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. She served as program director until becoming the associate director for eight years. Now as director, Dana is involved in staff recruitment, staff training, and 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, she 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 she isn’t at camp, Dana spends time with her husband, David, and their four children.
Dayna completed her last summer as director of our camps in 2019. She remains involved as Director Emeritus, and will spend a few weeks over the summer at camp. Dayna is also president of CampGroup LLC. Dayna started at Lake of the Woods Camp in 1979 as a first-time camper, and worked her way up to counselor and 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). She also served 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 scholarships to underserved children throughout the Midwest to attend not-for-profit camps. She is a speaker at camp conferences across the country on topics ranging from leadership, homesickness, trends in camping, youth development and more. 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 children, Dylan and Tyler, who both grew up at Greenwoods camps.
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’ two-week program during the summer. She lives with her husband, Brenden, their daughter, Matilda (Tilly), and their dog, Franklin, in Morton Grove, Illinois.
Tom started at Greenwoods in 2006 as a counselor and swim instructor and has held a number of leadership positions at camp. He is now the campus director at our boys’ four- and eight-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 who has visited 29 countries and 22 states; he currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Jenny, and their children.
Lake of the Woods Campus Director
Laura joined us in 2008 as a counselor and photographer and spent five more summers on our staff in various leadership roles. In 2015, Laura moved from Chester, England, to join our year-round team, and now serves as campus director at our girls’ four- and eight-week campus during the summer 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 behavioral therapy. Before her camp career started, Laura was a social worker mentoring at-risk youth in Manchester, England.
Greenwoods Campus Director
Zach works closely with Tom to help run our boys’ program at camp. Zach joined us in 2015 as a basketball instructor and, the following summer, joined our leadership team as the Middle Division leader at Greenwoods. Before joining our year-round team, Zach was the head women’s basketball coach at Fox Valley Technical College in Wisconsin. He enjoys being active, watches a ton of sports and is out shooting hoops whenever he can. Zach currently resides in Evanston, Illinois.
Office Manager & Operations Director
Operations Director and Office Manager, Tara Patek, started with us in 2016. She works year-round helping with all the behind the scenes operations. Tara Graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Early Childhood Education and then received her Master in Early Childhood Administration from National- Louis University. After being the Associate Director of a Temple-based preschool working with young children and families, she decided it was time for a career change. Tara and her husband Mark live in Chicago with their 2 children Lillian and Evan, who spend their summers at Lake of the Woods and Greenwoods.