Camp Daggett Staff
Andy Hayes, Executive Director The Board of Trustees of Camp Daggett is delighted to announce that Andy Hayes has accepted the position of Executive Director for Camp Daggett effective June 1, 2021. Hayes, who recently retired as president of the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance, replaces Brent Marlatt, who served in this position for 12 years. 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. Becca Nelson, Board President, Camp Daggett, states, “While his expertise in business structuring, fundraising and economic development are areas of technical expertise that Andy will bring to this role, his passion and experiences with scouting make him a really good fit for Camp.” Andy stated, “I have officially ‘flunked’ retirement. I am both excited and humbled to join such a great organization with a super staff and board of directors. I have truly loved everything I’ve done throughout my career, and I’m equally excited about this move too.”
Summer Camp Directors Summer Camp this year is being directed by a team of great staff that love Camp Daggett. Karen Marietti along with Charity and Brian Patten are leading the charge to assure a safe and fun experience for all of our campers in 2021.
Julie Guirey, Summer Camp Registrar and part of the Administrative Assistant Team
Julie is connected to Camp Daggett from having worked as counselor and area director 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.
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 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, 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.
Camp Daggett Board of Directors
Margaret Bowers, Community Member
Corbin Donaldson, Community Member (Secretary)
Ben Doornbos, Community Member Rick Gross, Community Member
Grant Martinchek, Community Member (Treasurer)
Nik McLane, Community Member (Vice President) Ross McLane, Community Member Becca Nelson, Petoskey Noon Kiwanis (President)
Josephine Roberts, Community Member
Mark Tarquini, Community Member, Alumni
Jeremy Wills, Little Traverse Bay Kiwanis
Emeritus Board 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