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!



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, CYC is a place where I can really be myself and make new friends. At CYC, I feel safe and happy. The counselors at camp have inspired me. I feel closer to God since my experience at CYC." - Anna

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