Camp Daggett Staff
Brent Marlatt, Executive Director
Brent was raised in the buzzing metropolis of Atlanta… Michigan, that is! He spent his college days in “da” U.P. at Lake Superior State University where in 4 ½ years he earned degrees in Parks & Recreation Management, Natural Resources Technology, and Water Quality Technology. Since entering the workforce, Brent has dedicated just over 19 years of his life in the human services field catering to the needs of special populations through team building programs in wilderness and recreational settings. For 7 years, Brent had the honor of working at Camp Daggett as the Adventure Education Director. Brent focused on planting seeds for change and honing a myriad of teamwork skills to help enhance team productivity and togetherness. In December of 2007, Brent accepted the position as Executive Director of operations at Camp Daggett where he strives to help make the difference in our communities.
John Guirey, Summer Camp Director
John has been the Summer Camp Director since 1992. Like directors before him, John is an educator, teaching art at Charlevoix High School. Working at Daggett while in college inspired John to pursue his teaching degree, and since then, he has earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration.
Julie Guirey, Summer Camp Registrar and part of the Administrative Assistant Team
Both John and his wife Julie are connected to Camp Daggett from having worked as counselors and area directors in the early 80’s and 90’s. Julie Guirey manages camper registration throughout the year, and in the summer, she handles the purchasing of supplies, the budget, and the operation of the Camp Store.
Charity Patten, Assistant Summer Camp Director
Charity has been involved with camp since she was eight years old, her first summer as a camper. Charity has also devoted her life to working with children, first as a summer staff member throughout the years and now as a kindergarten teacher in the East Jordan school district.
Karen Marietti, Adventure Center Director
Karen joined the Camp Daggett family in 2004. As an avid outdoor enthusiast and traveler, Karen can often be found hiking the trails, kayaking the pristine waterways of Michigan or off on an exciting adventure somewhere around the world. Her infectious laugh and smile make her a welcoming presence to all who visit Camp Daggett and the Adventure Center.
Drew Baar, Assistant Adventure Center Director
Drew joined the Camp Daggett family in 2008. His enthusiasm for the outdoors and adventurous situations, as well as his experience working with groups across multiple populations, is a compliment to the experiential programs offered through the Camp Daggett Adventure Center. When he is not sharing his passion for experiential education, Drew enjoys playing music with others, and spending time with family and friends in this great Northern Michigan community.
Edward Leverenz, Facilities and Office Manager and Maintenance Director
Ed has been our Facility Manager since 2003, but he has a long history with Camp Daggett. Ed first set foot at Camp Daggett on the shore of beautiful Walloon Lake in 1975 and has helped at camp over the years including a position as a summer camp counselor. Ed hails from the Chicago South Suburbs. He attended Northern Illinois University where he earned a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Accounting and Computer Science plus a Masters Degree in Computer Science. In addition, he has passed the Certified Public Accounting exam. Ed originally started working as a computer consultant for a variety of companies including Argonne National Laboratory and the Annual Chicago Marathon Race. Before coming to Camp Daggett, he operated his own Shell Service Station for 13 years. Ed’s interests and hobbies include scuba diving, snowmobiling, travel, maple syrup production, and running. He has run the Chicago Marathon four times and has always finished in the top third. In 1995, Ed was instrumental in starting Camp Quality Illinois, serving as its first director. This one week camp for children suffering from cancer is still going strong some 15 years later. For several years he has also served as the Office Manager and just took on the responsibilities of Maintenance Director.
Grace Ketchum, Development Director and part of the Administrative Assistant Team
Grace has a BA from Central Michigan University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has been involved with Camp Daggett for over 30 years as a volunteer due to her husband’s commitment to Camp Daggett which evolved from his being a camper as a child and later an active board member and volunteer. Grace’s career in government and with non-profits has been focused on advocacy for children and youth. She has worked in various positions in both Michigan and Indiana including as executive director of several non-profits in Indiana. Finding resources to operate these programs was part of her responsibilities; she is excited to be at Camp Daggett where she has the opportunity to work on behalf of an organization that she passionately believes in.
Camp Daggett Board of Directors
Bob Bokram, Harbor Springs Kiwanis Margaret Bowers, Community Member
Scott Byrd, Community Member
Susan Capaldi, Community Member (Secretary)
Corbin Donaldson, Community Member
Ben Doornbos, Community Member
Bob Esford, Petoskey Kiwanis (Vice President)
Jerry Hepner, East Jordan Rotary (Treasurer)
Karie Jeisel, Community Member
David Snyder, Little Traverse Kiwanis
Mark Tarquini, Petoskey Area Jaycees
Justin Weisler, Boyne Valley Lions (President)
Emeritus Board Members
Shirley Butcher, East Jordan Bob D’Alcorn, Charlevoix
John DiMartino, Boyne City
Jerry Donnelly, Petoskey
Mike Farrimond, Petoskey
John Hess, Charlevoix
Pat McFall, Petoskey
Jock Rader, Boyne City