Meet Our 2017 Camp Caboose Staff

Administrative Staff

Andrea Suarez

School Age Program Director 

school.age@redcaboosedaycare.org

 

 

What is your favorite childhood memory?

My favorite childhood memory is when my family and I visited the Jersey Shore for two weeks. We spent our days in Wildwood and Cape May, NJ. 
 
What are your hobbies?
I've havea new found love for riding my bike all thanks to Madison's safe bike paths. I read very often in cute little coffee shops! 

 

My experience working with children: I have been working with kids since I was in college. My internship was at the Boys and Girls Club for a couple years in their after school program. Right after graduation, I worked with a child care center as their program director. I have been at RC for one year this summer and I am continuing to grow with all the support and great team we have at after school and summer camp!

 

 

Fun Fact: If you see me around camp, ask me to show you a picture of my pride and joy- my 3-legged cat named Juniper.

Laurel Leggiere

Shooting Stars Camp Director

 

What is your favorite childhood memory?

I'm from New York (a 90 minute train ride from Midtown) so my Mom took me to the Jersey Shore Boardwalk with my cousin and we'd play in the ocean all day. 
 
What are your hobbies?
Nowadays, you can find me trying to garden for the first time, cooking new recipes and old family traditions, or getting lost in a tv drama with friends.

 

My experience working with children:

I've been working with kids since I was in college studying early childhood education and student teaching in my college's preschool program- I also mentored underserved school-age youth in my community center's afterschool program. I joined Red Caboose in 2013, after graduating and was part of teaching staff until I took a position on the admin team in 2014. 

 

 

 

KC Gilberston

Comets Camp Director

 

 

 

Angie Konicek

Assistant Kitchen Coordinator 

 

 

 

Emily Hermsen

Float Sub

 

 

 

Josh Whorton

PM Closer

 

 

 

Comet Staff

Fun Fact:I acted in commercials for Channel 3 because both of my parents worked at the news station, and my mom needed kids for the different Time for Kids videos and there I was!

Alison Kleppin

Comets Captain

 

What is my favorite hobby? 

I love doing creative things like drawing or painting. It is relaxing to just focus on one thing for a little while. 

 

What is your favorite childhood experience?

One of my favorite childhood experiences was the time I spent at both the Cross Plains Pool and Cross Plains Library during the summers. My daycamp would often go to both places on the same day because the buildings were right next to each other, so my class would pack up and walk the short distance, first stopping at the Library to participate in the Summer Reading Program and redeem prizes, and then we would spend a few hours swimming in the pool. 

 

My experience working with children:

I spent a lot of time with children growing up because I have a big family with two younger brothers and lots of younger cousins. I have worked as a nanny for three school age children, and while I was completing my undergraduate degree, I worked a Psychology research for which I completed developmental assessments of three year olds and vlunteered at a daycare center for ten weeks. 

 

 

Rob Schiller

Comets Captain

 

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Fun Fact: I can shake my eyeballs

Callie Desch

Captain

 

What are your hobbies? 

Creative writing, activism

What is your favorite childhood memory?
Moving to a farm

My experience working with children: 
Baby sitting off and on for 10 years, and 5 years with MSCR

 

Kendra Latko

Comets AM Counselor

 

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Stephanie Budd

Comets PM Counselor

 

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SHOOTING STARS STAFF

Rachel Schaller 

Shooting Star Captain

 

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Karen Anderson

Shooting Stars Captain

 

Nicole Rodenkirch

Shooing Stars AM Counselor

 

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Fun Fact: I have biked long distances across the country.

Thistle Petersen

Shooing Stars PM Counselor

 

What are your hobbies?

I like gardening and having little projects around the kitchen such as kobucha-making and infusing dried nettle I gathered from outside in the wild.

 

What is your favorite childhood memory? 

My favorite childhood experience is when I went up to the Boundary Waters to camp and canoe for a week when I was a teenager. It was so peaceful and beautiful up there!

 

My experience working with children:

I have worked with kids for the past 7 years and love it especially when they begin to pick-up on the Spanish I teach them. I also love field trips and creating theater/dance performances with children.