The camp program is planned and supervised by full-time staff members of Camp Fish Tales. Staff members have diverse educational and employment backgrounds and many years of experience working with people who have disabilities. Staff members include:
Beth Dow, Executive Director
Dow is the former executive director of the Disability Services Resource Center and previously served the Muscular Dystrophy Association as health care service and camp coordinator. “I look forward to serving the disability community and leading a new team in creating accessible and incredible camping experiences,” Dow said in a press release. “I am thrilled and honored to help write the next chapter of Camp Fish Tales history.”
Patt Dutchik, Camp Director
Patt graduated from Mt. St. Joseph University with a degree in Elementary Education and received a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Oakland University to teach Emotionally Impaired. She is retired from Utica Community Schools. Patt has worked as Camp Counselor for Lifetime Fitness. She is a long time volunteer camp counselor and cabin leader for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has lead various weekends at Camp Cavell. Patt resides in Romeo, Michigan. She has a daughter Katrina and a son Patrick.
Juliann Bates, LPN, Camp Nurse
Nurse Julie is a Licensed Practical Nurse with the State of Michigan and also a Certified Phlebotomy Technician. She is a former Clinical instructor for Ross Medical Education Center and has served as a private duty home care coordinator and as a full time resource nurse with McLaren Bay Regional Medical Center. She is a hospice volunteer, former 4H leader and recipient of the Presidential Award for outstanding nursing and compassion through McLaren Bay Special Care Hospital. Julie has been a member of Camp Fish Tales since 2016.
Kristy Bermejo – Administrative Assistant
Kristy has twenty years of home health care experience and is CMH trained. She started her non-profit career in 2009 as Executive Assistant at Disability Services Resource Center. She brings to Camp Fish Tales strong experience in fundraising and community service programming. She is a member of the Bay City Noon Optimist Club. Kristy resides in Bay City, Michigan. She has one son Thomas, and a new grandson Lucas.
Numerous others join us for our summer programs. Summer staff members are hired after undergoing a careful application and screening process. Adults (age 18 and over) serve as counselors and activity leaders. Service and support positions are filled by adults and teens (age 16 and over). The entire staff attends a thorough pre-camp orientation program. To further provide quality care for our campers and adult guests, the overall camper-to-staff ratio is typically 1:1 or occasionally 1:2. We never have more than 2 campers with one staff member.
For the past five years Camp Fish Tales has offered a work experience program, for students with disabilities, in cooperation with the Disability Network of Mid-Michigan. Each summer 16-20 students gain experience in team work, responsibility and receive job skills training. The Disability Network of Mid-Michigan also brings young adults up to the camp for a fishing trip and for one night of camping during a break week for the camp.
Please mail application to:
Camp Fish Tales – Employment Application
2177 E. Erickson Road
Pinconning, MI 48650
or email to: email@example.com
Subject line: Employment Application