Meet the people who keep Kamaji Going

Our Staff

Kamaji is only such an amazing place because of the amazing people that make it that way. Get to know the whole Kamaji staff team!


Leadership Staff

Kat Martin Nelson, Co-Camp Director/Owner

Kat grew up at Kamaji as a camper and then went on to work as a cabin counselor and waterski instructor before she worked on the Leadership team as a Unit Director. After she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004 she began working year-round as Kamaji’s Associate Director. Kat and Jason became the owners and directors of Kamaji in 2013.

Kat has spent over 25 summers at Camp Kamaji! She handles all things camper related from recruitment to cabin life to extra hugs and high-fives! She also manages our health center and our general camp program.

Jason Nelson, Co-Camp Director/Owner 

Jason grew up in the wild outdoors of Michigan and received his finance degree from Western Michigan University. He then worked in Chicago for over 10 years on the finance side of commercial real estate and operations management.

Jason has been at Kamaji since 2013 and handles all things finance, kitchen, and wilderness trip related. You never know where you’ll find him at camp- he’s always on the move!

Bri Humphries, Operations Director

Bri first joined the Camp Kamaji team in 2014 as an office assistant. After graduating from Franklin College she joined us full-time. She recruits and prepares staff for camp and manages our social media accounts. Pop into our inbox and say hello!

During the season, Bri works closely with the support staff and keeps things moving in many different areas of camp.

Shannon Kettenring, Program Director

Our program director, Shannon, is a former Camp Kamaji counselor and Unit Director. This will be her 13th summer at camp! She is the mastermind behind our camper’s schedules and also supervises our activity staff. Shannon lives in Georgetown, KY with her family, including two Kamaji campers.

Laney Maguire, Staff Coach and Development Director

Laney is our Staff Coach and Development Director. She gives guidance to our counselors with check-ins, weekly meetings, and other additional support. If you can’t find her in the office, she’s most likely helping out on the Kamaji waterfront! This will be Laney’s 6th summer at Kamaji.


Randy Nyberg, Camp Caretaker

Randy started working at Camp Kamaji in 2007 as camp’s caretaker. Randy works year ’round taking care of our beautiful camp. He spends a lot of the off-season making improvements at camp like renovating the washhouses, building the treehouse, siding buildings and building new decks and porches. His trusty sidekicks, dogs Patch and Oreo are always by his side.

During the season, Randy is at camp and helps to keep camp running smoothly by fixing holes in screens, dealing with any plumbing issues, driving campers to their canoe put-in spots and tinkering with our camp boats and vehicles.

When he’s not hard at work at camp, Randy loves to coach and watch baseball (he’s a Twins fan!), spend time with his wife, Barb, who works locally as a nurse, and with his kids, Chris, Nick, Georgia and Josh, and grandkids.

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