MEET OUR STAFF
I'm a camp enthusiast with more than 14 years of experience in the camping industry. My passion for camp was ignited in 1998 when, as an eighth grader, I was fortunate enough to attend a school overnight camp in Michigan. Just a few years later I wanted to share that life-changing experience with others, so I volunteered as a counselor for that same middle school and finally, in 2005, began my YMCA camping career as a summer camp counselor. When I wasn't at camp, I attended Central Michigan University and graduated in 2009 with a degree in recreation, parks, and leisure service administration. I took that degree and became a full-time employee at a Michigan YMCA camp in 2010, where I earned certifications as an American Red Cross lifeguard, high adventure trainer, challenge course manager, and archery instructor. When I'm not at a camp doing everything I can to provide the best experience for EVERYONE, you can find me spending time with my amazing niece, exploring new trails in North Carolina, or acting as Dr. Doolittle to my eclectic personal zoo! I'm excited to be a part of the Watia family and look forward to an awesome summer!