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The KE Camps Family

Ashley Schmitz

Owner and Director of Operations

Dan Schmitz

Owner and Director of Club Partnerships

Ashley & Dan

Ashley and Dan became the owners of KE Camps in 2010 and since then, have grown the company to operate over 130 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, KE Camps. In addition to running KE Camps, 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 KE Camps, Dan worked as the full-time Assistant Director at a premier coed sleep-away camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. 

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 the Leadership Team of Camp Directors and handle all of the day-to-day behind the scenes aspects of operating camps.  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.

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.

Hayley Zweig

Director of Club Relations and Graphics Team Leader

Hayley

As Director of Club Relations and Graphics Team Leader, Hayley works closely with our country clubs throughout the year on the planning and execution of camp logistics, programming and marketing.  After spending several years working in the corporate event planning industry in New York City, Hayley - a lifelong camper and counselor herself - was thrilled to join the KE Camps team in 2011.

Hayley, along with her husband, Ami, enjoy spending time exploring the Princeton area with their sons, Everett and Ryan, and their dog, Freddy.  When she's not planning for camp, Hayley can be found pursuing her favorite hobbies of cooking and interior design.

Madeline Patterson

Director of Camper Enrollment and Family Communications

Madeline

As Director of Camper Enrollment and Family 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. Prior to joining the full-time team in 2013, Madeline served as the Director of one of our New York camps for several summers.  As a former elementary school teacher and Executive Director of a community center, transitioning into the camp world was a perfect fit.

In her free time, Madeline enjoys spending time with her husband, Tom, her twins, Thomas and Claire, her son, Wyatt, and her daschund, Layla, as well as working out, thrift store shopping and trying new recipes.  She is also an Adirondak 46er (she climbed all 46 peaks over 4,000 feet in the Adirondack Mountains over the course of two years!) and has previiously held a volunteer position at the Glen Falls Saratoga Chapter of the ADK.

 

Laura Andersen

Director of Staff Onboarding and Communications

Laura

As Director of Staff Onboarding and Communications, Laura handles all human resource paperwork and certifications for our summer staff. In addition, she is also involved in staff and parent communications, along with a variety of administrative tasks. Prior to joining the full-time team in 2014, Laura served as the Director of one of our New Jersey camps!  As a former pre-k teacher, transitioning into the camp world was a perfect fit.

Outside of camp, Laura has her family to keep her busy. With her busband, Brett, they have two daughters, Christa and Julies, and two doggies, Chloe and Jack. When she's not visiting her daughters in college, you can find her in the kitchen baking up all sorts of yummy treats, one of her favorite hobbies.

Nicole Rahl

Director of Staff Experience and Lead Problem Solver

Nicole

As Director of Staff Experience and Lead Problem Solver, Nicole manages our hiring process, including recruitment, screening, and interviews.  As someone who has grown up in the camp world, Nicole is thrilled to put her recruiting, organizational, and general camp and administrative experience to use.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her boyfriend, Nick, attending sporting events of all sorts, and traveling...especially to warm weather destinations!  She is also a Zumba, Zumba Kids, and Zumba Kids Jr. Instructor and has enjoyed movin' and groovin' with people of all ages.

Dylan Morris

Staff Coordinator and Social Media Manager

Dylan

As Staff Coordinator and Social Media Manager, Dylan is an integral part of the hiring process, including recruitment, screening and interviews.  He strives to bring difference-makers to the summer staff. Prior to working full time for KE Camps, Dylan served as the Director of one of our Wyoming and one of our New York camps as well!

In his free time, Dylan enjoys fishing, sports of all sorts, and exploring the great outdoors with his fiance, Anna (also a former KE Camps Staff member).  He hopes to be a motivator and inspiration to all at KE Camps!