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The Forest Springs Alumni Association Cabinet

Dan Sterken 

I served at CFS as a Wilderness Trip leader over the summer of 2001.  During that summer I established a connection with a church in Wausau, WI that was looking for a Student Ministries Pastor.  I moved to Wausau and went on staff in the fall of 2002 and am still in that roll today.  Serving at CFS helped equip me for my role as a pastor and was instrumental in helping me network with others.  Each year I bring groups to camp because of the strong spiritual impact it has made on my life as well as the impact it continues to make on the lives of those who spend time with the Lord at camp.  

Dan is married to Kristy (Heijermans) and they have 3 children.

Eric MacKay 

I first experienced the joy of working at Camp Forest Springs when I began as a Counselor alongside my then-girlfriend Katie Kraeger (now Katie MacKay) during the summer of 2009. After what was easily the greatest and most challenging summer of my life, God called me to return for one more year as the Senior Counselor in 2010. Those two years on staff at Camp Forest Springs have significantly impacted my life's trajectory. After "graduating" from my CFS duties in 2010, I was able to find work in the insurance industry while my wife finished her undergraduate degree. Though I didn't realize it while Senior Counseling, God planted a desire in me to work with the college-age population. That passion led me to begin graduate studies in higher education administration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Katie and I currently reside. God has blessed me by also providing work as a hall director for nearly 1200 freshmen living in Witte Hall. As I reflect on where God has now placed me and those who I worked with during my summers in Westboro, I see a world of opportunities. I look forward to collaborating with Camp Forest Springs and its many alumni in our mission to serve Christ and spread the Gospel.

Ruth Landreth Wood 

I learned lessons at camp that I'm still using now.   Such as:  God can be depended on; He doesn't change and He is always there. There are no problems; only opportunities!  Share what the need is and ask people to pray and to give.  If you don't ask, they won't have the opportunity to participate in God's work.   God will provide and provides in a greater way than we think is possible. 

Camp staff, Bible teaching and camp music have blessed my family for many years since those years on staff.  I'm excited about the CFS Alumni program and what God is going to do through this.

  • 1970-1972, 1974-1975
  • Counselor, Sr. Counselor, Program Assistant x 2 and Camp Nurse
  • Presently working in outpatient cancer center, involved with women's groups at church.
  • Mother of 2 grown daughters and grandmother of 4 delightful pre-schoolers.

Dan Nowak 

My name is Dan Nowak and I had the privilege of working at CFS during the summers of 1985, 86 and 87.  I served as mini farmer, counselor, maintenance staff and I assisted with drama and music opportunities.  I am a graduate of Northwestern College in Minnesota.  I met my wife, Carla, at Northwestern and we were married in 1991.  We have three wonderful children- Caleb- 16, Megan - 13 and Faith - 6.  We live in Athens, WI and attend church at First Baptist in Medford, WI.  We are still involved in CFS.  We attend Family Camp each year as well as the annual dinner theater and community days in the Winter.  I work at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, where I work as the Dean of K-12 Programs.  I have enjoyed being part of the ministry of the Promise Quartet for the past 17 years.  It has been a pleasure and honor to sing and minister through music.  My wife Carla is a first grade teacher in the Athens school district.  I am very excited to serve on the new alumni council and look forward to hearing from each of  you.

Kathy Carlson 

Hi, I’m Kathy (Wagoner) Carlson.  Back in the early 70’s, Dick Angelo spoke in a Calvary Bible College Chapel service promoting CFS.  He explained that it was very hard to be accepted on summer staff, and I thought I’d never get accepted for a position.  But it was about 1973 I believe, that I first came to Camp Forest Springs as a counselor.  At summer’s end, Dick asked me to stay on after youth camps to work in the Program Office for him during Family Camps.   Getting to work at CFS one summer was wonderful enough, but to be asked to come back the following summer as Senior Counselor was miraculous!    That started a chain of events that stretched over two decades of working at camp every summer...until I got married in the fall of ’88.  Many Christmas vacations were also spent at CFS working at Wintertainment.  I even remember when John & Diane Windle first came!  Besides counseling, I spent summers working in the Program Office for Dick Angelo and Roger Johnson, headed up the camp stores, summer missions programs, staff socials, did secretarial work for Mr. Neale and Dick, taught Red Cross canoeing lessons, led canoe trips and was head cook in the kitchen.   Twice I was asked to consider coming onto full-time missionary staff, but the Lord led me on a slightly different course.   I was also part of a small group of summer staff that helped write the original Program Manual.  

Though my life’s ministry with kids has primarily been in the classroom, the lessons I’ve learned from time working at Camp Forest Springs have been invaluable in my teaching.  After graduating from Calvary Bible College in 1976, I finally got my Master of Education from Viterbo University in 2009 and completed my 902 Professional license for Library Media Specialist from UWO in 2012.   Many years I taught in Christian schools in Kansas and Wisconsin, but I’ve been teaching in the Wautoma Area School District (WI) now for 14 years, with the last 8 being the elementary Library Media Specialist.   I’m very involved in our church and community outreach programs such as our Kidz Club, Mission Backpack and Food Pantry.  And I still love to sing and take pictures!  I am a freelance photographer and beginning web designer working out of my home.  My summers may not be spent working at CFS anymore, but the love I have for the ministry of camp, the staff and campers goes deep in my heart.  Deep connections … Lifetime friendships.

 

Ryan​  & Heather Reissner 

ALUMNI COORDINATORS