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.”

Kennedy Garrett

This will be Kennedy’s second year on staff, serving as our Health Manager. Prior to joining our staff, Kennedy was a camper and a Counselor-In-Training. Kennedy grew up in Sacramento, California and currently lives in San Luis Obispo, California. She recently graduated from California Polytechnic State University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is a licensed EMT, and she plans to get a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Ultimately, she wants to be a Physician Assistant specializing in pediatric care.

While finishing school, Kennedy worked as a Care Specialist, assisting the elderly with their medication, physical therapy, ambulation, and meal preparation. She especially enjoyed being a companion to the elderly and hearing some remarkable anecdotes. Kennedy now works in the mental health field. As a scribe, she sits in on patient-doctor appointments and completes the charting and paperwork necessary to refill prescriptions. As a technician, she is a part of a provider team that treats patients with depression and anxiety. The mental health field is unpredictable, however Kennedy finds it very rewarding when she is able to be a part of a patient’s journey of recovery. Specifically as a technician, Kennedy is able to get to know her patients, console them in times of need, and witness their progression throughout treatment.

When she is not working, Kennedy loves to do yoga, cook, and spend time with her family. She is also very passionate about exploring new cultures and places. She recently had the opportunity to study abroad in the south of France, where she volunteered to help teach English to elementary school children. She lived in a small town, which allowed her to converse with many locals and practice her French. She enjoys learning foreign languages, and hopes to learn Spanish as well.

Kennedy cannot wait to return to camp! She is very excited to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones.

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!

Michaela Griffin

Michaela Griffin has been a camper, Counselor-In-Training, Junior counselor and Counselor at Camp Eagle Ridge! This will be her 12th summer at Camp Eagle Ridge and 4th year on staff.

Michaela is from New Berlin, Wisconsin. Michaela is studying Special Education at the University of Mississippi. In the past, Michaela was very involved in the student aid program in her school’s special education room. She also coached for the special Olympics swim and track teams.

Some of Michaela’s favorite camp activities include anything on the water! Canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding are her personal favorites. Michaela is always excited to see what each day at camp will bring for new fun memories. Her favorite trip is the Brule canoeing trip and she encourages campers to try it for the first time or go on it again because it is such a fun experience. Camp has been an important and positive impact on her life and she can’t wait to make camp a home away from home for new and old campers.

Adam Bloom
Adam Bloom grew up in Rhinelander, Wisconsin and will be graduating from Rhinelander High School in June of 2019. He is currently applying to colleges for Musical Theatre. Adam is ecstatic to be back for his ninth year at camp, where he has been a camper and a Counselor in Training.

Adam has been an avid choir student for the past four years of high school. While participating in WSMA’s State Solo and Ensemble, he earned an Exemplary Performance award. Out of the 12,000 statewide participants, Adam was one of four vocal soloists chosen to perform at the State Music Conference in Madison. This summer Adam had the experience of being a Wisconsin Ambassador of Music, which allowed him, along with a group of other performers, to travel to and perform in seven European countries, all while enjoying the amazing European culture.

Outside of school, Adam has been involved in Boy Scouting for nine years and is currently working on his rank of Eagle. Adam has also been in ten theatrical performances over the past four years with three as the lead role, including a professional college performance. This has helped open his eyes to what he would like to do for his career. He even has a knack for learning about physics when he has some spare time.

Adam loves to take part in Gaga, improve, biking, and ultimate frisbee at camp and is excited to return as a member of staff this year!

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 the 2020 camp year as a Counselor! This will be Nicky’s 7th year at camp. He has previously been both a Counselor in Training and a Junior Counselor. Nicky is from Hubertus, WI, and will be attending college to study engineering in the Fall.

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!

Rhea Mech

Rhea Mech is thrilled to be returning to join the 2020 staff! Rhea was a camper, Counselor-in-Training, Junior Counselor, and is returning for her second year on staff and her 10th 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!

Cayley McKowen

Cayley McKowen is so excited to be returning for the summer of 2020! This will be Cayley’s 9th summer at camp and 2nd year on staff. Cayley is from New Berlin, Wisconsin and is in her junior 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 with be going to Ghana for another medical brigade.

During the school year, Cayley is a Resident Assistant for the residence halls at MSOE, where she helps students adjust to college life, get involved, and foster an inviting and safe floor community. Cayley also likes to spend time playing basketball and supporting her school’s sports teams.

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 2020 as a Counselor! This will be Ally’s 10th summer at camp.Ally was previously a Counselor in Training and a Junior Counselor. Ally is from Northbrook, Illinois, and will be attending college in the fall to study marketing and finance.

During the school year, Ally volunteers at her local park district where she helps kids ages 8-10 years old with homework, creates art projects, and leads games. All four years of high school, Ally has been a member of her school’s Key Club, where they promote the annual blood drive, collect food for the local food kitchen, lead clothing drives, and host a Halloween costume party for kids. In addition, Ally has been involved in is 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, archery, 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 to camp and see all the old and new faces!

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!

Charles Hsu

Charles Hsu is ecstatic to be coming back to Camp Eagle Ridge in 2020! This will be Charles’ 8th year at camp. He was previously a Counselor in Training and camper! Charles is from Deerfield, IL, and will be attending New York University Tisch for their School of Drama in the fall.

Charles is a very active member in the theatre community and has done 12 plays and musicals at his school. He has also been in 3 variety shows performing stand-up comedy. Last summer, Charles attended the Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Acting program. Charles also loves art and has done AP Studio Art at his school for two years as well as graphic design and photography. Charles is also an avid Spanish student and is the President of the Salvador Dali chapter of the Spanish Honors Society. Charles also enjoys public speaking and is a National Finalist for the 2020 Poetry Out Loud competition as well as a 3-time Chicagoland champion. He was also the Advocate for the Arts speaker at the Illinois Senate in 2019.

At camp, Charles is excited to teach lots of arts and crafts, sailing, improv, dance, gaga, and more! His favorite nights at camp are the talent show, theme nights, and Quest night! Charles cannot wait until summer starts so he can see everyone from the CER community and start making some memories!

Lauryn Fowle

This will be Lauryn’s first year on staff serving as our Assistant Health Manager. Previously, Lauryn was both a Counselor in Training and a Junior Counselor. Lauryn is from Oak Creek Wisconsin and will be studying Nursing in the Fall.

When Lauryn is at home, she works as a Certified Nursing Assistant providing medical assistance to her patients. When Lauryn isn’t working, she participates in the National Honors Society and Spanish club in school. Last year, Lauryn went on a service-learning trip to Peru, where she was able to volunteer in impoverished areas. Lauryn also participates in a variety of extracurricular activities such as  swim team and dance. Lauryn has been dancing for fifteen years and assistant taught younger dancers for several years as well.

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, 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 9th 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 two 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 currently attending the Milwaukee Area Technical College, and taking a course in Graphic Design, but he hopes to get in to the Culinary Arts program eventually and work as a chef.

Will really enjoys a variety of outdoors activities such as soccer, basketball, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking and canoeing. Some of these he actually learned 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.

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!

Owen Nkurunziza

Owen Nkurunziza is the newest member of our staff at Camp Eagle Ridge this summer! He’ll be joining us as our Office Manager. He is an international student from Kigali, Rwanda. He is studying at Gustavus Adolphus College, which is based in St.Peter Minnesota, for the past three years. He is majoring in Business Management.

In college, Owen serves as a Resident Assistant, where he helps build meaningful communities, as well as promoting a gratifying and safe living environment for first-year students. In high school, Owen was part of the soccer and tennis teams. He’s someone who is genuinely passionate about sports. In his free time, Owen enjoys hanging out with friends, meeting new people, and watching soccer.

Owen is so excited to be joining camp this summer. He’s looking forward to meeting all the staff and campers. He also can’t wait to take part in some of the fun activities offered at camp! He can’t wait to be part of the team and have a blast this summer!

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.