Camp Daggett Year-Round Staff

Andy Hayes

Executive Director

Andy retired as President of the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance in 2020 and joined Camp Daggett as Executive Director on June 1, 2021. Throughout his career Andy served for 10 years with scout councils in West Virginia, Florida and Alabama. He moved back to Petoskey in 1987 to become the executive director for the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, and eventually became the president of the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, a position he held for 15 years before retiring. He attributes his love for camp from his years with the scout councils. Andy stated, “I have officially ‘flunked’ retirement. I am both excited and humbled to be part of such a great organization with a super staff and board of trustees. I have truly loved everything I’ve done throughout my career, and I’m equally excited about this move too.”

Scott Lakin

Programs Director

Scott brings extensive experience in youth development and summer camp programming to the year-round Camp Daggett team. Scott grew up in scouting, was a counselor and director at a YMCA camp throughout college, and most recently worked as a year-round camp professional for 5 years in Newaygo, Michigan. He has also worked in afterschool programs and supported 4-H youth mentoring programs across the state. Scott has a Masters in Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy with a focus on youth participatory design, community development, and creative problem solving. At Camp Daggett, Scott leads our year-round camp programming and acts as Camp Director for summer camp. Hailing from Metro Detroit, Scott and his beagle-lab mix Lola are loving Northern Michigan life. 

Laurie McMurray

Adventure Education Co-Director

Sometime in the early 2000’s Laurie participated in a three-day training to learn Camp Daggett Adventure Center’s Low and High Ropes Program and has worked part-time at the Adventure Center for 19 years. Laurie graduated from Alma College with a degree in Elementary Education and received her Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University in Special Education. Laurie is married to Mark and has three adult children and two grandchildren. She has instructed skiing for over 18 years at Boyne Highlands and is also a member of the National Ski Patrol, specifically involved with teaching Outdoor Emergency Care. Beekeeping is a newer found hobby and she is the co-president of the Little Traverse Bay Beekeepers Guild. Chances are you will find her somewhere with her family, outdoors and in a teaching role!

Mary Ling

Adventure Education Co-Director

Mary joined the Camp Daggett Adventure Center team in 2000. Her love for the outdoors and camp life started early – she was the Waterfront Director of a summer camp outside of Detroit in her early 20’s. Mary is passionate about incorporating Camp’s “Full Value Agreement” into the lives of the participants who attend Camp Daggett and experience the Adventure Center. Mary is also passionate about volunteering – she serves on the school board of the Public Schools of Petoskey as well as the Petoskey Education Foundation. When she’s not at camp or volunteering, she is usually outside having fun with her family or friends!

Julie Guirey


Julie first joined Camp Daggett as a summer camp area director in the early 1980’s, and has worked at Camp in a variety of roles since 1993 – alongside her husband John who was the Summer Camp Director from 1993-2019. Julie has a BFA degree from MSU, and an art teaching degree from Wayne State University. Since 2008 she has worked as an Administrative Assistant – managing summer camp registration, the budget, purchasing supplies, and assisting with lodge rentals. Julie states, “Camp Daggett is such a beautiful place and a wonderful organization. I feel very fortunate to have met and worked with so many wonderful people over the years”.

Grace Ketchum

Development Director

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, first as a volunteer and as the Development Director for the past 12 years. Grace’s career in government and with non-profits has been focused on advocacy for children and youth. Her past work history includes working as an executive director of several non-profits as well as policy development on the state level. It is exciting to be at Camp Daggett where she has the opportunity to work on behalf of an organization that she passionately believes in.

Ed Leverenz

Facilities Director & Office Manager

Ed first set foot at Camp in 1975 and has worked at camp over the years – including as a Camp Counselor. Ed hails from the Chicago South Suburbs and attended Northern Illinois University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Computer Science plus a Masters Degree in Computer Science. In addition, he has passed the Certified Public Accounting exam. Ed originally worked as a computer consultant for a variety of companies and even operated his own Shell Service Station. Ed’s 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.

Alena Engstrom

Program Support

Alena moved to Northern Michigan from Texas to enjoy the abundance of forests and fresh water after nearly eight years working as a Youth Librarian in Texas as well as an Outdoor Educator for the Houston Independent School District. She attended Valparaiso University and the University of Arizona where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Information Science respectively. Alena enjoys connecting her experience with marketing, programming, outreach, and education with her passion for connecting people of all ages to the great outdoors at Camp Daggett.

Camp Daggett Board of Directors

Becca Nelson, Petoskey Noon Kiwanis (President)

Nik McLane, Community Member (Vice President)

Grant Martinchek, Community Member (Treasurer)

Ross McLane, Secretary

Margaret Bowers, Community Member

Rick Gross, Community Member

David Meyer, Community Member

Garrett Urman, Community Member

Josephine Roberts, Community Member

Mark Tarquini,Community Member, Alumni

Jeremy Wills, Little Traverse Bay Kiwanis

Emeritus Members

Bob D’Alcorn, Charlevoix

John DiMartino, Boyne City

Jerry Donnelly, Petoskey

Bob Esford, Petoskey

Mike Farrimond, Petoskey

John Hess, Charlevoix

Pat McFall, Petoskey

Jock Rader, Boyne City

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