Mike grew up in Corning, NY, has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Bluffton College, and taught for six years. He is certified in Camp/Retreat Ministries in The United Methodist Church and has over 20 years of camp leadership experience. He and his wife, Kari, make their home at Casowasco with their children, Ethan and Sydney. Kari, a former staff member, volunteers as the Casowasco store manager. They both grew up attending camp at Casowasco and at Aldersgate, and Kari's grandparents directed Aldersgate.
Originally from the small Western New York village of Warsaw, NY, Joan moved to Syracuse to attend Central City Business Institute upon graduation from high school. She has been involved in the administrative side of Camp & Retreat Ministries for 15 years. Joan has three grown children and five grandchildren.
Scott has over fifteen years of nonprofit and faith-based camp and retreat mission and ministry leadership experience at several sites throughout the US. He comes from the Presbyterian tradition, and was ordained an elder in the early 1980's. His gifts will be greatly appreciated on the CRM team.
Donna is originally from the island of Guam. She has a degree in health care administration and has worked in a variety of settings over time, including a TV station, insurance company, and a medical clinic. Donna has four sons and two daughters.
John grew up in Savona, NY. He has worked in a variety of restaurants and food service establishments over the past few decade. When not at Casowasco, John enjoys spending time swimming, fishing, and playing with his daughter.
We are currently looking for the right person to serve in this position. Do you have skills in guest services, hospitality, program leadership, and personnel management? If so, please contact us.
Shari was raised in Philadelphia, N.Y., and attended Aldersgate as a camper in the mid-1970s. In 1983, she was asked to serve as a counselor for a junior high camp, and she has been intimately involved in camping ministries ever since.
Over the past 30 years, Mudge has served as a camp counselor, local church camping agent, and member of the leadership team for the Family Life Weekend and seasonal office work. Mudge recently served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, looking at all six of the Conference's beautiful camp and retreat centers.
Matt has been with Sky Lake full time since 2000. His hobbies include music, photography, traveling, and the study of Canada. Besides the song “Harvey the Hippo”, Matt’s favorite thing about Sky Lake is the contemplative moments spent around campfires.
Ryan comes to Skye Farm with a rich history of Camp & Retreat Ministries, having grown through the Iowa CRM and seasonal work at our very own Aldersgate a decade ago. Ryan, his wife Amanda, and their three children, Grace, Noah, and Tobias, will live on the grounds and will all be part of this ministry.