Club U prides itself on its exemplary staff- truly they are the individuals who bring the magic of the camp experience to the forefront.
Our staff is comprised of individuals who are committed to making a difference in the lives of Club U campers by being positive and supportive role models who ensure an inclusive atmosphere to nurture individual and social growth. Staff come from various backgrounds - current and former University of Utah students, educators in the community, and individuals interested in making positive contributions to the youth of tomorrow. All staff are thoroughly background checked each year, trained in first aid and CPR/AED, and undergo comprehensive youth development training and pre-summer Club U orientation to ensure the safety and wellbeing for all campers.
Take a look at these upstanding individuals below!
Garner is joining us from Chattanooga Tennessee and stepping in to the role of Club U’s Camp Director. He received his Bachelor’s in Outdoor Recreation Administration and Environmental Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Garner brings a wealth of camp and outdoor programming knowledge having worked for both the YMCA and UTC Outdoors. He has additional training through accredited outdoor institutions such as the ACA, LNT, and NOLS. His passion is connecting youth of all ages to the great outdoors, while providing a safe, engaging, and inclusive environment. He encourages participants, as well as staff, to strive for their goals and push passed preconceived limits. Outside of Club U he enjoys a variety of outdoor adventure activities including rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, and skiing. He’s looking forward to a fun and enriching summer in 2019!
Abby is very excited to be back at camp this summer! This is her first year as a staff aide and has been at camp as a camper for 8 years. She is going to be a junior at Woods Cross high the next coming school year, and is very excited to meet new campers and have a great summer! Some of her favorite things to do are painting, drawing, and sculpting. She also likes to go on hikes with her friends and go shopping. She can’t wait for another great summer with Club U!
Alex is entering his sophomore year at the University of Utah Honors College, studying Chemistry. Alex has been with Club-U for 10+ years, first as a camper, then an aide, and now as counselor. Alex loves being outdoors and active, hiking, camping, and playing pickup basketball in his free time. Additionally, Alex is a talented artist and enjoys drawing for friends and family. He is incredibly excited to be a part of the Club-U staff this summer and looks forward to making this summer an unforgettable one.
This is Alice’s first summer at Club U and she is so excited! Alice is from Utah but she has traveled far and wide. She enjoys traveling, painting, paddle boarding and playing with her 4 dogs. She is a total nerd at heart, and especially loves marvel superheroes. Alice has many years of experience working with kids in a variety of settings, and is excited to spend the summer with you!
Audrey enjoys the outdoors. Especially rock climbing, hiking, boating, and scouting. She is starting into her Bachelors degree in speech pathology in the fall.
Audrey is very excited to be joining the Club U team for her first summer. She is going into her second year of studying biology and chemistry teaching at USU and one day wants to become a high school teacher. She loves teaching and learning from kids of all ages. Audrey loves good food, hiking, walking her dogs, skiing, snowboarding, and reading her favorite books. She loves sharing her love of nature, animals, and the outdoors with people around her.
This will be Ava’s 3rd summer working at Club u as a staff member before she joined staff though she was a camper for 5 years. Ava is so excited to be graduating from Park City high school very soon and then be a CSU ram in the fall. This summer after traveling to Bali for a service trip Ava will be a full counselor, and is so excited to make new friend and meet awesome kids! When she is not traveling or hanging out with kids at camp she loves to ride and spend time with her horse Jewel, hike with her dogs, hang out with her friends. In the winter she an avid skier. She is also working on getting her EMT certification and will be a certified basic eat by the end of the summer.
BreaAnna is thrilled to be returning for her second summer with Club U! She loved being a counselor last year, and she is excited for her first summer as a Club U Coordinator! BreaAnna was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. She is happily married to Club U Varsity staff veteran – Phil Torres. In her free time, BreaAnna loves spoiling her fur baby, cross-stitching, performing musical theatre, playing board/card games, making people laugh, and having adventures with her friends and family. BreaAnna is working hard to earn a BS in Elementary Education at the University of Utah. She can’t wait to share her enthusiasm and goofy personality with all of the Club U campers and staff!!
This is Brianna’s first year as a camp counselor, but she is no stranger to working with awesome kids! She graduated last year from the U with her bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry and is back to complete her Master’s in Social Work working with kids and teens. She loves the outdoors, food and adventure and is excited for her first year at Club U!
Colleen is very excited for her third summer with Club U. Colleen graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Colleen loves spending her time outdoors snowboarding, skateboarding, climbing, or camping. When having to spend her time inside, she enjoys painting and drawing. She is excited for all the new adventures she will experience with Club U this summer!
Liz is excited to start her first summer at Club U. She has lived in Utah her in life and absolutely loves it. She thinks Utah is the best place to live. She is currently at the University in Utah working on a degree in Mathematics with a minor in Health. She hopes to teach high school one day. She loves to ski, golf, read books, watch sports, and much more. She loves anything Star Wars and Disney and could spend the whole day talking about them. She loves to smile, laugh, and have a good time. She has spent the last four years as a golf instructor to kids and absolutely loved teaching them to golf. She is looking forward to this experience this summer at Club U.
Elysha is excited to start her first summer as a part of the Club U staff. She currently attends the University of Utah and majors in nursing. She one day hopes to become a neonatal or pediatric nurse. Elysha has been a babysitter and nanny since she was 13 years old, and absolutely loves hanging out with kids. When she’s not at school or studying, Elysha loves to listen to music, make crafts, hang out with friends, and dance!
This is Gabrielle's first year with Club U, and she can't wait to start! She loves working with kids and is excited to share fun experiences with the campers this summer. Gabrielle is a junior at the University of Utah, majoring in English and Asian Studies. She hopes to become an author someday. During her free time, Gabrielle loves to read, write, play music, do outdoor activities, and spend time with friends and family. She's looking forward to a great summer with Club U.
George can’t wait to start his first year at Club U as a camp aide. He will be a sophomore at Bountiful High in the fall. George is an Eagle Scout, collector of vinyl records, bonsai enthusiast and mustard fan. He loves sketch comedy, his cat, Snowball, and learning about the world’s different cultures. George is excited to meet the campers and make a lot of new friends.
This is going to be Hannah’s first summer with Club U and she is very excited. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, but with deep family roots in Utah, Hannah just completed her freshman year at the University of Utah majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. Hannah has a background in working and volunteering with children and youth. As a competitive swimmer with the Vancouver Vikings Summer Swim Club, she served as a Group Coach during her senior year of high school and subsequent summer working with children ages 5 to 13. Prior to this, she was an Assistant Group Coach and volunteer Junior Leader. She has also volunteered at Play and Swim camps and after school programs.
In addition to swimming, Hannah enjoys playing soccer having played club and school soccer from grade 1 right up to high school graduation. Hannah enjoys watching sports and is a big Utes fan. Hannah loves to travel and has the goal of studying abroad either in Australia or the UK. Dogs are her favourite animal - ask her about her pug. Hannah is looking forward to working with the children and their families of Club U and the amazing staff. Here’s to a wonderful summer!
Jesus is happy to return for another summer with Club U. Jesus has always had a love for sports, whether it is watching or playing. He also enjoys video games, comics and Hip-Hop music. Jesus is always down for new adventures and experiences. He is continuing to follow his passion in sports by majoring in Exercise and Sports Science and minoring in Math at the University of Utah. Jesus is always excited to be at Club U and looks forward to another superb summer, this time with Club U Varsity!
Jhon worked with Club U last year and is returning this year. He loves being with the awesome kids at camp; helping them and doing activities with them. Jhon enjoys working with the community and he thinks that it’s really awesome. He also likes adventures like hiking, biking, and going on fieldtrips. Jhon loves learning and hopes to learn and share experiences with Club U. He is excited to be with Club U once again this summer.
Kaatje (pronounced Caught-ya!) is a science nerd who recently graduated from the Salt Lake Center for Science Education and will be attending the University of Wyoming this fall where she plans to study molecular biology. She enjoys staying active in the outdoors: running, camping, ice skating, and waterskiing during the summer and would spend every waking winter moment playing in the snow if she could! She has been employed as a Jr. Ski Instructor at Snowbird for the past three years. She graduated from CIT through Girl Scouts of Utah, where over the course of three summers she worked at local sleep away summer camps guiding young girls in all that Girl Scout Camp offers. She has played volleyball, run XC with West High and rowed with Utah Crew. Kaatje loves skiing, animals (horses in particular), science, the Seattle Seahawks and SPIDER-MAN!!! She can't wait to return for another fun filled summer with Club U!
This is Kaity’s first year working at Club U! She has 9 years of camp experience with the Girl Scouts of Utah. Kaity grew up in the camp world and loves everything about it! From playing in the dirt outside and getting messy to exploring new things in this world, she loves it all!
Kaity graduated from the University of Utah last May and is now a full-time teacher and just finished up her first year! Woot Woot! In her free time, she enjoys playing ice hockey, running, playing the guitar, rock climbing, bowling, mini golfing and enjoying ice cream or frozen yogurt! She loves being outside as much as possible and hanging out with family and friends. Kaity just can’t get enough working with kiddos and is super-duper excited to dive into the summer and have some fun!
Krissy has been a Ute her whole life and is looking forward to a second summer at Club U! She loves to have fun outdoors and getting messy! She just finished her Freshman year of College at Utah State University studying Biological Engineering. Krissy is a total nerd and loves science and reading especially Harry Potter. She loves movies and is fluent in Disney quotes. In her free time when she isn’t running or swimming you can find her singing and jamming with her ukulele. Krissy is excited to have a blast this summer being a counselor at Club U!
Hi! My name is Kyle Kelly and have worked at the JCC Bernie Camp for the past 4 years and am thrilled to be working at Club U’s Lounge this summer. I am currently enrolled at the University of Utah and will be starting my sophomore year as a Medical Lab Science major. I enjoy playing sports and videogames equally, and love Music. I am very excited to meet your campers this summer and hope to positively impact their lives. Looking forward to a great summer with everyone at Club U!
Liam is excited to begin his first year at Club U as a camp aide. He will be a junior at The Waterford School in the fall. Liam loves to hang out with friends and have fun! Sports are one of his favorite things and he plays Varsity hockey and lacrosse. He loves hiking with his dogs, hammocking and being outdoors. Liam is excited for a summer full of new adventures and new friends.
Max is excited to return for his third summer at Club U this time, as a full fledged camp counselor. During the school year Max has been working at an after school program focussing on STEM principles. Max loves engineering, drawing, reading, sports, and the outdoors. Max will be serving a two year LDS mission beginning at the end of July. Max absolutely loves Club U and is excited to have a blast this summer!
This is Megan Atkinson. She is so excited to work with Club U this summer and to be able to interact with some really neat kids! She loves to volunteer and work with kids. She is studying Social Work and has attended Weber State University. She grew up with two deaf parents and learned to speak fluent American Sign Language (ASL). She loves to interact with people and learn about their life experiences. Also, she sings and plays the Ukulele, along with being an avid reader. She is excited to share her summer helping to shape young minds and send them off to bright futures!
Nate was born and raised in Chaska, Minnesota. This is Nate’s first summer working at Club U! He cannot wait to get started and to meet all of the kids! He is an Elementary Education major here at the U, and absolutely loves working with kids. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching sports because that is what he grew up doing with his family. He used to coach soccer and work with kids at a country club before working here at Club U.
This is Nick’s 10th summer at Club U camps both as a camper and an aide. He is excited to be back working with youth this summer. He is currently a Senior at West High School. He mainly likes hiking, camping, and long bike rides, but he won’t say no to a good book either. He was born in Salt Lake City (Not too far from President’s Circle in fact) and has stuck around since then. He is planning on attending the University of Utah for college and hopes to return to Club U camps for many more years to come!
Oli loves being outdoors and having fun in the sun. She is an avid Harry Potter nerd and can't keep her nose out of books. Laughing is a hobby and she tries to do it frequently. Oli is just getting back from a year and a half living in Southern Japan traveling around the beautiful country, but she is excited to be back with the campers of Club U for another great summer!
Phil is returning for his 8th summer with Club U and is excited to be back with Club U Varsity! When he’s not rocking out with Club U during the summer, Phil teaches Elementary PE in the Granite School District. Phil Attended St. Cloud State University in Minnesota where he obtained his Physical Education Degree with a Minor in Adapted Physical Education. In his spare time, he loves outdoor activities, playing/watching sports, and spending time with his family.
Rishab is excited to return to Club U this summer, having been a volunteer aide last year. As a graduate of the LIT program at Club U, Rishab is adequately equipped to work with both staff and campers. Rishab is currently a Freshman at Hillcrest High School, and is a member of various student organizations. He has qualified for nationals in two prestigious business organizations; DECA and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). In addition to this, Rishab is a member of the Varsity Science Olympiad team, and runs track. Rishab is pumped for a new summer full of fun at Club U and looks forward to a summer of fun with Club U.
This is Samantha’s (aka Sammy) second summer as a counselor and is so excited to be coming back. She has always enjoyed her time at ClubU ever since she was a camper herself and will go above and beyond to create the best experience for your campers. She currently teaches ballet folklórico at Mary Jackson Elementary School and has had experience working with students all over the valley for 5 years. She has lived in Salt Lake her whole life and enjoys going camping, hiking, and exploring the outdoors with her friends and family. She is a part of the Bachelors of Social Work program at the U and is eager to reach her goal to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She loves to spend time with her wonderful dogs, Chente the Chihuahua and Samson the Samoyed, solving Rubik’s cubes, weight training, and traveling around the globe. She cannot wait to see all the new and returning campers this summer!
Stephen Grant is excited to be returning for his second summer as a Club U Counselor Aide. Stephen is a sophomore at West High School where he recently had lead roles in the school musical and play, and started a new student club promoting wildlife conservation. In his spare time, Stephen is a volunteer docent for Utah's Hogle Zoo and the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. Stephen is a graduate of The Madeleine Choir School. He loves travel, tennis, hiking, and skiing.