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.
Zachary Barton is the son of Bryan and Melanie Barton from Casco, Michigan. He attended Anchor Bay High School, and is currently attending Northwood University and working towards his Hospitality Management Degree. He has an avid love for all animals and a need to help everyone he meets. Zachary is very excited to meet and make sure all the campers have the best time possible at Camp Fish Tales.
Tyler grew up in Bay City MI, graduated from Central High School in 1999 and spent many years going to Delta college learning a range of things from Architecture to Nursing. Some of his favorite times have been camping with family and friends; learning how to hunt, fish, play in the water and find beauty in nature. Tyler likes working at Fish Tales because the campers are more receptive and grateful to be out in the woods than your typical “city kid”. He also has a special affinity for taco night but don’t tell the pizza cook.
Robert works as substitute support staff in the Bay City School system. Robert works with a wide variety of ages and learning abilities in the school system. Robert is an active member of the Opportunity Center and serves as a member of the Community Mental Health Board. Robert volunteers for the Salvation Army. Robert will be returning to Camp Fish Tales for his second summer.
Rosalee (Rosie) Burton
Rosie is a Social Work Major at Saginaw Valley State University. Rosie comes from Troy, Michigan. She was involved in her high school choral group and orchestra playing viola. She has been a residential care worker with Jayden Transitional Housing. She is very interested in helping people improve their lives.
Lucas attends Pinconning High School and served as a Counselor in Training last year at Camp Fish Tales. Lucas is interested in Robotics and has participated in the Statewide Robotics competition.
Oliver graduated from John Glenn High School and currently attends Saginaw Valley State University. Oliver is a Social Work major at SVSU. Oliver has Asperger’s Syndrome. He is an accomplished Special Olympian with many gold medals under his belt. Being a participant in Special Olympics and having a little brother with autism, he is quite experienced in entertaining and caring for people with all sorts of disabilities. If there is ever a problem, you can be sure Oliver can handle it!
Ashley graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Speech Therapy. She is currently working on her Masters in Speech pathology. Ashley has worked as a camp counselor at Camp Fish Tales and at the YWCA Camp Cavell at Lexington, MI. Ashley’s interests include traveling, and long distance running.
Mary Jane Galen
Mary Jane attends Bay City Central High School and is part of the school’s anti bullying club. She is a volunteer with Special Olympics. She is a member of Bay City Central’s Tennis Team. She also attends the Bay-Arenac Career Center and is studying Veterinary Science. She also has volunteered with Bay County Habitat for Humanity and the Bay County Animal Shelter. She loves the outdoors and is looking forward to working at Camp Fish Tales.
Alison S. Greene
Alison is returning as a counselor for her second summer at Camp Fish Tales. Alison was home schooled. Alison grew up with siblings with disabilities and loves offering a camping experience for children and adults with disabilities. Alison has served as a respite counselor and volunteered for Food Giveaways and the annual Fish Races.
Katie attends the Midland Academy. She is a volunteer with Vacation Bible School at St. Johns Church. She has volunteered at Camp Fish Tales as a respite weekend counselor. She is a Member of National Honor Society at the Midland Academy.
Taylor is a graduate of Bay City Central High School and currently attends Delta College studying Forensic Psychology. She loves music, singing and dance. She was active in the BCCH’s drama department. She has been a counselor at Royal Family Kids Camp for four years. She is a member of the Bay Valley Christian Church Worship Team. She loves working with children and believes Camp Fish Tales will be a great opportunity.
Chantal went to John Glenn high school in Bay City, MI. and was active in the Theater and Drama Departments. She is an active member of her church community, serving as a lector and cantor. She is active in the church choir and special events. She loves to be outside, walking, biking, and just being around nature. She has cared for her brother who has a disability and wants to give others like him a chance to attend summer camp.
Kyle is a graduate of Standish Sterling High School and attends Delta College studying nursing. Kyle has worked as a camp counselor at Camp Fish Tales and at the YWCA Camp Cavell at Lexington, MI. Kyle loves the outdoors, is an avid hunter and is a certified archery instructor. Kyle volunteers at his church and at Camp Fish Tales for special events.
Kendall is a junior at Grand Valley State University studying Therapeutic Recreation. She has served as a counselor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp. She has worked for Hope Network as a Direct Care Giver. She enjoys being outside, playing sports or doing any physical activity. She enjoys crafts and reading. She hopes to turn her experience and degree into a Camp Director position upon graduation.
Jeff is a graduate of Bay City Central High School. He loves the outdoors. He is an avid softball player and Special Olympics volunteer and athlete. He loves basketball and soccer and is looking forward to working with the campers at Fish Tales. He is a big University of Michigan and Western Michigan University supporter.
Taylor played football and participated in track and field at Chesaning High School. He has been a volunteer at the Saginaw County Fair and the American Red Cross. Taylor attended summer camp when he was younger and remembers how much fun he had at camp. He love recreational activities, being outdoors and water sports. Taylor hopes to attend Delta College in the Fall.
Dawn attended Gladwin High School and Delta College. She will be attending SVSU in the Fall of 2017 to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She is excited to be spending the summer at Camp Fish Tales! She loves having fun with people and helping them through any challenges they may be facing. She loves the outdoors, playing sports, listening to music, watching movies and hanging out with dogs. Dawn volunteered for Fall Respite at Camp Fish Tales and is eager to continue in her camp counselor role.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject line: Employment Application