Hi! I'm Captain Jen Román, a career firefighter/paramedic with the City of Madison. I started my career in protective services as a volunteer EMT and dispatcher. I love the fact that every day at work is different! I'm Faculty for Madison College, and earned a Master of Science from UW-Madison in Adult and Continuing Education. I've been an active Girl Scout volunteer for over 25 years and I wish that every girl (and woman) would experience what Girl Scouts has to offer! In my spare time I love to dance, run and read. CampHERO is my 'dream come true’.
Jen Krueger Favour
I’m Jen Krueger Favour and have been a Police Officer since 1995 with the Madison Police Department. I am a Lieutenant, and currently assigned to the Central District as the Field Lieutenant. I am in charge of coordinating all major special events that occur in the Central District. (Think Crazylegs, Iron Man, Madison Marathon!!) I also am the direct supervisor for our Central Community Policing Team, Neighborhood Officers, Neighborhood Resource Officer and our Mental Health Liaison Officer. I am in charge of the Crisis Negotiator Team for SWAT, and a Commander for our Honor Guard Team. Being involved with law enforcement has taught me more than I could have ever imagined. We all make a difference!
My name is Lisa Becher and I grew up on a dairy farm. I have four younger sisters and I once was a Brownie. My Dad has been a firefighter since before I was born, but I never thought of it as a career option for me. I teach firefighting classes at MATC-Madison and I am a Lieutenant/Paramedic for the City of Madison Fire Department.
Sonja is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and has been a member for over 25 years.. She currently volunteers with Girl Scouts in Marshall/Waterloo and McFarland, as well as a troop of area high school girls. Sonja is a member of and volunteers with NALS...the association for legal professionals, the Wisconsin Association for Legal Professionals, and the Legal Personnel of South Central Wisconsin. She has worked as a legal assistant in the office of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Commissioners, in Madison, Wisconsin, since 2007. Sonja is a Madison native and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Psychology and Italian from UW-Madison and enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and hosting tea parties.
Sue was born and raised in Madison. She now resides in Middleton where she raised her two children. Sue has four grandchildren and enjoys spending time with them. She is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and graduated from Mariner Ship Kon-Tiki 523. Sue spent 24+ years working for Black Hawk Council of Girl Scouts in Madison. Sue is now retired from full-time work but continues to work part-time for WI Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Sue has volunteered with CampHERO since the very first year.
Bernadette Galvez is a Community Education Officer and Public Information Officer for the City of Madison Fire Department, where she has been a member of since 1990. Bernadette is a senior car seat technician; an EMT and received her Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist I & II Leadership Certification at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She graduated from Defiance College with a BS in Criminal Justice. She enjoys outdoor activities including fishing, scuba diving and skiing.
Hi, my name is Maddie and I am a high school student here in Madison. I would like to work for the Madison Police Department someday. I went to CampHERO two years ago and really loved it. Last year I joined the planning team as the girl advisor. I’m always ready for anything CampHERO. Its so much fun.
Alexandra Nieves Reyes
My Name is Alexandra Nieves Reyes, I am currently a police officer for the City of Madison and I am proud to say that I am a veteran. I have been in law enforcement for 8 years. I have a degree in Criminal justice and Psychology. I am sad to say that I was never a Girl Scout as a girl. Last year was my first experience as a Girl Scout and I loved every minute of it! My only regret is that I didn’t get involved sooner. I believe in CampHERO’s mission and I am proud to know the people I work with.
Aunt Lisa has been in camping for over 20 years. She has been a camp director with the YMCA and with the Girl Scouts. Currently, Aunt Lisa, also known as Skywalker, is a School Counselor at River Bluff Middle School in Stoughton. She loves working with teens and singing camp songs. Coaching girls basketball, playing golf, and riding her bike are things she enjoys to do in her spare time! Thank you Jennifer for all that you have done and will continue to do for the Girl Scout community!
Lori has been with the Madison Police Department (MPD) since 1997 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2008. She has worked in patrol, as a neighborhood officer, and in both the south and west community policing teams. She supervised in patrol and in the west community policing team, focusing on drug interdiction, felony offenders, and community problem solving. Lori has co-chaired the annual charity golf outing put on by the Unions of the MPD for the last six years raising over $150,000. Lori was previously part of a civilian search and rescue team where she had a certified wilderness K-9, Blue, a chocolate lab. Lori has a second chocolate lab, Aspen from Labrador Education and Rescue Network and anticipates a SAR K-9 puppy in the near future. In her spare time, she enjoys competing in triathlons, playing golf, working on home projects, cooking, and reading books on history.
Tamara "Tiger" Dinkel, returning Crew Leader and Instructor. As a little girl I was a Brownie. Now I am a State of WI certified Firefighter 2, HazMat Ops, and Apparatus Driver/Pumper Operator. I serve as a member of the Middleton Fire District, Fire Co. #1 and the Verona Fire Department. I am a Nationally Registered and State of WI certified Paramedic working as a full-time ALS Paramedic with Ryan Brothers Ambulance. I graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor's in Psychology and am a multi-year varsity letterwinner for the UW
Brent S. McHenry
Brent McHenry became the director of marketing communications of the Dane County Regional Airport in 2011. He previously held a number of key positions in the public and private sectors, including manager of global communications for Fiskars Brands, public information officer for the State of Wisconsin, marketing manager for General Electric – Medical, and public relations coordinator for the Walt Disney Company. A native of Whitewater, Wisconsin, he holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Marketing and an Undergraduate degree in Communications.
Hi I am Amanda Baumann and from Brookfield, WI. I graduated From University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelors in Science and Communication. I began my journey on the Oregon Fire Department and received my certifications in Basic EMT, A-EMT, Paramedic, Fire I and II along with Hazmat Tech at Madison Area Technical College. I then was hired full time on Madison Fire Department in 2012. I currently am a firefighter/Paramedic. I enjoy teaching and helping others fulfill dreams within the different services involved within communities.
Hi! My name is Abigail a.k.a. “Red Tail”! I am a Crew Leader at CampHERO, student at Madison College with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and enrolled in the EMT Program Fall 2013. This is my second year at CampHERO because I believe in the cause, am passionate about Protective Services and am excited to be part of the movement for the future expansion of women in the Police, Fire, and EMS careers.
Hayley Collins has been employed as a Deputy Sheriff with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) since 2008. She has worked in Security Services (Dane County Jail), Boat Patrol, Recruitment/Backgrounds, Task Force and is currently a Contract Deputy for the Village of Windsor. Hayley is also a part of the DCSO Honor Guard, Peer Support Team and is an Instructor, along with serving on a variety of committees within the agency. Hayley is on the state council for Law Enforcement Torch Run and is a Special Olympics volunteer. In her spare time she enjoys arts and crafts, photography, camping, traveling, volunteering, socializing with friends and spending time with her husband, who is also a Dane County Deputy. She has been a CampHERO volunteer since camp started in 2012…she is excited to be a part of such a great organization that encourages young girls to consider careers in public service!
Liza Tatar is a Firefighter with the City of Madison Fire Department. She is a member of the SCUBA Team and drives Engines and Aerial Ladders at MFD Station 1. She also spent time on the Rapid Intervention Team and Heavy Urban Rescue Team. Prior to her service with the City of Madison, Liza was a member of the Middleton Fire Department. Liza played goalkeeper for the University of Virginia Soccer Team and has coached soccer goalkeepers of all levels. Liza enjoys working with campers on advanced firefighting skills like rappelling, extrication, and fire attack.
My name is Taylor and I’m a Firefighter/Paramedic Intern at Town of Madison Fire Department. This will be my 2nd year volunteering at CampHERO. I have been with the Fire Service for the past 4 years and EMS for the past 3. Outside of the Fire/EMS world, I enjoy attending social events with friends/family, working out, snowboarding and listening to music. I’m excited to be a part of a group that promotes and teaches the great career of the Fire Service.
I’m Rhonda Hennessey and have been a Police Officer for 17 years with the Madison Police Department. I currently work in the Central District as a patrol officer. I respond to all different types of calls for service. I learn something new every day. I enjoy the problem solving aspect of policing, in that I never know what the next call is going to be. I am a member of our MPD Honor Guard. As a young girl, I was involved in a program similar to Girl Scouts. We earned patches just like Girl Scouts and my sash was full of animal patches. My favorite thing to do on our camping trips was to make (and eat!) S’Mores. I was born and raised in the Madison area and continue my commitment to the community I love, as a volunteer EMT.
My name is Cheryl Wilson. This is my first year helping with CampHERO. I have three daughters ages 24, 21, and 19. I have close family members involved in Police, Fire and EMS. I started working for the United States District Court Clerk's Office in 1988 and currently hold the position of Financial Administrator. Over the years I have enjoyed volunteering my time at Church, with booster clubs, school activities and cheering our daughters on at all their sporting events.
My name is Nate Volz and I have volunteered for CampHERO since 2013. In my professional life, I am a firefighter/paramedic with the City of Waukesha Fire Department, where I have been since August of 2015. I’ve been in the fire service since 2010. For camp, I teach fire program classes and review the curriculum for the fire program. In my free time, I enjoy running, reading, watching the Brewers and Packers, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family. I have had an incredible experience over the years, and I look forward to more great times!
I am extremely excited to be volunteering with CampHERO again! I graduated from UW-Madison with a Bachelor Degree in Sociology, Criminal Justice, and an emphasis in Pre-Medicine. I also attended MATC and became certified in Firefighter I & II, HazMat Operations, and Advanced EMT. I was an intern with the WI Department of Justice- Division of Criminal Investigation, where I worked with special agents in arson and homicide investigations. I graduated from MATC-Oak Creek as the valedictorian of my Police Recruit Academy class and am currently working as a Deputy Sheriff for the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department. I am the newest member of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard. I serve Jefferson EMS and Sussex Fire Department as an Advanced-EMT, as well as a firefighter on the Sussex Fire Department. I look forward to working with all of the campers and (hopefully) inspiring more females to join the protective services!
Hello! My name is Josh Haq and I am a student in Madison College’s Fire Protection Technician degree program. I am a big brother to a girl scout (20 year age gap!), love teaching all ages, and am passionate about being a positive role model. Additional to my studies, I enjoy being outdoors, riding my bike, rock-climbing, and training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. CampHERO is a great organization and I’m excited and happy to be part of the team!
I've been a part of CampHERO since the beginning. My contribution to camp varies from year to year. While my main effort is to provide support with Food Services, I try to solicit financial support for CampHERO through the my professional contacts in the commercial real estate community. I enjoy seeing the energy level of every camper each year and their dedication to learn more about protective services.
Rose has been a police officer for 9 years, K9 handler for 5 years. Her first K9 partner was Martie a dual purpose Malinois. He is currently semi-retired due to being partially blind. Partnered with Falko in 2012, a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix. Rose is currently assigned to the West Community Policing Team and also serves as a firearms instructor for the Madison Police Department.
Hi! My name is Kelly Dougherty and I am a police officer with the City of Madison Police Department. I have been in law enforcement for nine years. I am currently assigned to the training team; where my responsibilities include: recruiting, training new police recruits, and provide training to existing officers to keep their law enforcement certifications. I look forward to meeting all of you!
Hi my name is Amanda Gessler, I have been an EMT with the Oregon Fire/EMS since Oct 2004 years and an EMT since Dec 2001. I am also a CPR instructor since 2002. I have volunteering with CampHERO since 2013 and I just love it!! I love spending time with my family- husband Cory, son Henry, little dog Chloe. I work full-time for Meriter as a research coordinator at the WI Heart clinic.
I started my protective services journey in 1995 working as a Security Officer, Haz-Mat team and Fire Brigade member. I continued my journey working in Law Enforcement as a Correctional Officer, Deputy Sheriff and Sergeant. I also served as an EMT-B with a private ambulance service.
I currently work as a part-time Fire Instructor with Madison College and as a Fire Code Enforcement Officer with the Madison Fire Department.
Hi, I am Shantal Alfaro, a CampHERO Volunteer since the Spring of 14’. I love everything about this organization, from its mission, to the kids, to the volunteers! My experience working with children is extensive; having been a lead gymnastics coach for over 7 years, camp leader, and have babysat several families throughout my life. I have always been passionate about the Fire/EMS service, and most recently have began to pursue my dreams in becoming a FF/Paramedic. In 2011, I met my better half, Josh aka “Scrubs”. Together we reinforced in each other our need & passion in helping others, & being active in our community. We were introduced to the CampHERO family shortly after taking classes at Madison College. We are humbled to have been given the opportunity to work with such an inspirational and loving group of people, here at CampHERO, and are looking forward to many more fun times
Hi my name is Tammy Pysher and I have been volunteering with registration/check in of CampHERO since the first session. I have 3 awesome kids, our oldest is our son Tim Jr (Timmy), he is a Sergeant in the US Army stationed in Miami, Florida. The middle is our daughter Tara who is 13yrs old and going into 8th grade and our youngest is Travis who is 11 years old and will be a 6th grader in the fall. I work for the Monona Grove School district so I usually have a few friends that recognize me from Cottage Grove Elementary School each year. I also have been a Girl Scout leader for 8 years in my daughter Tara's troop. We have 2 cats: Poopy and Tononna. I love to laugh, help people, go camping and sometimes even play video games in my spare time. I cant wait to greet girls and their families again this year at check in!!
Hi! I am with Mt Horeb EMSt. I graduated from Verona Area High School in 2014. During high school I played tennis for fours years and did track for two years. My Senior year of high school I participated in the youth options program and went to the fire academy at MATC in the morning and then went to high school in the afternoon. In the spring I went to the EMT-Basic class in the morning and high school in the afternoon. During high school I was a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor. I was an explorer with the Fitchburg Fire Department my four years of high school. It was there that I learned that firefighting/Paramedic was the way I wanted to go as a career. I got the opportunity to go to many fire camps where I learned first hand from firefighters. It was there where I saw how much the instructors enjoyed teaching kids and decided I wanted to do the same.
Hey there! This will be my first year volunteering for CampHERO.
I have been with the State of Wisconsin Department of Justice as a Legal Assistant for 15 years. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, bowling and listening to local bands.
I am excited to be part of CampHERO.
Amelia has been with the Madison Police Department (MPD) since 2012. She has worked in patrol (on night shift and afternoon shift) and is currently the Neighborhood Resource Officer for the South Police District. In this capacity, she works as the neighborhood officer for the Burr Oaks neighborhood and assists with other projects in the South District. Amelia is part of the MPD domestic violence committee and participates in the Domestic Violence Coordinated Community Response group. In her spare time, Amelia enjoys reading, doing yoga, watching movies, and crafting.
Clare Gloede is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she is studying Criminology and Sociology. She was a member of the Whitewater Women’s Basketball team for the 2013-2014 season, where they placed third in the NCCA tournament. She is currently a summer intern with the Madison Police Department. She hopes to pursue a career as a Police Officer with the Madison Police Department after graduating. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the lake, playing sports, and going on adventures with her friends.
Kristin has been with the Madison Police Department since 2012. She is currently a patrol officer for the East District. She enjoys being a patrol officer because she gets to meet so many different people from all walks of life. Kristin was previously an intern for MPD, and a dance instructor and poms coach for youth girls in Madison. Kristin attended UW-Madison, go badgers! Outside of work, Kristin enjoys being active and creative.
Theresa has been with the Madison Police Department (MPD) since 2012. She was previously a police officer in Arlington, TX since 2007. She has worked in patrol in the South and West Districts, and is currently a Neighborhood Resource Officer for the West District. Theresa developed a young women's empowerment group, called Savvy Girls (Striving Against Violence and Victimization of Youth) focusing on minority girls, ages 8-14 in neighborhoods in the West District promoting self esteem building, leadership skills, and empowerment. Theresa has two dogs at home, a boxer and a yorkie, who keep her on her toes. In her spare time, she likes working out, gardening, DIY projects, and traveling.
Christina has been with the Mount Horeb Police Department (MHPD) since the fall of 2015. Christina is a patrol officer, and works as the assistant investigating narcotics agent. She enjoys being a patrol officer, because she gets to meet a variety of people from all walks of life. Christina’s interests and goals include becoming a detective in a drug unit. Christina has two dogs at home, both boxers (Lucy & Emmy), who constantly keep her on the go! Christina’s fiancé (soon to be husband!) is a Dane County Sheriff’s Deputy, who is also a Camp Hero volunteer! Outside of work, Christina enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her family.
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Dan Grejczyk has been teaching for Pulse Check Plus for 7 years. Besides teaching CPR and use of the AED, he also teaches Pediatric First Aid, Adult First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens, SIDS and Shaken Baby Prevention. In 2011 Dan was promoted to Director of Operations. Over the past 7 years, Dan has worked with teen's and collage age young adults dealing with substance abuse issues. In his free time, chances are you will find him playing hockey with the MGHA, or watching the History channel.
I was a camper at CampHERO during the summers of 2013, 2014 and 2015. I graduated from Sun Prairie High School, class of 2015. I will graduate from Madison Area Technical College in 2018 with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Law and Justice and I plan on being a police officer.
Hannah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, ranking in the 20th percentile of her class. After graduation, she joined the nursing team at UW Hospital as a member of their nationally acclaimed Nurse Residency Program. She now works on the unit for Cardiothoracic Surgery and Heart and Lung Transplant, taking care of patients before and after surgery. During nursing school, Hannah volunteered in the Emergency Room at Meriter Hospital. Hannah got involved with CampHERO in 2013 through a brochure in the break room at Meriter, and has been volunteering with the camp ever since. Hannah is also an avid runner, her distance of choice being half marathons, and she has volunteered several seasons as a coach for Girls on the Run. Hannah also likes to read, spend time outdoors and dabble in arts and crafts when she can. She is looking forward to helping out for another great year at CampHERO!
I have been an Advanced EMT with Lifestar EMS since 2010. I used to be a high school science teacher but now work part-time in EMS and stay home with my very active twins! I enjoy working with all age groups and have also taught archaeology, wetland ecology, and environmental science to summer scouting and school groups throughout the years. In my spare time, I enjoy biking, gardening, swimming, reading, and spending time with my family. I absolutely love working in EMS and helping make a difference every day. I encourage all girls to consider the protective services as a career and CampHERO is a great place to get started!
Tresa has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the UW Madison. She has over 20 years of experience in the field, including the delivery of services in: crisis intervention, child protective services, the Minnesota correctional system and the field of Employee Assistance (EAP) and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). She worked in this capacity for the WI Department of Transportation for 13 years and is currently the Director of EAP/CISM for the City of Madison.
Joylynn is a life-long Girl Scout; active as a girl member starting in Kindergarten, a Campus Scout while attending UW-Madison, and as a volunteer with a troop of area high school girls since then. She works for the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a non-profit that works with Wisconsin's small and medium manufacturers to help them improve their businesses and stay competitive. Joylynn is also a member of the Board of Directors of Wisconsin Women in Government, a non-partisan organization focused on supporting women at all stages of their careers in federal, state, and local governments. A Madison native, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children camping, canoeing and kayaking, and reading.
Courtney is the Associate Dean of Fire/EMS Training and Education at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC). She started her career in the fire service in 2003 working PT for the Menomonee Falls Fire Dept. and 5 years as a career Firefighter/EMT with MFFD. She taught as a instructor in the fire training program at Milwaukee Area Technical College and in the EMS program at WCTC where she took a full time position as the Fire/EMS Coordinator blending her love for the fire service and passion for education. She earned her Master’s in Training and Development from UW Stout and enjoys opportunities to help develop and serve others. She is also a Camp Director for the Alliance for Fire Safety Summer Camp for Burn Injured Youth held each August in East Troy, WI where she has served as a volunteer since 2002. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys traveling, running, hiking, photography and her two furry babies Harley & Lucy.
Kelly is an RN in Madison and Milwaukee. She works in the Froedtert ER, in the UW Children's Hospital, and as a disaster nurse for the state of WI. She has a degree in nursing with a Spanish minor. She loves playing soccer, yoga, and rock climbing in her free time!
Hi, I’m Brad Emmerich and I have been volunteering as an EMT for the City of Monona Fire Department and the University of Wisconsin Police Department First Responders since 2013. I graduated from UW-Madison in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Biology. My career goals are to attend medical school and become a physician. I look forward to meeting you all at camp!
Tim graduated from UW-Platteville this spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice, a law enforcement emphasis, and a psychology minor. As part of his education, he interned with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office in the summer of 2014 and participated in a police study course in Berlin, Germany, during the summer of 2013. Tim is a 2010 graduate of Pecatonica High School in Blanchardville and he is currently attending the Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Tech in Fennimore. He enjoys weightlifting, reading, and playing video games in his spare time.
Molly is a somewhat recent graduate with an M.S. in Forensic Science and B.S. in Chemistry. She will start the academy at MPD this fall and can't be more excited. Molly is very happy to be a part of CampHERO and work with such great volunteers. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside, going on adventures with friends, and playing soccer.
I have been a volunteer firefighter for 22 years for the City of Monona.
I am also the training officer and a State certified Instructor. My other title is fire investigator and am a charter member of the Dane County Arson Response Initiative with 19 years experience as an investigator.
My 2 daughters were active in Girl Scouts with one being a camp counselor at Camp Black Hawk for 6 years. During that time I was an active parent volunteer counselor and earned the silver volunteer of excellence award from the council, something I am very proud of!
I have worked for MPD for 16 years. I teach safety Education at different elementary and middle schools throughout Madison. I help give the kids different tools to help keep them safe now and in the future!
Julie has been a firefighter since 2012 when a career change brought her into the fire service. She has been with the Fitchburg Fire Department since 2013 as a paid-on-call firefighter and went full-time with the department in March of 2015. Julie has a passion for fitness and nutrition and tries to bring that to the department through her involvement with the Health and Safety Committee. Outside of work, Julie enjoys running, biking, hiking, swimming, and fishing. Along with her husband, Julie also serves as a Big Couple to a Little Brother through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County.
I have been a firefighter since 2004. I grew up in West Allis and I went to college at St. John’s University in New York City, where I graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and Business Administration. I had always wanted to be a firefighter, so I moved to Madison right after college where I went to school and began training to become a firefighter. During my career, I have worked for both the Maple Bluff Fire and South Milwaukee Fire Department and I am currently with the Madison Fire Department. I love my career as a firefighter/paramedic, and I can’t wait to see what each new day brings!
I’ve been volunteering with CampHERO since 2013, and I love it because the goal is to educate and empower young people to build confidence and hopefully develop an interest in the best career in the world!
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My name is Cassie. I am a former CampHERO camper! I have been on Cambridge EMS since January 2015. I am also training to be a CNA at Deerfield Place Assisted Living. I am a Bike patrol person during some races. In my off time I teach a nonverbal autistic child. I love to bike and run. I have a pitbull terrier named Trina and I have a gineua pig named Hiccup.
Courtney has worked as an EMT with Mondovi Ambulance Services since June 2014. During this time, she has also volunteered as a first responder with Dover/Gilmanton First Responders. Courtney currently attends UW-Madison, where she will graduate with a degree in Biology in May 2017. Courtney hopes to attend medical school after graduation. At school, Courtney is a member of UWPD First Responders. She also currently serves as the Infection Control Officer and and the Quality Insurance Officer of the organization. Courtney enjoys being very involved and likes to read, craft, and play board games in her free time.
Hi! I am an Instructor at Madison College in Protective Services EMS Division, an Insurance Examiner and an AEMT volunteer in the community in which I live. I was raised on a dairy farm. I have 10 siblings (8 girls and 3 boys) and all of our names begin with the letter “L”, even our parents! Growing up on a dairy farm with cows to milk and 300 acres to manage, girls in our family learned very early on that girls can do anything. I could operate all the tractors and all of the equipment on the farm. I will say safety was always first and I enjoyed the physical work. Much of our free time was spent out under the willow tree sharing adventures, riding horses or attending rodeos, and watching our brothers compete. I still love riding horses, hiking, biking, boating, and snowmobiling and recently acquired my motorcycle license. Family, friends and sharing adventures are key to enjoying this journey we are on and I look forward to supporting everyone during their CampHERO adventure!
I have been a member of the Madison Fire Dept. for 20 years and am currently the Division Chief of Medical Affairs. I have truly enjoyed my time as a firefighter and paramedic in the City of Madison. I was also a member of the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard for 23 years and worked as a crash rescue specialist. Helping people is very rewarding but teaching young people is very important to me too. In order to have well trained, successful first responders in the future, it’s a great idea to start teaching people at a young age.
I’m with the City of Brookfield Fire Dept for 21 years, and attended MATC Madison and was an intern with Maple Bluff Fire Dept 90 to 92. My Daughter attended CampHERO 2014 and that camp sparked her interest in wanting to become a Firefighter/Paramedic.
I’m looking forward to volunteering at CampHERO.
Marilyn is a recent UW-Madison graduate working as a research assistant for UW-Madison Sociology Department. She has been a CampHERO volunteer since 2015. She looks forward to learning new camp songs and meeting the girls.
Hi, I was a Girl Scout in Mequon, WI until starting high school. I remember many adventures including camping in a cave, rock climbing and canoeing the Boundary Waters. Like Girl Scouts, firefighting is a new adventure every day. I was hired by the Appleton Fire Department in 1996 and am currently an Acting Officer. Living in Madison, I am also an instructor at Madison College in the Protective Services. I went to UW Green Bay on a softball scholarship and in 2010 earned an MBA from Lakeland College. CampHERO is an amazing opportunity for young women to explore firefighting as a career and look forward to helping out.
Returning for my third year I am over the top excited!!! We did cool things when I was a Girl Scout, but nothing as awesome as CampHERO. Although a Madison native I started my EMS training with Medflight of KY earning my EMT-B, then attending HCTC for my Paramedic License. I worked in KY for a short time before moving back to where I will always consider to be my "home" San Diego. Three years ago I returned to Madison began working at Ryan Brothers Ambulance where I obtained my Critical Care Paramedic endorsement. As of June 2015 I started seeing patients as one of Wisconsin's first practicing Community Paramedics.
Al retired as Deputy Chief from Airport Fire / Truax after 35 years. He is currently the Training Captain at Maple Bluff and has been there 20 plus years. He serves as Part time faculty at Madison College and has taught everything from the fire academy to the associate degree program, Al has been married for 30 years to his wife Linda. When he’s not teaching or at the fire station he likes to go camping. He likes to fish, and has a dog named Chester. He has lived on the northeast side of Madison for over twenty years.
Toker has been with the City of Madison Fire Dept. since 2005. He has served the City as a Firefighter/EMT, Paramedic, Apparatus Engineer, and Chief's Aide. Currently, he is being trained in SCUBA and rescue diving as a member of MFD's Lake Rescue Team. Toker has volunteered with Blooming Grove Fire, Maple Bluff EMS, and Wisconsin Special Olympics. Prior to learning the fine art of prairie restoration as a volunteer prescribed-burning technician with The Nature Conservancy, he hauled and installed various works of fine art throughout the U.S. for Atelier 4, based in New York City. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, hiking, paddling, and reading. Most of all, he enjoys traveling with his wife, Lisa, and his sons, Peter and Danny.
Jeremiah has been involved in Girl Scouts for 15 years, first as a supporter, then as a husband and helper and most recently, as a father.
Megan Blankenheim Villarreal
Megan is a lifelong Girl Scout who is involved in countless ways including Troop Leader and CPR/First-Aid Trainer. As a mother of two and a special education teacher, Megan believes that all children should have the opportunity to experience success and build self confidence.
Hi! I have been helping out with CampHERO since 2012. I got involved through my internship with the Madison Police Department. I attended Bemidji State University (MN) where I majored in Criminal Justice. I currently work for The Department of corrections at the Columbia Correctional Institution. My duties at work is currently a 14 week rotational position where I work as a Restrictive Housing (Segregation) Unit block Officer and Recreational Officer. I am currently on first shift. I regularly work on the Special Management Unit where I work with offenders with disabilities. I am. I my spare time I like to go to my cabin where I like to go sit by the lake, fish, hunt, and camp.
I am a very eager FF/AEMT that is always open to new ideas. I am employed with the Oregon Area Fire/EMS District. I was introduced to the world of firefighting in 2014 through the school to career program in my high school and since then I have decided this is what I want to do. Besides being a firefight fighter I love adventure, I like to hunt, fish, hike, ATV, and my favorite activity snowmobile. I am also a very passionate motorcycle rider.
Chief Burrus has been a career firefighter since February 1995. She became a member of the Madison Fire Department in 2001. Prior to that she was a career Firefighter with the City of Macomb, IL Fire Dept. and employed as a field instructor for the IL Fire Service Institute. Prior to achieving the rank of Division Chief, she served in the following capacities: Rapid Intervention team member, Hazardous Materials Satellite member, Training Officer, Heavy Urban Rescue team member, Apparatus Engineer, and Fire Lieutenant. She has participated as a committee member for Recruitment, Tuition Reimbursement, and Peer Suicide Prevention. Chief Burrus is originally from Saratoga Springs NY. She moved to the Midwest after serving four years with the U.S. Army. She has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Psychology from Western Illinois University. In her off duty time, she enjoys spending time with her family and working on home improvement projects.
I’m Sara Grade and have been a volunteer firefighter since 2009 in the Village of Dane. I can’t explain how rewarding it has been to be a part of the protective services organization. I will be volunteering as a camp leader for CampHERO and look forward to helping all of the girls attending the camp! I graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in History and currently reside in the Village of Dane with my husband Justin and our two dogs. I love to cook, garden and read. I truly believe in the mission of CampHERO and that girls coming into the camp can learn a lot about building upon the great qualities that they already have!
I work for the City of Madison as a Firefighter at Station 10. My dream to become a firefighter started when I was in high school and being mentored by by a member of my hometown fire department. I like to ski, bike, play frisbee, and anything water sports. I love CampHERO and am honored to help out.
Hi, my name is "Oscar" and this is my third CampHERO. I've been a Firefighter/EMT for 5 years now, and I currently work for Hudson Fire District in Hudson, Colorado. I look forward to meeting new campers that I can share my enthusiasm for the Fire Service with. See you there!
My name is Chris Frank, and I have been with the Madison Police Department(MPD) since 2007. I have worked the bulk of my career as a patrol officer, and have been assigned to the Central Community Policing Team (CPT) and am currently assigned to the West CPT. I enjoy volunteering and helping out in the community. My wife and I are a host family for the Madison Mallards Baseball Team and have had four players stay at with us during our time as hosts. I have participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, and Shop With a Cop Program. I graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Natural Resource Management Degree and served 4 years in the US Coast Guard. I have two large Great Danes and I enjoy participating in triathlons, working on home projects, reading, running, and watching the Badgers, Brewers, and Packers.
I’m Will Beatty, and I serve as an Advanced EMT on Lake Mills EMS, the City of Monona Fire Department, and the Madison Mallards first aid team and work as a Nursing Assistant for St. Mary’s Hospital in Cardiac Post-Op. I am a nursing student intent on becoming a Critical Care Flight Nurse, a career choice fostered by my time spent in EMS. I have been an EMT for almost 3 years, and am a huge fan of leading EMS events for Camp HERO because of the mental recharging that happens for all of us to see the enthusiasm that the girls bring to our career field, and the impact that I see made on the girls confidence and self perception of the accessibility of the protective services to them as a career. See you at Camp!!
I am a UW nursing graduate and have been in emergency care since, including teaching paramedics. I am a healing touch practitioner. I was a Girl Scout from 2nd through 8th grade in Great Blue Heron Council and am a ‘cheese head’ for life! I am eternally curious, a perpetual reader and an avid gardener. I love singing, hockey, Bucky Badger, campfires and swimming. My husband and I live with our two cats.
Hi! I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout when I was young. I have been a registered nurse since 2010 and currently work in an Urgent Care clinic setting. Prior to becoming a nurse, I worked as a ramp employee for Northwest Airlines from 1996 to 2006. I guided in planes and loaded/unloaded luggage. I even brought in a couple planes dressed in my full Wonder Woman costume! (It was Halloween) I have been a licensed massage therapist since 2000 and still do that on the side. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, live music, gardening, travel and being crafty. I also like DIY projects inside and outside of my home and riding my Harley. This will be my first year (2016) volunteering for CampHERO and I'm very excited. I think it's a great cause and girls can do ANYTHING they set out to do!
I have been involved in EMS & Fire since 2011. Growing up, I had many friends in Girl Scouts, & was invited to participate in many activities. I always had lots of fun, and loved learning new things with my friends! I grew up in a small town in IL, & became interested in EMS after graduating high school. I joined a volunteer department where I took an EMT class and fell in love with firefighting. Along with graduating with two bachelor degrees, I also have attained my basic firefighter certification, Hazmat Operations, Paramedic license, and CPR instructor certification. I also have volunteered with the American Red Cross, and enjoy teaching classes to kiddos of all ages. I am a volunteer firefighter in Cross Plains WI, and work as a Paramedic. I love to spend my time reading, working on crafts, and gardening. I am so excited to be a part of CampHERO!
Hi! My name is Tiffany and I am a Fire/Rescue Specialist with Volk Field Fire Department. I’m an EMT and CPR Instructor. I used to be a football player but right now I’m focused on tackling cancer! I love the idea behind CampHERO and getting girls involved in the protective services. CampHERO rocks!
My name is Pam McCarty aka lil mac. I've been a Registered Nurse since 1984. I also work as a Deputy Medical Examiner in Waukesha County. I have a BSN and MS in Leadership with an emphasis on Crisis management and Disaster Preparedness. The Protective Services have always been a passion of mine. I'm excited to be a volunteer for Camp Hero. I hope to be a positive role model for future Police Officer's, Fire Fighter's and Paramedics.
Hello, my name is Zulma Franco. I have been a police officer with the City of Madison PD for six years. I worked mainly nights. I am also involved with Amigos en Azul and have participated with the Latino Youth Academies for the past 4 years. I was born in Bogota Colombia and grew up in Los Angles. Last year was my first time volunteering with CampHERO and it was amazing. I really enjoy working with young people. I have three children, and in my spare time I enjoy house projects, exercising, and just hanging out with family and friends.
Hey there, my name is Mat. 2016 is my first year with CampHERO. I am new to the Madison area, but grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin near Rhinelander. The greatest thing I think I can bring to CampHERO is my experience and knowledge of food safety and food service. Since age 14, my knowledge has been molded from various supper clubs, yacht clubs, bar grills, and resorts. Taking the best from each experience, I think CampHERO will be a great place to bestow and expand my knowledge
Hi! I'm Corinne and I have been a nurse for 35 years at St. Mary's hospital in Madison and am excited to be a part of CampHERO! I live in Deforest with my husband of 33 years, two dogs and two cats. I have 3 grown children who I am close with. I look forward to being a crew leader and helping guide young women in camp!
I have been working for the Madison Police Department as a Police Officer since May 2007. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from UW-Milwaukee in Criminal Justice, and worked at a Boys & Girls Club in Milwaukee for two years before starting my career as a Police Officer. I have been working patrol for my entire career and enjoy the variety each day brings. I also assist with our K9 unit, serving as a decoy, where I get to dress up in a marshmallow suit or other equipment and take bites from the dogs, go for walks to the dogs can track me, hide in buildings or in the woods so they can find me, or assist in whatever else they need. I started volunteering for CampHERO in 2014, and have been back every year since! When I’m not at work or volunteering for camp, I love being outside, working and playing with my dogs & spending time with my growing family.