you have for the job: I LOVE camp with all my heart and want to put a smile on people’s faces 🙂 (I also am a babysitter)
Who is your role model: Alexander Hamilton
Favorite Camp Food: Cookie dough brownies, DUH!
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: the important and lifelong friendships you make. Camp is a beautiful place that ignites the inner spark in you and makes you more independent, happier, and helps you gain more life skills than you will ever know.

Hannah Suffian

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
School: Ladue High School
Qualifications you have for the job: I was a camper for seven years, I love camp, and I am excited to be a counselor!
Who is your role model: My Mom!
Favorite Camp Food: Cinnamon Scones
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: I love my friends, the activities, and all the memories I have made!

Caroline Timoney

Hometown: Wyndmoor, PA
School: Mount Saint Joseph Academy
Qualifications you have for the job: I love having fun, laughing, and camp!
Who is your role model: Tina Fey
Favorite Camp Food: Killer Brownies
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The friendships that last forever

Eva Timoney

Hometown: Philadelphia
School: Mount Saint Joseph Academy
Qualifications you have for the job: I want to help everybody have the best camp experience as possible!
Who is your role model: My mom
Favorite Camp Food: Rainbow burgers
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: All of the friends and memories that you make!

Chloe Wasserstrom

Hometown: Bexley, OH
School: Bexley High School
Qualifications you have for the job: I have been a camper for 7 summers and I love to make people laugh and smile!
Who is your role model: Eliza Hamilton
Favorite Camp Food: Cinnamon scones 😉
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: You can be your 100% self with your forever long best friends!

Ruby Weiss

Hometown: Denver, Colorado
School: Cherry Creek High School
Qualifications you have for the job: I have been a camper at Kamaji for 5 years. I babysit all the time, I love kids, and I’m super excited to be an LT!
Who is your role model: Angelica Schuyler
Favorite Camp Food: Killer Brownies
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The friendships that you make!

Serena White

Hometown: Chicago, IL
School: St. Ignatius College Prep
Qualifications for the job: Being a camper for 7 years
Who is your role model: Emma Watson 🙂
Favorite Camp Food: pizza
What you love most about camp: Falling asleep at night and thinking about all of the fun you’ve had that day, and feeling so lucky to be at Kamaji!

Annie Rose Winkler

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
School: William Penn Charter School
Qualifications you have for the job: I was a camper for 6 years, and I have been babysitting for 4 years
Who is your role model: My mom
Favorite Camp Food: Rainbow Burgers
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The waterfront, and the Ishkadays!!

Jr. & Sr. Counselors

Eva Alessandroni

Activity: Sailing
Hometown: Watertown, MA
School: Watertown High School
Qualifications you have for the job: I can laugh and I can sail… and do everything else in between
Who is your role model: Carrie Underwood
Favorite Camp Food: Cinnamon Scones
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: It’s ability to turn strangers into lifelong friends.

Eliyah Box

Activity: Drama
Hometown: Leeds
School: Leeds Trinity University
Qualifications you have for the job: Trainee Teacher
Who is your role model: My mum
Favorite food: Jaffa Cakes!
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: an extremely high recommendation!

Josie Clark

Activity:Canoe/Kayak
Hometown: Boulder, CO
School: Boulder High School
Qualifications you have for the job: Five summers as a camper, one amazing summer as an LT (leadership trainee) and an immense love for everything Kamaji!
Who is your role model: Taquera Walker, one of my former camp counselors. She taught me not to worry what others think and just to be my (fun, awesome) self!
Favorite Camp Food: Corndogs
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The people and also that is a place where girls can be themselves and just have fun.

Katy Coseglia

Activity: Photography
Hometown: Willowbrook, IL
School: Knox College
Qualifications you have for the job: I have my own photography company. I am on the newspaper at my college as a photographer and am currently enrolled in a photography class at college.
Who is your role model: My best friend, Meghan
Favorite food: Trail Mix
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: I chose Camp Kamaji because I really wanted to work in an all girls camp. Being able to do this for a whole summer and be up in beautiful Minnesota is just the perfect summer in my eyes.

Eliza Dehlin

Activity: Tennis
Hometown: Viroqua, Wisconsin
School: Knox College
Qualifications you have for the job: I have four younger sisters!
Who is your role model: Emma Watson, my mother, and Kate Middleton
Favorite food: Lasagna
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: I have never been to a summer camp, and when I found out about Kamaji, I jumped at the chance to both experience camp, and to gain valuable skills as a counselor. And of course, to hang out with awesome girls all summer!

Leilani Fitzpatrick

Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD
School: Maret School
Qualifications you have for this job: I love camp and I was an LT!
Who is your role model: Gandhi
Favorite Camp Food: Cookiedough brownies:)
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The confidence it has given me and the lifelong friendships I have formed

Alisha Hagen

Activity: Drama
Hometown: Virginia, MN
School: Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) 2007-2011
Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) 2012-2015
Qualifications you have for the job: I have seven years of college experience in art, plus two years as a high school art teacher, so I am an expert on all things creative. I am the co-director of the school play and leader of the weekly drama class. I was also in an improv group during college.
I am a life long lover of the outdoors, especially hiking and exploring all of nature.
Who are your role models: Betty White, Tina Fey, Walt Disney
Favorite foods: Cookies, Sushi, BBQ pulled pork.
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: I’ve never actually been to a summer camp before, but from what I’ve seen and heard it seems AMAZING. I can’t wait to experience an awesome summer with the fellow staff and campers. I absolutely love inspiring younger people and being inspired by them.

Haley Horowitz

Activity: Tennis
Hometown: St. Louis
School: TBD 🙂
Qualifications you have for the job: 5 years as a camper and 2 as a counselor
Who is your role model: Emma Watson
Favorite Camp Food: Cookie Dough Brownies
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The friends I’ve made and singing after meals!!

Allabelle Lindsey

Activity: Swimming
Hometown: Springfield, MO
School: Central High School
Qualifications you have for the job: I LOVE working with kids and I have experience through babysitting and working as a counselor.
Who is your role model: Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Camp Food: Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup!
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: How every girl can be herself!

Natty Lindsey

Activity: Archery
Hometown: Springfield, MO
School: Central High School
Qualifications you have for the job: This will be my 6th summer at Kamaji and my 3rd as a counselor.
Who is your role model: Michelle Obama
Favorite Camp Food: Grilled Cheese and tomato soup with goldfish!
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: I love the atmosphere and all of the staff and campers that contribute to making this camp my favorite place on earth. Also, singing loudly all the time.

Emily Miller

Activity: Tennis
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
School: I will be attending the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall!!!
Qualifications you have for the job: I was a camper for 8 years and have been a counselor for 2!
Who is your role model: my mom!
Favorite Camp Food: cinnamon scones, mac n’ cheese, rainbow burgers, caramel ribbon bars
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: There are so many wonderful things about Kamaji that it’s hard to pick just one! I love the positive atmosphere camp provides, the amazing campers and friendships!!

Maddie Miller

Activity: Paddleboarding
Hometown: Omaha, NE
School: University of Kansas
Qualifications you have for the job: I LOVE CAMP!! and I love being silly and hanging out with some awesome girls
Who is your role model: Ben Platt
Favorite Camp Food: Za 3
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The lake <3

Emily Morris

Activity: Riding
Hometown:Taunton
Qualifications you have for the job: Many many years and experience teaching young children to ride!
Who is your role model: My role model is my Grandfather
Favorite food: Anything BBQ based! The fire and smoke add the best flavor to any kind of food! Including marshmallows!
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: Camp Kamaji contacted me and straight away i felt like i belonged from the email i first sent. Full of information and reasons to join this camp. It came across as the perfect place as not only do i get to teach my favorite activity (horse riding) i get to engage in a whole host of other activities that i would never get the opportunity else where. In addition to this during my interview i was told not only will i be a counselor i would be a member of the family and that is all someone ever wants.

Shysta Pandey

Activity: Arts Village
Hometown: Muscat, Oman
School: University of Kansas
Qualifications you have for the job: Tons of art experience!
Who is your role model: Jessica Walsh
Favorite food: Sour Patch Kids
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: I’m passionate about empowering girls to explore things they’re passionate about!

Mikayla “Mickey” Patton

Activity: Arts Village
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
School: Providence St. Mel
Qualifications you have for the job: I worked at Kamaji as a LT in the summer of 2016.
Who is your role model: My role model is Michelle Obama because of way she carries herself as a strong and intelligent woman. I aspire to be like her everyday.
Favorite Camp Food: Toothpaste Brownies!
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: I love that camp is full of positive and fun loving people and that it is a nice bubbly of a community that offers a break from the real world.

Livvy Ramsey

Activity: Arts Village
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
School: Hanover College
Qualifications for the job: Counselor/ Arts Village Instructor Summer 2016
Role Model: My mom or older sister
Favorite Camp Food: Baked Mac n’ Cheese or Toothpaste brownies
What you love most about Kamaji: My incredible friends, the super fun and amazing campers, and the camp’s history that is able to connect women and girls from several generations

Olivia Ronk

Hometown: Edmond, OK
School: Oklahoma Christian Academy
Qualifications you have for the job: I am creative, hardworking, and love camp!
Who is your role model: My role model is my grandpa, he inspires me to be the best every day
Favorite Camp Food: gooey rolls
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: Kamaji is a place where i can be myself and have fun, even as a counselor

Shayna Rosenbloom

Activity: Sailing
Hometown: Nashville, TN
School: Incoming freshman as WashU!!
Qualifications you have for the job: Camp is my favorite place ever
Who is your role model: 2006 Miley Cyrus
Favorite Camp Food: Fruit Pizza
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: Everything

Yas Salon

Hometown: Columbus Ohio
School: Columbus Academy
Qualifications you have for the job: LT at Kamaji
Who is your role model: Michelle Obama or Tom Ford
Favorite Camp Food: Pancakes
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: All the amazing people there!!

Leah Star

Hometown: Lexington, MA and San Francisco, CA
School: Santa Clara University
Qualifications you have for the job: Not only was I was on the sailing team at my boarding school all throughout high school but I went to Kamaji as a camper from 2005-2011 and was a CIT in 2012. I have loved Kamaji for essentially my entire life and after a number of years off to grow into myself as a person I am eager to come back home and help the campers have the life-changing experiences that I did!
Who is your role model: Sophia Bush- as an actress she has devoted her life and her ability to influence people to support minorities, those in need and countless worthy causes! (Also no-one will ever be as wonderful as Brooke Davis of One Tree Hill)
Favorite food: I always loved the first night meal of Spaghetti and Meatballs because of the memories of being reunited with friends, but there is nothing quite like Rainbow Burgers, Toothpaste Brownies and Caramel Ribbon Bars.
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: I chose Kamaji because my brother and father attended Camp Nebagamon for Boys and we all wanted me to have a similar experience at summer camp. Kamaji was the first place that I truly felt comfortable being my true self in my life. Choosing to return was the easiest decision I have ever made because looking back the memories I cherish most are the ones I made with my camp friends at Kamaji and I can think of no better way to spend my summers than supporting young girls create their camp families and memories to cherish forever just as I cherish mine.

Bri Sullivan

Activity: Sailing
Hometown: Watertown, Ma
School: Watertown High School
Qualifications you have for the job: Love for camp, fun, and sailing
Who is your role model: My Mom
Favorite Camp Food: cookie dough brownies
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: all of the amazing friends I make every year

Maddie Thall

Hometown: Deerfield, IL
School: Deerfield High School
Qualifications you have for the job:
babysitter, will be life guard certified, lover of camp, Kamaji girl since 2011 (: was an LT!!!
Who is your role model: My role model is my dad. He is one of the most fun-loving people that I know and he inspires me on a daily basis. He reminds me to not always take things so seriously and I love him to death.
Favorite Camp Food: mac n’ cheese!!
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: Wow there are so many things to love about Kamaji, but my most favorite thing is our value of nature and community. The outdoors is such a beautiful place and it’s amazing that Kamaji puts so much value into exploring it and appreciating all it has to offer

Molly Thomas

Activity: Riding Instructor
Hometown: Newport
School: University of Leeds
Qualifications you have for the job: I love horses, children and having fun
Who is your role model: Miley Cyrus
Favorite food: Mac ‘n’ Cheese, s’mores and macaroons (my picture is me outside my favorite macaroon shop)
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: it looks like I’ll be part of a family

Bridget Wall

Activity: Swimming
Hometown: Glenview, IL
School: Glenbrook South
Qualifications you have for the job: Lifeguard/ CPR certified
Who is your role model: Michelle Obama
Favorite Camp Food: Cookie Dough Brownies
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The people!!

Wilderness Trip Leaders

Rhianna Cook

Hometown: Chelmsford
School: St John Payne Catholic Comprehensive School (2004-2011), University of Leeds (2011-2014), University of Brighton (2014-15)
Qualifications you have for the job: BA Geography degree, Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Secondary Geography for ages 11-18
Experience of leading and teaching field trips around the UK, outdoor adventure experience, orienteering and geocaching teaching and participating experience
Who is your role model: David Attenborough
Favorite food: Pizza
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: I chose Camp Kamaji because I strongly believe that girls should be encouraged to be brave, courageous and continually learn new skills. I value the mind set of Camp Kamaji in that there is the encouragement and expectation of positive interactions combined with respect for others and most importantly working together to create a community where consideration, responsibility, kindness and play are at the forefront.
The history and traditions of the camp are excellent as well as its ownership from a past camper and by people who are passionate about this camp is very important to me. This has solidified the ideas that different people with different beliefs, hopes and dreams, can learn to respect and celebrate these differences. Also, I love that this camp embraces the outdoors and the range of activities that the girls can partake in every summer is exemplary. Finally, the main reason why I chose Camp Kamaji is that the camp is for every type of girl and this camp encourages being true to yourself and celebrating individuality.

Fran Foulkes-Taylor

Hometown: Perth, Western Australia
School: Curtin University of Technology
Qualifications you have for the job: Grew up on a sheep station in the outback (and an experienced camper)
Who is your role model: My parents (…definitely not Bear Grylls!)
Favorite Food: Lamb chops
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: Location, awesome directors, and the challenging position offered

Maddy Turain

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
School: I just graduated!
Qualifications you have for the job: This will be my 10th year at Kamaji, I am a teacher, I love camping, and I love Kamaji!
Who is your role model: my mom
Favorite Camp Food: Za!
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: the friendships

Mariel VanLandingham

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
School: Princeton (graduated 2016)
Qualifications you have for the job: Going on eight years at Kamaji (four as a camper and four as a staff member), a teaching certification, and a love of the great outdoors!
Who is your role model: Sandra Day O’Connor
Favorite Camp Food: Toothpaste brownies
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: the people, the friendships, the lake and Council Fire.

Kitchen Staff

Refaat Slieka

Position at Camp: Head cook
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
School: The Art Institute
Qualifications you have for the job: I love camping and nature is where I find my peace. I believe we can connect with others through food. I enjoy cooking because I enjoy making others happy. Watching people enjoy the food I have created brings me happiness. And like they say we are what we eat so it’s important we educate our children of today on proper food and eating habits.
Who is your role model: My two role models in life are my parents. They both taught me from a young age that hard work and honesty are the two main principles to live by in life. I respect them and will always cherish the life lessons they have taught me.
Favorite food: Mediterranean cuisine (tabouleh, hummus, falafel …)
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: I chose Camp Kamaji because I love working around children and working in a positive environment.

Daniela Alejandra Thomas Tavernier

Position at Camp: Asst. Cook
Hometown: Tonala chis.
School: UNICACH
Qualifications you have for the job: I have studied 9 semesters of gastronomy
Who is your role model: my mom
Favorite Camp Food: chicken sandwich with sweet potatoes
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: the love that all people feel for Kamaji

Valerie “Val” Froeming

Position at Camp: Asst. Cook
Hometown: Alturas, California
School: Knox College
Qualifications you have for the job: Hard working, team player and quick learner
Who is your role model: My father
Favorite food: Burnt BBQ hot dogs
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: I love the outdoors and being able to work in such an amazing cohesive environment is one of my favorite things.

Mahayliah T’tyanna Casimir

Position at Camp: Asst. Cook
Hometown: Miami Gardens
School: Johnson & Wales University
Qualifications you have for the job: Food safety & sanitation, ServSafe Alcohol, DRA, Scheduling, Batch Cooking, Strong butchery skills.
Who is your role model: Chef Jeremy Houghton
Favorite food (extra points if its campy!): My favorite food would be Haitian food, because it had a lot of different spices and seasoning.
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: I chose Camp Kamaji because I wanted to have an opportunity to explore different states and learn new techniques on cooking, also to get away from home.

Maria Ortiz Ochoa

Position at Camp: Kitchen Asst.
Hometown: San Luis Potosí México
School: Universidad Politécnica de San Luis Potosí
Qualifications you have for the job: I am patient, a hard worker, an energetic person and I really enjoy working in teams, besides I am always willing to help.
Who is your role model: Drew Barrymore, Miley Cyrus and Frida Khalo
Favorite food: I really love potatoes cooked in every way; whichever form.
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: I chose Camp Kamaji, because they let kids be themselves, and it´s a multicultural place, besides it looks very nice.

Office Assistants

Matt Smith

Hometown: Maidstone, Kent, England
School: The Maplesden Noakes School
Qualifications for the job: I have a range of work experience dealing with administrational duties, including a work placement in a recruitment agency office, where I was in charge of organizing a range of customer documentation, as well as the standard duties of an office worker. I am also completing a degree in History, I feel the written skills I have
learnt from this qualification fits in well with what the job role will involve.
Who is my role model: Bill gate, due to his entrepreneurial mind set alongside his charity work and donations across the globe.
Favorite Food: I would have to say Italian overall, Pizza and Lasagna are my particular favorites!
Why Camp Kamaji: I chose to work for Camp Kamaji as I love the idea of campers being active and having fun, which I feel the camp is all about! I love the fact the camp is in such an rural environment, as an escape from the busy cosmopolitan lifestyle is what I was after from my experience at camp.

Nannies

Sara “Ets” (EtsHokin) Horovitz

Position: Caleb’s best friend and nanny
Hometown: Highland Park, IL
Qualifications you have for the job: 10+ years at camp and my “real” job involves teaching 2 year olds 🙂
Who is your role model: My mom. She is amazing, organized and always positive!
Favorite Camp Food: Caramel Ribbon Bars
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: I love that I have a place that I can always call home and people that will always be my tribe.

Club Med Staff

Olivia “Liv” Laney

Position at Camp: Nursing Assistant
Hometown: Columbia, SC
School: University of South Carolina – Go Gamecocks!
Qualifications you have for the job: 2 semesters of clinical hospital experience in MedSurg, Pediatrics and OBGYN, former dance teacher, previous camp counselor and a passion for helping strong young women succeed!
Who is your role model: Ellen DeGeneres
Favorite Camp Food: Mac & Cheese
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: I love that counselors come from all over the world for a summer of adventure and friendship.

Jasmine Miles

Position at Camp: Nursing Assistant
Hometown: Terre Haute, IN
School: Purdue University
Qualifications you have for the job: I am currently a Junior in the Purdue School of Nursing
Who is your role model: My mom
Favorite food: Chicken Tenders
Why you chose Camp Kamaji: I really wanted to have a fun summer that was still nursing related. This camp seemed liked the perfect place for that.

Sam Conrad

Position: Camp Doctor
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Who is your role model: my dad
Favorite Camp Food: quesadillas
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: the trees and Grace Conrad

Mia Levy

Position: Camp Doctor
Hometown: Nashville, TN

Jenny Mendelson

Position: Camp Doctor
Hometown: Tucson, AZ

Lisa Suffian

Position: Camp Doctor
hometown: St. Louis, MO

Kelly Curran

Position: Camp Doctor
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
School: Assistant Professor at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Who is your role model: Susan B. Anthony
Favorite camp food: Tacos
What I love most about Camp Kamaji: The beautiful outdoors and seeing everybody’s joy and excitement!

Risa Siegel

Position: Camp Doctor
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
Favorite Camp Food: gooey rolls
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: council fire

Siatta Dunbar

Position: Camp Doctor
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Specialty Staff

Shannon Kettenring

Position at Camp: Arts Village Coordinator
Hometown: Georgetown, Ky
School: Transylvania University ( a few years ago)
Qualifications you have for the job: studio art experience, parent, substitute teacher and quite a bit life experience
Who is your role model: I have a few…in general strong women who stand up for themselves and have found various ways to line into their passions.
Favorite Camp Food: Cookie dough brownies
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: Watching relationships form and grow between girls of all ages, backgrounds, places, and interests.

Katie Ciaglo

Position at Camp: Sailing Director
Hometown: Louisville, CO
School: Carleton College
Qualifications you have for the job: This is my second year as sailing director, and my 5th year as a staff member at camp!
Who is your role model: My grandma
Favorite Camp Food: Rainbow burgers
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: All of the incredible people I get to spend my summer with
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Nic Bloodworth

Position: Program Director
Hometown: New Zealand

Admin

Meredith Goodale

Position at Camp: Co-LT Director
Hometown: Chicago, IL
School: Augustana
Qualifications you have for the job: This is my 4th summer as LT Director and 15th summer at Kamaji.

Lauren Moss

Position at Camp: Co-LT Director and Wellness Coordinator
Hometown: Chicago, IL
School: Mercyhurst University & Loyola University of Chicago
Qualifications you have for the job: This is my 4th summer returning to camp. I’ve previously been Caleb’s nanny and was a counselor & canoe/kayak instructor for two summers. Additionally, I volunteer as an educator and trainer for a Chicago advocacy non-profit.
Who is your role model: Any strong independent woman.
Favorite Camp Food: Cookiedough Brownies
What you love most about Camp Kamaji: The people and it’s a place where being the loudest girl in the room is celebrated.