Meet our Staff

MEET OUR STAFF

Director
Director, Jamie Lewis Hedges

As a child, he wandered the woods of Indiana. Adventure called him from Hoosier corn rows across 48 of the United States. He lived in Florida, a cabin in the Cascade wilderness, the Sonoran Desert, a mud hut in Kenya. Travel has taken him to Canada, Vietnam, Mexico, and Ireland.  Proud of those who’ve mentored him along the way, he educated others in outdoor education. He’s led groups in the Pacific Northwest, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Columbian Amazon. What drives his aspirations is to help organizations benefit their community and environment. He’s worked in a home for adjudicated youth and an environmental education center. Jamie moved to Michigan in 2016 after creating a campus outdoor education program in Arkansas. Eager to make a difference here, he’s applied his skills to digital marketing for area nonprofits. Jamie brings his skills in nonprofit leadership, natural resource management, and outdoor education. His is a unique skill set that includes Leave No Trace, risk management, and team building. He has a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies in anthropology and natural resources. His bachelor’s degree is in outdoor recreation management.

 

Program & Guest Services Manager, Nick Killian

GOREC was the camp (Camp Greilick) Nick went to as a youth. His first summer camps staffing opportunity was the summer of 1991. Since 1991, he has spent every summer since as a staff member. This influenced him to complete a Bachelor’s Degree from Ferris State University in Recreation Leadership Management with a focus on Outdoor Adventure Education. Nick was a professional with the Boy Scouts of America over the past 14 years. He was a Camping Director helping manage camps all over the lower peninsula for his last five years. Boy Scouts has been a formative program in his life. He is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow (Boy Scout’s Honored Camper Program), recipient of the District Award of Merit, Founder’s Award, and Centurion Award. Positively impacting people’s lives through the outdoors is what he finds most rewarding. If Nick could say he had any one hobby it would be… outdoor hobbies. Whenever time allows he goes fishing, fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, hiking, camping, backpacking, hunting, downhill skiing: whichever outdoor experience time and mother nature will provide. He lives in Lake Ann, MI and has friends and family in the Traverse City area. Nick holds the following certifications to insure the health and welfare of campers: First Aid & CPR training – ServeSafe Food Handler Certification – BSA trained Camp Administrator, Challenge Course and Climbing Tower Facilitator – BSA Youth Protection & Hazardous Weather Training

Ranger & Facilities Manager, Cliff Wagner

Cliff is also a product of youth camping at Greilick. GOREC (Camp Greilick at the time) was his camp as a youth. He quickly acquired almost all the water related merit badges offered at summer camp. He bought his own 20-foot sail boat in 1981 and has been sailing it ever since. Cliff completed advanced sail training while in the Navy. He served at a ship repair facility in Yokosuka, Japan. In 1998 he became a member of the Meritime Heritage Alliance, sailing aboard the Schooner Madeline. He has made trips to destinations in almost all the Great Lakes. Cliff started working as a Camp Ranger with the Boy Scouts of America in 2004 when the BSA mangaed GOREC. In 2018, he began working full time for Rotary Camps & Services of Traverse City in the same capacity. Cliff is a seasoned Scouter joining at age six. Achievements in Scouting are not limited to the rank of Eagle Scout with two palms in 1968. He has also been a Cub Scout Den Leader, Assistant Scoutmaster, and worked on camp staff. Cliff has a positive “work together and get it done” attitude. He enjoys seeing youth learn and grow while practicing life skills in programs much like Scouting. As Cliff states “There is nothing better than a group at camp, getting along, and developing teamwork to have fun adventures while developing lifelong memories.” Cliff holds the following certifications to insure the health and welfare of campers: Wilderness First Responder – BSA trained Camp Health Officer – BSA Swimming and Water Rescue – BSA Camp Ranger – BSA Youth Protection & Hazardous Weather Training. .

Americorp VISTA, Megan Emmendorfer

Megan grew up loving the outdoors and would often have to be dragged inside by parents growing up! Megan’s love for the outdoors rooted from being actively involved in Girl Scouts at a young age, and always going on outdoor adventures with her friends and family. Now serving as an Americorp VISTA with GOREC, Megan feels she is reliving her youth and rediscovering the wonders of the outdoors. Megan is also a recent graduate of Central Michigan University obtaining her Bachelors of Social Work with majors in social work and family studies. Megan states she feels excited to see how her social work background can be tied and used in transforming GOREC! In her free time, you can most likely find her hanging out in her hammock with a book, exploring the Traverse City area, or spending time with friends and family. 

 

Intern, Travis Peck

 

Travis is a local from Traverse City, an avid outdoorsman and another Boy Scout Camp Greilick former camper and staff member. His favorite activities include skiing, backcountry camping, mountaineering, mountain biking, snorkeling and disc golf.  Working in the outdoors and recreation field is something that he has been doing as a ski instructor and conservation corps crew leader for the past several years.  He is with GOREC now completing a summer internship before his senior year at Northern Michigan University and is very excited to help lead our camp into the future.