Camp Staff

Get to know this year's camp staff!

Essential Staff

Susan Doyle Camp Director
Favorite color: Pink and Purple
Interests: I love spending time with my husband, Justin, and three kids, William, Leia, and Lucas. We like to travel to zoos around the surrounding states. I like to watch/attend football, basketball, and baseball games. I also enjoy playing almost all sports.
What are you looking forward to at camp: I enjoy swimming at Gage St. and the talent shows.
Fun fact about yourself: I love cheese!

Rebecca “Becka” Williams Camp Director
Favorite color: Black
Interests: Sewing, Quillwork, Spending time with my family, Reading
What are you looking forward to at camp: Definitely the talent show and spending time with the precious children
Fun fact about yourself: When I get nervous or excited I like to use my old lady “Esther” voice

Kristie “Mama Bus” Bussler Assistant Camp Director
Favorite color: I love them all!
Interests: Reading, Photography, Music, Art, Travel/Exploring, Food, Family Time
What are you looking forward to at camp:  Getting to know people better; meeting new people
Fun fact about yourself: I Have Four Grandchildren

Dan Stohrer Assistant Camp Director
Favorite color: Purple
Interests: I enjoy all sports, but my favorites are hockey and baseball. I enjoy spending time with my two children Dottie and Reese and my wife, Holly. We love to go on bike rides to the park.
What are you looking forward to at camp: Some things I am looking forward to most about camp is Gage Street days (belly flop contest), meal times, talent show and watching everyone have a good time together
Fun fact about yourself: This year will be my fifth year being a part of camp.

Lead Counselors

Joe “Joey” Avance Lead Camp Counselor
Favorite Color: Burnt Orange
Interests: Hanging out with people
What are you looking forward to at camp: Being a positive influence in the campers lives.
Fun fact about yourself: Most likely listening to music

Kristine Johnson Lead Camp Counselor
Favorite color:  Blue
Interests: Working with youth, writing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, camping, pottery, art, learning our culture and language!
What are you looking forward to at camp: Seeing familiar faces of the campers from past years & meeting the new campers!

Corinne Kasper Lead Counselor
Favorite color: I’m really feeling millennial pink and teal at the moment
Interests: Running, biking, baking bread, cooking, reading, doing language stuff
What are you looking forward to at camp: I like to be outside and kids are pretty cool
Fun fact about yourself: I brush my teeth with warm water

Makayla “Kay” McNiel Lead Counselor
Favorite color: Orange                                                                                        
Interests: Hiking                                                                    
What are you looking forward to at camp: Being able to be outside
Fun fact about yourself: My car is nearly as old as I am. I’m 25, and my car is 20 years

Elizabeth “Liz” Milliken Lead Camp Counselor
Favorite color: Blue & Purple
Interests: Hiking (especially waterfalls), traveling, arts & crafts, kayaking, playing sports, looking for beach glass/Indian beads, going to concerts
What are you looking forward to at camp: Busting out new dance moves, interacting with new and past campers, playing four square & warrior games, and eating phenomenal food
Fun fact about yourself: I have twins (7 years old) and I collect pez dispensers

Justin “J-Dog” Lake Lead Counselor
Favorite color: Blue
Interests: Fishing, swimming, canoeing, bushcraft, and magic cards.
What are you looking forward to at camp: Bonding with campers and staff. Seeing returning campers and meeting new faces. Swimming across Gage Street. Time by the Ishkode. Having campfires. Learning new crafts.
Fun fact about yourself: I like to dance.

Donald “Mskwabeneshi” Sumners Lead Camp Counselor
Favorite color: Red
Interests: Eat, eat and eat
What are you looking forward to at camp: The last day
Fun fact about yourself: I'm beautiful

Day Counselors

Kateri Banghart Day Camp Counselor
Favorite color: Purple
Interests: Going to concerts, Visit coffee shops, Hammock in nice weather, Read, Watch TV shows and movies on Netflix
What are you looking forward to at camp: Getting to spend time outside and learning about our culture
Fun fact about yourself:  Last spring I visited 9 countries in 6 weeks

Anthony “Tony” Daisy Day Counselor
Favorite color: Turquoise
Interests: I like to ride my longboard and read from time to time. I also enjoy listening to a lot of music.
What are you looking forward to at camp: I’m looking forward to seeing new and old faces this year at camp. I hope that everyone has a fun time and learns new experiences in and out of their comfort zones to make new friends.
Fun fact about yourself: I live in Florida near the Gulf of Mexico

Jennifer “Jen” Marcussen Day Camp Counselor
Favorite color: Moss green
Interests: Work on cars, road trips, off-roading, camping, fishing, graphic design, sculpture
What are you looking forward to at camp: I am excited to meet new people.
Fun fact about yourself: Last summer I built a 10x12' cabin for my nieces and nephew.

Margaret “Mari” Long Day Counselor
Favorite color: Green
Interests: Reading, writing, fishing, hunting, crafting 
What are you looking forward to at camp: A great outdoor experience with our youth  Fun fact about yourself: I used to be a hoop dancer!

Maxim “Max” Race Day counselor
Favorite color: Orange
Interests: Hacky sack, trading cards and longboarding
What are you looking forward to at camp: everyone
Fun fact about yourself: I am actually not a professional basketball player

Justin “J-woody” Sherwood Day counselor
Favorite color: Black
Interests: Sports, cooking, and writing
What are you looking forward to at camp: Helping the kids learn about the native culture and to have fun with others
Fun fact about yourself: I can lift up to 405lbs of weight

Support Counselor

Felicia Wesaw Support Counselor
Favorite Color: Blue green
Interests: Gardening/foraging/rock collecting/star gazing/Pokagon Language
What are you looking forward to at camp: The cultural teaching and creating new experiences with the children.
Fun fact about yourself: I like to sing old camp songs

Special Needs Counselor

Kimberly “Kim” Avance Special Needs Counselor   
Favorite color: Purple
Interests: Working out, reading spending time with family (grandkids for sure)
What are you looking forward to at camp: Seeing the kids from last year who come back and how they have changed. Working with all of them and watching them grow over the course of the camp. And also learning more about the culture and language
Fun fact about yourself: I was on a bowling league

Camp Nurse

Suzanne Dorman
Favorite color: Blue
Interests: Shopping, reading, and watching my boys play sports
What are you looking forward to at camp:  Seeing how much the campers have grown since last year
Fun fact about yourself: I have traveled to India, and I rode and elephant and camel

Camp Cook

Raquel Castillo
Favorite color: Red
Interests: Dancing, driving, spending time with my family and sleeping
What are you looking forward to at camp: The awesome energy and vibe you recieve when working with wonderful people
Fun fact about yourself: I change my hair every 6-8 weeks

Kitchen Assistant

Danielle “Dani” Taylor
Favorite color: Purple & Teal
Interests: Dancing, Baking, Cooking, Scrapbooking/Crafting, Home Decorating, Spending time at the lake
What are you looking forward to at camp: Working with a fun group of people!
Fun fact about yourself: I once walked in the Susan G. Komen 3Day in Detroit, Michigan in honor of my mom. It was a weekend event where we stayed overnight in a tent and walked approximately 60+ miles.