MEET OUR STAFF
SONS OF NORWAY FIFTH DISTRICT YOUTH DIRECTOR
A key resource from the Fifth District, our Youth Director oversees the operations of camp and is a part of the District Board.
Sandra is married to Thomas Olson; they live in Woodville, Wisconsin. She has three grown children and nine grandchildren. She has a degree in Human Resources Management and is a member and past president of the Valkyrien Lodge. She loves everything Norwegian. She is a firm believer that Masse Moro is a “perfect fit” to carry out the mission of Sons of Norway, which is to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway.
2019 CAMP DIRECTORS
Camp Directors are onsite during the camp session and manage all of the day-to-day programming, staff, and functions of camp.
ZACHARY "OLVIN" GARNER
Olvin is a woodworker by trade, specializing in one of a kind furniture and art. He has been attending Masse Moro since 2000. After several years as a camper, he returned as a member of the staff for many years. Having been a counselor for the better part of a decade, including one year as a woodworking instructor, in 2019 he will return as a Co-Director. He's very excited to make the 40th Anniversary session of camp more special than ever and can't wait to spend another amazing year at his favorite place in the world.
KEIR "GEIR" KRISTIANSEN
Geir holds a degree from Winona State University, where he also currently works. He has been a part of Masse Moro for many, many years starting his journey as a camper at the age of 9 years old. He has worked on staff as a Counselor, Senior Staff member, and Activities Director. He is thrilled to be part of the leadership team leading Masse Moro into it's 40th summer.
2019 COUNSELING & ACTIVITIES STAFF
Counseling and Activities staff stay onsite during the camp session, stay in cabins (or other camp buildings) and run the programs and activities at camp.
ELIZABETH "GINA" BOUDREAU
Gina is from Nekoosa, WI. She is currently studying Early Childhood Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In her free time she loves to coach softball and loves all things Disney. She has a part of Masse Moro since 2010 as a camper and on-staff. Her favorite camp activities include Allsang, Idrett, and Kveldsprogrammer.
RACHEL "TINA" FINNES
Tina is the director of bands at Westmont High School, a small town in the Chicago-land area. She graduated with a degree in music education from North Central College, with an emphasis in choral and instrumental music. In her spare time, Tina enjoys spending time with her family and pets. Growing up, Tina had a family with strong roots in Norwegian heritage and culture. She attended Norwegian language summer camps at a very young age, and fell in love with Messe Moro after her first two weeks. Tina returned to Messe Moro for as long as she was able, and is still connected with many of the people she went to camp with. Tina is thrilled to be back at Messe Moro as a counselor, to help spread the love of Norwegian culture and language, and to help campers make similar, long lasting friendships - just as she did.
JAMES RAY MILLER
Activities Instructor - Wood Carver
James is a woodworker who studied Computer Science, Nordic Studies and Biology at Luther College. Aside from his focus on traditional Norwegian figure carving, he is devoted to researching and preserving traditional folk instruments and music. Although he has never attended Masse Moro in any role, he has taught woodcarving classes, conducted cultural demonstrations, and served as Vice President of Luther College's Norskklubb. He can hardly wait to join Masse Moro this year to be part of the amazing community and pass on his passion for Norwegian folk art.
SONJA "RAMONA" OLSON
Ramona holds a degree in Early Childhood Education from Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. She was a camper for 6 years and has been on staff since 2011. Her favorite part about camp is teaching the campers about the history of Norway and watching their excitement about the various programs and activities.
MATTY "KATJA" ZIMMERMAN
Katja has been both a camper and staff member, and this is her 3rd year here on staff as the Health Aide. Outside of camp she is a certified athletic trainer for the University of Dubuque in Iowa where she deals with cuts and bruises, diagnosing and caring for all injuries, dealing with concussions, and controlling life threatening situations. Katja holds a B.S. in Human Biology-Exercise Science and a Master's Degree in Athletic Training, as well as certifications in CPR, AED, supplemental oxygen delivery, and first aid and emergency care. Her background makes camp the perfect place for me in the summer. Cuts and scrapes and injuries are a part of camp life! Katja's around to make sure any injury big or small receives the correct care.
SONS OF NORWAY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Andrew Johnsen, President
Kathy Secora, Vice President
Darlene Arneson, Secretary
Mike Palecek, Treasurer
Cheryl Wille Schlesser, Sports & Recreation Director
Karen Eberhardt, Publicity Director
Geraldine Lachman, Cultural Director
Sandra Olson, Youth Director
Audrey Severson, Zone 1 Director
Tom Boudreau, Zone 2 Director
Karen Broadhead, Zone 2 Director
Peggy Schroeder, Zone 4 Director
Connie Kross, Zone 5 Director
Dee Bumpers, Zone 6 Director
Robin Fossum, International Director - District 5
For more information about Sons of Norway Fifth District. Please visit their website at www.sonsofnorway5.com