Key Staff


Dan Reynolds
Director of Endless Possibilities
Akron Rotary Camp
 
Email:
danr@akronymca.org
 
Phone:
330-644-4512 ext 3200
330-926-4952 direct dial

With the Y Since:
5/1995

Experience:
My love for camping started when I was 15 years old with my first job at an Easter Seals camp near my home. I started working at the Akron Y as a Rotary Camp cabin counselor, after my freshman year in college. It was the hardest job I ever had, but the most rewarding. I spent the rest of my collegiate career working summers between Rotary Camp and Camp Y-Noah doing a variety of jobs. I've been the director of the Akron Rotary Camp since 2000 and it continues to be the most rewarding experience of my life. The best part of working at the YMCA, is knowing that I'm making a difference in peoples' lives.

Qualifications:
I graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. I am Christopher's and Kaylee's dad. They have taught me more about children than all of my camp experiences. I serve on the American Camp Association Board as the Vice President for the Ohio Section. I had the opportunity to present at regional camping conferences on a variety of subjects, including inclusion, disability education, and behavior management.

Hobbies & Interests:
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My favorite place to relax is at the family cottage in Slippery Rock, PA.

Favorite Book or Movie:
Book: A Walk in the Woods. Movie: Indian Summer - of course.
 

Dawn Housley
Director of First Impressions
Akron Rotary Camp

Email:
dawnh@akronymca.org

Phone:
330-644-4512 ext 3203

With the Y Since:
March 2009

Experience:
I was in restaurant management for many years before becoming a stay-at-home mom in 1996 to four adopted children.  I became a Rotary Camp family in the summer of 2004 and quickly became involved in all the programs.

Qualifications:
My 13 year old daughter, Angel, has down syndrome and is pacemaker dependent. My 11 year old son is diagnosed with F.A.S., Reactive Attachement Disorder, O.D.D., ADHD, and DD.
 
Hobbies & Interests:
Watching my children in band and sports.  Reading and scrap-booking.

Favorite Book or Movie:
Books: Christian-based love stories   Movies:  Blindside and Extraordinary Measures

 
J.D. Detsch
Imagination Specialist
Akron Rotary Camp

Email:
jeremyd@akronymca.org
 
Phone:
330-644-4512 ext 3204

With the Y Since:
Summer of 2012

Experience:
I joined the Rotary Camp family in the summer of 2012 as an Activities/Waterfront Director. I have also helped out with the Special Olympics since my Sophomore year of High School. While attending Slippery Rock University I was the graduate liaison for the Special Olympics of Butler County and I also coached a couple of their teams. Also while at Slippery Rock I helped out with their therapeutic riding program as well as working with AVS which gave me experience working with adults with severe and profound disabilities.

Qualifications:
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Gannon University and received a Master of Science in Adapted Physical Activity from Slippery Rock University .  I am also a member of the American Camping Association (ACA).

Hobbies & Interests:
I love meeting new people and learning about their interests. I enjoy working and playing basketball. However I feel I get the most pleasure just hanging out with some of our campers and getting to know as much about them as possible!

Favorite Book or Movie:
Book: For the Love by Wee J. Fernan   Movie: Coach Carter
 
 
Mella A. Castner
Dreamweaver
Akron Rotary Camp
 
Email:
mellac@akronymca.org
 
Phone:
330-644-4512 ext. 3206
 
With the Y Since:
June 2013
 
Experience:
My only camping experiences were when I was a Girl Scout of which I have fond memories of bonding with friends in our girls cabin. I must admit that today, my preferred method of camping is staying at a lodge or hotel. 
 
I have always had a passion for children and adults with special needs. My service-oriented attitude is directly tied to my parents, both of whom were deaf. They became highly active in their community and organizations, raising money and awareness as needed.  Watching them give back to the community had a large influence on me and helped to direct my career path.
  
Qualifications:
I have more than 35 years of development experience in fundraising for non-profit organizations. Previous development positions include Summa Foundation, Hattie Larlham Foundation and Junior Achievement in Akron.  

I am also an active volunteer board member with the Association of Fundraising Professionals of North Central Ohio Chapter, an organization that fosters the development and growth of fundraising professionals and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. 
 
Hobbies & Interests:
I love spending time with my family, especially our three grandchildren who keep my husband and I young at heart! I also enjoy going out to dinner with friends, watching movies, reading, gardening and cooking.  
 
Favorite Book or Movie:
Book: I enjoy reading all types of biographies.  
Movies:  Scent of a Woman and Steel Magnolias

Amanda Warner
Director of Volunteer Opportunities and Special Events
Akron Rotary Camp
 
Email:
amandaw@akronymca.org
 
Phone:
330-644-4512 ext. 3205
 
With the Y Since:
June 2002 with a little break in-between. Most recent March 2015.
 
Experience:
My first introduction to summer camp was in 2002, when I came to work as a international camp counselor. I returned for a second summer as I realized that working at camp was one of the most rewarding jobs I've ever done. Camp taught me a lot of myself and how to take on life day by day.

Qualifications:
I've had several roles at Camp throughout the years including camp counselor, waterfront director, program director, administrative work, and most recent Director of Volunteer Opportunities and Special Events.
 
Hobbies & Interests:
I love spending time with my husband and our two children. We love to travel and explore new places, but also love the activities and events that Akron has to offer. I also like cooking, baking and scrap-booking.
 
Favorite Book or Movie:
Book: Anything Inspirational 
Movie: Dead Poet Society