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!

Mireia Masia

Dudley Williams returns to Camp Eagle Ridge for his 20th summer! He started coming to camp as a camper, was a Counselor in Training, Junior Counselor, and a Cabin Counselor before making the Kitchen his home in 2012.

When Dudley isn’t at camp, he lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He works at the Milwaukee Waterfront Deli downtown and hopes to one day open his own sandwich shop selling sandwiches named after and created by his friends. He is an avid sports fan and particularly enjoys playing basketball and baseball. He’s also tried his hand at stand up comedy and comedy writing.

According to Dudley, it’s “impossible” to pick only one thing that he’s looking forward to this summer. He’s excited to try out new dishes and spread his love of food, go swimming, join in activities and clubs, lead weekend trips, and laugh more than ever, all with the company of both old and new friends.

“The camp experience is truly one of the rarest and great things for someone of any age. To have the opportunity to gain life skills in an environment that showers you with love is a great and beautiful thing. The opportunity to give that experience to someone in the same way past Camp Eagle Ridge staff gave that experience to me is what keeps me coming back.”

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!

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!

Kenzie McKowen

Kenzie McKowen is beyond ecstatic to be joining the 2020 staff for her 13th summer at camp. Kenzie attended Camp Eagle Ridge as a camper and then became a Counselor in Training and a Junior Counselor. 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 3 choirs and was in the cast of 15 plays and musicals. While often seen on stage, she also worked behind the scenes to help make the magic happen. She was in the crew for 4 middle school productions. She student-directed the musical, “Lion King Jr.” and directed, and stage-managed, “Aladdin Jr.” Additionally, in high school, Kenzie was an active member of student government, National Honors Society, and Thespian Honors Society. She was also awarded an “Outstanding Senior” award for her dedication to the choir program.

While at Gettysburg, Kenzie has joined Upscale A Cappella, which is an all-female A Cappella group, and Psi Chi, the psychology honors society. She also is a “big sister” in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program of Adams County. In this program, she travels weekly to a local 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.

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!

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!

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!

Preston Anderson

Preston Anderson is very excited to join our 2020 Counseling Staff! Preston was a camper, as well as Counselor-in-Training, and will be joining our staff in his 8th summer at Camp Eagle Ridge. Preston is studying Environmental Science and Psychology at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Preston took a 2 year break from camp to dive into his interest in baseball, which paid off as he now playing college baseball at Lawrence University. In high school, Preston was a member of both a concert wind ensemble, and a jazz band as a tenor saxophonist.

In his free time, Preston enjoys hiking, playing basketball, and spending time with those close to him. At camp, some of Preston’s favorite activities include: sailing, gaga, basketball and golf. In addition to the activities, Preston is excited to meet awesome new people and be back at Camp Eagle Ridge. He can’t wait to have a great summer!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.