Meet the Directors

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Steve and Julie Purdum

Owners and Directors

Steve spent eight years as a camper and eight years on staff before coming to serve as the Executive Director in 1990. A graduate of Lawrence University, Steve was previously an instructor and counselor at the Culver Academies. He is active within the American Camp Association as a standards visitor and has served on the editorial board of Camping Magazine and on the board of the Association of Independent Camps.

Julie grew up in Minnesota and attended residential camps as a child. Julie has degrees from Lawrence University and the College of St. Catherine, where she received her nursing degree. During the summer, Julie serves as the Health Care Director.

They have two children, Shelby and Harrison who are former campers and have served as part of the Mishawaka staff.

“The idea that I can give back, and provide Mishawaka campers with an experience similar to the one I had as a camper keeps me going.”

Steve Purdum

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Mary Jane Curran

Girls Camp Director

Mary Jane joined the Mishawaka staff in 1996 and has served as the Girls’ Camp Director since then. She lives in Minneapolis, where she is a middle school English teacher at Breck School. Her sons, Murphy and Kevin were Mishawaka campers for many years and now two of her grandkids are campers!

Mary Jane brings a variety of talents and skills to her role as the Girls’ Camp Director, but none more important than her ability to provide young women with a safe, nurturing environment in which to learn and grow.

“When any girl is accomplishing things — and feeling accomplished — her general well-being and happiness is always improved.”

Mary Jane Curran

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Nate Fuller

Boys Camp Director

As a teacher, coach, and camp professional, Nate Fuller brings a wealth of experience to his role as Boys Director. He and his wife, Ellie, live in Mankato, MN, with their 3 sons and dog, Tata. Nate teaches high school history and currently serves as the head golf coach. He had previously served as the head coach of the girls’ hockey team. He is also the head of Project for Teens - a service organization at his school.

In recent summers, Nate has served as the waterfront director and activities director for Camp Winaukee, an all-boys camp in New Hampshire. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Morris.

“I am looking forward to joining the Camp Mishawaka team in 2021. I have seen firsthand the benefits of a camp experience for kids, and I can’t wait to help Mishawaka campers and staff find their best selves this summer.”

Nate Fuller

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Cheryl Schrom

Office Manger

Cheryl has been working in the office of Camp Mishawaka since 2016. She was raised in central Illinois’ corn country and came to Minnesota during her college years to work at a similar summer camp – and Minnesota stuck! Cheryl has a sociology and psychology degree. After 22 years at the YMCA, and raising her three children, she loves the pace, beauty and values at Camp Mishawaka.

“I learned to dive off a diving board at summer camp. Learning that skill was one of my proudest moments.”

Cheryl Schrom

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Counseling Staff

Camp Mishawaka takes great care in selecting its staff. Married couples, veteran teachers and college aged men and women work together to carry on the tradition of “Safety, Health and Happiness.”

Staff members take part in a week long staff training prior to the arrival of the campers. Counselors are trained in first-aid and CPR and many have advanced certification in water safety, sailing, climbing, tripping, horseback riding and canoeing. In recent years, our staff has averaged five years experience at Mishawaka. Camp Mishawaka maintains a 4:1 camper to staff ratio.