Meet the Staff

Year Round Staff

Courtney Danis

Executive Director

I’m excited to be the Executive Director for Catholic Youth Camp! My connection with camping has a rich history starting when I was 8 years old, my family first participated in the home school weekends at YMCA Camp du Nord, where I eventually took part in the Leadership Development Program through high school. This is where I developed my passion for teaching and camping. After high school, I attended Campbellsville University, KY where I was an all-American in basketball for all four years and majored in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Throughout those years I spent 3 summers working at YMCA Camp du Nord and the later 3 summers as the Assistant Director at YMCA Camp St. Croix. After graduation, I lived in South Africa for three months teaching. I found myself back in the mid-west pursuing my passion for teaching and the outdoors as an Environmental Education Instructor at Camp St. Croix.

I started my full-time career in camping in the scenic mountainous area of the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO as the Youth Programs Director overseeing the Day Camp Program for 4 years. I returned to the Twin Cities, in the role of the Program Director for the overnight camp program at Camp Icaghowan in Amery, WI, most recently I was the Senior Program Director at Camp St. Croix, overseeing the summer day camp operations as well as the vision and direction of all 10 day camps in the association.

Camping has been in my blood and a passion since I was young, and I believe that it allows for people of all ages the opportunity for personal growth and life changing experiences. I am excited for the opportunity to bring together camp and the Catholic faith to young people. Growing individuals in their faith as in the natural environment brings together two of my passions. In my free time, I enjoy being outside hiking or running with my dog Echo, drinking great coffee, cooking, adventuring, and taking pictures along the way. You will often find me spending time with family, friends, and furry companions; ; Giorgio (named after the Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassetti) the adventurous social cat and Echo the adventure wonder dog. I have a passion for my faith, making connections, and introducing nature and camp to all.

I look forward to meeting all of you and joining the CYC community!

Augusta McMonigal

Camp Program Director

Growing up in Northern Minnesota, Augusta is no stranger to life in the woods; if you get the chance, you should ask her about the time she was locked in the house with a bear! She is an alumni of CYC; first as a camper, back when there were only three ‘C’s’, then on staff in 2012 and 2014. After graduating college she spent time as a youth minister in Minnesota and Indiana where she met a lot of amazing people, heard some incredible stories, and got a little teased for her thick Minnesotan accent. Despite people knowing exactly where she is from, Augusta has visited 30 states and 26 countries with hopes to add more. When she’s not traveling or getting into shenanigans you can find her at a coffee shop with a good book, spending time with friends, or ending up elbows deep in a craft project. Her favorite camp memory has got to be either winning the spirit award for the first time, (if anyone ever asks, she did not cry…hard) or canoeing about to Battle Island with campers and eating dirt cups in the canoes! Augusta loves Our Lady of Guadalupe, Diet Coke, dirt track racing, and the Vikings-probably in that order! She’s excited to be back at CYC and sharing the love of Jesus with young people in a setting where her Chaco’s go with everything!

Stefanie Brinkman

Office Manager 

Stefanie joined the CYC team in 2011. Stefanie is from White Bear Lake and is the proud mother of two fabulous children- Nataliya and Dominik. When she is not busy at CYC, Stefanie and kids enjoy spending time as a family, going outside, and having fun!

"To me Catholic Youth Camp is a place I can be myself and know others will not judge me. Plus it is a place where I can learn more about my religion and proclaim it to the world freely." - JP

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