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Shelly began her career working with students in a special education setting while finishing her undergraduate degree. She joined Camp Red Cedar’s team in 2007 as a Field Supervisor, and quickly rose from seasonal to full-time status as the Human Resource Recruiter and later, Assistant Director. Detcher prides herself on leading staff by example and is not afraid to get her hands dirty.  She values and believes in the the mission of Camp Red Cedar and is deeply rooted in maintaining our motto of Explore, Play, Grow in an integrated outdoor setting.

Education: Detcher attended and completed her undergrad at Purdue University of Fort Wayne, and is a certified Red Cross lifeguard and USA archery Level two instructor.

Off the Clock: Shelly likes to stay active by referring, coaching, and playing volleyball.  She also enjoys watching her kids play sports and spending time with her family and friends.

Personal Theme Song: “Cowboy, Take Me Away” – The Dixie Chicks

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Development Director

Michael’s involvement with Camp Red Cedar began in 2019 when he joined the camp committee while working at WANE 15 as a reporter. In 2020, Michael left the news business and entered the non-profit world full time at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Fort Wayne. During his time there, Michael wore many hats and served in several roles related to development and homeowner services. In May of 2022, Michael joined Camp Red Cedar and its mission in a full-time capacity as the organization's first Development Director. He now oversees all fund development efforts through fundraising, grants, Lodge rentals, and other communications.

Education: Michael graduated from Ball State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Telecommunications (News Concentration).

Off the Clock: In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife, their 3-year-old son, and Michael's large extended family. Michael also enjoys taking leisurely rides on his motorcycle and playing slow-pitch softball.

Personal Theme Song: “From the Ground Up” - Dan and Shay

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Assistant Director/Human Resource Recruiter

LeeAnn has spent over a decade as a camp counselor in various camps throughout her adolescence and young adulthood. She grew up camping through Girls Scouts and with her outdoor-loving family when she was young. She began her career as a middle school English teacher, entered into the fitness and wellness field teaching group fitness classes, and has been working as a coach and leader in well-being since 2015.

She has a passion for helping others to live a life they love and grow every day, while having fun along the way.


Education: LeeAnn holds a master’s degree in Wellness Management and a bachelors in Secondary English Language Arts Education from Ball State University. She also holds a WellCoaches Health and Wellness Coach Certification, several health and wellness certifications, as well as many Zumba specialty licenses.


Off the Clock: Off the clock LeeAnn enjoys spending time with her two sons, visiting her family, teaching Zumba classes, and reading. She is a huge fan of music, dancing, and is always learning.


Personal Theme Song: “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” - C+C Music Factory

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Barn and Facilities Manager

Theresa has been the barn manager and now facility manager at Camp Red Cedar since 2009.  She has owned horses for 25 years and has worked with horses in many different capacities including; trail guide, barn manager of a breeding facility, showing, and now therapy and conventional riding lessons at Camp Red Cedar.  She also brings a wide range of knowledge of horse care and products from working for many years in supply sales.

Education: Studied in commercial art, Indiana University – Purdue University, Fort Wayne


Off the Clock: Prentice enjoys reading, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding and art.

Personal Theme Song: “Free Falling” – Tom Petty

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Riding and Volunteer Program Coordinator

Cyndi is originally from Overland Park, KS and has been in the Fort Wayne area for almost 3 years. Most recently, Cyndi was the Events Manager for a local non-profit. Prior to moving to Fort Wayne, Niezer’s experience ranged from working with children with special needs to event management. She has 3 human children, 2 of the canine variety and also enjoys keeping bees, working in her yard, and watching her kids play sports.

Education: Attended Baker University in Baldwin, KS

Off the Clock: I enjoy working on projects around our house, playing with our newest family member, Ice, going to the lake with my husband and our 3 kids, keeping bees, cooking new recipes, hanging out the friends around the fire pit and cheering for my kids’ as they participate in various activities.

Personal Theme Song: “Three Little Birds” - Bob Marley

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Camp Program Coordinator

As a Fort Wayne area native, Hannah returned to her roots in 2023 after spending the majority of her childhood and early adulthood in the Midwest. Hannah grew up in Wausau, WI and completed her undergraduate degree in Madison, WI. She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Medical Assistant before starting her career in Case Management. Across Wisconsin and Minnesota, Hannah worked directly with adults and children of all abilities to access person-centered services and supports that promote independence and quality of life at home and in their community. At Camp Red Cedar, Hannah began as a Camp Counselor and was quickly inspired by the organization’s purpose and community of campers, families and staff that champion the mission as she does.

Education: Hannah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies.

Off the Clock: Hannah likes to decompress by cuddling up with her two cats and a good book. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, visiting friends, being with family and hanging out with her cousins. Her favorite hobbies include arts and crafts, LEGOs, movies and video games, live music, and sporting events. Hannah follows the Indiana Swim and Dive team, Chicago Cubs, US Women’s Soccer, the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers.


Personal Theme Song: “Unwritten” - Natasha Bedingfield

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Lodge Coordinator

Erica has returned to Camp Red Cedar in a new role as the very first Lodge Coordinator. Erica handles all operations, communications, and marketing related to renting The Lodge at Camp Red Cedar as a way of financially supporting our mission. Previously she was a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor and Volunteer Coordinator with us. Erica's origins with Camp Red Cedar go back to childhood as she took riding lessons here and competed in her very first horse show here on our grounds.

Education: In addition to her certifications, Erica holds an Associate's Degree in Applied Sciences and worked for several years as a Veterinary Technician.

Off the Clock: Erica has been a passionate horsewoman since childhood and still spends much of her free time riding horses with her family and in the barn caring for them. Outside of the barn, Erica is a CrossFitter, John Maxwell Team Certified Coach, and business mentor. Erica loves the outdoors, serving in women's ministry, traveling to new places, hiking, swimming, and attending personal development conferences.


Personal Theme Song: Whatever It Takes - Imagine Dragons.


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