Staff

Alex Kretzinger

Executive 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 led the Summer Camp and Family Camp programs for 5 summers. In May of 2019 he took the reins...

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

Camp Executive Assistant

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. Over the years she has taken on many office roles and currently holds the title of Development Coordinator/Registrar. She lives in Boone with husband...

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...

Melanie Mellinger

Administrative Support

Originally from Texas, Melanie began her journey as a Y camp camper in 1997. She joined summer staff in 2015, summer leadership in 2017 and continuing ever since. Over the years, Melanie has served as a cabin leader, cimber coordinator, staff supervisor and office administrator’s assistant. Melanie graduated from the...