Camp Staff - Cedar Rapids Metro YMCA

Camp Staff

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Meet the Camp Staff...

Camp Director - Paul Denowski

Paul Joined the Wapsie staff in 2003 coming from YMCA Camp Edwards having studied Natural resources, Camp Management and Environmental Education. Paul shares” I enjoy sharing my passion for the outdoors with the kids at camp through nature programming, adventure trips and outdoor cooking whenever I get the chance.  Wapsie is a great camp where I enjoy helping and watching campers learn and grow here at Wapsie.”

Contact Paul - denowski@crmetroymca.org


Retreats Program Director - Michelle Wiersig

Michelle is the Retreats Program Director at Camp Wapsie. Her previous YMCA experience includes more than 5 years with the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit and the Indiana County YMCA.  She has worked at and volunteered with YMCA and private camps across the country. Michelle loves meeting new people, welcoming groups out at camp, and enjoys the beautiful sites at Wapsie.  

Contact Michelle - wiersig@crmetroymca.org


Office Manager - Chris Sanderson

Chris got to experience Camp through our Mother/Daughter camp and has been sending her kids to Camp for several years.  When the Office Manager position came open, Chris jumped at the opportunity to lend her talents to Wapsie, (while working close to home).  She is the voice of camp when you call Wapsie!  In addition, Chris brings a wealth of organizational experience from a professional history including the healthcare and legal industries.

Contact Chris - sanderson@crmetroymca.org


Summer Program Director - Drew Demery

Drew joined the Y in January of 2017 as the Wapsie Summer Camp Director after 11 years of leading and participating in a wide variety of summer camps. “What draws me to camping is the possibilities it holds for personal growth within each camper and staff. When I discovered camp as a staff member, I found a place I could be accepted for who I was and who I wanted to become. I found a home that was encouraging, adventurous, prized emotional connections and spontaneity…summer camp provided the setting for me to be the best version of myself. Now as a director, my goals are to develop that environment that allows others to find the best version of themselves and give support along the way,” Drew said.

Contact Drew - demery@crmetroymca.org


Food Service Manager - William Rogan

William joined the Wapsie staff team in 2015 as our Food Service Manager and Head Cook. He oversees the purchasing, me​​​​​​​nu planning, preparation and sanitation for groups of 10 to 300 people totaling over 40,000 plates throughout the year. He has an AAS in Restaurant Management from the Kirkwood Hospitality Program, which he has used to positively impact the quality and quantity of our menu items. He has five children with his wife who has​​​​​​​ been with him for 20 years. He loves introducing teens and children to new flavors and ingredients. He consistently pursues healthy, appetizing and attractive meals.

Contact William - rogan@crmetroymca.org

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