Our Team

  Dave Gwynne - Camp Director

Dave is privileged to serve as the Children's Summer & Midweek Programs Pastor for Christ Community Church, overseeing the planning, preparation and execution of all things Camp Commotion throughout the year.

Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Children’s Ministry, earned in his homeland of Scotland, and a Master’s in Elementary and Special Education. Before joining the church staff full-time, Dave was a special education teacher for a large suburban school district.

Interests for Dave include reading, writing, and spending time at home with his wife, Erin, and three beautiful daughters.

    Jess Olsen - Programming Director

Jess will graduate this spring from DePaul University with a degree in Psychology and a concentration in Human Services. This summer, Jess is getting married to her fiancé, who she met at Camp Commotion three summers ago! This is her fourth summer at Camp Commotion, and she is looking forward to continuing and improving her role as Programming Director.

Jess’ favorite things include hedgehogs, organizing and of course Camp Commotion! This is her last summer at Camp Commotion so if you see Jess around Camp be sure to say hello!

  Kelsey Uitermarkt - Staff Director

Kelsey is a senior nursing major at Indiana Wesleyan University and is excited to continue her education while studying abroad in Africa next fall. After working at camp last summer as a crew leader, Kelsey is thrilled to serve as Staff Director this summer for Camp Commotion!

Her favorite things include being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, exploring Chicago, and playing with puppies. Kelsey loves the heart and mission of Camp Commotion and cannot wait to see the way God will work through the staff and campers this summer!

  Rachel Simmonds - Administrative Coordinator

Rachel graduated this spring with her Bachelor's in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. This summer, she is getting married and starting in the graduate program at Calvin College for Speech Pathology. She is excited to follow the Lord's plan and work her third summer at Camp Commotion!

Some of her favorite things are Camp Commotion, her family, and her puppy! Rachel loves the mission of Camp Commotion and is looking forward to serving the families of Camp this summer as the Administrative Coordinator.


  Sarah Knox - Extended Care & Logistics Director

Sarah is in her junior year as a nursing student at Lipscomb University in Nashville,TN. She first joined the camp staff in 2016 and is excited to be spending her third summer at camp as the Extended
Care and Logistics Director!

Some of her favorite things include spending time with her family,
playing soccer, traveling, eating ice cream and spending time outdoors! Sarah is thrilled to spend another summer sharing God’s love with campers and looks forward to all the fun that will be had at camp this summer!

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