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 21-29.

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!

Delaney Hennes

Delaney Jean Hennes is excited to be joining staff as our Health Manager at Camp Eagle Ridge! She attended Camp Eagle Ridge in middle school and high school and is very excited to be a part of the team that made her experience so memorable.
Delaney is from Hubertus, WI, and is attending UW-Madison for Computer Science and Molecular & Cell Biology. She received her EMT-Basic certification from Moraine Park Technical College in high school and has since been working as an EMT in Madison. She plans on continuing her education in emergency health care and looks forward to supporting the campers every way she can.
In her free time, Delaney enjoys attending university games and events, exercising, and playing games with friends. She is a member of the BioHouse Learning Community and the Hoofer’s Outing Club, where she enjoys meeting new people just as interested in the outdoors. She especially loves rock-climbing and looks forward to conquering our course this 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!

Cayley McKowen

Cayley McKowen is so happy to be returning to our 2022 staff as a Girls’ Counselor, our Waterfront Director, and our Health Specialist! This will be Cayley’s 4th summer on staff and 11th year at camp. Cayley is from New Berlin, Wisconsin and earned her BSN from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Cayley has spent the off season working as a Registered Nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Milwaukee.

Cayley loves playing sports and being active and some of her favorite camp memories include the Staff vs. Campers basketball games. Cayley also loves crafting of all sorts; however, as our Waterfront Director, her favorite place to be is on our lake!

Cayley says she is “looking forward to making new friends, and, of course, seeing old ones, and can’t wait for summer to get here!”

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.

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!”

Duroy Daley

Duroy Daley joins our 2022 Counseling Staff from Jamaica!   Duroy is 24 years of age and is dedicated, hardworking, and self motivated individual. Duroy is an open and honest person who doesn’t believe in misleading others. Duroy enjoy teaching and learning with kids. He also loves to swim and play soccer and can’t wait to share his love of art with the kids at camp.

Ally Grishko

Ally Grishko is so excited to return for the summer of 2022! This will be her 12th summer at camp and 3rd on staff. Ally is from Northbrook, Illinois, and is studying 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. Since Ally was 7 years old, she has played tennis at her racquet club and in her free time teaches younger kids how to play her favorite sport.

While in Tampa, Ally is involved in the club tennis team, where they travel monthly to other schools in Florida and compete. She is also the president of Management Club where business professionals present for weekly meetings and share their experience. She is involved in Greek life and her sorority’s philanthropy is to raise money for court appointed special advocates to support children who are in the foster care system.

At camp, some of Ally’s favorite things include sailing, the overnight tent trip, kayaking, the talent show, and volleyball. She can’t wait to come back for another amazing summer!

Ahmetcan Selek

Ahmetcan “Ace” Selek is 21 years old and from Turkey! Ace is studying Computer Engineering at Cukurova University. His is also a member of Cenga at Cukurova University, a Computer Engineering Association that organizes social activities. Ace currently works as a math tutor, teaching kids ages 12-15 years old. He enjoys playing math games with his students. In his free time, Ace likes to hang out with friends, play video games, and swim. Ace swam competitively for many years. Ace says “My friends describe me as a friendly, kind, and energetic person. Also, I like spending time with kids. I am so excited to spend my holiday with everyone at Camp Eagle Ridge.”

Yagmur Pinar

Yagmur is from Turkey and is 22 years old. Yagmur is studying Industrial and System Engineering at Yeditepe University.

She is the Vice President of a social aid club called Wish Volunteers at her university. Previously, she worked as a project coordinator and general secretary in this club.Wish Volunteers has many projects, such as visiting village schools and child welfare institutions and meeting the needs of the children there.

Yagmur is also currently leading 24 high school/university students in a training program called Yetkin Gençler. This training program is very popular in Turkey. They teach problem solving, presentation techniques, algorithms, Microsoft office programs and leadership.

Yagmur loves swimming and looks forward to enjoying our lake. She also practiced folk dance for 4 years in high school and is now learning salsa and bachata dances. Yagmur loves traveling, reading, swimming and exploring different cultures.  Yagmur has a lot of experience with children and she says “I love spending time with them, playing games and dreaming.”

Francesco Petrucci

Francesco Petrucci is 18 years old and is from Italy. He is a  student and would like to become a Journalist.  Francesco love sports; especially soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis. This will be Francesco’s first year at Eagle Ridge and he says “I’m so excited because I love outdoor activities. I’m very friendly and I hope to meet people from many other places because I think that it is very important to know different cultures.”  In his free time, Francesco likes to listen to music and go to the cinema with his friends.

Cherise Smith

Cherise is counting down the days until she can kick off her summer as a Counselor at Camp Eagle Ridge!

Currently, Cherise is majoring in Early Childhood Education at UW-Whitewater and taking courses in Special Education. She is a certified childcare provider with hands-on nanny and daycare experience. Respected by the parents for her common-sense and leadership skills, and enjoyed by the children for her playful nature and compassionate care, she will be a great counselor.

Cherise’s Waldorf school background inspired a love of outdoor adventure and provided her with experience in hiking, snow shoeing, camping, caving, and ocean kayaking.

Cherise enjoys spending time with her friends, playing the piano, and dancing. She won state and national awards during her fifteen years in dance and taught aspiring young dancers.

Cherise is looking forward to building memories this summer with all the campers and sharing her passion for learning about the world and themselves through the camp experience!

Carlos Ac Bacelis

Boys’ Counselor, Carlos Ac Bacelis is from Yucatan, Mexico.  Carlos loves sports, especially soccer. Carlos enjoys being surrounded by nature.  He likes kayaking, snorkeling and fishing. Carlos has a strong interest in videography and in the future, Carlos would like to be a graphic designer.

Since the age of 8, Carlos has been involved in theater and has acted in plays.  He says ” I am a very outgoing person. I always like to be in activities where I can connect and help others. I like to be creative. I want to help children learn, while having fun and without a doubt I try to do learning activities outdoors.”

Amal Khrissat

Amal Khrissat is from Jordan.  She studies Tourism Management at the University of Jordan. During school, Amal works as a sales promoter for Dermacol.
Amal is a very social person and loves getting to know new people. She says “scouting was a window to connect with others and do many activities and get to know many tourist places in my country”.  Scouting gave Amal the opportunity to make new friends, try new things, and experience camping.  She says “My favorite part was when we got together around the fire and sung local songs in the desert of Wadi Rum.”
Amal is a hard worker and good listener. She loves running, swimming, riding adventures, camping, soccer and tennis.
Amal says “I have read a lot about your camp and when I saw the videos about Camp Eagle Ridge, I saw a huge amount of joy from all the campers. I know that I have a responsibility for the welfare of the campers and to our amazing staff. I can’t wait to help kids have fun, get sunshine, gain valuable experience, and create great bonds with peers!”

Alina Sczesny

Alina Sczesny is 19 years old and from Germany. She is really excited to be a Counselor at Camp Eagle Ridge!

Since September 2021, Alina has been doing a federal voluntary service at an after school day care for elementary school children. At work, she quickly took on many responsibilities and is in charge of her group with 24 children. Together, they love to create all kinds of art and spend their time playing, laughing and being silly. After camp this summer, Alina plans on becoming an elementary school teacher/state-certified educator.

Alina is a very creative person. In high school, she was one of the captains of the Yearbook Club, attended a film and art course, and made several short movies for school. One of her paintings even got exhibited in her local art gallery.

Since Alina grew up at the Baltic Sea, she loves to spend sunny days outside reading a good book in her local park or swimming at the beach. In her free time, she also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking photos, singing Karaoke, playing Badminton and paddle boarding.

Alina is thrilled to share her enthusiasm and passion about art and photography and says “I can‘t wait for a summer full of exciting adventures, laughter, friendships and memories!”

Steven Qi

Steven Qi is joining our 2022 Counseling Staff!  Steven attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is studying Educational Psychology.  Steven loves to play Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf.  He also loves to draw.

Yasmeen Khrissat

Yasmeen (Jasmine) Khrissat is 20 years old and is from Amman, Jordan. There, she studies management information systems at the University of Jordan.  She also works as a sales promoter for Maybelline. Jasmine has one brother and two sisters (her sister, Amal, is also on our staff). In her free time, Jasmine likes reading books, swimming and listening to music.

Jasmine started working when she was 18 years old and also studying at University. Her job was in sales and she says “it was a pleasure to meet many people in my daily life of different nationalities. I learned to work in a team spirit and increase my communication skills with others.”

Jasmine says “I have many children in my family and I very much enjoy spending time with them.  Working with children is a wonderful thing, because they have energy, vitality, and a love of adventure!”

Shubh Parekh

Shubh Parekh is returning for his second year at camp! Shubh is an international student from India, studying at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. Shubh will working with our kitchen staff this year in an administrative role.  Last summer, Shubh and Kenzie started our fabulous greenhouse.  Shubh loves showing kids the connection between the plants and the kitchen.  Shubh will also continue teaching some activities and leading weekend trips!

In his free time, Shubh enjoys watching sports, especially soccer, basketball, F1 and almost all competitive sports. Shubh says “my favorite activities at camp are kayaking, paddle boarding, ultimate frisbee, and arts & crafts. I also love going on overnight trips, building fires and working in my little greenhouse.”

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!”

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.

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.