I grew up in small mountain town in Marion, Virginia-Mt Dew was invented there. I spent my childhood hiking the Appalachian trails and exploring the numerous state parks and national forest land. After graduating high school, I enlisted in the United States Air Force where I served 4 years as a member of the Security Forces, otherwise known as the Military Police. I got my Top Secret Security Clearance, traveled the world and met my husband. I was honorably discharged for completing my enlistment in 2002 and then pursued my college education in Nursing, graduating in 2006. My background includes Medical-Surgical, Nursery/Post-Partum, Mental Health/Foster Care Services, Pre Op,/OR /Recovery Room. Now, I am an Elementary School Nurse. I live in Frisco, TX with my husband, two girls and our dog, Whiskey. We enjoy spending time hanging out in our backyard on the patio, splashing in the pool, riding our bikes exploring parks and trails, seeing movies and spending time with our family and friends. To de-stress, nothing beats a good book and a beautiful sky line.
Hi!! My name is Ilana Spitz and this will be my 11th summer at camp and 3rd on staff. I just completed my freshman year at Tulane University. I cannot wait for another unbelievable summer on the shores of Blue Lake! This year, I will take on the role as one of the Blue and White Commissioners. You’ll see me on the ski docks, running in one out one, and hanging out with campers! See you all so soon!!!
Hi! My name is Melanie Small, and this will be my 9th summer at camp and 1st summer on staff. I will be a senior at Highland Park High School this upcoming school year. I am so excited for another summer and to meet all of the new counselors and campers!. I love to play tennis in the fall at school and soccer in the spring! At camp my favorite things are water skiing, swimming in blue lake, or playing tennis on the courts!! See you all sooo soon! Can't wait!!!
My name is Avery Sherwood, and this will be my 9th summer at camp and 1st summer on staff. I am currently a Junior at Deerfield High School and will be a senior this upcoming year. Outside of school I love to dance, listen to music, and hang out with my friends. This summer you can find me biking, hanging out on blue lake, and skiing! I am so excited for another summer at my favorite place and to meet all the new campers! Counting down the days!
My name is Claudia Siegel, I am 17 years old and this will be my 9th year spending my summer at Camp Agawak. My mom, my 2 sisters and I all share a love for the most beautiful place on Earth. I love to play tennis and spend anytime I can in Blue Lake. I live in Carmel, IN, and I attend a small private college prepatory school that teaches kids Kindergarten through 12th grade. During the school year, I work at the aftercare program watching kids for a few hours of the day.
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.
Hi Everyone! My name is Ilana Spitz and this will be my 10th summer at camp and 2nd on staff. I am currently a senior at New Trier High School, and I will be attending Tulane University in the fall. I am SO excited for another amazing summer on the shores of Blue Lake! You will find me helping on the ski docks, singing around the campfire, and hanging out with campers! I can’t wait to be with you all so soon!! Go Blue!!
Hi everyone! I’m Maddie (or I also get called Mads!) I’m from Melbourne, Australia and beyond excited to get back onto the shores of Blue Lake for a second incredible summer at Agawak. I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Education to become a Primary (Elementary) teacher while also working in child care with young students at a before and after school program. I spend the rest of my time exploring the Victorian outdoors with friends, planning my next epic adventure and counting down the days until June!! This year you’ll find me at the tango tower or out on the lake and I can’t wait to see you there!
Ava stein cannot wait to spend her 9th summer back in the north woods at her absolute favorite place of all time! Ava lives in the city of Chicago and will be a senior at Whitney M. Young High School in the fall. During the year, Ava loves playing on the girls tennis team in addition to being a valuable member of the girls lacrosse team. Ava enjoys hanging out with her friends and family at home and is very energetic and sociable! At camp You will definitely find Ava assisting down at the ski docks, jogging in one out one, biking the bear skin trail, living it up in cook-wood, and of course cheering for the White Team! Ava is beyond excited to be a first year staff member and cannot wait to share all her memories with her campers as well as give back everything that Agawak has given her.