Our outstanding staff make all the difference. We strive to provide a “Ministry of Hospitality” in all aspects of our work – whether leading an activity, cleaning a cabin or preparing a meal.
Director – Shirley Asmussen:
Shirley has been the director of DuBois Center since October 2010. Prior to serving here, she directed the UCC camp in Missouri for 14 years. She has a degree in Recreation Administration and began her career and ministry in camping and youth development with the YMCA. After a combined thirteen years with two YMCAs, she felt the call to church camp. Her favorite camp activities are outdoor cooking, campfires, archery, vespers and candle time. When not at camp, she loves to travel and kayak.
Core Staff Team
Outdoor Ministry Intern – Leah Juenger:
Leah is the 6th Outdoor Ministry Intern at DuBois Center. She started her journey at DuBois Center as a part-week camper when she was just 7 years old. Leah continued to come to DuBois Center for summer camp every summer as she grew up. In the summer of 2013, she joined summer staff as a Counselor/Activity Specialist. Leah then came back and spent the summers of 2014 and 2015 as summer staff before starting the internship in September of 2015. When not at camp, Leah enjoys practicing Yoga, walking nature trails and watching Disney movies.
Facility Caretaker – Tom Kahrhoff:
Tom joined the DuBois Center Core Staff Team in September of 2016. Tom lives locally, works around his own property and owns a couple horses. This paired with over 20 years of experience in maintenance at a local hospital, make his skill set a great fit for DuBois Center. Tom retired from the local hospital, but after a couple years decided to go back to work part-time – and we are very glad he did. Tom loves working outdoors and considers himself quite the handyman. When not at camp, Tom enjoys hunting, working with horses and spending time with his grandchildren.
Summer Program Staff and International Staff
Our summer camp counselors and coordinators are a caring, energetic and dedicated bunch! Each member of our summer program staff has experience working with children and are committed to the personal and spiritual growth of our campers. Most, if not all, are certified in First Aid and CPR. Many are also certified lifeguards. They participate in an intensive 9-day staff training program to ensure they are ready to serve our campers and families.
Each summer, among our Summer Program Team are international staff members from around the globe. Some come to us through Eden Theological Seminary, others through international exchange organizations such as Camp America and CCUSA. They are a wonderful addition to our team and bring diverse perspectives and cultures to our camp.
All staff members, whether from the USA or around the globe, meet strict standards related to the application process, and reference and background checks.