Meet the Camp Wapsie Staff

Paul Camp Wapsie staff member

Executive 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 at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Paul enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with the kids at camp through nature programming, adventure trips and outdoor cooking whenever he gets the chance.  “Wapsie is a great camp where I enjoy helping and watching campers learn and grow.”

Summer Camp Director - Jeff Dickmann

Jeff joined the Wapsie team in 2019 from Seattle where he was a Pre-K Teacher for five years. He currently holds a Masters in Adventure Education from Prescott College, Masters in Teaching from Whitworth University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and History from the University of Washington. Jeff is a former Camp Counselor and Challenge Course Facilitator at YMCA Camp Reed in Eastern Washington.  He enjoys reading, watching movies, playing dodge ball, sharing unique holiday, and bicycling.

Group Programming Director - Jess Flesch

Jess graduated from Iowa State University with a double major in Anthropology and Communication Studies along with a Leadership Certificate.  She has been involved in camps since she was very young, and has moved up from a camper, to a counselor, to an activity staff member to now fulfilling her dream of living and working full time at a camp!  She loves puns, coffee, the Rocky Mountains and dogs (dog pictured does not belong to her, but she has plenty of pictures of her own dog Rocky that she would be happy to show you).

Office Manager - Angela Jackson

Angela first joined the Wapsie staff six years ago as the Camp Register, and has now returned for a full time role!  Angela is from Coggon, IA and has three children that attend Camp Wapsie.  She has been married for 21 years.  She loves being at camp and helping families learn about Camp Wapsie and all the experiences it has to offer.

Head Cook - Ami Olson

Ami joined us at Wapsie in the fall of 2019.  She is a graduate of Kirkwood Community College’s Culinary Arts Program as well as Restaurant Management.  From Cedar Rapids, Ami has three kids who keep her very busy!  She enjoys the outdoors, fishing, campfires and spending time with family and friends.  She also loves cooking new dishes and attempting desserts from cookies to cheesecake.  Ami is also active within her church community, coaching Upward Basketball and an avid football fan supporting the Hawkeyes to several NFL teams.  She enjoys traveling when possible, especially to theme parks where she loves to ride the roller coasters!

Camp Caretaker - Matt Schlegel

Matt comes to us with many years of camp experience!  Matt graduated from Kirkwood Community College with a degree in welding.  He has been coming to Camp Wapsie since he was just five years old and has spent four summers as a Camp Counselor.  Matt is following in his father’s footsteps as Camp Caretaker.  He enjoys the outdoors and loves woodworking in his free time.