Staff

Dave “Wooly Bear” Sherry

Executive Director

Dave has been the executive director of the Des Moines Y Camp since 2001. Over his 18 years at the helm, camp has grown significantly thanks to his commitment and vision. Originally from Middleton, Wisconsin, he moved to Y Camp with his wife Kate and son Dakota. Since coming to...

Alex Kretzinger

Senior Program Director

Alex first worked at Y Camp in 2011 while finishing college. He didn’t know at the time, but he would get hooked on camp pretty quickly. Starting full-time in 2013, Alex has led the Summer Camp and Family Camp programs for the past 5 summers. He is originally from Boone...

Kyle Beach

Outdoor Education

Kyle grew up in Johnston, Iowa. As a kid he attended Y Camp as a camper, and remembers when The Good Time Gang visited his elementary school. After working as a summer camp leader for multiple summers he went on to full time career in YMCA. Kyle ran camps in...

Danielle Ramsey-Smith

Group Camping Director

Originally from Marshalltown, Iowa, Danielle started working at Y Camp during college in 2014 as a summer camp leader. She couldn’t get enough and has worked every summer since. In the meantime, she graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa with a degree in Spanish and Sociology. In 2017 Danielle...

Amy Joanning

Development Director/Registrar

Amy is a lifelong Boone gal who was looking to start her career in administration in 2002 when the position of office manager opened at camp. She lives in Boone with her son, Kyle, and husband, Bill, as well as her two dogs: Luna and Lulu. There are many reasons...

Eric Jaeger

Food Service Supervisor

Eric joined the Y Camp staff team in 2004. Originally from Guttenberg, Iowa, Eric now lives in Boone with his wife, Marie, and has five kids: Storm, Virginia, Nikki, Madison and Jacob. He’s an outdoorsman at heart and camp is the perfect place for him. He enjoys hunting, fishing and...

Chris Williams

Buildings and Grounds Supervisor

Chris is a talented and hardworking guy who first started working for camp in 2010. He has established himself as an essential part of the Y Camp staff team and is responsible for the maintenance of camp’s buildings and grounds. Chris is originally from Boone and currently lives near Frasier,...

Sue Hadaway

Housekeeping Supervisor

Sue joined the crew in 2017 to take on the Housekeeping Department and Y Camp has been cleaner ever since! Sue lives on a farm outside of Boone with her husband Ole, but is originally from Marshalltown, Iowa. She has two children, Jansen and Danie. She really enjoys working around...

Amy Foley

Administrative Support

Since 2014, Amy has brought energy, humor and fun to the Y Camp team. Her favorite part of being at camp is the people she works with, and she is equally loved by her teammates. She and her fiancé, Sara, have five kids in their loving family: Katy Rose, Michael,...