Camp Leadership

Kelly & Erik Rossebo
Kelly & Erik RosseboCamp Directors
Kelly Rossebo has been directing Camp Eagle Ridge for the past 27 years! Kelly holds degrees in Organizational Communications and Child Development and has also taught middle and high school English, speech and communication. Kelly is a lifeguard, certified sailing instructor, certified food service manager and an instructor for the American Red Cross for first aid, CPR and AED certification.

As part of the American Camp Association, Kelly has taught the Basic Camp Director Course for the A.C.A. and has sat on the Board of the American Camp Association – Wisconsin Section and served as the Public Relations chair. Kelly has also served as the spokesperson for the American Camp Association in Wisconsin. Kelly has appeared on Oprah, Steve Harvey and the Today Show! Kelly has also authored a book, “Lessons In Leadership” and several magazine articles on summer camp and summer camp staff and leadership training.

Erik Rossebo serves as our Site and Facilities Director. Erik is constantly looking for ways to improve our program and our site.

In 2018, Erik and Kelly built our new Dining Hall/Lodge! The new 5,000 square foot building has an amazing view overlooking the lake, a 50 foot deck, and cathedral ceilings in the dining room. Prior to that, Erik built a new dock and upgraded our waterfront area, built our slingshot range, developed a walking/running trail throughout camp and designed and built the new camp office.

Erik is also a certified lifeguard and rock climbing instructor.

Erik and Kelly are the proud parents of four children between the ages of 19-27.

Our Staff

Maddie Byrnes

This will be Maddie’s 5th year on staff and 2nd as our CIT and JC Director. Now she’s stepping into the role of Assistant Director.  She’s been a life long camper and loves seeing campers grow up and join the CIT and JC Program.

Outside of camp, Maddie lives in Milwaukee with her cat, Emmerson, who wishes he could be at camp this summer.  Maddie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Communication.

In her free time, Maddie enjoys settling down with a good book, creating art anywhere, from drawing to sculptures, and playing board games. Maddie  teaches archery, improv, art, and lacrosse. Her favorite nights at camp are the theme nights such as: Murder Mystery and The Avengers, and the Friday night dance!

She can’t wait to be back at camp to see all of the old campers and meet the new ones! Maddie can’t wait to bring all of her board games to camp and create new clubs. Maddie believes this summer will be better than ever!

Lauren Auleciems

Lauren Auleciems is thrilled to be returning to camp for the 2021 summer! This will be Lauren’s 8th summer at camp and her 3rd year on staff! This will be Lauren’s first year as the Health Manager and she is beyond excited to take on this position.

Lauren is currently a Junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Neurobiology. After graduation, Lauren hopes to attend a Physician’s Assistant program or a program for Osteopathic Medicine. Lauren is very passionate about holistic care and hopes to make it central to her work as a healthcare provider. In the past, Lauren has worked as a care provider assisting older patients with their daily activities, physical therapy and personal care. Lauren finds the work very rewarding and she loves making a difference in the lives of others.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, running, and anything that involves being out on the water. Lauren’s favorite camp activities are kayaking, critter-catching and Gaga. Lauren is excited to see familiar faces this summer and meet new campers!

Ashley Colvin

Ashley Colvin returns to Camp Eagle Ridge this summer as our Coach On Call.  Ashley is an IPEC Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner.  Ashley earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Gustavus Adolphus University in Minnesota.

In the past, Ash has been a camper and a staff member for over 10 years at Camp Eagle Ridge.  She directed our Counselor-In-Training Program as well.  Originally from Minnesota, Ashley and her husband, Jason, another camp staff alumni, are currently travelling the country with their two young children in an RV for the school year.  You can read about their adventures in her blog at https://www.barerootscoaching.com/roadfamiles-blog

As a mom to two young kids, Ash is excited for them to have their first experience at Camp Eagle Ridge this summer.  And, they are excited to meet new friends!  Ash is looking forward to joining our incredible health care team this summer.  As their Coach On Call, Ash will be available to support campers and staff with their mental health, both one on one and in small groups.

Some of Ash’s favorite activities include:  spending time in nature, playing games, and connecting with others.  She also loves eating tacos!

Ethan Rahn

Ethan Rahn is extremely excited to be back Camp Eagle Ridge! This will be Ethan’s 12th year at camp, and his first year as a member of our staff. Ethan is from Sussex, WI, and will be studying business in the fall.

In his free time, Ethan enjoys traveling with his dog, Bean, playing basketball with his friends, or cooking his signature chicken! He is currently learning to speak German, and likes to pick up a good book when he can. At camp, Ethan loves our sports activities! His favorite is basketball, but any game is a blast with Ethan! He also loves our Outdoor Living Skills activities, whether it’s critter catching in the creek or shelter building in the woods, Ethan has always gravitated towards the outdoors.

Ethan can’t wait for another summer filled with laughter and love (and capture the flag) at Camp Eagle Ridge!

Kenzie McKowen

Kenzie McKowen is ecstatic to be returning for her 14th summer at camp. Kenzie attended Camp Eagle Ridge as a camper and then became a Counselor in Training and a Junior Counselor. This is Kenzie’s third year on staff.

She is originally from New Berlin, Wisconsin, and is studying at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. She is double majoring in Psychology and Spanish.In her free time, Kenzie enjoys singing and acting. In high school, she was a member of several choirs, plays, and musicals. She also worked behind the scenes as a student director and stage manager. She was also awarded an “Outstanding Senior” award for her dedication to the choir program.

While at Gettysburg, Kenzie has joined Psi Chi, the psychology honors society. She also is a “big sister” in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program and travels weekly to an elementary school and spends time with her “little sister” helping with school work and playing games. Additionally, she volunteers to teach beginner-level swimming lessons to kids in the community. Finally, she works as a tutor at a local elementary charter school where she helps kids learn how to read in both English and Spanish.

Kenzie is also a Resident Assistant at Gettysburg College; she assists first-year students in their transition to college and helps foster a healthy living environment and community. Currently, she is completing Leadership Certificate training through the Garthwait Leadership Center at her school, exploring how differences in talents, skills, and values, shape leadership styles.

At camp, Kenzie loves to do anything and everything on the water! She also loves teaching outdoor living skills and yoga. Her favorite nights are talent and skit nights, but has recently grown to love overnight tent trips more and more! She looks forward to making many more friends (and, of course, bracelets) this summer!

Nick Baar

Nick Baar is delighted to be returning for 2021 on staff! This will be Nick’s 11th summer at camp and 3rd on staff. Nick is from Hinsdale, Illinois, and goes to college at American University in Washington D.C. where he is studying political science and psychology.

Nick is a part of his college’s club ultimate frisbee team (a sport he first learned at camp!) and a member of the school’s ambassadors program which works to help students transition into college life from high school.

During high school, Nick spent time volunteering in a community theatre program, where he assisted in the production of shows for kids in elementary and middle school. Nick has also spent time volunteering at GiGi’s Playhouse, a nonprofit organization that works with individuals with Down Syndrome. He recently spent time as a member of their Junior Board as the Head of Communications.

At camp, Nick’s favorite activities include sailing, canoeing, ultimate frisbee and biking. He can’t wait for another great summer of meeting and getting to know all the amazing people!

Cayley McKowen

Cayley McKowen is BEYOND excited to be returning for the summer of 2021! This will be Cayley’s 10th summer at camp and 3rd year on staff. Cayley is from New Berlin, Wisconsin and is in her final year at the Milwaukee School of Engineering for nursing.

In 2019, Cayley traveled to Honduras as part of a medical brigade where she helped provide medical, dental, vision care and medications to communities that don’t have access to healthcare facilities or professionals. In February of 2020, Cayley traveled to Ghana for another medical brigade. Unfortunately, this year travel may not be possible, but she continues to take part in Global Brigades as the educational chair, teaching kids and families about health!

Cayley will be graduating with a BSN in May and plans to take her licensing exam prior to leaving for camp! She has recently accepted a position in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she hopes to start her career fulltime after camp.

While at camp, Cayley loves spending time on the water, playing sports and doing crafts. Cayley can’t wait to be back at camp; but especially can’t wait to see all the new and old faces!

Nicky Carter

Nicky Carter is overjoyed to be returning to Camp Eagle Ridge for the 2021 season! This will be Nicky’s 8th year at camp and his second on staff.  Nicky is from Hubertus, WI, and attends the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is study Psychology.

As an active member of several clubs and sports, Nicky is always looking to be engaged with his community. He has played soccer since he was six years old, along with basketball and baseball for various time periods, and most recently has played volleyball for his high school.  Nicky enjoys rock climbing and mountain biking, as well as playing ultimate frisbee and frisbee golf in his free time. Nicky was a member of SkillsUSA for three years in high school, earning various awards at district, regional, and state competitions and hopes to qualify for nationals this year in Automated Manufacturing Technology. He was also a member of Model UN, NHS, and H-Club and loved being involved in his high school.

Camp Eagle Ridge has been like a second home for Nicky for the seven years he has attended. He loves the never-ending compassion that radiates from everyone at camp and can’t wait to contribute to the incredible counseling staff that leads camp. As a camper, Nicky loved trying new things. He has learned ultimate frisbee, canoeing, yoga, sumo wrestling, and many more activities at camp and has also loved the learning experience of the CIT/JC program. He can’t wait to be back for the 2020 camp year!

Ally Grishko

Ally Grishko is so excited to return for the summer of 2021! This will be her 11th summer at camp. Ally is from Northbrook, Illinois, and is studying Entrepreneurship and Business Management at The University of Tampa.

In high school, Ally volunteered at her local park district where she helped kids ages 8-10 years old with homework, create art projects, and lead games. All four years of high school, Ally was a member of her school’s Key Club, where they promoted the annual blood drive, collected food for the local food kitchen, lead clothing drives, and hosted a Halloween costume party for kids. In addition, Ally was previously involved in World Language National Honor Society, National Honor Society, and Relay for Life. Since Ally was 7 years old, she has played tennis at her local racquet club and in her free time teaches younger kids how to play her favorite sport.

At camp, some of Ally’s favorite activities include sailing, volleyball, tennis, and arts & crafts. Her favorite nights at camp are the overnight tent trip, quest night, and the talent show! She can’t wait to come back for another amazing summer!

Lizzy Lewinski

Lizzy is very excited to return to camp for her 11th summer and 2nd on staff! Lizzy is originally from Rockford , Illinois.  She is attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where she is studying Aviation Management and Flight.

In her free time, Lizzy enjoys playing volleyball, violin, singing, traveling, flying planes with her dad, and hanging out with friends and family. Lizzy has been playing the violin since she was 2 and a half years old and has been in Rockford Music Academy’s top select orchestra for many years.  The orchestra travels to places such as Iceland and this upcoming year, Scotland. Lizzy’s orchestra also plays in the Rockford area to raise money for more kids to afford music lessons. Lizzy has also been playing volleyball since 3rd grade. She plays competitive club volleyball on a national team where she travels around the U.S. She is one of the Captains on her volleyball team. Lizzy loves volleyball for the fun of it and also for the long lasting friendships she makes with her fellow teammates.

At camp, Lizzy loves archery, gaga, tennis, and water activities. Her favorite night at camp is the talent show. She also enjoys all of the opening campfires and stargazing at night. Lizzy is looking forward to meeting new campers and having another amazing summer at Camp Eagle Ridge!

David Volodarsky

David Volodarsky is greatly looking forward to being a counselor in the 2021 summer. This will be David’s seventh year at camp and first year on staff. He was a Counselor-in-Training and a Junior Counselor in the summers of 2019 and 2020 respectively. Originally from Chicago, David is planning to begin studying Political Science in the fall.

Through high school, David was a member of his school’s debate program, Latin Honor Society, Model UN and Finance Club, in addition to tutoring a first grader in math and English as a part time job.

In his spare time, David enjoys reading, cooking gourmet meals and conversing with interesting people. At camp, his favorite activities include kayaking, improv and the Copper Falls hiking trip. David is most drawn to the community aspect of camp, and the fact that anybody can be themselves there.

Kiara McKowen

Kiara McKowen is thrilled to be back at camp in 2021 for her 8th year at camp and 1st year on staff! Kiara is from New Berlin, WI and will be attending UW-Whitewater in the fall.

Kiara is the president of her school’s “Best Buddies” program, which is an organization working to build a bridge between students like herself and those with disabilities.  Kiara has wanted to be a teacher since she was little and will be attending UW-Whitewater in the fall of 2021 with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education.  She will also be a part of the track team as a high jumper.

Kiara has danced her whole life, and was a member of her high school’s varsity dance team since she was a freshman. Claiming 6 regional championships, 2 state championships, and 1 national championship, she looks forward to finishing out her high school dance career in the coming months. Kiara has coached the middle school dance team for 2 years now and loves working with the girls who someday want to be on varsity dance. She also has been a member of the varsity track and field team since freshman year, as a high jumper and sprinter.

Kiara’s favorite part about camp is meeting new people and building lifelong friendships. She loves playing capture the flag, arts and crafts, and Friday night dances. She cannot wait to be back at camp this summer!

Lauryn Fowle

This will be Lauryn’s 2nd year on staff serving as our Assistant Health Manager and Girls’ Counselor. Lauryn is from Oak Creek, Wisconsin and is studying Nursing at Carthage College.

When Lauryn is at home, she works as a Certified Nursing Assistant providing medical assistance to her patients. Lauryn has been dancing for fifteen years and assistant taught younger dancers for several years as well. While at school, Lauryn participates in many student organizations like Carthage’s nursing committee and Spanish club. Lauryn was able to study abroad, where she was able to volunteer in Peru. Lauryn can’t wait to continue her education to one day be a nurse practitioner.

While at camp, Lauryn loves to be on the lake doing activities such as canoeing and kayaking. Lauryn is a certified lifeguard. She also loves the camp dances and the overnight tent trip. Lauryn can’t wait to return to camp again this year, and to meet new campers and see returning campers.

Mark Smirnov

Mark Smirnov is absolutely thrilled to return to Camp Eagle Ridge as a Counselor for his 7th summer at camp! This will be Mark’s first year on staff, having been a Counselor-in-Training in 2018 and a Junior Counselor in 2019. Mark is from Lake Bluff, Illinois, and attends Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he is currently majoring in Psychology and is on the Pre-Med pre-professional track.

Mark is an instrumental musician and has played the trumpet and piano for most of his life. In high school, he performed in the Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band, multiple jazz combos and chamber ensembles, a rock band, an acoustic side project, bugling opportunities, and various other groups, gigs, and competitions. Mark loves music and aspires to continue with his passion throughout his life.

Mark has also contributed over 220 hours of community service. He’s been heavily involved with veterans over the past few years, volunteering at the Lovell FHCC VA hospital in North Chicago and serving as the lead organizer of the 2019 Lake Bluff Veterans Day Ceremony. Mark intends to become a volunteer bugler for the Bugles Across America, NFP initiative and continue his service to veterans in the future. Additionally, Mark volunteered at Bernie’s Book Bank, where he packaged books for at-risk children living in Chicago, and has contributed over 25 hours of volunteer musical performances in his community. Having taken the Fall 2020 semester off, Mark was also able to serve as an Election Judge for the 2020 U.S. General Election.

In his free time, Mark loves following sports and is an avid Chicago sports fan. He enjoys fishing, hockey, live music, film, traveling, and more! But above all, Mark loves to bring people together, whether through music, sports, his hobbies, events, or spending time with family and friends.

At camp, Mark loves the activities on the lake, Capture The Flag, weekend trips, campfires, and all the amazing things and people that make camp what it is! Mark is so excited to give back to the campers the way his amazing counselors did for him and can’t wait to help spread some of that “Camp Magic” that filled his summers with growth, leadership, laughter, and love.

Rhea Mech

Rhea Mech is thrilled to be returning to join the 2021 staff! Rhea was a camper, Counselor-in-Training, Junior Counselor, a Counselor for two years and now returns as our Media Specialist! This will be Rhea’s 11th summer at Camp Eagle Ridge. Rhea is from Winnetka, Illinois, and is currently studying Communications at University of Denver.

In college, Rhea is a member of the Alpine Club, a club which goes on weekend trips rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and much more. She’s also a member of the backpacking club, another club that explores the nature of Colorado!

In high school, Rhea was an active member of her high school’s Animal Protection club for three years, where she aimed to raise awareness and prevent animal cruelty. Rhea also was a co-leader of the Psychology club and as well as a teaching assistant in her Outdoor Education class, where she helped instruct rock climbing, belaying, kayaking rescue procedures and much more.

In her free time, Rhea loves to watch movies, write stories and hangout with friends and family. At camp, Rhea loves to play soccer, critter catch in the creek, do arts & crafts, or sit with friends and eat ice cream during free time. Aside from the activities, her favorite part about camp is the all the wonderful new people she gets to meet and learn from. Rhea is looking forward to having another great summer!

Hatton Parker

Hatton is excited to become a part of the 2021 CER Staff as our Media Specialist. Alongside Rhea, he will be in charge of capturing memories for our campers. This will be Hatton’s 10th summer at Camp Eagle Ridge. Hatton spent 8 years as a camper, and was a Counselor-In-Training. Hatton is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has plans set to Double Major Film and Entrepreneurship at University School of Milwaukee.

In high school, Hatton was involved with varsity swimming his Freshman year, obtaining a Lifeguard Certification shortly after. He found his real niche taking photos and shooting videos in the Digital Media Department. Hatton has gone far as starting his own media company, Parker Media LLC. In his senior year, he took on the lead role of Head Photo Editor for the yearbook, which took first place in the Kettle Marine Press Association . Graduating as the “Official Class of Covid-19”, Hatton has chosen to take a gap year; returning to school in the fall of 2021 .

In his freetime, Hatton loves to workout at his Crossfit gym, produce films, and spend time with his friends. His favorite camp activities are anything on the waterfront, capture the flag, cooking, and soccer. Hatton is thrilled to create new friendships and catch up with some old ones!

Jamie Hinkle

Jamie Hinkle is very excited to be returning to camp for her second year on staff as our Sanitation Specialist! Jamie will be working to keep camp extra clean and healthy! She was previously a camper at Camp Eagle Ridge for 4 years. Jamie is from Rockford, IL and currently attends University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She is working toward her Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.

Along with schooling, Jamie is working to be an ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) therapist helping autistic children! She will also be going into her 5th year of learning American Sign Language.

Jamie was a competitive swimmer for 10 years and played tennis for all 4 years of high school, along with being team captain her senior year. Jamie has also been apart of multiple choirs, one musical, in which she was rewarded with the “New Talent Theater Award,” and the Illinois State choirs, district and state!
In her free time, Jamie loves singing, all types of arts and crafts, and hanging out with friends.

At camp, some of Jamie’s favorite activities include: arts & crafts, archery, ultimate frisbee, kayaking and canoeing! Her favorite nights at camp are the talent show, quest night, and capture the flag. Jamie can’t wait to come back to camp and is thrilled to see all the old and new faces!

Will Small

Will is super excited to be returning to Camp Eagle Ridge this summer! This will be his 10th summer at camp! Will attended camp for 4 years as a camper and then joined the Counselor in Training and Junior Counselor Program for another 2 years. He has worked in the kitchen for the last three years and absolutely loves it. He can’t wait to work with Kitchen Staff again this summer and make it amazing!

Will is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is attending the Milwaukee Area Technical College and studying Culinary Arts. He is training to become a chef and eventually own a restaurant some day.

Will really enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as soccer, basketball, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking and canoeing, Some of these he actually learned to do at camp. He believes there are always new things to try, and to learn, and that camp is the greatest place to do all of that. He is super excited for this summer, he can’t wait to see old friends and make a ton of new ones.

Emma Halbrook

Emma Halbrook is excited to be returning for her 7th year at camp and 1st year on staff. Emma is from St. Louis, MO and attends college at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. Emma is in her sophomore year of college and is studying to major in Business Administration and minor in Information Technology.

Emma is an RA (Residential Advisor) at her college. In her role, she helps freshman with transitioning to college, as well as helping with programming activities for the freshman.

Emma is a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority at her college. She has held the VP Campus Relations position, helping to promote her sorority around campus, and getting her sorority involved around campus. She also held the position of VP Member Experience, teaching her sorority to become leaders and more connected as sisters. She loves connecting with her sisters in all the activities they do.

In her free time, Emma likes to play golf, and spend time with friends. Emma has played golf since she was 4 years old. On her high school team, Emma was MVP during her sophomore year. She went on to compete at the conference and district levels during her junior and senior year. Now at college, she is the top player on her freshman team.

At camp, Emma enjoys golf, paddleboarding, cooking, archery, and arts and crafts. Emma is looking forward to all the theme nights, which are full of fun. She can’t wait to see everyone and and create an amazing summer!

Carina Rook

Carina Rook is so excited to be back for her 9th year at camp, and first year on staff! She has been trained by camp’s very own Counselor-in-Training program, and is excited to work in the kitchen this summer!

Carina is originally from Salem, Wisconsin, but currently lives in Florida. She is going into her Junior year at Ringling College of Art and Design, where she studies animation. She also does a number of freelance design work for children’s theaters, small documentary films, and charities! In the future, Carina hopes to write for children’s television programming at Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon!

Carina is most excited to make new friends at camp, as well as reconnected with the dozens of people she had met in past summers! When she’s not busy making amazing food for all the camp family, she hopes she can find time to teach painting and drawing, and hike Mt. Whittlsey, and spend some time on the water!

At Camp Eagle Ridge, we take pride in having one of the highest staff retention rates in the nation! Most of our staff have been a part of Camp Eagle Ridge for 10 years or longer! We believe that it is the staff that works with your child that matter most.