Club U Staff
Youth Education

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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!


AlejandraAlejandra Tapia-Perez
Alejandra (aka Ali) is excited to start her first year with Club U. She has worked with youth for three years as a tutor/mentor and enjoys every minute of it. She loves working with youth because she enjoys seeing the progress the kids make in their academics as well as personal growth. Ali is studying Exercise & Sports Science at the University of Utah and hopes to later get into PA school in the future. She enjoys drawing, running, hiking, Zumba and anything related to dance. Her favorite color is green and one of her many talents includes doing the moonwalk.

AmandaAmanda Lopez-Tibbs
This is Amanda's first summer with Club U and she is very excited to work with all the Club staff. Amanda is from South Jordan, Utah and has lived in Utah all of her life. She is a student at the University of Utah working on getting her Bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education as well as a Minor in Korean Studies. Amanda loves to travel and has recently returned from a study abroad in Seoul, South Korea. She loves to listen to music, read, draw, watch moves, and she especially loves to study Korean. Amanda loves meeting new people and sharing fun experiences with them. She he is very excited to be a part of Club U and to meet all of the incoming campers!

AnneAnne Clark
Anne Clark is from Logan, Utah. She went to Brigham Young University and graduated in history teaching. Anne just got back from Washington, D.C. where she completed her student teaching and topped it off with an internship on Capitol Hill. In the fall she will be teaching history in West Valley. Anne has travelled to all fifty states and quite a few countries as well! She loves running half-marathons and eating way too much chocolate. She has participated in various camps over the past summers and is excited to meet the Club U campers!

AvaAva Blackner
This is Ava's second summer as an aide for Club U, she is 16 (almost 17) years old, originally from Asia, but moved to the good old state of Utah when she was 9 months old. Here she found her love of riding, training, and spending time with horses. Ava is currently finishing up her junior year at Park City high school and is excited to finally be a senior! Ava loves going everywhere on horseback but also loves hiking with her dogs, spending time with her friends, and being outside in the sun at Club U! She can wait to start the summer with cool new and old staff and cool campers!

BreaAnnaBreaAnna Torres
BreaAnna was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. She has been happily married to Club U veteran Phil Torres for one year! She is an Elementary Education major and loves being around kids because they are so fun and free-spirited! She loves spending time with her dog, playing board/card games, cross-stitching, being outside, performing, making people laugh, and making memories with her family. She has worked four summers at Camp Kostopulous in Emigration Canyon, and she is stoked for her first summer with Club U!

BrianneBrianne Butterfield
This is Brianne's first year with us at Club U. Brianne brings with her almost ten years of experience working in the youth development field. She was previously studying American Sign Language Interpreting, but after one summer working for the Girl Scouts of Utah summer camp, she discovered her passion for working with youth in nature. That summer ultimately led her to change her degree and she is currently an Outdoor Recreation Studies major at the University of Utah. When she gets a break from work and school, Brianne enjoys spending time recreating outdoors and loves seeking out new adventures. Brianne cannot wait for the summer to start and is excited for the possibility it holds.

CaseyCasey McQuerry
Casey was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He grew up playing and watching all sports, especially those played by the Kansas City Chiefs, Royals and University of Missouri Tigers! He attended outdoor camps every year from ages 5-18 and when he was too old for camps, he became a counselor at age 19. After that summer, he changed his major from Business to Parks, Recreation and Tourism and has studied the science of play ever since. Casey followed his camp sweetheart to the University of Utah. They are now happily married and while she studies rare diseases, Casey teaches games to the youth of Utah.

DevreeDevree Richhart
This is Devree's 3rd year as a Club U counselor. She works with Varsity and the lounge here at Club U. She has lived in Utah her whole life. She is going to UVU and is working on getting her Bachelor's degree in Physical Ed. Teacher Education. She loves working with the kids and is very excited to have an eventful summer full of fun! She isn't afraid to try new things and meet new people. She loves to make the best of any situation, and she loves to laugh and have a good time. Her favorite color is purple! She loves to dance, play sports, sing, play the guitar, and bake! She loves being with kids because she will always be a kid at heart. She knows Club U is the best summer camp ever!

DylanDylan Stokes
Dylan Stokes is originally from Portland, Oregon and transplanted to Utah in fall of 2011 to pursue outdoor and academic passions. This will be his first summer with Club U and he is super stoked! Previously, he worked at several high schools and middle schools helping students realize their academic and personal goals. Before that, he was a camp counselor in Maine for a summer. Other than working with youth, Dylan loves spending time outdoors with his dog Decker, playing soccer, biking, cooking, backpacking, and reading in hammocks. Staying true to his hometown roots, Dylan continues to support the Timbers and Blazers and loves watching sports of all sorts!

LizElizabeth Olsen
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.

ElliottElliott Fraughton
Summer 2017 will be Elliott's 6th summer as Club U's Camp Director. He recently completed his Masters in Public Administration at the University of Utah. Elliott brings a lifetime of summer camp experience to campus, having attended day camps the majority of his childhood and working in the camping industry throughout his adolescence and early adulthood. No longer working directly with younger children in camp programs, Elliott's focus is devoted to preparing younger staff members for workforce readiness as they transition from Summer Camp Employment into other careers. He looks forward to providing all campers and parents with a safe and enriching environment throughout the summer, with some of the most dedicated, and fun-loving youth development professionals that the Salt Lake valley has to offer!

ErikErik Steenburgh
This is Erik's first year at Club U. He is going into his sophomore year at the University of Utah in the Honors College. He grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from West High's IB program, where he played on the golf team. Erik loves the outdoors, especially rock climbing, backpacking, and skiing. He also loves music and playing the guitar, and he is very excited for his first experience at Club U!

Gabrielle Zweifel
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.

HunterHunter Wack
Hunter just completed his Freshman year at the University of Utah. Born and raised in Salt Lake, he loves anything that involves being outdoors such as archery hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing! Hunter travels to St. Louis du Nord, Haiti for two weeks each summer to provide medical service. This will be his 4th summer with Club U, and he cannot wait for the fun, structured, and inviting atmosphere that Club U has to offer!

JesisJesus Avila
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!

JhonJhon Panotes
Jhon loves helping and working with other people, especially when humanitarian values are involved. He had previously volunteered to different organizations involving youths in different settings like camps which he really enjoyed. He's looking forward to working with the youths and the community once again. Jhon is currently a student (entering Sophomore) at University of Utah, majoring in Computer Science. He likes learning various skills like sports, hiking, biking, first aid, photography, writing, and more. He is excited to be part of Club U to gain and share awesome experiences!

JillianJillian Emmons
Jillian is Flex Staff this year at Club U and is excited for this summer to start! She has been a part of the Club U family for 5 years now. When not at camp, Jillian teaches 2nd grade and is excited to continue the learning this summer! Jillian attended the University of Utah where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. She loves to be outside doing things (hiking, camping, swimming, etc.) during the summer, and can't wait to share that with the campers.

JoeJoe Paine
Joe is entering his sophomore year at the University of Utah Honors College. In his free time, Joe loves to do anything outdoors. If he isn't in the office, he is most likely playing soccer, hiking, fishing, or camping. Joe grew up in the Avenues of SLC and graduated from West High School with an IB diploma. He was senior class president and enjoyed playing on West's soccer team for two years. Joe is a huge Real Salt Lake fan, and loves watching almost every sport. This is Joe's first year working as an administrative assistant for Club U and he couldn't be more excited!

KaatjeKaatje Fisk
Kaatje (pronounced Caught-ya!) is a science nerd currently wrapping up eleventh grade at the Salt Lake Center for Science Education. She enjoys staying active in the outdoors: running, camping, 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 two years and worked as a Mountain Sports Camp Counselor as well. 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 and run XC with West High and is currently rowing with Utah Crew. Kaatje loves skiing, animals (horses in particular), science, the Seattle Seahawks and SPIDER-MAN!!! She is excited to begin a new adventure with Club U!

KaraKara Cook
Kara is excited to start her first year at Club U as a camp aide! She's 16 years old, and will be a junior at Highland High School next fall. She loves playing soccer, running long distance track, playing basketball and basically any sport. She loves hiking and being outside, as well as reading and learning. Kara plays the piano and the flute and is currently enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Highland. She loves to smile and loves the energy that children bring.

KarenKaren Taylor Gill
Karen is on the edge of her seat excited for this summer's knockout adventure: Club U! Karen has recently returned home from an LDS Mission service and is more than excited to dive into the summer sun with the campers. Karen has had many years of childcare experience, ranging from high level special needs care to weekly nannying to CNA medical settings. She absolutely loves teaching children new social and academic skills to further their growth. This city girl has moved and traveled all around the world to learn about new cultures and enjoy all of the happy little moments life has to offer. Her hobbies include road trips, yoga/exercise, audiobooks, trips in general, photography/videography, decorating everything she can get her hands on and loving all humans. Karen is headed to school in the fall to study Performing Arts and Psychology. Please, please make sure to say hi to her as she would love to meet everyone apart of this fabulous program! "Be excellent to each other and party on dudes!"

KrissyKristine Peterson
Krissy has been a Ute her whole life and is looking forward to her first summer at Club U! She loves to have fun outdoors and getting messy! She just graduated from Murray High School and will be starting college this fall at Utah State University in the Biological Engineering Department. Krissy is a totally nerd and loves reading – especially Harry Potter. She loves movies and is fluent in Disney quotes. She loves to dance, particularly swing dance, even though she is not very good. 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!

MadeleineMadeleine Johnson
Madeleine is a new member to the Club U Staff and is more than excited for what is expected to be a great summer! Madeleine is from Rochester, New York and has worked at residential summer camps for the past three summers and is excited to continue working with children in Utah! Madeleine is currently a student at the University of Utah studying psychology and strategic communications. Madeleine is open to new experiences and is ready for all that Club U has to offer!

MaxMax Wirz
Max is excited to start his first year at Club U as a camp aide! He's 16 years old, and will be a junior at NUAMES High School next fall. He loves engineering, NYC, making cool forts, remote control cars/planes/drones, playing soccer, and the great outdoors. When he grows up he wants to design aircraft. He's excited to meet all the summer Club U campers and have a blast!

MelanieMelanie Gauci
Melanie could not be more excited to begin her first summer as a coordinator for Club U! Melanie graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, but after experiencing four summers at Camp Walt Whitman in New Hampshire as a basketball specialist, cabin counselor and age-group leader, as well as spending a season teaching outdoor education at Camp Muskingum in Ohio, her interests shifted. She is finishing up her Master of Science in Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Utah and hopes to continue to work with youth through camps or other recreational programs. In her free time, Melanie loves to practice yoga, run, ski, snowboard, hike, read and travel. She can't wait for the Club U adventures to begin!

OliOlivera Masters
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!

PhilPhil Torres
Phil is returning for his 7th summer with Club U! He is excited to be back this summer with Club U Varsity. Phil went to college at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota where he got his teaching degree. Phil just finished his 6th year of teaching Physical and Health Education at Spectrum Academy's Secondary school. In his spare time, he loves outdoor activities, playing/watching sports, and spending time with his family.

RebekahRebekah Blackburn
This is Rebekah's second summer working as a coordinator with Club U. She loves working with kids, traveling, meeting new people, reading, scrapbooking, exercising, playing sports, playing the piano, and acting. She is a psychology major with a minor in Theatre Studies at the University of Utah, with one more year to go. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in educational psychology following graduation, along with continuing her theatre pursuits. She is SO excited to have a blast working with Club U this summer!

RishabRishab Balakrishnan
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.

SierraSierra Bruggink
Sierra Bruggink is a Junior at the University of Utah, pursuing a degree in Recreational Therapy, as well as gaining her certification to become a yoga teacher. She has volunteered at elementary schools teaching reading to students. She has also taught dance at the Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind. She has previous experience working at the YMCA in Dallas Texas, as a camp counselor. She is excited to join the camp Lounge staff this summer. When she is not doing her favorite thing, being a counselor, she enjoys yoga, photography, reading, watching word girl, and hiking with her poodle.

StephenStephen Grant
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.

SydneySydney Richards
Sydney just finished her senior year at Virginia Tech and is returning home for the summer and couldn't be more excited to work with the kids at Club U! This will be her third year at camp and she is ready to have yet another great summer. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, playing basketball, and just hanging out with family and friends.