Our Directors

Directors

Dayna Hardin

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Dayna arrived at Lake of the Woods Camp in 1979 and worked her way up from camper to counselor to Assistant Director before becoming Owner/Director in 1997. Dayna is also President of CampGroup LLC. She is very involved in the camp industry and served as the past President for the Midwest Association of Independent Camps (MAIC). In addition, she serves as the Vice President of the American Camp Association’s (ACA) National Board. Dayna is the co-founder of SCOPE Midwest (Summer Camp Opportunities Program Education), a charity that provides camperships to underserved children throughout the Midwest at not-for-profit camps. She is a speaker at camp conferences throughout the year on topics ranging from helping campers cope with homesickness to trends in camping and leadership. She is the past conference chair (2009-2011) for the ACA National Conference and has received a number of awards for her dedication to the camp industry. Dayna has two boys, Dylan and Tyler, who are both Greenwoods campers.

Dana Kite

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Dana started at Lake of the Woods as a camper at the age of 10, and continued as a CIT, Junior Counselor, counselor and waterski instructor, and Program Director until becoming the Associate Director for 8 years. Now as Director, Dana is involved in staff recruitment, staff training, program development, and has terrific relationships with campers, parents and staff. Dana graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Having been a camper, Dana understands the benefits of a summer camp experience.  Dana is the co-founder of SCOPE Midwest (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education), a charity that provides camperships to underserved children throughout the Midwest at not-for-profit camps.  Dana has been on the program planning team for the American Camp Association’s national conference and is a speaker at conferences throughout the year.  As a former waterski instructor, Dana’s favorite camp activity remains waterskiing. When Dana isn’t at camp, she spends time with her husband, David, and their 4 children.

Leadership

Tom Daniel, Assistant Director

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Tom started at Greenwoods in 2006 as a counselor and swim instructor and has held a number of leadership positions at camp.  Tom is the Campus Director at our boy’s 4 and 8 week campus. He graduated in 2007 with an honors degree in sport and exercise science from Cardiff Metropolitan University in England.  Tom is an avid traveler and has visited 29 countries, 22 states and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Jenny and their children.

Keely Finnegan, Assistant Director

Keely has been part of our camp family since 2005. Having started as a counselor and tennis instructor, she moved through the ranks as our events coordinator, health center liaison, and office manager.  Keely graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Elementary Education and then taught 2nd and 3rd grade before joining our year-round team in 2012.  Keely facilitates much of the behind the scenes action throughout the year including communicating with prospective families, planning special events, and managing our wait list. Keely is The Glen Campus Director and oversees our girls’ 2-week program during the summer. She lives with her husband, Brenden, and their dog, Franklin in Morton Grove, Illinois.

Laura Salter

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Laura joined us in 2008 as a counselor and photographer and spent 5 more summers on our staff in various leadership roles.  Laura moved from Chester, England to join our year round team in 2015 and is now the Campus Director at our girls’ 4 and 8 week campus and our Staffing Director throughout the year.   Laura graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Business Management and has her HND in Youth Justice and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Before her camp career started, Laura was a Social Worker mentoring  at-risk youth in Manchester, England.

Carly Karmel

Carly started as a camper at Lake of the Woods at age 10, and continued on as a counselor, swim instructor and Division Leader.  Carly graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with degrees in political science and communications. Before joining camp full time, Carly worked  public relations for the hospitality union in Chicago. Over the summer Carly is “Camp Mom” for our boys and helps with operations and special events.