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The KECamps Family

Ashley Schmitz

Owner

Dan Schmitz

Owner

Ashley & Dan

Ashley and Dan became the owners of KECamps in 2010 and since then, have grown the company to operate over 85 country club day camps nationwide. Camp has been a lifelong passion for both Ashley and Dan so it is only fitting that it is what brought them together. They met at the Tri-State Camp Conference and have been “camping” together ever since. A true camper at heart, Ashley began attending summer camp at the age of three. She later worked her way through the ranks at her childhood resident camp, progressing from Camper to Counselor to Group Leader to Assistant Head Counselor. Ashley received her B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University. After spending a year as a Director at a NYC Education Center, Ashley decided it was time to bring camp into her everyday life and thus, pursued a full-time position as the Director of Communications and Projects at a premier all-girls resident camp in New Hampshire. After three wonderful years there, she moved on to her current passion, KECamps. In addition to running KECamps, Ashley serves as a volunteer for the American Camp Association as a Standards Visitor and Tri-State Program Committee Member. Dan, a die-hard Minnesota Vikings fan, received his B.S. in Health and Physical Education from St. Cloud State University and went on to spend many years working with children in both school and summer camp settings. Dan worked as a teacher and athletic director at several public and private schools throughout the country. He also spent 10 years at summer camp where he held a variety of positions including Tennis Specialist, Soccer Director, Teenage Head Counselor and Group Leader. Prior to taking over KECamps, Dan worked as the full-time Assistant Director at a premier coed sleep-away camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. As the Owners and Operators of KECamps, Ashley and Dan work year-round on building relationships with our clubs and planning for the most creative, fun and safe summer programming possible. They oversee our Leadership Team of 85-plus Camp Directors and handle all of the day-to-day behind the scenes aspects of operating camps. Ashley and Dan are proud parents to their son, Bradley, twin daughters, Natalie and Scarlett, and their dog, Bruno. Outside of camp, they can be found out on the golf course and tennis court, listening to Bruce Springsteen and exploring the Princeton area. Ashley and Dan have made it their mission to infuse traditional camp spirit into the country club camp atmosphere and look forward to passing on their love of camp to your family.

Hayley Zweig

Operations & Marketing Director

Hayley

Hayley joined the KECamps team in 2011. After graduating with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Hayley spent several years working in the corporate event planning industry in New York City. A lifelong camper and counselor herself, Hayley was thrilled with the opportunity to join KECamps and to put her organizational and creative skills to use while focusing on her love of camp. As Operations and Marketing Director, Hayley works closely with our country clubs throughout the year on the planning and execution of camp logistics, programming and marketing. She is also strongly involved in staff hiring and communications. Hayley, along with her husband, Ami (also a lifelong camp person!), live in New York City with their son, Everett, and their dog, Freddy. When she’s not planning for camp, Hayley can be found pursuing her favorite hobbies of cooking, interior design, and exercise, as well as spending time in her favorite neighborhood parks.

Madeline Patterson

Director of Communications

Madeline

Madeline joined the full-time team in 2013 but has been a part of the KECamps family since 2008, when she worked as a camp director at one of our New York locations. After graduating with her Masters in Educational Technology from The College of Saint Rose and a B.S. in General and Special Education from Houghton College, Madeline spent four years as an elementary school teacher and then moved on to become the Executive Director of a community center. Outside of camp and the classroom, Madeline played JV Women’s Basketball at Houghton College and coached 8th Grade Girls Basketball for two years. As Director of Communications, Madeline works closely with our camp families before and during the summer, assisting them with questions, concerns, registration and paperwork. She is also involved in staff hiring, First Aid and CPR Training, and a variety of other camp projects. In her free time, Madeline enjoys spending time with her husband, twin children, Thomas and Claire, and her dachsund, Layla, as well as working out, thrift store shopping and trying new recipes. She is also an Adirondack 46er (she climbed all 46 peaks over 4,000 feet in the Adirondack Mountains over the course of two years!) and has previously held a volunteer position at the Glen Falls Saratoga Chapter of the ADK.

Laura Andersen

Director of Staff Communications

Laura

After completing a summer as one of our New Jersey camp directors, Laura joined the full-time team in 2014. Prior to working at camp, Laura spent nine years as a Pre-K teacher and has a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Montclair State University. With Laura’s recreation and child-focused background, transitioning into the camp world was a perfect fit. As Director of Staff Communications, Laura is involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations including staff hiring and communications, state licensing, customer service, and a variety of administrative tasks. Outside of camp, Laura has her family to keep her busy.  With her husband Brett, they have two daughters, Christa and Jules and two doggies, Chloe and Jack.  When she’s not visiting her daughter in college or carpooling her teenager around, you can find her in the kitchen baking up all sorts of yummy treats, one of her favorite hobbies.

Dylan Morris

Director of Staffing

Dylan

Dylan is a proud new member of the KECamps full-time team! He started as a counselor in 2013 and had the privilege of being a Camp Director for the next three summers at KE camps in Wyoming and New York. After graduating with a BA in Theater from James Madison University, Dylan moved to Los Angeles where he switched gears and became an Elementary School PE Teacher at a private school. Since then he has worked in schools in Wyoming, Virginia and Pennsylvania, coaching high school football as well. As Director of Staffing, Dylan manages our hiring process, including recruitment, screening and interviews.  He enjoys trout fishing when he is back in his home state of Virginia, hiking, sports of all sorts and cooking awesome dishes with his girlfriend Anna. He hopes to be a motivator and inspiration to all at KECamps!