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CFN Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees all CFN activities, including setting goals and policy, overseeing partner camps’ annual evaluation and application for funding, fundraising and development, and ensuring prudent financial and investment management. The board comprises individuals from Nebagamon’s extended camp family with an array of professional backgrounds across the generations.

DAN LEVIS

Board President

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Dan Levis joined the CFN board in 2014 and became its President in 2017. He was a camper for six summers, from 1998 to 2003, and a staff member for five summers, working as a cabin counselor, tripper, waterfront director, and Lumberjack Push from 2005 to 2008 and in 2016. “CFN, thanks to the remarkable support of our camp family, helps Nebagamon and WeHaKee strive to be places of welcome for all. It’s a great privilege to serve and advance these cherished communities.”

Adam Braude

Director, Past President

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Adam joined the CFN board in 2013 and served as President from 2015 to 2017. He first came to camp in the summer of 1984 as a fifth grader in Logger 3. That proved to be the first of what became thirteen consecutive summers as a camper and staff member. After three years away, he returned to camp as the full-time Associate Director / Program Director for four more years (from 2000 to 2004).  “I can’t overstate what an important role this institution (or more accurately the people associated with it) have played in my life. For me, summers at Nebagamon were a critical part of my formative experience; not only did camp influence my worldview in countless ways, but it was there that I met many of the people who to this day I consider some of my best friends in the world.”

Mike Cole

Director

Mike has served on the CFN board since 2017. He was a camper for four summers, from 1956 to 1959, and a counselor for another four, from 1960 to 1963. He feels grateful to have shared camp with his family. His son Kevin followed in his footsteps, spending nine summers at camp as a camper and counselor, and his wife Bonnie joined him for several summers of family camp. “My summers at CN are among the most meaningful experiences of my life, and I still treasure the lifelong friendships that began there. I welcome the opportunity to help expand access to camp so more children will be able to enjoy these special experiences.”

Matt Mendelsohn

Director

Matt is from St. Louis and joined the CFN board in 2017. He was a camper for four years from 1997 to 2000 and hails from a multi-generational family of campers, counselors, staff, and owners. “My time at camp was relatively short, but it forged a lifelong love of the outdoors. I’ve returned to the Boundary Waters many times since, most recently to show my wife what I’ve been raving about since we met. I’m excited to help facilitate similar experiences for a new generation of campers.”

Bob Nefsky

Director, Past President

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Bob has served on the CFN board on and off since the organization’s founding, including from 1995 to 2000 as its first President. He was a camper for six summers from 1961 to 1966 and a staff member from 1968 to 1975. While on staff he worked as a cabin counselor and on the tripping staff. According to Bob “CFN has been a wonderful way to maintain my lifelong relationship with Camp Nebagamon (my parents signed me up when I was two years old) and to give back to the institution that provided me with so much growth and happiness. It has allowed me to reconnect with my old camp friends and meet new camp friends. I view it as a way to help change the world by providing the unique opportunity of private camping experiences to those who wouldn’t otherwise have them.”

Katy Neusteter

Director

Katy has served on the CFN board since 2016. On staff in 2000, Katy also spent the summers of 1987 to 1991 as a Range kid, making friendship bracelets at the craft shop and pursuing her expert ranking in riflery. “Camp gave me freedom, adventures, friendships, role models, life lessons, and an enduring connection to the outdoors. There is no place I would rather be this very minute than at camp.”

John Sawyer

Director

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John Sawyer has served on the CFN board since 2013. John attended camp as a camper from 1991 to 1995, and as a counselor and trip staff member from 1997 to 2002. “I credit camp as a central driving force in shaping my values, not to mention my J-stroke and love for cooking over a fire. Through my friends at camp I met my wife Hannah which gives new meaning to lasting all year round.”

John Wasserman

Director, Past President

John joined the CFN board in 2011 and served as its President from 2012 to 2015. He was a camper for six years, from 1960 to 1966, a junior counselor and tripping counselor from 1967 to 1969, and a multi-year family camper. He considers himself very lucky that his son went to camp for many years as a camper and counselor. “My time serving on the CFN board has been incredibly rewarding since I have been able to renew old friendships and meet many others that I would not have otherwise had the opportunity to connect with. The experience has only served to increase my opinion that camp was not only a life changing experience for me but also for many others.”

BOARD ADVISORS

Eric “Rock” Kramer

Treasurer, Past Director

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Eric has a long history of service to CFN. He was a director from 2001 to 2007, and he has served as Treasurer ever since 2001. Eric also has a long history of service to camp. He was waterfront director from 1969 from 1976 and then trip director from 1978 to 2001. Rock writes, “During my thirty-plus years on the administrative staff at CN I was continually reminded of what an impact camp had on the lives of campers and staff. Camp was a dynamic environment where change was expected, welcomed, and embraced. I have experienced firsthand the positive changes to camp that the campership program supported by CFN has fostered. I am a believer in and supporter of CFN.”

Tom Mendelsohn

Past President

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Tom served on the board from 2003 to 2007, including three years as President. A Nebagamon camper (’72-’77), counselor (’79), trip staff (’80), CNOC director (’85) Axeman Push (’99) and trip director (2002), Tom is Muggs and Janet Lorber’s grandson and Ruth Lorber Rosen’s son. Tom is management consultant for nonprofit organizations, and CFN continues to leverage his expertise. “Camp is at my core and gave me lifelong passions including wilderness tripping, sailing, and canoeing. Being able to share camping with my own children has been priceless. With CFN, I get to be part of bringing this experience to underserved children and know that Nebagamon and WeHaKee are far richer for all their campers.”