Julie Lautt is the Camp Director at Wanake. Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Julie grew up in Ohio and spent seven years growing up living at Wanake as the daughter of Wanake director, David Schar.
Julie has spent all but a handful of years living at a United Methodist Church camp in Ohio, Iowa and Upstate New York. Julie has worked in Christian camp and retreat ministry within the United Methodist Church for over 25 years, serving as a full-time site director since 1992: serving as director of Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center in the North Central New York Annual Conference for 11 years and here at Wanake since March of 2003. Julie lives on site with her husband, Steve, and their three children: Tabitha, Dylan and Bethany. Wanake is a spiritual home for Julie. It was the first place Julie was a camper and is where she first met Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Justin Miller is the Site Manager at Wanake, growing up in Brewster, Ohio graduated from Fairless High School, then traveling the world while serving in the United States Navy.
Justin brings to Wanake expertise along with his experience in heavy equipment, maintenance, and of construction operations. Justin enjoys playing bass guitar in his congregation’s praise band, carpentry, furniture making, and raising chickens. Justin’s vision for the stewardship of Wanake’s resources includes: Strengthening Wanake’s volunteer work force. Justin lives at Wanake with his wife Kari, daughters Marlie and Rubie.
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR of GUEST SERVICES
Joel Jarvis assists with operational services and coordinates fund development efforts. Joel processes Wanake income and expenditures as well as helping with mowing when possible!
Joel is a longtime alumnus going back to the 70s as a summer staff counselor, lifeguard, Outpost Director and served as Wanake Interim director from 1976-1977. Joel’s career spanned over 40 years as a professional camp director at various camps in the United States. He and his wife, Sandi, have three grown sons; two in Maryland and one in Arizona. Seven grandchildren keep them busy. Sandi, too, is a Wanake alumnus and assists with baking as time permits. Joel’s greatest dream was met when he and Sandi moved back from Wisconsin in 2020 and he was hired, part-time, to be a part of the Wanake team.