Boy rock climbing.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Campers grow to love every staff member they meet as each contributes wholeheartedly to the feeling of community at Cheley.

The Cheley family has been dedicated to Cheley Colorado Camps for decades. Today, our camp remains a mission for the entire Cheley family as its leadership transitions to the two oldest members of the fourth generation, Jeff and Brooke.

Meet Today’s Cheley Family Leaders

DIRECTOR

Jeff Cheley

As part of the fourth generation of camp leadership, Jeff works with his sister, Brooke, to oversee the operations of the business and continue the traditions established by Frank Cheley. Jeff and his wife, Erika, live in Englewood during the winter months with their three sons; Jackson, Harrison, and Hayden. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and a proud Longhorn. When Jeff is not chasing his boys around the house, he enjoys playing golf, skiing, cycling, coaching youth sports, or taking a Sunday afternoon nap. During camp, Jeff can be found biking up the Cheley Challenge, driving around in his Bronco, or carrying AV equipment somewhere around camp.

 

Director of Camper and Parent Service

Brooke Cheley Klebe

As part of the fourth generation of camp leadership, Brooke works with her brother, Jeff, to oversee the operations of the business and continue the traditions established by Frank Cheley. She lives in Denver in the winter months with her husband, Kurt, and their daughters, Ellie, Kate, and Sam. Brooke graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Communications. As a former competitor in freestyle skiing, an Ironman triathlete, and a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School in Patagonia, Brooke brings a wealth of knowledge to Cheley. Brooke was a camper for nine summers and on staff as a counselor for three before joining the year-round team. She is a devoted, fun mom and treasures the camp experience.

 

Director Emeritus

Don Cheley

Don is part of the third generation to operate Cheley. Don attended Colorado College and graduated from Menlo College in California. Don can tell you anything you want to know about Cheley Camps. He has dedicated much of his life to Cheley and the camping industry. During the summer, you can find Don driving around camp in his pick-up truck checking on activities, campers, and the facilities. He may be sweeping a porch, cutting down a tree, or fixing a vacuum. If you can’t find him, just hang out in the kitchen while a fresh batch of cookies is baking, and he will be around soon.

 

Director Emeritus

Carole Cheley

As a former Director for 25 years, Carole continues to offer her expertise, wisdom, and love to Cheley and the world of organized camping. She is still involved with the American Camps Association and the Western Association of Independent Camps. She remains a great resource for Cheley and many other camps throughout the country. When she is at camp, you can find her connecting with campers, staff, and alumni. When not at Cheley, she’ll most likely be traveling with Don, practicing yoga, taking pictures, reading, or just hanging out with her many treasured friends.

The Cheley Family.
The Cheley Family (Jeff Cheley, Brooke Cheley-Klebe, Don Cheley, Carole Cheley).

Meet More Legendary Leaders

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Shawn Ness

Shawn first found Cheley in the summer of 2003 and has been back every summer since. He has been a wrangler, assistant director, and unit director. He has a B.A. in Social Science Secondary Education and M.S. in Counseling, both from Eastern Illinois University. Shawn was a high school counselor in Northwest Suburban Chicago for 10 years before joining the year-round team in 2013. He lives in Denver in the winter and when he’s not eating, he can often be found running!

Shawn Ness.

Food Service Manager

Clint Ouellette

Clint grew up in Northern Maine and graduated from the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. He came to Colorado for six months in 1997 and never left! He has worked in a variety of food service operations, including camps, restaurants, and private country clubs. When he is not in the kitchen, he enjoys the outdoors doing a little fly fishing and shooting vintage recurve bows.

Clint Ouellette.

Facilities Supervisor

Mike Supinski

Mike has been with Cheley since 2005. Mike toured the world playing bass guitar and singing with a rock band before settling in Estes Park. When Mike is not busy remodeling our cabins or keeping our turf plush and green, he can be found playing the guitar, rafting, or pouring over boatbuilding books. Mike lives in Estes Park with his wife, Elise Booth (former camper and staff member), and his daughters Zoe and Cameron.

Mike Supinski.

Enrollment Manager

Peggy Haynes

Peggy has many years of experience with Cheley. She was a camper (1965-1974), a CILT in 1975, the assistant director in Lower Chipeta in 1980, a year-round office employee in 1980 and 1981, and a camp parent. Her son, Devon, was a camper from 2000 to 2009, and he was on staff in 2011 and 2012. She is a graduate of Indiana University and brings over 25 years of office experience and great customer service skills to the position.

Aerial view of the cabins.

Ranch Manager

Nicole Wilson

Nicole joined the Cheley team in 2019 after working at Tollgate Farm in Novi, Michigan for 3 years. Born in Virginia, she graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Animal Science. She loves animals and manages a small farm on the ranch including chickens, goats, pigs, cows, cats, ducks, and horses. In her free time, you will have to check the trails for her as she will probably be on one of her three horses.

Nicole Wilson with a horse.

Facilities & Maintenance

Ryan Wilson

Ryan joined the Cheley team in 2019 when his girlfriend (now wife, Nicole) came to camp as the Ranch Manager. He was working for his family’s construction business in Michigan before moving to Colorado. He was born in Michigan and attended community college in Michigan. Ryan brought a bunch of his toys to Estes Park including dirt bikes, four-wheelers, and a bunch of skis. Ryan was a high school ski coach, so he is excited to tackle the amazing skiing in Colorado.

Ryan Wilson.

Program Director

Dylan Lederer

Dylan grew up near Chicago, Illinois, and has been a camper and staff member at Cheley since 2007. Dylan has been a campfire counselor in Ski Hi and Haiyaha and assistant director in Haiyaha. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Communication, he joined the year-round staff as Cheley’s inaugural Marketing Specialist, a position he held for three years before starting his current role. Whether he’s in the office or on the trail, he can be found with his camera and an iced vanilla oat milk latte in hand.

Dylan Lederer.

Out of Camp Program Director

Rhonda Mickelson

Rhonda has been with Cheley more than 20+ summers, including seven summers as a backpacking counselor and prior role as the Program Director (Year-Round). In 2019, she retired from the American Camp Association as the Director of Accreditation. During her professional career, she has provided tireless work and dedication to ACA and the camp community. She lives in Estes Park and spends her free time hiking, biking, volunteering in Rocky Mountain National Park and walking her dogs. Ask Rhonda about her recent experience hiking Cotswold Way in the United Kingdom!

Rhonda.

Join Our Team

What does it take? A sense of adventure, a desire to be with people, and leadership skills.