staff spotlight

September 21, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Merrowvista’s Carl Dugdale

Carl Dugdale has traveled the globe during his 20-year career, working with youth in Germany, Austria, China, and most recently, California. His latest stop: New …

April 27, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Miniwanca’s Emily Knuth

One of Emily Jones Knuth’s fondest camp memories is serving as Quad Leader in eighth grade and again as a high school senior. She relished …

March 25, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Merrowvista’s Jamie O’Hagin

Jamie O’Hagin knows what it’s like to be the nervous new kid at camp. A bully tarnished her only prior camp experience, and she was …

Michael Harter, Miniwanca Boys Camp Director

February 18, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Miniwanca’s Michael Harter

Michael Harter’s career has always found him at the intersection of youth empowerment and mental health, a passion he credits to his own foundational experiences …

January 24, 2022

Staff Spotlight: Merrowvista’s Kim Novotny

Kim Novotny knows meals at Merrowvista are important community experiences. As Food Program Manager, she strives to make those meals healthy, delicious, and memorable. Novotny …

December 3, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Regan Gibson Wiesler

Regan Gibson Wiesler first encountered the American Youth Foundation when she attended National Leadership Conference in 2012, an experience that created lasting bonds with her …