Our Leadership Team is what truly makes YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps so unique. Combined with a breadth of experience, each leader is committed to the positive development of youth, families, and communities. If you need to contact any one of our camp staff, click on their name below. (link emails to names and add a photo)
CEO, State YMCA of Michigan and Director, YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha
David Martin is now in his 32nd year at Camp Hayo-Went-Ha! Dave is enjoying his fourteenth year at the helm of Hayo-Went-Ha, having come up “through the ranks” beginning as a camper in 1968. Outside of camp, he is active in the American Camp Association. Dave and his wife Niki have four children, that have all been HWH campers at different times of their lives. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, travel, music, and plays in the Northern Michigan Brass Band (check out the tuba section).
Director, YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha
2016 will be Amanda Macaluso’s 19th year as Camp Director and 24th year on staff at YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps. She has also served as a counselor, waterfront director and program director since 1993. During the winter she plans the intricate details of every trip, recruits campers and staff and oversees the year round programming at the Girls Camp site. Professionally, Amanda is an active member of the American Camp Association and the YMCA Michigan Camps Network. Personally, she is a member of her local PTO and is a Girl Scout Leader. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe, and their two young daughters.
The Experiential Environmental Education (E3) and Retreats Director and Day Camp Director
David joined Hayo-Went-Ha Camps in 2008 after 5 years as the Assistant Outdoor Education Director at Northern Illinois University’s Lorado Taft Field Campus. Prior to journeying to Illinois, David worked as an OE Program Director at YMCA Camp Thunderbird in South Carolina and as an OE Instructor at YMCA Camp Pendalouan in Montague, MI. David is often visited during camp dinners by his wife, Jessica, son David and daughter Abigayle.
Director of Finances
Erin Steffen joined the full-time staff of the State YMCA of Michigan on January 5, 2017 as the new Director of Finances. Erin is based at the
Torch Lake site (headquarters of the State YMCA of Michigan) and comes to us with strong banking and finance background with Wells Fargo
Bank and Horizon Community Credit Union (Green Bay, Wisconsin). She has an impressive camp pedigree: her father Bruce Otte was a camper
and counselor for many years in the 1960’s and 70’s and her grandmother is none other than long time camp nurse and HWH Hall of Fame member,
Grace Otte. Erin lives in Gaylord with her husband Tim, son Caleb, and daughter Grace.
After many years in the airline and hospitality industry, John finally settled for a less stressful environment on the shores of Torch Lake. His favorite hobbies are cycling and reading. John and his wife Susan, have two sons and are enjoying eight grandchildren. John is the welcoming voice of Hayo-Went-Ha Camps placing a high priority on customer service and is the person to talk with about registrations. Those who talk with John always feel listened to and appreciated.
Camp HWH Buildings and Grounds Director
2013 will be Doug Gillespie’s 14th year of year round staff. Doug and Diane his wife have 3 children, all three have been campers at the 2 Camps over the years. Amanda, the eldest just went into active duty for the Army like both of her parents were. On personal time Doug is a board member of Helping Heroes Kids a Non-Profit that raises monies to send children of Wounded Soldiers to summer Camp. In 2012 the organization sent 2 children in Michigan to Camp Hayo-Went-Ha and Arbutus-Hayo-Went-Ha whose father lost his leg in Iraq.
Camp AHWH Buildings and Grounds Director
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Jim comes from a Camp family. His dad was a camper from 1936 to 1942. Jim was a camper and counselor from 1966 to 1980. His daughters were campers and staff at AHWH and his sons were campers at HWH. Grandson Garrett, as a 2015 Ranger, will start the 4th generation (with 5 other grandsons waiting eagerly in the wings). Before filling the new position of Director of Development and Alumni Relations in 2014, Jim was an active camp volunteer, chairing the Boys Camp Program Committee, co-chairing the HWH 100th Anniversary Celebration, co-chairing the Second Century of Camping Capital Campaign, serving as a member and Secretary of the Board of the State YMCA of Michigan and serving as a member and Vice President of the Camp Advisory Board. Jim connects with alumni, fund raises, writes Whispering Pines, writes grants, plays the banjo and guitar at campfires and sends out updates on happenings at camp and alumni events. In the 34 years between camp gigs, Jim spent 10 years as a squash pro in the Detroit area and 24 years as an attorney in private practice. Jim and his wife Louise (a former Camp Advisory Board President) live in Alden.