Meet the Y Camp Staff - YCAMP

Meet the Y Camp Staff

 Meet Our Full-Time Staff

David Sherry
Executive Director
david.sherry@dmymca.org
515.432.7558 ext. 221

Established at Y Camp: January 2001
When Not at Camp I like to….Spend time with my wife and kids, enjoy nature from a tree stand and lots of bird hunting. I also love to watch football and play cards.
What is your perfect pizza? I love a thin crust meat lovers. The thinner the crust the better.
Family/Background: My wife Kate and I were married in 1993. We have three great kids, Dakota, Hunter and Sierra. We moved here from Wisconsin, where both Kate and I were born and raised – Go Packers!!! Both of our parents are still in Wisconsin, so we go there as often as we can. We believe in a commitment to Christ and in investing in children.
What is your favorite place at Camp? My favorite place at camp when I’m alone is a point overlooking a steep ravine on the far east side of the property, off the common trail. But when camp is in session I love to sit above the lower athletic field and watch the activity, so many people having fun!!

 


Alex Kretzinger
Program Director- Summer Camp
alex.kretzinger@dmymca.org
515.432.7558 ext. 223

Established at Y Camp: Worked as summer staff from 2011- 2013.
When not at Camp I like to... I love fishing, especially with my dad. I'm an avid reader and can often be found with a book inhand. I also really enjoy playing basketball to help keep in shape.
What is your perfect pizza? The more toppings the better. If there was an ultimate super mega supreme I'd love it! Just hold the broccoli...
Family/Background: I live with my wife Beth and our two dogs Oden and Howard. They manage to keep us pretty busy. Beth and I met as leaders and fell in love shortly afterwards. We've been married since 2016.  
What is your favorite place at Camp?  Chapel Point is always a special location that carries a lot of emotional weight. I also love the horse trails because they're peaceful, beautiful and really help me to connect with nature.

 

 

Taylor Douglas
Program Director- Retreats and Conferences

taylor.douglas@dmymca.org
515.432.7558 ext. 225

Established at Y Camp: December 2017 
When not at Camp I like to... Spend time relaxing outdoors. I enjoy camping, fishing, kayaking and traveling to new places.
What is your perfect pizza? Thick crust chicken bacon ranch!
Family/Background: I was born and raised in Wisconsin. I'm a total cheese head! My family still lives in Wisconsin so I try to visit as often as I can. I live on-site at camp with my two dogs Boomer and Buddy.   
What is your favorite place at Camp? My favorite place at camp is on my deck (Crawford Cabin). I love listening to the creek and watching the camp life around me!

 

 

Kyle Beach
Program Director- Outdoor Environmental Education

kyle.beach@dmymca.org
515.432.7558 ext. 224

Established at Y Camp:  Began coming to camp as a camper in the 90’s.  Worked as seasonal staff until 2007.   
When Not at Camp I like to…. Be outside exploring and having adventures.  If it takes place outside, gets you dirty, and makes a mess…chances are I enjoy it. 

What is your perfect pizza? My perfect pizza has a fresh made crust, homemade mozzarella cheese, thick cut pepperoni, and pesto sauce. 
Family/Background: I grew up in Johnston, IA and attended Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. My wife Sara is a early elementary school teacher.  We met while working for the Y in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.  Our daughter Nora was born in 2016 and also loves to make messes along with Daddy. 
What is your favorite place at Camp? My favorite place at camp in the deck at Chase Lodge.  Quiet and peaceful, listen to the cottonwood leaves rustle and watch the Des Moines River gently meander by. It’s the closest place to heaven on earth. 

 

  
Amy Joanning
Development Coordinator/Registrar
amy.joanning@dmymca.org
515.432.7558 ext. 228


Established at Y Camp: August 2002
When not at Camp I like to… spend time with my family and friends. Most weekends I can be found junkin' in Boone and surrounding communities. I'm always in for a road-trip ands I love to travel! I'm foodie and love to cook and eat!
What is your perfect pizza? Locally Bellucis  or Adobe- can't go wrong! Otherwise a wood-fired pizza with all the fixins’!
Family/Background: I am a native of Boone. My husband Bill and I have two boys - Keaton and Kyle. We adore our blue heeler mix Lulu, who you can often see if you visit the camp office! 
What is your favorite place at Camp? I love driving into Y Camp. Some are intimidated by ‘the hill’ but I find the drive in to be inspiring and always changing. After you make it down the hill you enter the only river valley in Iowa where children and adults make life changing developments!

 
 

Amy Foley
Office Assistant (part-time year round)
amy.foley@dmymca.org
515.432.7558 ext. 221

Established at Y Camp: January 2015
When not at Camp I like to…I am the co-director of a state-wide beauty pageant system and spent much of my time planning, attending, marketing and recruiting for pageants. I love to treasure hunt  by thrifting, garage sales and auctions. I am a scary- movie nut, Wizard of Oz expert, and Richard Marx groupie.
What is your perfect pizza? LOCAL!! Bellucis Canadian bacon! Family/Background: I was born, raised and still live in my favorite place in the world: Boone, Iowa!  I am a graduate of Graceland University with majors in Education and Theatre. After a long career in education, I was ready to try something new and found my new home at the Y Camp. My family consists of my partner, Sara, and our five amazing kids! Katy Rose, Michael, Joseph, Connor and Jayda. We also are devoted doggie-mommies to Kasey (Bichon-Shi-Tzu), Lincoln (Shi-Tzu- Pomeranian and Liberty (Toy Poodle).
What is your favorite place at Camp? The timber so I can hang out with sasquatch!

 


Eric Jaeger
Food Service Supervisor

eric.jaeger@dmymca.org
Y Camp Office- 515.432.7558

Established at Y Camp: January 2005
When not at Camp I like to…Spend time with my son Storm, go hunting and fishing. I enjoy hiking and looking for artifacts.
What is your perfect pizza? Bacon cheeseburger! Yummy!
Family/Background: Born and raised in Guttenberg, IA. Most of my family is in Dubuque, IA.
What is your favorite place at Camp? On top of the hills, like I.P. or Chapel. It’s a great place to sit and think, great views!


 

Chris Williams
Maintenance Supervisor
chris.williams@dmymca.org

Y Camp Office- 515.432.7558

Established at Y Camp: July 2010
When not at Camp I like to…Hunt, fish, spend time with family, work around the house. I enjoy spending time outdoors.
What is your perfect pizza? Felix and Oscar’s Chicago style supreme pizza
Family/Background: Born and raised in Boone. I live on a acreage north of town with my wife Deana. We have four kids Thayne, Jessica, Ty, and Kailyn.
What is your favorite place at Camp? Too many beautiful places to choose only one!

 

Sue Hadaway
Housekeeping Supervisor
susan.hadaway@dmymca.org
Y Camp Office- 515.432.7558

Established at Y Camp: February 2017
When not at Camp I like to…camp and horseback ride.
What is your perfect pizza? Specialty! Everything but NOT green olives.
Family/Background: Married to Ole. I have one son, one daughter and two step-daughters.
What is your favorite place at Camp? Anywhere looking out over the river.

 

 

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