Growing up in Peoria, Ill., I heard that the Northwoods were an idyllic, romantic place. I heard this from my grandparents who honeymooned to an island in Lake Minocqua in 1941. I heard this from family members whose experiences at Camp Highlands for Boys came up frequently. And I heard this from Sunny Moore, former Clearwater Camp Executive Director, who was a Peoria native. After summers of visiting Camp Highlands for family camp, I decided I wanted the experience for myself.
My years as a Point camper led to roles as a Leadership, counselor, honor trip leader and the Leadership counselor. In 2004, the Northwoods proved to be the romantic place I thought it was when I shared a first date with my now husband, Ross, at a coffee shop in downtown Minocqua. As a former Camp Highlands camper and counselor and brother of Clearwater alumna Melissa Cover Selinger, Ross shares my passion for the camp mission. We find our relationships and experiences with camp friends and families to be some of the most important in our lives.
Ross, our two young boys, and I continue to have a close relationship with Wisconsin. In 2012, I joined the Clearwater Board and accepted a merchant leadership role with Kohl’s Department Stores at their corporate office in Milwaukee. Prior to Kohl’s, I was steadily promoted through the merchandising departments of Paper Source, Crate and Barrel, and Neiman Marcus after graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University and studying at the University of London. Regardless of the product lines for which I have been responsible, my career has consisted of the development of people and ideas and the implementation of strategies and initiatives. I hope to contribute this same sense of vision and planning to Clearwater Camp as it looks to the future.