MARY FRIED - OWNER & DIRECTOR
For over 25 years, Mary Fried, owner and director of Camp Agawak has brought heart, passion and hands-on leadership to an extraordinary and diverse camp environment. Mary has been “camp mom” and role model to thousands of campers and staff since 1989. She holds a masters degree in Educational Psychology and has dedicated her life to working with children. Her experience as an elementary and middle-school counselor makes her a resourceful and compassionate director. Mary’s breath of talent, combined with her enthusiasm for working with children creates a camp culture that is as extraordinary as it is fun. She is an active member of the American Camping Association, the Midwest Camping Association, the Wisconsin School Counselor Association, and the American Counseling Association. Mary lives on the camp property year round with her three children, Jaclyn, Jacob and Joshua.
EMILY GURNER - ADMINISTRATION
Emily Gurner has been at Agawak since 2000 where she started as a camper. She has been a counselor and is now part of the administrative team. She is from Deerfield, IL and attended Indiana University where she received a degree in Elementary Education. She currently works in special education at Shepard Middle School in Deerfield. Emily is an integral part of the administrative team and absolutely loves it. If you call during the summer, you’ll probably hear “Camp Agawak, this is Emily.” She is looking forward to her 16th summer and is excited to meet all the new campers and staff. Emily can't think of a better place to spend the summer than her favorite place in the world, Agawak!
CHRIS GARCIA - OFFICE MANAGER
Chris Garcia joined the Agawak crew in 2008 and is a Minocqua native. After gaining an undergraduate Finance degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, she went on to receive a Masters degree in Administration from University of Whitewater. Chris thoroughly enjoys the office life of number crunching, report running and day to day operations that go on "behind the scenes". She works year round at Agawak, but also coaches the local swim club seven months out of the year and the boys high school team. From time to time, Chris lends a hand to the waterfront giving swim lessons or lifeguarding. As a mother of four, she also gives out hugs when needed or an extra ear to listen. Chris lives in Hazelhurst with her husband and children; Nick, Hanna, Jack and Georgia.