Zach Klipsch - "Maverick"
(563) 381-3053 ext 308
Zach has worked for YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln since 2007. As the child of a YMCA employee, he grew up in the Y participating in every Y program available. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. He is married with five children.
"In camping, I have found my calling. I love being able to give kids a safe environment where they can let their imaginations run free. We live in a culture where we sometimes get caught measuring our parental success through the achievements of our children. As a parent of five, I have already felt the pull of that culture. Through camping, children and families have the opportunity to slow down and relax."
"Creativity is more important than knowledge." -Albert Einstien
Nicholas Martinez - "Papa Smurf"
(563) 381-3053 ext 302
Nicholas began his career at Camp Abe Lincoln as a counselor in 2005. He remained a counselor in 2006 and in 2007 he was the camp coordinator as an internship position. He took over as Program Director in the summer of 2008. Nicholas received his Bachelor's Degree of Science in Health, Wellness and Recreation.
Nicholas is origninally from Tennessee. He enjoys working at Y camp because he is able to see the change in campers and staff from year to year. "There is no other place where you can see a child make a discovery and be able to share that experience with close friends."
Alexandra Clark - "Prancer"
(563) 381-3053 ext 311
Alexandra began her career at Camp Abe Lincoln as a counselor in 2008. In 2009, she took over the marketing counselor position and in 2010, work as the Specialty Camps coordinator. She received her Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Economics from Knox College in 2009.
Alexandra is originally Bloomington, Illinois. She has decided to work at camp because she loves to see groups come together in their time at camp. "I like the opportunity camp offers kids and adults to grow personally and I want to be a part of that growth."
Building and Grounds Director
(563) 381-3053 ext 305
John has worked for the Scott County Family Y for over 16 years. He has spent most of his time at the Downtown Davenport YMCA and has been at Camp Abe Lincoln since 2007.
In John's many years of working for the YMCA, he has done just about everything; Kids Club, Safari, Latch Key, Front Desk, Membership, Custodial and Maintenance. In all these different positions, he has found that the Y truly builds strong kids, strong families and strong communities."Working for the Y keeps me young. It effects your attitude and life. I told my daughter once that you don't make a whole lot of money at the Y. She said, "But you don't do it for the money..it's about the kids and families." It kind of makes it all worth while. I look forward to seeing all the kids and families again next summer."