Camp Leadership

Kelly & Erik Rossebo
Kelly & Erik RosseboCamp Directors
Kelly Rossebo has been directing Camp Eagle Ridge for the past 28 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, and certified food service manager.

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. In 2021/22, Erik & Kelly are building a new cabin that will house our youngest girls during camp and be available for rental during the non-camp season! 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 20-28.

Our Staff

Kenzie McKowen

Kenzie McKowen is ecstatic to be returning for her 15th 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 fourth 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 2022 as our Assistant Director and Junior Counselor Director! This will be Nick’s 12th 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!

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!

Kiara McKowen

Kiara is thrilled to be back at camp in 2022 for her 11th summer at camp and 2nd on staff!

Kiara plans on becoming an elementary school teacher, and one day, specializing in Special Education. In high school, Kiara was the president of her high school’s “Best Buddies” program, which is an organization working to build a bridge between students like herself and those with disabilities. She is now a member of UW-Whitewater’s Best Buddies program, and volunteers for her school’s Center for Students with Disabilities as an in-class aide and note taker.

Kiara is from New Berlin, WI and attends UW-Whitewater with a major in Elementary Education, a minor in Special Education, and is a part of the track team as a high jumper. In high school, Kiara was a member of her varsity dance team for 4 years, claiming 8 regional championships and 4 state championships. She also coached the middle school dance team for 2 years, leading them to their first-ever state title. As a high school track athlete, she was team captain, holds a school record, was a sectional champion in the high jump, qualifying her for the 2021 Wisconsin state track meet.

Kiara’s loves being on the lake at camp paddle boarding, kayaking and playing on the swim toys. Capture the flag and the dance are her favorite nights. She looks forward to seeing familiar faces, and meeting so many more in the summer of 2022. She says “she cannot wait any longer to be back at camp this year!”

David Volodarsky

David Volodarsky is greatly looking forward to being a counselor again in the 2022 summer. This will be David’s eighth year at camp and second year on staff. Originally from Chicago, David is studying Political Science at the University of Illinois.

During 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.

Anna Sanahuja

Anna Sanahuja returns to us in 2022 for her second year on staff and fifth year at camp! Anna is from Barcelona, Spain, where she is studying Nutrition and Psycology. In the future, Anna plans to work in a hospital helping people with eating disorders. Anna is currently in her practicum helping kids with eating disorders in hospitals. She is also involved with nutrition and healthy life conferences.
In her free time, Anna enjoys sports such as, pickleball, tennis and basketball. She also enjoys cooking, going to the cinema, studying and hanging out with friends.

At camp, Anna’s favorite activities are playing gaga and volleyball, and the campers vs counselors basketball game. She also loves running during capture the flag and the ice cream party afterward.
Anna says “I’m so excited to come back! I can’t think of anything better. I love cooking and working with kids.”

Jordi Casablanca

We welcome Jordi Casablanca to our Kitchen Staff! Jordi is 24 years old and from Barcelona, Spain.

Currently, Jordi is studying Nutrition and is in his third year. After college, Jordi would like to specialize in Sport Nutrition and open a clinic of nutrition. In the last three years, Jordi has been doing cooking practices in college and working in different markets.

In his free time, Jordi likes going to the gym, cooking, meeting with my friends, going to the cinema, playing videogames and table games.

This will be Jordi’s first time at camp and in the United States. Jordi says “I’m so excited! I would like to improve my English, meet people from abroad, learn the culture and camp traditions and visit different countries. It’s a dream for me!”

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!

Matt Baron

Matt Baron is excited to be returning for his 4th year at Camp Eagle Ridge and 1st year on kitchen staff. Matt is from Clarendon Hills, IL and is a senior at Westmont High School. He will be attending College of DuPage in the Fall, majoring in Computer Science.

In his free time, Matt enjoys playing video games, hanging out with friends, and going to the movies.

At camp, Matt enjoys basketball, playing frisbee, and swimming. He also loves a good game of Capture the Flag. Matt is looking forward to spending time with campers and meeting new friends at camp this summer.

Shubh Parekh

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.