Tommy knew from an early age that camp was his life’s work! After many summers attending and then directing camps in Wisconsin and Colorado, Tommy started Mountain Day Camp in 2005, which evolved into Camp Granite Lake.
“The growth I experienced at camp influences everything I do in work and play. I wouldn’t be who I am, and I wouldn’t have my energetic and independent approach to life without it. Little did I know the influence camp was having on my life – I was just having fun!”
Tommy’s family is actively involved in life at camp. His wife, Ali, is a pediatrician. Their kids are: Joey, age 7 (starting his first year at camp this summer), and Mara, age 5. They live up at camp all summer, too.
Hi, my name is James Bach I am so excited to be coming back for my 4th summer at Camp Granite Lake. I am a Colorado native born and raised in Denver. I am a 4th year Accounting major at the University of Denver, GO PIOS!! In my free time, I enjoy skiing, golfing, and watching sports. My favorite camp activity Disc Golf and anything on the water. I am so excited for another amazing summer at Camp Granite Lake.
My name is Allie Baker and I am currently studying Psychology at the University of Puget Sound in Washington. I love to travel, hike, do arts crafts, play disc golf, and hang with kids! I was born and raised in Colorado and am so excited to come back for my third summer at Camp Granite Lake!!
Hi, my name is Delilah (or Lilah!) Bernartz and this will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I grew up in Connecticut, but I moved to Colorado two years ago. I am now attending Colorado Mesa University and I am majoring in Nursing. I love hiking, dancing, arts and crafts, and camping. I cannot wait to make memories and build friendships at camp this summer!
Howdy everyone! My name is Kate and I am a senior at the College of Wooster, studying music. I am a huge fan of listening to/writing music and playing instruments, trying various types of salsas, and hiking (or doing pretty much anything that gets me out in the fresh air!). This will be my second summer at camp, and I am stoked to spend some quality time in the mountains, forming relationships with new friends, and growing relationships with old friends.
Hey you guys! My name’s Jenn Blenkhorn and I’m a North Carolinian born and raised. I attend Appalachian State University, located in the beautiful mountain town of Boone, NC, where I frequently enjoy going hiking, rock climbing, camping, the whole shabang! If it’s outdoors, I’m all for it! This will be my second year at Camp Granite Lake as well as first time farther west than Tennessee. Needless to say, I’m super stoked to be out there with the kiddos this summer!
Hey, my name is Grace Coleman and I am super excited for my first summer at Camp Granite Lake! I grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky but I am currently at Northern Kentucky University pursuing a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Organizational Leadership. I have been going to camp since I was in elementary school and cannot wait to continue my camp experience as a counselor. Working with kids has always been a big part of my life, especially in the water. I have been a lifeguard for three summers and taught swim lessons for two summers. As a kid, I was involved in a variety of sports such as swimming, cross country, track, and lacrosse. In my free time I love swimming, listening to music, watching Lord of the Rings, and spending time outside. I am looking forward to an amazing summer with all the campers and staff!
Hi everyone! My name is Alexia, I’m from Mexico and I’m currently studying English language teaching at BUAP. I love learning foreign languages; In my free time, I enjoy watching TV shows or movies and reading books in English or French by which I acquire new vocabulary, idioms and also to improve my pronunciation. This is my first year at Camp Granite Lake. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and making friends! I cannot wait to live this experience this summer!
My name is Daniel Dodero. I am a Colorado native and I grew up in Grand Junction. I studied at the University of Colorado where I got my bachelors in Environmental Studies and minored in Geography. Since graduating I have had a variety of outdoors jobs in California and Utah in locations from the red rocks of Capitol Reef National Park to the rugged coast of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse. When I am not working I enjoy traveling, wildlife and landscape photography, wood working, hiking (especially Colorado 14ers), and camping. I can’t wait to make new friends, share laughs, and create lasting memories this summer at Camp Granite Lake!
Hey There! My name is Mike and I am originally from Virginia. After finishing college in 2015 I decided to travel around the country and experience as much as I can while I worked seasonally in Denali National Park in Alaska and Lake Powell in Arizona. In my spare time, as I travel, I love to be out in nature, backpacking, climbing, paddle boarding and kayaking while some of my other interests include painting, playing soccer and wood working. Camp is a pretty special place and I can’t wait for my first year at Camp Granite Lake!
Hi everyone, my name is Daniel Dominguez. I’m from Puebla, Mexico, and this will be my first experience at a camp. I’m studying Communication and Public Relations at University for my professional degree. I love to connect and establish good relationships with people. One of my biggest passions is music. I love to play the electric and acoustic guitar. Additionally, I enjoy different activities like gym workouts, skating, swimming, and camping. That’s why I can’t wait to begin this new adventure at Camp Granite Lake!
Hi, my name is Fernanda Dominguez I’m from Puebla Mexico and I’m studying my 3rd year in psychology at BUAP. During my free time I like to go walk in the mountain or just to be outdoors. I like to go to the gym, biking and I’m also a big fan of baking. I love traveling, learning new things and meeting new people. This will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake and I can´t wait for an amazing summer having lots of fun with the campers and making memories that will last forever.
Hi, my name is Ciarra Downing. I just finished my first year at Barrett the Honors College at Arizona State University. I am currently majoring in sustainable architecture. I love listening to music, camping, and pursuing my photography hobby. I worked at a summer camp for kids last year and am looking forward to another exciting summer!
Hi my name is Dalton Earl and I’m from Louisiana. I’m currently pursuing a degree in Information Technology. I love listening to albums and watching old movies. The thing I’m most excited for this summer is to meet new people and get outdoors!
Hey, I’m Allan Eason and I’m so excited to be returning to beautiful Camp Granite Lake for my 5th summer in a row! I grew up in the Atlanta area and am currently working on a political science degree at the University of Georgia. When I’m not studying or working, you can find me hiking, using my season pass to the Georgia Aquarium, or kayaking the many rapids of the South. I’m looking forward to renewing friendships from years past and forming new ones, and I can’t wait to get out to the Rockies and create yet another summer to remember for everyone in the CGL family.
Hey my name is Zach Flaherty and this will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I have a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Northern Colorado. I grew up in a small town called Andalusia, Illinois. I would consider myself an urbanite with multiple years living in Chicago and Denver. I also have volunteered as an ESL teacher for a year in Ecuador. By the start of camp I will have had 2 full years of elementary education classroom experience. I do however love the outdoors and love hiking and whitewater rafting. I’ve climbed a handful of 14er’s in Colorado, and summited Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world standing at 19,347 feet. I am really excited to join the CGL family and enjoy the outdoors this summer!
Hi, my name it’s Zeltzin González and this will be my second year at camp Granite Lake. I’m from Veracruz, México. My passions include doing theater, baking, swimming and thanks to my experiences at camp last summer, now I love camping and kayaking! I love meeting new people and hanging out with my friends. I can’t wait to spend my second summer at Camp Granite Lake.
Hi, my name is Luz and I’m from Mexico. I’m currently studying a degree in English teaching. I love to read good books, have fun, learn and make people laugh. I like working with children and meeting new people and learning from them, so I’m very excited for this summer helping in the kitchen at Camp Granite Lake.
Hey there! I’m Gabe Garcia and this will be my second year at CGL! I’m from Dallas Texas and this upcoming fall I will be a Junior at Texas A&M University studying Youth Development. I had an absolute blast last summer with all the dance parties, sing offs, and amazing memories. I can’t wait for another summer of new adventures!
Josh Grant is a crazy, caring, adventurous sort of chap. Once an actor, he now works with kids and teens in the school and church environments and is the bestselling author of two novels. He’s had numerous crazy adventures like surviving a flash flood, sailing the ocean blue, and has run in close with several bears (not all at once), but he really just enjoys spending time with people laughing and growing together. Josh can’t wait to continue his rule over the land of forts, having some good laughs with the wonderful campers, acting in a skit or two, and tag teaming with the best counselors this side of the Mississippi.
Hi all, I am Chef Jon and I am the kitchen manager for this summer. I have been working in the kitchen of summer camps all over Colorado for the last 5 years. This will be my third summer at Camp Granite Lake. a few years ago my wife and I had the most amazing wedding at CGL, yes, we got married here! Just over a year ago we welcomed our wonderful son Austin Charles to the world, and he has been the light of our lives ever since. When it isn’t the summer camp season, you can find me in Boulder, CO catering for fraternities on The Hill. In my free time, I enjoy golfing and cheering on Detroit sports teams.
Hello my name is Jim. I was born and raised in Chicago, IL. I worked as a farm hand until I joined the U.S. Navy after high school. In my years serving in the Navy I was a Jet Engine Mechanic, Search and Rescue Helicopter Crewman, Instructor for the A-7 Attack Jet, Aviation Officer Candidate, Navigator, Tactical Coordinator and later Mission Commander for the P-3 Anti-Submarine Aircraft, Maintenance Division Officer of 87 men, Joint Service Airborne Navigation Instructor, Student at Air Command and Staff College (War College), Weapons Officer USS Saratoga and Operations Officer for an operational squadron. After the Navy I got into the mortgage business and opened my own mortgage brokerage. Later, after I retired, I ran my own small business buying, fixing and selling cars, trucks and sail boats.
A few years ago my wife and I decided it sounded like fun to work for a kid’s camp for the summer. We enjoyed working at Camp Granite Lake last year and are looking forward to returning to the mountains this summer.
Hey everyone! My name is Lily Hornberger and I am a current sophomore at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. I’m a Healthcare Management major with a minor in Non-Profit Organizations. This will be my first year as a camp counselor with Camp Granite Lake, but it will be my fourth summer as a camp counselor. During my free time I love to volunteer, hike, cave, paddle board, skateboard, rollerblade, and play soccer. I was raised in Charlotte, NC, so I am super stoked to be living in the mountains for the summer. I can’t wait to meet new campers and make even more summer camp memories!
My name is Gaylon Hynes aka “Miss Gay” ( in our southern tradition). I am a Florida girl and graduated from St. Vincent’s Nursing School in Jacksonville.
As a Navy wife, I have had the privilege to live in many interesting places, including 3+ years in Italy and experience world wide travel opportunities. I love nature..hiking, kayaking and swimming. My husband, Jim, and I spent last summer working in a camp in Maine. I will be taking care of your children in the clinic this summer. I have spent my life with kids–in my nursing career (school nurse, children’s psych., pediatrics and homeless outreach) and in my life as a mom to 4, foster parent, and gramma of 7. The goal of my life has always been to make a positive impact, no matter how small, on those whose lives I touch.
I look forward to comforting and nurturing your children this summer at Granite Lake.
Hello! My name is AJ. I was born and raised in Iowa, and I’m currently a sophomore studying Elementary Education at Iowa State University. When I’m not in class or studying for an upcoming exam, you’ll probably find me coaching soccer, a sport which I have played since I was four years old. My other interests include listening to podcasts, bouldering, attending yoga classes, spending time with friends, hanging in my hammock, and trying new things. I’m incredibly excited to be spending my summer at Camp Granite Lake making new friends and epic memories!
Hi! I’m Kylee Johnson. This is my first year as a counselor at Camp Granite Lake. I’ve been going to camp every year since I was seven. I was a counselor for two years at Shingobee Timbers, a Girl Scout Camp in Minnesota. I attend Minnesota State University Mankato. I’m currently working towards a double major in Communications and Gender and Women Studies. I love camp because there is no place quite like it. I love fort building, kayaking, and wood burning. Hoping to climb a few trees, catch some fireflies, and go backpacking this Summer at camp.
My name is Mary Catherine Kelly. I am from Bartlett, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. I am currently a Sophomore at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. I major in Social Work, and I hope to go to law school and become a public defender. I enjoy running, reading, and listening to stand up comedians. I have previously been a camp counselor in Elgin, IL so I can’t wait to experience beautiful Colorado! I am so excited to meet all the campers and staff!
Hi my name is Ross Kimbirl, I just started school studying Environmental Sciences in Charlotte, NC where I was born and raised. This will be my first year as a camp counselor at Camp Granite Lake and I love working with kids. In my free time I love to take pictures, hike, travel, watch soccer & try new things. I’m really excited to be spending the summer in Colorado while learning & creating lasting memories with awesome people!
Jen Kling: by winter, a philosophy professor at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, by summer, a Village Director at Camp Granite Lake! When not under cover of her philosophical alter-ego, Jen loves introducing campers to different camp activities, running awesome all-camp games, and listening to the great things that campers have to say. She is the Village Director for the Intermediate campers, and also manages the lakefront, due to a short stint as Aquaman’s understudy in her youth (Jen worked for a sailing camp in Indiana for several summers in high school and college). When not creating cool camp teambuilding challenges with the greatest of ease, Jen enjoys hanging out with her daughter Kaylee, age 5, her husband Patrick, and her dog Knight (all of whom are likely superheros, but some of whom are not so disguised). She can’t wait to get back to camp this summer!
Hi My name is Linnie and I am from Indianapolis, IN. I am a sophomore at Belmont university in Nashville, TN where I am majoring in Global Leadership studies with minors I Spanish and Environmental Science. During my free time I like to paint and volunteer at sports leagues for people with disabilities. I also love to go hiking, camping, and rock climbing with my friends. We take lots of weekend trips to the Smokey Mountains during the school year. Im super excited to spend my summer at Camp Granite Lake and visit Colorado for the second time!
Hi, my name is Anthony Levite and I’m currently a sophomore at CU Boulder studying psychology. I moved out here for the mountains and the outdoors and I am so excited for my second summer at Camp Granite Lake. I snowboard, hike, play hockey and have taught ice skating for 4 years and have loved every second and am looking forward to an amazing summer with amazing people!
Hi! My name is Isael López and this is my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I am currently studying accounting at the Benemerita Autonomous University of Puebla. I have many hobbies, but most of all I love playing soccer and talking about anything with my friends. I really enjoy cooking, it is one of my favorite pastimes thanks to my parents teaching me some dishes. Pizza is my favorite food to prepare and eat!
Hi! My name is Brianna Love and I am from Brooklyn, New York. I am a sophomore currently studying Global Cultural Studies at Salisbury University. In my free time, I love to cook, sing, model, travel and explore the outdoors. This will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake and I can’t wait! I look forward to having fun and creating amazing bonds and memories with both campers and Staff!
Hi, my name is Aldo Mateos. I’m from CDMX, Mexico. I’m an engineering student. Currently, I’m in my senior year. I have a lot of hobbies, but If I have to choose some of them I would say hanging out with my friends and traveling. I like to meet new people and learn new things from them. Also, I like so much to walk through calm places such as the sea and forest. I look forward to meeting everyone this summer.
My name is Blake McClain and I am currently a student at University of Colorado Boulder! As a Colorado native, I love spending time with friends and family in the outdoors. From backpacking, rafting, and trail running to tossing a disc, stargazing, or watching the sunset, I continue to find passions in all aspects of nature. I cannot wait to spend my summer building genuine connections with people in the beautiful outdoors!
Hey, my name is Emma Meendering! I grew up moving around between Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Alabama. I am currently a senior at Auburn University majoring in Exercise Science. In my free time, I love to travel, workout, hangout with my friends, and go to the beach. I grew up going to summer camps, and I am super excited to spend this summer at Camp Granite Lake!
Hi everyone, my name is Joe I’m a junior at Southeast MO State university with a major in business administration and this will be my first year at Lake Granite. In my free time I love to play guitar, rock climb, hike, camp, read and play chess. I was born and raised in Springfield IL so I am very excited to spend some time in the mountains this summer. Growing up summer camps were always the highlights of my summers and I can’t wait to create that experience for the next kid.
Hey everyone! My name is Evan and this will be my first summer at Camp Granite Lake. I grew up in Springfield, Illinois and I am a sophomore at WashU in St. Louis majoring in computer science. When I’m not puzzling through labs and studios you’ll probably find me playing guitar, skateboarding, reading, or killing time outdoors. Camps were always a highlight of my summers as a kid, and I can’t wait to come help recreate those experiences for others in Colorado!
Hey there! My name’s Joey and I’m so excited to be coming back to camp for my second year in a row! I’m a rising senior at Duquesne University and am very passionate about my studies in nursing. In addition to being a cabin counselor, I will be assisting Nurse Gay as she cares for campers in the nursing station this summer. When I have breaks from school, you can find me at my local climbing gym, on the trails for a run/hike, or buried deep in my room with my nose in a good book. Last summer’s experiences at camp helped shape me into who I am today and it brings me great joy to know I have incredible memories to come with campers and co-counselors this summer! See you soon.
Hello! My name is Lauren. I am a Public Health and Spanish double major at the College of Charleston. In my free time, I love to practice and teach yoga, surf, hike, run, hang out at the beach, and do all things outdoors! I am so excited to spend my first summer at Camp Granite Lake doing all my favorite activities with awesome people!
Hey! Im Marlix Nino. I was born in Puebla, a city in Mexico and I’ve lived my whole life there with my parents and a younger sister. Nowadays I’m studying industrial engineering . I spend my free time doing activities like practicing folckloric dance and playing the piano. I also love nature, taking care of animals, playing sports like basketball and reading. I like languages ant traveling. I’m looking forward for one of the best experiences doing what I love and being part of Camp Granite Lake.
Hey! I’m a student at Eastern Florida State College pursuing a degree in education. I currently live in Melbourne, Florida and grew up in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. I have participated in boy scouts and other types of camps since I was 7 years old. I was a zipline guide on a conservation for the last 2 years and worked as a camp counselor last summer. I have been a lifeguard and played lots of sports, I like all outdoor activities and learning new things. This is my second year with Camp Granite Lake and I am very excited to get to meet everyone and have an awesome summer!
Hi, my name is Omar. I’m a culinary student from Mexico, this is my second year at Camp Granite Lake. I am a very passionate cook always willing to do more for the people. I’m also hobbyist photographer and coaster enthusiast. I can’t wait for the great memories at CGL!
Hi! My name is Seun Odubade and I am from London, England. I am currently about to finish my last year of university at the university of Kent where I study Media studies which incorporates a lot of my other hobbies as well such as photography and videography. I am super excited to return to Camp Granite this year for another amazing summer in the Colorado Mountains!
My name is Alissa and I’m from Gainesville, FL. I’m currently living in North Carolina studying Psychology as a junior at Wake Forest University. I love being outdoors, whether it be going on a run, playing literally any sport, or just reading a book. I can’t wait to get back out to Colorado and have another great summer at CGL!
Hi! My name is Dario Padilla, I’m from Puebla Mexico, I’m 22 years old and I’m studying graphic design in BUAP. I like to do exercise, run, do outdoor activities, play the guitar, and draw. This will be my first time at Camp Granite Lake and I’m really exited to be part of the team. I’ve always dreamed of working at camp and I’m looking forward to be part of this awesome camp!
Hey! My name is Addison Paton and I am from Olive Branch, Mississippi. I am a freshman in college, my major is elementary education. After I graduate I plan on being a special needs teacher. I love to sing and write songs in my free time. I love anything to do with music and art. I love cats and volunteering at the animal shelter. I grew up spending weeks at a camp in Mississippi, and this is my first summer being a counselor at CGL. I am so so excited!
I am a Grandfather, dog nut and semi-retired sportswriter who loves Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, running, hiking, birdwatching and rooting for Mike Trout. I am excited to be returning to help out in the kitchen for Sessions 1 and 3 this summer!
Tom has been working summers at Camp Granite Lake since 2011, and has been a part of the year-round team, first as Program Director, and now as Assistant Director since 2013. During the summer, you’ll frequently see Tom with a guitar in his hand leading one of his favorite camp songs, like ‘Sloopy’ or ‘Heart of Gold’. During the off season, Tom works with prospective and enrolled families, giving them tours of camp and visiting them for slideshows, as well as interviewing and hiring staff.
Tom and his wife, Jordan live in Denver, CO during the off season with their kids, Arlo and Eleanor, and dogs, Gehrig and Levon. He enjoys playing guitar, digging through record shops, rooting for the Broncos, and running in his free time.
Hello, my name is Sam and I am currently studying Industrial Engineering at Instituto Tecnologico de Puebla in Mexico. I like to go hiking, fishing, playing sports outside and I love nature. I am looking forward to summer because this is my second year at CGL. I am so excited to make new friends and visit Colorado. Without doubt this is going to be an unforgettable memory!
Hi, my name is Ember Schuermann and I am currently studying at Arizona State University. I am pursuing a degree in Theatre Design & Production with a discipline in Costume Design and a minor in Fashion Studies. I am very passionate about the outdoors and have a love for all things camping. I am very excited for my first summer at Camp Granite Lake and can’t wait to make memories to last a lifetime!
My name is Molly Simmons and I am currently a junior at the University of Georgia pursuing a degree in Public Relations! I’ve lived all over the South- Atlanta, Birmingham, Athens, and Topsail Island. When I’m not at school, you can find me kayaking, hiking, or reading a good book. I can’t wait to get back out to Colorado and have a great summer with the campers at Camp Granite Lake!
My name is Chris Sturiale and this is my second summer at Camp Granite Lake! I’m originally from Baltimore and just graduated from Clark University in Massachusetts where I studied geography and economics. I love hiking, playing frisbee, playing basketball, and rock climbing! Beyond that I spend my time beekeeping, going to concerts and playing dungeons and dragons with my friends. I can’t wait to make all sorts of new memories and friends this summer at Camp Granite Lake!
Hello! My name is Tyler White. I am a junior at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Child Development and Family Studies with a minor in Mental Health Services. I was born in Lebanon, Tennessee, and have lived there my whole life. Caring for people has always been a passion of mine. I’ve worked as caretaker for people with intellectual disabilities and lead my own Sunday school class every week, so I’m stoked to spend a whole summer with kids! This will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake and I’m really looking forward to a summer of being unplugged and outdoors.
Hey everyone! My name is Eric and I’m from a small town called Eaton, Ohio. I’m currently a junior at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio studying communication. In my free time, I love reading, journaling, hammocking, and pretty much anything to do with the outdoors. I absolutely love to travel and go on adventures. This is my first summer at Camp Granite Lake, so I am very excited to create new experiences this summer!
Krista has been working in summer camp since she was seventeen years old. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in Recreation Management. She has held many roles at camp including Pilates Instructor, Barn Director, Adventure Staff, Registrar, Program Manager and more. She loves singing songs, putting on costumes, and using her imagination. She recently moved to Arvada, Colorado with her husband Phil, whom she met at camp, and her dog Miles. She is looking forward to sharing her favorite songs and games with Camp Granite Lake campers this summer.
Hey everyone! My name is Baleigh, and this will be my fourth summer at camp. In my first three summers, I was a counselor in the intermediate and senior villages. I graduated from Texas State University with a degree in elementary education in December of 2016. I currently live in San Marcos, TX and love floating the river, spending time with my family, reading good books, and writing in my journal. During the school year, I teach 4th grade and work as a behavior specialist in Luling, TX with some amazing kids! Camp is a place that I love because of the people. I’m so excited to see old faces again and meet all of the campers. This summer is going to be amazing!
Abbie became part of the Camp Granite Lake team in 2017, as a cabin counselor, and has since transitioned into a year-round position working with both CGL and Camp Labs. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and German from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in May, 2017. Having recently moved to Louisville, Colorado, Abbie is excited to get a break from the Minnesota winters she grew-up with! In her free time, Abbie loves playing board games, being outside and creating music with others.