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.

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SANDY "MARIT" OLSON

Youth Director

(651) 208-3333

“Marit” is the Sons of Norway Youth Director and has also served as the Administrator for Masse Moro Norwegian Heritage Camp for the past three years. She loves everything Norwegian and is dedicated to the promotion of the “Magic of Masse Moro”. The mission for Sons of Norway is to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway. She feels that Masse Moro is a “perfect fit” to carry out this mission.

2021 CAMP DIRECTORS

 

Camp Directors are onsite during the camp session and manage all of the day-to-day programming, staff, and functions of camp.

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RAMONA

Co-Director

Sonja Olson 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 Allsang and watching the campers get excited about their heritage.  She is very excited to be joining the leadership team as co-director this year! 

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GEIR

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. 

2021 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.

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KJETIL

Counselor

Kjetil is a filmmaker from Texas who enjoys all things Masse Moro! This will be his 5th year
on staff and he's so excited to get back to camp. He holds a B.S. in Film Production from
The University of Texas at Austin where he also studied Norwegian language and culture. He
loves goofing around, continuing camp traditions, and making sure everyone has a
welcoming experience. Kjetil loves connecting with and sharing his Norwegian roots and
can't wait to help deltakere make some life-long memories!

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LEIF

Counselor

Leif is excited to return to Masse Moro staff this year. A camper for many years and a staff member, he is looking forward to making another year of memories for all the campers!

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INGEBJØRG

Counselor

Ingebjørg is a student at Winona state university. This will be her 4th year counseling at camp. She is super excited to meet all the campers and have a great year har på Masse Moro.

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KAIA-BIRGIT

Counselor

Kaia-Birgit (KB) has been on staff since 2016 and is excited to be back again! She graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2020 with a BA in Theatre. In her free time she enjoys reading, roller skating and rewatching the same 4 shows on Netflix.

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TINA

Counselor

Tina is a music teacher in Minnetonka, Minnesota.  During her time outside of the classroom, Tina likes to be outdoors rock climbing, hiking, playing volleyball and swimming.  This is Tina's third year as a counselor, and she can't wait to see everyone in person again!

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VIVIAN

Counselor

Vivian a senior in high school from Hudson, WI. She was a camper for 5 years and is excited for her first year as a counselor. She's made so many great memories at Masse Moro and can't wait to be back!

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THOR

Counselor

Thor is from Rockford, Illinois and is currently attending UW-Platteville for a degree in mechanical engineering. He's been at masse moro since he was 10, the past few years as a volunteer and this will be his first year as a staff member. He loves history and all things Vikings, even though he's a Bears fan. He also enjoys woodworking and metalworking, as well as woodburning. Camp his favorite part of the year and he can’t wait to be back!

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ESPEN

Counselor

Espen is an avid outdoorsman from Bozeman, MT, where he attends Montana State University. He is excited to be back on staff to enjoy the fun and exciting times we have here at Masse Moro.

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FELIX

Counselor

Felix is former camper for 3 years, and this is his first year as a counselor. He's studying law enforcement and hopes to become a state trooper. Brother to Kjetil, born and raised in Houston, Texas he can’t wait to give campers the fun memories he was given.

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JAMES

Wood Carver Instructor

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.

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JOHANNE

Rosemaling Instructor

She has been the rosemaling instructor at Masse Moro since 2003.  Rosemaling since her 20’s, she has taken many classes with Vesterheim Gold Medalists and even Norwegian rosemalers. In 2015-2017, she studied under Pam Rucinski, VGM the Gubrandsdal style of rosemaling through the Wisconsin Arts board apprenticeship program. She has traveled to Norway and Sweden with the Vesterheim folk art tours. In 2019 she was awarded a Fellowship through the American Scandinavian Foundation to study folk art painting in Sweden .  She has also received over the years numerous awards for her rosemaling, including two Best of Shows at the Wisconsin State Rosemaling Association competition. She looks forward each year coming to Masse Moro to share her knowledge.

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KATJA

Health Aide

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