CA Staff Bios

 CA Staff Bios
Julian
Camp Director
I am from Michigan and I graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science focusing on exercise science and health with a certification in personal training. I also have my First Aid/CPR/AED certification as well. I have 5 years of experience when it comes to working at a fitness and weight loss camp. I enjoy sports, traveling, and meeting new people.  I love being active and learning new things.What do I bring to camp? I am a very positive person and have overcome many challenges in my life. I believe I can use my experiences to help motivate, encourage, and bring a positive attitude to camp.  At camp, you can not only change your own life, but in the process, you can be helpful to others as well.

I am excited to be a part of Camp Shane because I have an opportunity to make a positive impact on others.

 CA Staff Bios
Wes
Assistant to the Director/Nutrition
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, I now live in Tallahassee, Florida and attend Florida State University. In high school I played hockey, lacrosse, football, and baseball. I was also involved with the youth lacrosse program as a coach. After graduating high school in Verona, Wisconsin, I attended Colorado State University – Pueblo to play NCAA Division 2 lacrosse. The following year I transferred to Florida State University where I currently play MCLA Division 1 lacrosse. I am currently a senior in progress of a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology with a minor in Chemistry. This is my second year at Camp Shane California. I have a passion for sports, which has allowed me to live a very healthy lifestyle. I want to take this passion of a healthy lifestyle and help to influence the next generation to be the best they can be on the inside and out.
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Melissa
Assistant to the Director/Fitness
I grew up in NY, then moved to ME, and now am living in southern CA. I found my passion for health & fitness at a young age through sports and camp activities. I have been in the health fitness & wellness field since 2011 and love everything about it. During my free time I enjoy dancing, sports, the beach, skiing, and hiking. I love being outdoors and traveling. I am very excited to be working with such an amazing group of staff at Camp Shane this year. I cannot wait to meet all of the new campers and see them progress throughout their time here. This is going to be one amazing summer!
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Sabrina
Zumba & Dance

A California native from San Diego, I am currently studying kinesiology at California State University of San Marcos with a pre-physical therapy emphasis. At age 11 I began my Camp Shane journey at the original New York location. I had Juvenile Arthritis and had put on weight due to my inactivity from sore joints and steroid medication. Afterwards, I came to the California location, lost weight and have truly gained physical benefits for my arthritis from maintaining and staying healthy to this day. Camp Shane sparked my interests into getting healthy at a young age and I have been so grateful everyday to have gone to a camp where I still have connections with friends that I met years ago! I am a CPR certified Zumba Instructor and BollyX instructor and am excited to teach exercise dance classes. In high school I was on my competitive swim team and would lifeguard at a neighboring pool. I can’t wait to give back to others that amazing friendship and experience I had at camp and I am excited to see all of you in the summer!
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Damani
Sports, Fitness, Photographer
I was born and raised in Augusta, GA and then studied Exercise Science at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  I love to run, weight lift, and play recreational sports.  I’m excited to come out to Camp Shane for the summer to share my passion for health and wellness.  This will be my first time in California, so it’ll be a new experience for me as well.  I hope to empower campers with the tools necessary to live long healthy lives by the end of camp.  I’m bringing high energy to camp this summer.  So to my future campers, warm up those face muscles, because a smile might get stuck on your face!
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Karen
Nutrition, Fitness
I’m from Evansville, Indiana and am currently a junior studying Dietetics at the University of Southern Indiana. In my free time I love traveling, running, and cooking. I can’t wait to work at Camp Shane this summer and share my passion for living a healthy lifestyle. Looking forward to meeting all of our campers and enjoying all camp has to offer!
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Jacqueline
Sports, Fitness
I am excited to be a counselor at Camp Shane California. It’s a pleasure to contribute and be a part of such a wonderful program. I am a mom of three children and as such, your children will be in safe and loving hands this summer. I am passionate about teaching and building confidence in our youth through respect and acceptance as well as trust and fun. I have been a Physical Education Instructor for four years and have coached youth basketball, soccer, and track in the Elementary level. I am currently at a Middle School where I provide structured play through cognitive learning, and peer interactions in a positive and accepting learning environment. Teaching and Coaching has been a rewarding experience and I look forward to all the new adventures we will share together as a Camp Shane family.
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Carmen
Sports, Fitness

I was born and raised in Estes Park Colorado, growing up in the mountain has taught me to love and to take advantage of all the outdoors has to offer. From a young age I knew I wanted to be involved in fitness and constantly found ways to teach others how to exercise other than just going to the gym. With my degree in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado Boulder, I also completed my Personal Training Certification and am a ACSM certified personal trainer, along with obtaining my USA Swim Coach Certification.

I currently coach 2 club swim teams in Fort Collins Colorado. Since starting to coach I have gained the skills to encourage, motivate, and teach the importance of hard work and how to facilitate a healthy lifestyle. My passion for athletics and fitness has led me seek out Camp Shane, I hope to share my knowledge and be a direct impact on as many campers as I can. I am excited to be along side of the campers as they embark on a life changing journey this summer. I know I will learn just as much from the campers as they will from me!