A core strength of our program is our professional facilitators. These are a diverse group of people, each with unique talents, backgrounds and perspectives. What they all have in common is a consistent degree of leadership instruction training, and dedication to the purpose and spirit of the Manito-wish Leadership Development Program. Our facilitators are passionate about achieving your goals, which goes a long way towards having a positive and lasting impact on the people we serve.
Our staff structure is comprised of the following:
Led by Leadership Program Director Alex Black, our directors take a lead role in assessing your goals and objectives, planning your specific curriculum, and coordinating the facilitators, schedules and exercises that will play a role.
Leadership Program Director
Alex's Manito-wish experience began when he fell in love with Camp as a counselor in Idlewild Cabin. Since then, he has worked in both the Leadership and Summer Camp programs as a sectional, a facilitator, and the Leadership Program Assistant Director. He studied Russian and Music at the College of William & Mary, and since graduating has worked abroad in Italy as a translator and in Uganda as a secondary school teacher. In addition to immersion in Manito-wish's collaborative leadership model, Alex's experiences in education have included work as a tutor, an executive functioning coach, and a chess teacher. He is excited to help the Leadership Program continue to change lives and develop young leaders.
Leadership Program Outreach Director
Mark currently serves as the Leadership Program Outreach Director for
Camp Manito-wish YMCA, a role he assumed in May of 2015. Prior to that, he
managed year-round program delivery for high schools, middle schools, youth
agencies, colleges and universities across the Midwest in the role of
Leadership Program Director. Before coming to Manito-wish, Mark directed the
Northern Quest Learning Center program, an outdoor adventure program for youth
with emotional and behavioral disabilities, and was lead facilitator for the
Intercultural Leadership Initiative in the Lakeland school district. Mark is
also a certified secondary social studies teacher and has presented at national
and international conferences on various aspects of experiential and adventure
education for many years.
Grant chairs the Manito-wish program team and works closely with Mark Zanoni on all Leadership Development Program-related initiatives, including staffing, strategic planning and curriculum development. Grant previously coordinated the Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies Departments and directed the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute for Northland College in Ashland WI. He co-owns Living Adventure Inc. a sea kayak outfitting and adventure travel business near the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfield, WI with his wife, Gail Green.
The Lead Facilitators, our most experienced professional staff, closely coordinate the planning, organization and delivery of all aspects of your program, from schedules and curriculum to accommodations, meals and travel arrangements. They will oversee all aspects of your experience to ensure a positive and productive outcome.
These hands-on facilitators will administer the actual curriculum, serving as teachers, guides, cheerleaders and referees. They will work closely with your group to gain an understanding of personalities and dynamics and steer the exercises in a way that makes the most of your leadership development experience.