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

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.  

David McGowan - Assistant Director

Campers, this is my first summer at Camp Agawak and I can’t wait to meet each and every one of you! Whether this is your first summer or it’s your 15th summer at Minocqua’s picturesque Blue Lake, prepare yourself for an exhilarating camp experience filled with camp fires, water sports, friendships, and everything else that Camp Agawak offers to create memories that will last forever. As a former Apple Corporate Director of Sales, hockey and lacrosse coach, my energy and passion for youth empowerment is palpable. Get ready to hang with me, my wife Amy, and my two golden retrievers, Crosby and Bauer. If you are looking forward to summer 2018 half as much as I am, then it’s never too early to prepare for what will inevitably be the BEST summer of your life! Home is Deerfield, IL & I have four amazing kids, Jennifer, Judd , Ethan & Isabella.

 

Emily Gurner - Administration

Emily Gurner has been at Agawak since 2000 where she started as a camper. She was a counselor for three years and now part of the administrative team. Emily is from Deerfield, IL and attended Indiana University where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She also is a Learning Behavior Specialist. Emily currently works as a 7th grade special education teacher at Shepard Middle School in Deerfield. Emily is an integral part of the administrative team and absolutely loves it. She handles day-to-day communication with parents. Emily is looking forward to her 17th summer and can't wait to be back at her favorite place in the world and her happy place, 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, Robert and children; Nick, Hanna, Jack and Georgia.

Ducky D.

Hi, I'm Ducky and this is my 22nd summer here at Agawak.  I have been the head cook longer than any of our campers have been alive! I look forward to another summer of making everyone happy with healthy, delicious food, including all the faves- Pizza, Grilled Cheese on Tuesdays, BBQ Chicken and of course...Pasta Bar!  Can't wait to see you all very soon!

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Indiana M.

Hi! My name Is Indiana Martinez, I'm 26 years old and I'm from Puebla, Mexico.
Nowadays I'm studying medicine at BUAP (a university in Puebla). In my free time I like watching movies, reading and playing videogames.

Hope we can be a great team!

 

Blair M.

Hello campers! My name is Blair Morris! I am 17 years old, and this summer is going to be my 9th on blue lake. This fall, I will be a senior at Deerfield High School. At camp you can find me on the ski docs, singing at campfire, or cheering for the white team. Camp is my favorite place to be, and I am counting down the days until we will all be back at our home away from home! 

 

Evelin M.

HI, MY NAME IS  EVELIN SANDY PALACIOS MORALES, I AM 22 YEARS OLD, I AM FROM MEXICO. I STUDY LANGUAGES IN UABJO. I REALLY ENJOY TO MEET NEW PEOPLE, I LIKE TO WORK HARD AND I LOVE READING BOOKS, RIDING BIKES AND SWIMMING, I AM VERY PASSIONATE IN ANY THING I DO, I REALLY WANT TO START TO WORK. I LOVE WORKING, I LOVE COOKING AND BAKING! I ALWAYS GIVE MY BEST. I AM VERY RESPONSIBLE, HONEST, KIND AND FRIENDLY. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS SUMMER! 

Sarah M.

Hi everyone!! I'm Sarah and this will be my 10th summer at Agawak and my second as a counselor!! I'm from Indianapolis, IN and will be attending University of Wisconsin in the fall!! I love camp and can't wait to have a great summer!! GO WHITE!!
 

Clara M.

Hey campers! I am a sophomore at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I love theatre, the outdoors, and having fun! We're going to have a safe, wonderful time at camp and I can't wait to meet all of you! 

Kali M.

Hello Agawak!  My name is Kali and I am from Beloit, Wisconsin. I am a registered nurse with 10 years of emergency nursing experience and certifications ACLS, PALS, and FEMA emergency response. My primary goal is to ensure that everyone at camp have a safe and fun summer! I look forward to seeing you all and spending another awesome summer on the beautiful shores of Blue Lake!

McKenzie M.

Hi! My name is Mckenzie but everyone calls me Kenz or Kenzie. I'm 18 years old and was born and raised in Minocqua. This will be my second year working at the camp. I have a level 2 certification thru ACCT and will be an instructor at the climbing tower and zip line. I will be going to school at Prescott College in Prescott Arizona. I cant wait to spend my summer with you all!!

 

Tatum O.

My name is Tatum Oblonsky and this will be my 9th summer at Agawak. I live in Northbrook, Illinois and I attend Glenbrook North High School where I am currently a junior. I am so excited to be back at camp and with all my sisters again so soon! GO BLUE! 

Shanae P.

HI!  I am 20 years old and thoroughly enjoying life. I am currently living in Victoria, Australia. I have an amazing family of 7. I live for my family and friends and adore spending quality time with them.
Camping and exploring the outdoors is forever in my favourite interest. Discovering new places and embracing myself with culture.   SPORTS! I love keeping active and energetic.  Currently working as a lifeguard at a local pool is something I take much pride in. My passion for lifeguarding continues to grow more and more. A beach, a river, a pool, a waterfall, anywhere with water is where you will find me. Hanging and planning adventures with my amazing family and friends. And of course I LOVE A CHALLENGE!
I'm so excited for my first year at camp and look forward to meeting you all xx

Charlotte P.

Hi Campers! This will be my 4th summer on staff at camp and I could not be more excited! The past 3 years I have been mostly in the mail room & camp store, but this summer you can find me in the office. I am from Middleton, WI and will be a sophomore at UW-Madison in the fall double majoring in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies. I am the vice president of Min- Aqua Bats Water Ski Club so make sure to look for me in the shows and come say hi! Let's make summer 2017 a great one :)