Director and Staff

As any good camp director will tell you, the key to a successful summer is the caliber of the staff. Implementing a dynamic program and maintaining a beautiful facility is only meaningful if our staff supports the mission of providing a safe and nurturing camp environment for our campers. The selection of quality staff is given top priority. We look for the “cream of the crop”……the best of the best.

At Agawak we select sensitive, enthusiastic, exceptional people who are dedicated to working with children. Our staff is composed of undergraduate and graduate students, teachers, coaches and high school students who love camp, the outdoors and working with children. Agawak staff members are high spirited, passionate individuals from around the country and world who want to make a positive difference in the lives of our girls.

In addition to the vast amount of rigorous, on-site training that our staff receives during pre-camp, they also go through intensive online training with industry professionals from Expert Online Training. 

Administration Staff

Chris Garcia - Associate Director

Hello! I am the associate director and have been working at camp year round for 13 years. I am the face behind many of the emails and phone calls camp families receive. I grew up in Minocqua, left for a few years but came back with my husband to raise our 4 kids in the beautiful northwoods. During the winter months I also coach swimming at the high school and club level. I cannot wait for Summer 2021!

Ducky D.

Hi. I’m DUCKY this will be my 27th summer running the kitchen at Agawak.  Over the years I have enjoyed preparing many foods from Grilled Cheese, Pizza, Pasta Bar, and Hobo Hash and many other favorites. I try to keep the menu at camp flavorful and exciting.  Making meals that please everyone is difficult, yet I encourage them to give meals at camp a try. Who knows, they may really like it. But aside from the main dishes we have many other choices.  Every breakfast has 8-10 different cereals and fresh fruits.  Besides the hot meal at lunch, we have a full salad bar with toppings such as garbanzo beans, edamame, hard boiled eggs, baby carrots and much more with 5-6 different salad dressings and at least 2 fresh fruit choices. A few days a week lunch also includes homemade soups. There is also a sandwich bar where we offer flat bread wraps, sliced turkey and the fixings for a wonderful sandwich. At dinner time the same full salad bar is available along with the hot meal of the evening.  Camp offers a many choices daily and I always make sure the campers are taken care of. I am also familiar with a variety of medically approved diet restrictions from Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Diabetic Restrictions, and other allergy accommodations.   

Mary and Bill - Owners & Directors

Mary Fried and Bill Fuhrmann

With 35 years of combined camping experience Mary and Bill are Agawak’s committed and seasoned directors.  Individually, they have been self-employed for over 30 years.  Together they bring passion, hands-on leadership and incredible warmth to a camp culture that is as extraordinary as it is fun.  Mary’s master’s degree in educational psychology along with a background in school counseling makes her a highly skilled and compassionate director.  She has dedicated her life to working with children.  Since 1989, Mary has helped thousands of young campers transition successfully to overnight camp.

Bill’s deep love of water-skiing and his genuine interest in children make him a perfect fit for Agawak.  Bill practically grew up on a ski boat and has performed in numerous professional water ski shows.  He is a talented and competent ski director.  His passion for skiing can be seen daily on Blue Lake as he teaches our campers and staff the skills he’s perfected.  Bill has been designing handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry in the Madison area for over three decades.  He designs the cherished Agawak charms and rings our alumnae wear proudly.

In the off season, Mary and Bill live in Waunakee, WI.  They have 5 children Jaclyn, Jacob, Cole, Dean and Joshua.

 

 

 

Denise Salit - Activities & Program Director

Hi! I'm Denise Salit and I’ll be your Activities and Program Director for the 2019 camp season. As a past Agawak camper, counselor and Assistant Director I feel like my life is coming full circle. Agawak is such a special place to me as many of my happiest memories come from my home away from home Up North. During the school year, I am a teacher in Lake Bluff, Illinois and have taught reading to children for 27 years. I have a passion for teaching children & connecting with their families.

My family holds camp near and dear to our hearts. My daughter followed in my footsteps as an Agawak camper and counselor and my boys have "camp in their blood" too. How could they not, as my husband Dean and I met on the shores of Blue Lake (literally) 28 years ago when we were both on staff. I am excited to be a part of your daughter's summer. 2019 is sure to be full of fun, excitement, life lessons and tons of happy memories.

Sara Mervis - Director of Cabin Life, Seniors

Hello from Sara Mervis! Having spent 15 years as a camper, counselor, waterfront director, tripping coordinator and coordinator of director affairs, I am thrilled to rejoin the Agawak administrative team. I’ll be wearing a few different hats this summer as the Director of Cabin Life for our junior & senior campers, CIT Director and assisting the admin team in the office. My daughters, 11 and 7, are 3rd-generation Agawak campers. With parenting insight, I will be supporting campers and parents throughout the summer. Currently, I teach special education to 3-5 graders and l am also a Wilson tutor. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, tennis and camping. I can’t wait to spend this summer with each of you.

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Angelica A

I am member of a mountaineering association in Mexico, so have experience in different sports activities, I have worked with kids on mountain and art, this time I'm part of staff in Agawak Camp and I am sure this summer is going to be marvelous.

Isabelle A.

Hi! I’m Isabelle and I’m from Chicago, IL. I can’t wait for my 11th summer at camp and 2nd summer on staff! In the fall, I will be attending University of Michigan. This summer you can find me on the ski docks or swimming in Blue Lake. Counting down the days!

Tatum A.

Hi! I’m Tatum Anderson and I’m from Chicago. I’m so excited for my 11th summer at camp and my 2nd summer on staff! In the fall, I will be attending Tulane University. This summer you can find me at the waterfront mostly on the ski docks and assisting with swimming! I can’t wait to be back with everyone on Blue Lake! 

Halle A.

Hi! I’m Halle! I’m from Highland Park, IL and can not wait to spend my 9th summer (and first on staff) at camp agawak!! I live for anything camp related and am counting down the days until we’re all on blue lake!! In the Fall, I’ll be a senior at Highland Park High School where I like to be with friends, play basketball, and online shop. And during the summers I like to be on the water, swimming and skiing all day! I’m so excited to watch blue and white games this summer and hang out with my campers!! Can’t wait for another summer at my favorite place on earth! 

Abbey B

Hey everyone my name is Abbey I’m 19 years old and I’m from Liverpool, England ( give it a google we have a very famous band). Looking forward to meeting you all and having a great summer!

Danny B

Hello, Danny is back! This will be my 4th summer at Blue Lake's shore and I am really happy and excited for 2021 summer. You will find me at Tango Tower, helping, encouraging and making happy campers the whole summer. Can't wait to meet you all!

Amanda B.

Hi! I’m Amanda and I’m from Northbrook, IL. I can’t wait to spend my 11th summer at Camp Agawak!! I love camp and can’t wait to be back for my second year on staff! In the Fall, I will be a freshman at Tulane University where I plan to study neuroscience. During the summers you can find me on the waterfront, swimming and skiing all day or planning Olympic Day along side my friends Halle and Tatum! I am so excited to be back on blue lake meeting all the new campers!!!
 

Cristian B.

Hello! My name is Cristian and I am from Colombia. This would be my 1st year at Camp Agawak as the director of tennis. I got my B.S. in Accounting at Alabama A&M while playing tennis for the school. Currently I am doing my MBA at Indiana Tech where I am coaching both men's and women's tennis. I am excited for this summer and I hope campers can learn about tennis and have fun!

Paige B.

Hi!! My name is Paige Bordo and I am so excited for camp this year! It will be my 9th summer and first year on staff! I am from Highland Park IL and just completed my junior year at Highland Park High School. Outside of school, I love to dance and spend time with family and friends! At camp, you can find me at the waterfront swimming and skiing! I can’t wait to be on staff this year and am so excited to meet all the new campers!!

Jenna B.

Hi! My name is Jenna Berk and I live in Deerfield, Illinois. This will be my 9th at camp and my first on staff. Next fall I will be at senior at Deerfield High School. My favorite things to do at camp are waterskiing, swimming, hanging out with my friends and campers, and Blue and White! I can’t wait for this summer!