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Our Team.

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Jamie

Gale

Founder/ Director

Besides being a co-founder and co-director of Creative Soul Camp and all of it's programming Jamie holds a BA in Spanish and is certified to teach yoga. Jamie is also the owner of little om BIG OM, a program that provides yoga for kids and families. She also has many other successful businesses including Boss Mama, Meet Me in Child's Pose, LitPath Studios (a Podcast Network), and The Star Counselor. Jamie can be found chasing around town with her three energetic kids.

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Mara

Ritters

Assistant Director Afterschool Programs 

Mara will be a third year education and Spanish student at UW-Madison this fall! She loves being a part of Creative Soul and helping to lead creative programming. She brings a calm and fun energy everyday and the students and staff adore her! Outside of school and work, she loves being outdoors, hiking, and biking!

 

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Kristin Knope

Summer Camps

Art Instructor/ Afterschool Club Leader

Kristin is going to be a junior in the fall studying Human Development and Family Studies at UW-Madison. She has a passion for working with children, they teach her something new everyday and they know how to keep her smiling. Outside of work and school, you can find her listening to music, at a local coffee shop, and spending time with her loved ones. She loves being a part of Creative Soul and their focus on enriching children to explore and be creative! 

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Margaret Mackinnon

Afterschool Club Leader/ Summer Camps

Counselor

Margaret is a rising senior studying Education Studies and Psychology at UW-Madison. When she’s not working with children, she enjoys baking new recipes, hiking, and exploring coffee shops in Madison!

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Megan

Smith

Summer Camps

Counselor

Megan is currently a sophomore at Alverno College studying social work. She loves spending time with family, being outside in any capacity, and reading in her free time.

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Bianca

Verma

Summer Camps

Junior Counselor

Bianca is a rising sophomore at Middleton High School and a member of the varsity Middleton Dance Team, MHS Theatre, and MHS Orchestra. Bianca is also a 2024 WACPC Scholar Athlete! When not dancing, acting, or playing music, Bianca enjoys seeing friends, studying languages, and making the funniest profile notes on Instagram!

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Finn Matthews

Summer Camps

Junior Counselor

Coming Soon!

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Lilah Summerbell

Summer Camps

Junior Counselor

Lilah is a rising junior at Madison West High School. One of her favorite things is spending time outside with her friends and family, as well as her dog, Ziggy. She enjoys writing, practicing clarinet, and playing ultimate frisbee in her free time.

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Anders Smith-Grosse

Summer Camps

Junior Counselor

Coming Soon!

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Tara Charlotte

Founder/ Director

Tara has over 20 years experience working in education and a degree in Marketing. Besides being a co-founder and co-director for Creative Soul Camp and all of it's programming she is the owner and creator of Yummy Sprout, a program offering culinary classes for kids. Her favorite ways to spend time include cooking with her family, trivia, yoga, writing, painting, traveling, reading books and taking her dogs for walks.

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Mike Krellwitz

Assistant Director Afterschool Programs

Mike graduated from UW-Madison in 2021 with degrees in botany and entomology and has been fortunate to spend his summers working on science projects spending lots of time outside looking for cool plants and bugs! He is a lifelong crafter and musician and enjoys making fancy eggs (pysanky) and stained glass. He also loves to play the guitar and is excited to share with the Creative Soul family.

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Elise Warntjes

Summer Camps

Counselor

Elise is currently studying Psychology at UW-Madison and is a Badger fan through and through! Elise loves being able to encourage kids to find their creativity while having fun and enjoying themselves. In her free time, you’ll find her with her dog Bailey, spending time outdoors, running, drawing, reading, hanging out with friends and family, and cooking!

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Kaylynn Schenz

Afterschool Club Leader/ Summer Camps

Counselor

Kaylynn is an artist studying at UW-Madison! She mostly creates drawings, paintings, and digital art, and she loves it very much. She has a cat named Miss Kitty, she enjoys crocheting and hanging out with friends in her free time, and she loves working with kids! 

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Francesca Ipsaro

Summer Camps

Counselor

Francesca is a recent graduate from UW-Madison with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, 

that focused on policy and administration. This fall she will be starting her Master's degree in Social Work at UW-Madison and is excited to continue her studies specializing in child and family welfare. During her free time Francesca enjoys crafting, baking, and going to the park or hiking with her dog! She also enjoys playing piano or spending time with her family.

 

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Mara

Dawson

Summer Camps

Junior Counselor

Mara is a dedicated high school student at Madison West and currently a Junior Counselor at Creative Soul Camp. Mara loves spending her summers helping out at camp, making sure everyone has a great time. When she is not at camp, you can find her playing with her dog or volunteering in the community.

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Isa

Killian

Summer Camps

Junior Counselor

Isa is a junior at Middleton High School excited to be returning for her second summer to Creative Soul. Outside of camp, she is a singer, actress, and theatre director, as well as a member of the editorial board for her school newspaper. Isa loves drinking tea, watching sitcoms, and going on bike rides with friends.

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Imogen Ryan-Kaiser

Summer Camps

Junior Counselor

Coming Soon!

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Shalon Atwood

Administrative Manager

A trained postpartum doula and self-described craft nerd, Shalon has spent most of her career in the non-profit sector, managing volunteer programs for basic needs organizations. When not in the kitchen making desserts with her two kids, she can be found tackling her extensive backlog of fiber arts projects, pondering existential questions like, "how much yarn is too much yarn?", and writing queer love stories.

 

 

 

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Corissa

Elder

Drama Specialist

Coming soon!

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Ellie

Jaeckle

Afterschool Club Leader/ Summer Camps

Counselor

Bio Coming Soon!

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Elinor

Kosek

Summer Camps

Counselor

Ellie just finished her third year at St. Olaf College, where she is majoring in psychology and Spanish. Outside of class, she plays French horn in the St. Olaf Band and enjoys reading, photography, and writing letters to her pen pals.

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Alex

Quinn

Summer Camps

Counselor

Alex is a rising junior at UW-Madison studying Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics as well as a certificate in Athletic Healthcare. He is also a coxswain on the Rowing team at UW-Madison, so when he's not at Creative Soul Camp, he will be at rowing practice, or studying for his summer class. He enjoys running, cycling, lifting, hiking, downhill skiing, climbing, and anything in or on the water. However, his new fixation is pickleball. He loves exploring new healthy recipes, and watermelon is my favorite food right now!

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Liam

Smith-Grosse

Summer Camps

Junior Counselor

Liam is going to be a sophomore at Waunakee High School! Outside of school he enjoys playing video games with his friends, making video edits, and playing football.

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Addison Chase

Summer Camps

Junior Counselor

Addison is going into her sophomore year at West high school. She has a passion to teach kids, and hopes to create a positive impact in their lives. Addison loves photography, crocheting, drawing, and hanging out with friends around the city! 

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Lauren

Reis

Summer Camps

Junior Counselor

Coming Soon!

 
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