Year Round Staff
Max - Executive Director of Camping Services
Years at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 4 Years
Hey there! I have been serving the YMCA Camping Community for over 15 years. Getting my start as a camper at YMCA Camp Jackson in Colorado, I developed a deep appreciation for the wilderness experience and camaraderie that camp provided me. I have a Bachelor's Degree in History and Political Science and a Master's Degree in business administration. I have always believed that relationships play a key role in a camper's experience and that resilience is built through challenging, safe, engaging programming. I live at Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya year-round with my wife and 2 young children, we can all be caught at our various family program weekends. My favorite thing about camp is that it provides kids with the opportunity to engage in outdoor wilderness experiences.
Jordan - Director of Program Development and Marketing
Years at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 2 Years
I have been working in YMCA Camping for 5 years. In that time I have gained experience as a camper, counselor, assistant director, and now, Program and Marketing Director. These experiences have been the most impactful and formative of my life. I have a achelor's Degree in Elementary Education that lends itself well to developing programming for camp and working closely with kids and families. As the Director of Program Development and Marketing at U-Nah-Li-Ya I ensure that every camper and guest has the opportunity to grow and gain just as much from camp as I have and continue to. My favorite thing about camp is that it's one of the few places in the world where people of all ages can come and enjoy being accepted for exactly who they are.
Kathy - Office Manager
Years at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 4 Years
I began my career working in education where I gained a wide variety of experience in organizational management and human resources. My two children grew up attending camp and I was able to watch them grow and flourish with each experience. During my time at U-Nah-Li-Ya I have been able to use my work experience to provide resources that support camp in achieving its mission of "Improving the World through Improving People" and allowing every kid to get the camp experience they deserve. My favorite part of camp is coming in every morning and seeing all of the kids smiling and happy.
Doreen - Food Service Manager
Years at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 6
I have been the Food Service Manager at Camp for 6 years. My two sons grew up attending both camps U-Nah-Li-Ya and Wabansi, and camp made them who they are today. I am passionate about procuring, preparing, and serving the best food possible t oas many people as possible at camp. Great Food - Every Program, Every Day, Every Body. We looking forward to hosting you soon, try the food and let us know what you think!
John A. - Property Manager
Time at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 5 Years
I have been a carpenter for most of my life. I enjoy working in nature and making improvements to camps facilities that support each camper in feeling at home away from home. My favorite thing about camp is that there are always kids laughing and playing in the distance.
Ellyse - Outdoor Education Director
Time at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 4 Years
Outdoor Education Staff
John S. - Outdoor Education Instructor / Summer Trail Department Director
Time at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 3 Years
Hello! I have been part of the Unie team since 2014, as an Adventure Trips counselor. I fell in love with camp and decided that I wanted to call it home! Since then, I have become the summer Adventure Trips Director, as well as part of the Outdoor Environmental Education team. I grew up loving Northeast Wisconsin, and I take pride in showing our visitors the beauty of the outdoors. An organization is only as good as the people within it, and I am very proud to be part of the Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya team. I have a background in public safety, but working at camp has been exponentially more rewarding. We get to make a difference in peoples’ lives every day, and that’s why I love this job.
Trish - Outdoor Education Instructor
Time at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 20 Years
Hi! I’ve been lucky enough to be an OEE instructor at Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya for over 20 years. I’ve learned a lot about the outdoors and have gained many skills from all people I have worked with over the years. I cherish my camp experience because of all the wonderful people I meet and the opportunity to be outside and in the woods. As a result of my camp experience, I’ve developed a passion for hiking and backpacking during the 3 warmer seasons, and cross-county skiing during the winter. I hope that, because of your camp experience, you also develop a passion for the outdoors and make friendships that will last a lifetime. When not at camp I’ll be substitute teaching in local schools, walking somewhere or on my horse.
Casey - Outdoor Education Instructor
Time at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 10 Years
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… I began working for the Green Bay YMCA and have been part of the Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya family for most of that time. I have worked three seasons of summer camp and many seasons in our Outdoor Education program. I was lucky enough to come to camp with my classmates when I was in middle school and I love sharing the same camp magic that I experienced with our students who visit today. When I’m not at camp, you might find me working another YMCA program in Green Bay or participating in one of my MANY hobbies including magic, skateboarding, juggling, photography, videography, watching movies or carefully crafting clever puns. I hope to see you at Camp soon! May the Force be with you!
Devon - Outdoor Education Instructor
Time at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 1 Year
Hi All! My sweet pup Wallace and I moved here from Colorado and joined the U-Nah-Li-Ya family in September. Having been a camp counselor for four years and an Organismal Biology and Ecology major at Colorado College, teaching Outdoor Education here at Unie is the perfect way for me to combine my skills! I love sharing my knowledge and passion for the outdoors and the environment with the students that visit us here at camp. I believe that getting children outside to unplug and explore nature is one of the most important and formative experiences a child can have and I am always excited to be part of that experience for the students that come visit us at U-Nah-Li-Ya!
Jason - Outdoor Education Instructor
Time at U-Nah-Li-Ya: 1 Year
Hi! I am wildlife biologist who has worked with a lot of interesting animals in some of the most remote places in the world. Some animals include birds, sea turtles, insects, fish, and mammals. The cute little friend I'm holding is a seabird called a Least Auklet that lives in the Bering Sea, Alaska. I really enjoy teaching classes at camp U-Nah-Li-Ya, and telling wildlife stories. Don't forget to hug a tree before you leave!
2019 Staff is Being Announced as we Hire in the Coming Months
Ben W. - Adventure and Sports Speciaty Area Director / Resident Counselor
WHO’S READY FOR POLAR BEAR?!? You know I am! Benji here, returning for expedition number two on staff here at Unie! This summer I will be the Specialty Area Director for Adventure and Sports, and you bet every day will be an adventure. I have been coming to camp since I was 9, and I hope to help you all love this place as much as I do. At camp, you’ll find me running around playing camp game or working on my next lanyard masterpiece (and if you can’t find me, you probably can still hear me). I cannot wait to share the summer with all the incredible campers at the Looney Unie!
Clara R. - Survival Skills Specialty Area Director / Resident Counselor
Heyo! You know I’m back and readier than ever for round two! This will be my second year here on the Unie Summer Staff and my SIXTH summer here in general! I’m so excited to be back in the land of the white pines where you can probably find me singing, songwriting, or crying about how much I love my wonderful campers and coworkers. I can’t wait to see all my old campies, meet all my new ones, and enjoy another summer here out on the loose!
Evan S. - Resident Counselor
Hey guys, my name’s Evan, I’m 19 years old and I’m super pumped to be joining Unie as a camp counselor for 2019. I can’t wait to get into my first season at a summer camp and I couldn’t have asked for a better place to experience this. The thing that I’m most looking forward to about camp is hanging out with all of you guys and participating in such a wide range of activities. I can’t wait to see you all at camp and together we’ll make sure to have a summer to remember!
Acacia A. - Adventure Trips Counselor
Hey hey Loonie Unie! My name is Acacia, and this summer I will be an Adventure Trips Counselor. This is my first summer at U-Nah-Li-Ya, and I am stoked to be out in the wilderness with all the wonderful campers! You’ll be sure to always find me with some handy-dandy bug spray and sunscreen, and probably geeking over a cool insect that was found. Catch you soon!
Lauren V. - Resident Counselor
Hi there! My name is Lauren and this is my first ever summer on staff! I have loved my time as a camper, teen leader, and tripper for the past seven years, and now I am so excited for my new adventure as a counselor. You can probably find me out in a canoe, making lanyard bracelets, or in my hammock. I can’t wait to meet you all and show you how amazing life is out on the loose!
Aaron G. - Adventure Trips Counselor
Hi there, I'm Aaron and this will be my second summer on staff, and my first as a trip staff. My favorite thing about camp is forming relationships with campers and counselors. This summer i'm really looking forward to forming more awesome relationships and exploring amongst the trees!
Leah W. - Co-Teen Leadership Director
Hey Loonie Unie! I have been away from Unie for a bit, but I am super excited to return to camp this summer as one of the Teen Leadership Co-Directors! My favorite thing to do at camp is go canoeing on Chute Pond, but this summer I is most looking forward to bonding with the teens on overnights and watching skits at the Thursday night campfires!
Rachel P. - Arts, Crafts, Drama, & Creativity Specialty Area Director / Resident Counselor
Hey ya’ll! It’s Rachel coming in hot for summer number 3! This will be my 14th year spending a summer in the U-Nah-Li-Ya woodland and I can’t wait to spread the camp magic with you! This year I’ll be the Specialty Area Director of Arts, Crafts, Drama, and Creativity so come join me in making some awesome masterpieces. Up at Unie you’ll probably hear me singing camp songs before you can see me or find me being first in line for polar bear. Can’t wait to meet everyone and have the raddest summer yet!
Caden P. - Resident Counselor
Hello U-Nah-Li-Ya! My name is Caden and this summer I will be a resident counselor at camp. This is my first year on staff at Unie, and I couldn’t be more excited! At camp, I’ll be leading my cabin groups on adventures and in classic skits at the Thursday night campfire. I can’t wait to finally be a counselor! Until then, keep on smiling!
Gonzalo M - Resident Counselor
Hola everyone! I am returning to U-Nah-Li-Ya from Spain for my second year as a resident counselor! My favorite things about camp are paddle boarding and watching stars at night. This summer I am most looking forward to showing my campers how REAL football (soccer) is played in Spain.
Katie W. - Resident Counselor
Whats Up Loonie Unie? I'm back and ready for my first summer on staff! I have been coming to camp since I was 8 years old and I am looking forward to sharing my favorite place on Earth with so many cool campers! I couldn't be more excited to share a summer full of trips to jumping rock, camp games (capture the flag is my favorite), and overnights under the stars! See you soon!