Meet our Team

Our staff at Tamarack Camps Outdoor Education (TCOE) has a passion for the outdoors, as well as high energy and enthusiasm for working with students and community groups.  While we train all of our staff members, most bring experience in team building, outdoor skills, environmental education, and life guarding.

Please review the bios of our year-round staff below:

Fletcher Raftery

Assistant Director, Outdoor Education
Fletcher - Staff Bio PictureBorn and raised in northern Minnesota, I grew up outside; camping, fishing, swimming, snowmobiling, and four-wheeling.  I decided that prospering in the outdoors was my cup of tea and found a career that has allowed me to continue my alfresco lifestyle where I have the opportunity to share my love of the environment with others.

After graduating from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in Exercise Science/Kinesiology, I spent the next four years working at various outdoor education and summer camp facilities across the U.S., gaining experience, an understanding and appreciation for experiential education, which lead me to Tamarack.  I’ve been with Tamarack Camps since 2011 and I am loving it!

Jess Whatley

Program Director, Outdoor Education

I am so excitedjess to be working for Tamarack Camps Outdoor Education. I have been working at camps since 2004 and have had the privilege of working in the Pocono Mountains and the Swiss Alps, before moving back to my hometown in Michigan. Since returning to Michigan in 2009, I have been working at Tamarack Camps and have been continually impressed by the quality and professionalism of the Outdoor Education program. Moving to Ortonville with my husband has further deepened my devotion to this camp and my love for the great outdoors. As the Program Director, I look forward to continually improving our program. I hope to ensure that every camper, teacher, parent and staff member leaves camp with a newfound confidence in themselves and a smile on their faces.

Kari Stein

Administrative Assistant, Outdoor Education

I LOVE working for Tamarack Camps Outdoor Education!  I have a degree in Office Administration and over 10 years of experience as an Administrative/Executive Assistant.  It has been my pleasure since Spring of 2016 to see children, teens & adults walk through our property everyday making memories, Learning Naturally, and building teamwork and leadership skills that will last a lifetime!

Tyler McCoy-Shiels

Leadership in Outdoor Education and Recreation Fellow

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I am incredibly excited for  the opportunity to work for Tamarack Camps as it allow me to to embrace my youthful spirit, passion for the outdoors and love for drinking coffee from sunrise to sunset. I started at Tamarack in early 2014 and have had the privilege of sharing my love for the environment and adventure with such a diverse group of people ever since. I am currently working on my capstone to my B.A.A in Outdoor Recreation from Central Michigan University. I enjoy making a learning experience out of every part of my day here, not just for others but for myself as well! Even with such a busy schedule I still make sure to find time for passions, which include hiking, hammocking and dancing around the office and dining hall!