Joe and Kate with their two daughters Cheyenne and Liliana
Rick Strappello has served at Camp Mantowagan since God led him to camp in September 1977. He is a graduate of Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, with a BA in Bible. Rick worked at the YMCA of the Rockies in Colorado for a summer. Then he arrived at Camp Mantowagan after it had its first two weeks of summer camp in 1977. Since then, the camp has grown to be used year-round and has challenged thousands of students and adults to follow Jesus. Rick is the Executive Director, which includes planning and strategizing programming, projects, philosophy, and the future of camping and retreating. In the summer he manages the kitchen staff, purchases the food, and oversees the volunteer nurses. He schedules and coordinators the 30 to 40 retreat groups. Rick likes to read, hike, kayak, snowshoe, travel and spend time with his wife and grown children in Charlottesville, VA, Seattle, WA, and Houghton, NY.
Connie Strappello is a follower of Jesus and Rick's wife. She has been at Camp Mantowagan since September 1977. While living at camp she taught their four children--Jessica, Carina, Lee, and Larissa--at home for 19 years. During that time Connie was the camp photographer and summer camp registrar. Since 2003 she has been the counseling director and store manager. In 2009 she became the camp Facebook administrator. Connie enjoys being in the outdoors, whether it be hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, or photographing God's creation. She loves visiting and traveling with the family, time in the kitchen, and reading in front of the fire.
Lee Strappello has served at Camp Mantowagan full-time since May 2005 and grew up at camp working summers and breaks at camp during college. He graduated from Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, with both Business Administration and Marketing majors and a Biblical Studies minor. Lee is the Business and Facility Manager, which involves maintenance and improvement of the camp property; managing camp finances; leading programming such as rock climbing, canoeing, challenge course, and mountain biking; and creating communication tools such as newsletters and brochures. He also assists the Executive Director in planning and strategizing programming, projects, philosophy, and the future of camping and retreating. Lee enjoys trail running, biking, hiking, and functional fitness.
Joe Salyards is our newest staff member and serves in the facility and maintenance areas of the camp. Joe and his wife, Kate, have felt a desire for a long time to serve in camping ministry and in the Spring of 2018 decided to follow that call. Joe served as a truck driver in the past but is excited about serving at Camp Mantowagan. In addition, Joe and Kate have helped with cleaning at the camp over the last few years.