Staff

These are the professionals who work year round to make the magic of camp happen! Click on the names below for the opportunity to meet our staff. Feel free to contact anyone of them with any questions you may have!

(513)932-3756

E-mail Me

Extension:
1512

Favorite Food:
Mexican

Favorite Color:
Black & White Stripes

Favorite Vacation Spot:
The Homeland (England!)

Favorite Movie:
Shawshank Redemption

About Me:

My Kern Story begins back in 2005 when, as a fresh faced 20 year old, I crossed the pond from England to be a summer camp counselor here at Camp Kern. After a little bit of a culture shock (singing Da Moose around a campfire wasn’t something I had experienced before!), I quickly fell in love with the kids, the camp and the staff and began to realize the impact a week at camp can have on a child. After graduating college the next summer I returned for, what I thought, was my last summer at Kern, but having realized that camp was a year round operation, I decided to come back for an 18 month internship. That was in 2007, and I’ve basically never left! I’ve been lucky enough to work my way through numerous positions: Outdoor Educator, Assistant Summer Director, L&C Facilitator, Ozone Zipline Director and Senior Program Director.

I feel very fortunate to be in my current position and my goal is to bring camp, in all its forms, to as many kids, families and groups as possible in the coming years.

I look forward to seeing you soon and please don’t hesitate to contact me for any reason.

When I'm not at Camp Kern, I'm doing:

Playing football (soccer) and trying to find things I’ve never done before

My Words to Live By:

Never lower your expectations – aim for the moon and if you miss you will still land among the stars.

(513)932-3756

E-mail Me

Extension:
1531

Favorite Food:
Lasagna

Favorite Color:
Green

Favorite Place at Camp:
Indoor Climbing Barn

Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mountains

Favorite Movie:
Star Wars

About Me:

I spent years traveling the country working in different career fields trying to find my own unique way to impact others and better the world around me before discovering Camp Kern. I’ve found my passion showing others how to better understand the world around them by learning to work with horses. I started at Kern in 2012, and I’ve been hooked ever since! 

When I'm not at Camp Kern, I'm doing:

Playing pokemon

My Words to Live By:

‘Wake up each day and remind yourself of the adventure that awaits' 

Wake up each day and remind yourself of the adventure that awaits

(513)932-3756

E-mail Me

Extension:
1511

Favorite Food:
Boiled Crawfish

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue

Favorite Vacation Spot:
New Orleans

Favorite Movie:
Patton

About Me:

Areas of Supervision: All 480 acres of YMCA Camp Kern and the 100+ buildings’ care and upkeep. Direct supervision over the maintenance staff and all general maintenance and in-house construction projects.

Where you can find him at camp: At the next camp project!

When I'm not at Camp Kern, I'm doing:

Usually at one of my kids sports events.

My Words to Live By:

"Unless a man is master of his soul, all other kinds of mastery amount to little." - Theodore Rosevelt

(513)932-3756

E-mail Me

Extension:
1530

Favorite Food:
Potatoes in all forms

Favorite Color:
Turquoise

Favorite Place at Camp:
Top of Pete's Tower

Favorite Vacation Spot:
Maho Bay

Favorite Movie:
Moonrise Kingdom

About Me:

Started from Frontier now I’m here! I’ve seen Kern as a camper, summer counselor, and now as Teen and Family Director. After a few years away to finish my degree in Architecture, I am absolutely thrilled to be back!

When I'm not at Camp Kern, I'm doing:

Trying to fill some pages of my sketchbook

My Words to Live By:

“Do small things with great love” -Mother Teresa-

(513)932-3756

E-mail Me

Extension:
1513

Favorite Food:
Salmon

Favorite Color:
Pink!

Favorite Vacation Spot:
The Beach

Favorite Movie:
Grease

About Me:

I have been at Camp Kern since April 2000. I met my husband thru a co-worker and combined we have 4 amazing boys, 4 beautiful daughters in law and 2 adorable granddaughters. My husband and I were married at Camp Kern in October 2014. Camp Kern holds a special place in my heart for so many reasons.  In the years I’ve been here I have met the most amazing people. When I talk about this place I just bubble with excitement. We have the best staff, campers and parents.  

 I feel very blessed to be part of the Camp Kern Family.

When I'm not at Camp Kern, I'm doing:

Playing with our fur babies

My Words to Live By:

"Be the reason someone smiles today."

(513)932-3756

E-mail Me

Extension:
1530

Favorite Food:
Pasta

Favorite Color:
Purple

Favorite Place at Camp:
The 'Tree Tunnel' on the driveway into Kern

Favorite Vacation Spot:
Europe

Favorite Movie:
Up

About Me:

Melissa brings a wealth of camp experience from within the Y and beyond, has a broad knowledge base of all things youth development and is incredibly passionate about delivering meaningful programs to our campers. We can't wait for all our campers and staff to meet Melissa and giver her a big Camp Kern welcome!

When I'm not at Camp Kern, I'm doing:

Spending time with my wonderful husband and dog!

My Words to Live By:

“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling

 

(513)932-3756

E-mail Me

Extension:
1527

Favorite Food:
Pistachios

Favorite Color:
Plaid

Favorite Place at Camp:
Snake Island

Favorite Vacation Spot:
Lapland

Favorite Movie:
The Big Sleep

About Me:

Dave Moran has been overstaying his welcome at YMCA Kern since the early 90’s. Drifting from seasonal into fulltime work he has been a lifeguard, naturalist, river monitoring coordinator, pool manager, sailing instructor, and is now the Outdoor Education Director. Dave and his family live in nearby Lebanon. In addition to camp and family life, Dave enjoys fishing and paddling on the Little Miami River whenever he gets the chance.

When I'm not at Camp Kern, I'm doing:

bird watching, sailing, canoeing, hiking

My Words to Live By:

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog is too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

(513)932-3756

E-mail Me

Extension:
1529

Favorite Food:
Chipotle

Favorite Color:
Blue

Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mississippi Gulf Coast

Favorite Movie:
Boyhood

About Me:

I began my journey with the Y in 2008 at Countryside YMCA in Teen Programs, and started at Camp Kern in March 2010 as an Ozone Zipline tour guide. Since then I have worked in our Environmental Education Department and Group Rentals Department before becoming the Group Rentals & Team Building Director in 2015, taking on oversight of Ozone Zipline Adventures in 2020.  I enjoy providing opportunities for any and all groups regardless, giving them the chance to experience the impact of camp, whether for a few hours or a whole week.  Please let me know if you would like to bring your group or organization out to experience everything YMCA Camp Kern has to offer.

When I'm not at Camp Kern, I'm doing:

Biking, Hiking, or Watching a Movie with Family and Friends

My Words to Live By:

“Before others can look to you, you must look at yourself”