Dave & Donna Stricker celebrated their 25th summer as the owners of Wah-Nee in 2018! Dave was a Counselor and Group Leader at Wah-Nee starting in 1977, returning with Donna in 1994 to continue the great traditions and values learned there--a dream come true! Over the years they have lovingly built Wah-Nee into the remarkable facility it is today--and the caring shows. Donna is very active all year, working closely with parents, campers and staff in many capacities. Dave & Donna are at camp all summer and get to know each camper personally. Together they bring calm leadership and experience, treating every Wah-Nee camper and staff member as if they were their own--the true meaning of family.

Harvey Mandell, together with Dave & Donna, is the camp’s Director. Harvey started at Wah-Nee in 1969, met his wife Roni at Wah-Nee, raised his sons there, and is also our Boy's Head Counselor. He has been a premier role model at camp, a positive influence on thousands of children in his legendary camping career. Harvey oversees our phenomenal staff, helping Dave & Donna make Wah-Nee the very special place that is. Harvey is truly beloved by all who attend camp--a very special part of our Magic! Pete Sale joins Harvey on Boy's Camp as the Athletic Director—Pete is a true Wah-Neeite who hasn't missed a summer in over 30 years and is highly respected on Boy's side as a fine athlete and a teacher during the winter months. He's also a great Dad whose 2 kids love their Wah-Nee summers!

Heidy Santangelo is our Girl's Head Counselor. She started at Wah-Nee in our Office, ran our Canteen, and in 2014 stepped into her new role as the Head Counselor on Girl's side at Wah-Nee. Heidy has a bright, warm smile, tremendous energy and a great love of Camp. She has 3 boys at Wah-Nee, and together with her husband Fred they are living their dream of raising their family at Camp! She teams with Brittne Davis to manage all aspects of Girl’s Camp life. Brittne is also a Wah-Nee lifer, having been a camper, counselor, Group Leader and now Assistant Girl’s Head Counselor. A mother of two, she met her husband Brian at Wah-Nee. Brian runs our Hockey program—they’re both terrific teachers in the winter and embody the Wah-Nee 10-4-2 spirit all year long! Steve Bluth is our outstanding Girl's Athletic Director. Together, this great team makes Girl's Camp the spirited, active and amazing place that it is, summer after summer!

Leadership starts at the top of every great organization. Wah-Nee’s leadership team works as one unit, together on our fundamental beliefs about what can and should be taught at an extraordinary summer camp. Our spectacular Staff follows this leadership team hand in glove. This results in the incredible summers our campers enjoy year after amazing year! As our parents and campers say, Wah-Nee is like no other camp in the world! It all begins with good people working hard with integrity, consistency, compassion, caring, kindness and class. We all aim to be the best role models we can be, every day.


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