Meet our Team

 

Shelly O'Henley
Executive Direction
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810) 837-0119

 


Desiree Knierim
Camp Director
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Desiree is currently a student at Central Michigan University studying to become a Special Education Major with an endorsement in Emotional Impairments. 

She has been coming to camp for 17 summers. She was a camper from the Visually Impaired and Blind Session. She participated in the Leadership Development Program. From there, she became a Junior Counselor, Cabin Leader, Team Leader, and now serves as the summer Camp Director. Camp has always been a big part of her life, and it’s part of the reason she is the person she is today. 

Outside of school and camp activities, throughout the year, she is a substitute teacher for the Midland/Saginaw school districts. 

 

 

Jesse Walling
Head Maintenance
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Gloria Dempsey
Food Director
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Jean Jones
Climbing Tower and Low Ropes Course Director
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Stephanie Steffer
Visual Impairment Camp Coordinator
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Melissa Behnan
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Camp Coordinator
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Melissa Behnan is the Program Coordinator for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Session. She is a teacher in the Trenton Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Trenton, MI. Melissa has been working at camp and teaching since 2007.

Melissa serves on the board of directors for MI AG Bell and is also the captain of the Walk4hearing team, Team Bear Lake. 

 

Summer Staff

Lions Bear Lake Camp summer staff is selected with care and trained thoroughly. All staff undergo a series of background checks, and nearly all are trained in American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED. Our lifeguards are over 18 and certified by the American Red Cross.