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.
Hey there! My name is Kelly, and I’m from Vienna, Virginia. Currently, I’m getting ready to graduate from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) with a degree in Human Development. When I’m not in class, I can often be found rehearsing with my school’s theatre department or taking advantage of living right next to the Blue Ridge Mountains. My favorite activities are singing off-key, dancing badly, running slowly, and having as much fun as possible. I look forward to spending my summer at Camp Granite Lake and meeting all of the amazing staff and campers.
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.
Hi! My name is Jordan Chamberlain and I am currently a freshman at the University of Colorado Boulder majoring in elementary education. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing stories, spending time with my family and friends, listening to music, and watching TV shows and movies. The outdoors is somewhere I spent a lot of time growing up, during my annual backpacking trips with my dad, playing games with my younger brother, and car-camping with my family. I spent a year at CGL as a camper and the subsequent year as a counselor-in-training (CIT), and I am so excited to continue my camp journey as a counselor! Can’t wait for this summer and all the memories we’ll make!
My name is Nina Dillon and I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am a student at Penn State University studying Psychology. In my free time I love to cook, read, and play outside. I am so excited to spend my summer as a counselor 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 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!
My name is Maggie Grishow and I am from a super small town called Rosendale, Missouri. I am currently a sophomore at Northwest Missouri State University where I am double majoring in Special Education and Elementary Education. When I’m not in class, I enjoy spending time with my sorority sisters, listening to music, reading a good book, and soaking up all that nature has to offer! I love spending time outdoors and helping kids, which is why I am over the moon to be spending my summer at Camp Granite Lake!
Hello! My name is Jenn and I am 21 years old and am from Detroit, Michigan! I will be attending University of Michigan- Dearborn in the fall and am majoring in Secondary Education. In my free time I love to read, kayak, hike, camp, and pretty much spend all of my time outside! I have spent almost every summer as far back as I can remember singing songs and doing silly skits with my friends at summer camp and I am so excited to spend another one and make so many memories with all of you!
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!
Barry became part of the Camp Granite Lake family in 2016. He is excited to return as the Senior Village Director for his 4th year at camp. In 2020 Barry relocated to California from Portland, Oregon, and began pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. Barry enjoys making art, out of tune singing, and sparkling water. He is excited to return to the Rocky Mountains for another great summer at Camp Granite Lake and can’t wait to see you all soon.
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 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!
My name is Sophia Maring and I’m currently a freshman at Southern Illinois University studying Forestry and Spanish. I spend my free time cycling, crocheting, and baking pies. I enjoy hiking and camping and I’ve been to around 20 states camping with my family. This will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake and I am so excited to meet everyone and make awesome summer memories.
My name is Juan Martinez. I’m from Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico. I’m 23 years old. I studied a BA in Language Teaching. When I’m not working, I like to go biking around my town. I also love swimming, traveling, taking pictures, meeting new people and learning new cultures. That’s why I love working with children, because they are a world to explore. I have worked previous years at camps, but this time I am more excited than ever because I will be a Camp Counselor at CGL.
Hi everyone! My name is Francisco Merino. I am 22 years old and am from Puebla Mexico! I am studying my first year of a Master’s Degree in International Business. During my free time, I like to walk in the mountains or just be outdoors. I also love music! Another big passion I have is traveling, it gives me the chance to learn new things, meet new people, know new places and the culture. Traveling makes me feel like I share with other people a little part of the Mexican culture.This will be my first year at Camp Granite Lake and I can’t wait for an amazing summer with the campers creating great memories for everyone.
Hi, my name is Amelia Newman, I am from Denver, CO. Currently, studying Biological Anthropology at CSU in Fort Collins. I love hiking with my dog Pippa, painting and making collages. I am a board game enthusiast and I am very excited to spend my summer at Camp Granite Lake.
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! 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!
My name is Aydan Peterson and I am from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I am currently a freshman at the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota. I plan on majoring in Biology or Environmental Science. When I’m not in class I enjoy running, swimming, and hiking. In the summer months I enjoy sailing on Lake Michigan with my friends. I also love trying new things and that is why I am so excited to be spending my summer at Camp Granite Lake.
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.
Howdy, I’m Sara! I’m from Fruita, Colorado, and I’m currently a second-year student at Colorado State University studying Journalism & Media Communication with a minor in Global Studies. Outside of school, I love photography, baking, and anything in nature! Growing up in Colorado, I spent a lot of time camping, hiking, and trying out all sorts of different activities outside, and I can’t wait to share these passions with campers, fellow counselors, and the entire staff at CGL!
Isabel is thrilled to return to Camp Granite Lake this year in a new role, as the Junior Village Director! Since her last summer at CGL in 2018, she has graduated from University-Wisconsin Eau Claire with a degree in Elementary Education and now teaches 2nd Grade. She currently resides in Madison, WI with her cat Larry. When not at camp, you can find her running, hiking, climbing, knitting, or playing cribbage. She is more than excited to have yet another wonderful summer with the campers and staff at CGL.
Hello, my name is Sam Stuckey and I am from Delafield, Wisconsin. I am currently a sophomore attending University of Wisconsin studying Marketing and Digital Studies. In my free time I love listening to some good tunes and spending time with friends. I played tennis all throughout high school, but look forward to any chance I get to get outside and be active. This is my first time attending camp, and as a Midwesterner, I am looking forward to spending a summer in the mountains with all the campers and staff!
My name is Emma Turk and I’m from Carbondale, IL! I’m currently studying Natural Resources and Environmental Science at Purdue University. Growing up, I loved the outdoors and spending summers at camp. I enjoy hiking, stargazing, and listening to music in my free time. I’m looking forward to spending my summer at Camp Granite Lake and making lots of new memories!
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.