Erin Newport, Camp Director, joined the Colorado Lions Camp team in December 2018. Erin is a Kansas native who attended Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. She earned a Bachelors's degree in Recreation and Sports Management. Erin has spent the past 21 years in various roles throughout her camping career. She started as a counselor, then moved on to the Aquatics Director, Program Director and Camp Director. For the past 18 years, she has been in a Camp Director position for the Special Recreation Association and Camp Red Leaf in Illinois.
Erin has been involved in various boards and committees. She has sat on the ACA Illinois board for over 10 years and within that organization was the membership chair for ACA Illinois. She also served on the Mid States Camping Committee, where not only she organized the three-day conference but lead sessions on raising a family in the camping world. She built her career as a director at Camp Red Leaf where she took the camp from 200 children and adults to 800 in her tenure there. She had the opportunity to make the camp more accessible by adding a treehouse, sensory room, and open floor plans for campers to get around better with no limitations.
Witnessing firsthand the impact camp has on the campers, it also has an impact on the staff as well. Camp allows you to experience what outside the box means and how you will be the world to one person. Erin lives by the quote, "to the world you maybe one person, but to one person you maybe the world."
Michelle “Radar” Werner, the Executive Assistant, has been working at the Colorado Lions Camp for the past 14 years. She manages the bookkeeping and assists with camper registration, agencies, and their families. Michelle began her career at camp as the Art Director and returned a year later to fill the role of the Executive Assistant. Michelle has an AAS in Business Administration with an emphasis on Administrative Support. She is also a member of the Nob Hill Lions Club and assists with fundraising efforts to help send campers with financial needs to camp.
Michelle’s greatest joys are her family and the campers that attend CLC. She has three children (two are grown and married) and has five amazing grandchildren. Michelle loves all things Disney and enjoys traveling, reading, and knitting.
Food Service &
Kurt DuJardin, Food Service & Maintenance Director joined the Colorado Lions Camp team in June of 2013. Kurt has worked in the foodservice industry for the past 45 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to the kitchen with his gourmet meals and special diet menus. Kurt grew up in Osceola, Indiana, and has spent the past 30 years as a Colorado resident. Prior to his role with the camp, Kurt operated as a Sous-Chef at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs for 11 years. In addition to managing the camp food service department, Kurt also oversees the maintenance of camp facilities throughout the year.
Kurt enjoys traveling, sports, fishing, and playing golf during his leisure time.
Lorie Smith, the Housekeeper, joined our team in 2020 where she is keeping our camp in the best condition possible! Lorie grew up in Teller County where she later laid down her family roots, raising three wonderful children, a son in California, and two daughters in Woodland Park. In addition to being a proud grandparent to her granddaughter. Lorie can also wield and deal cards as she previously was a Blackjack Dealer at Wildwood Casino. Lorie is passionate about her sports as she is a diehard fan of the Broncos and Lakers.