Jamie Fischer, Director
Appointed in January 2015, Jamie Fischer and his wife Michelle (Roman) Fischer, a Penn Yan native, joined the full-time staff family at LeTourneau in mid-February 2015.
Previously, Jamie and Michelle spent three-and-a-half years in East Asia as missionaries, sharing the gospel through relationships, discipleship, and teaching English as a second language. They are excited to begin a new chapter of ministry, Jamie says, and look forward to serving the Lord by leading and discipling the staff, and serving churches and believers in the region.
Prior to his work in East Asia, Jamie held a pastoral position in Jacksboro, Tenn., serving youth and young adults and coordinating other outreach events and ministry activities church-wide. He has also invested time serving as a hospital chaplain and overseeing a volunteer ministry. Jamie can be reached at the office at 585-554-3400 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Discover Jamie’s personal perspective and occasional ministry updates in the “Director’s Updates” category of the LeTourneau blog.
Gary & Cheri Fitzpatrick
Gary and Cheri (Mortensen) Fitzpatrick joined the Letourneau staff family in January 2016. Gary is meeting some of the housekeeping needs and also assisting in maintenance in as the camp custodian, while Cheri is serving in new role as events coordinator, developing and promoting new camp programs and activities.
Gary has lived in Penn Yan all of his life and in recent years worked as a custodian for a local school district and as a carpenter on the small crew of a local Mennonite business. In addition, he has worked several years as a handyman for his local church.
Cheri grew up in Naples, NY, and spent many summers at LeTourneau as a teen. Cheri earned an associate’s degree in both communications and tourism management at Finger Lakes Community College. While she was a student, she worked at Canandaigua’s local public-access cable station, Channel 12 FLTV, which is hosted on the FLCC campus. Traveling and hospitality have been things Cheri has been passionate about for many years, and she boasts some prior experience in the hotel industry.
Gerri Moose & the late Avis Sowl
More than 60 years ago, Avis and Gerri, friends and fellow houseparents at an orphanage in Kentucky, accepted an offer from then-director Harold Seeley to “help out” for two weeks at Camp. The two weeks turned into a few more, then a summer, and 50 years later, their impact on Camp and its many generations of summer staff and staff families has been a special testimony and light to all who know and love them. For years, both ladies cooked in the Camp kitchen, with Gerri earning raves for delicious cinnamon rolls served at breakfast and Avis garnering accolades for chocolate chip cookies bigger than your fist. (Campers or staff members who managed to polish off a homemade Chipwich from the Strawberry Patch ice cream shop, crafted out of Avis’s cookies, garnered special boasting rights.) In addition, they spent summers supervising the maids serving in the Lodge and Bethany House, planted and maintained several lovely garden beds around the Camp property (Avis’s rose bushes near the Lodge are especially famous) and in the “off-season” painted, stenciled and sewed to decorate numerous Camp buildings. A number of Avis’s paintings adorn the walls of guest rooms in the Lodge, Bethany House and cottages, and Gerri also kept the summer staff in clean uniforms from a central laundry room under the former Dining Hall.
Avis and Gerri have served as shining lights, radiating the spirit of Christ. In 2006, their 50th year of service was marked with a special celebration and in 2011, the Avis and Gerri Fund was established to compensate the seasonal summer staff (teens and young adults) who serve the many summer campers attending programs and events during the busiest months of the year. The Camp family celebrated Avis’s 90th birthday in the spring of 2012 and celebrated Gerri’s 90th with a special alumni reunion event in the summer of 2015. On July 1st, 2016, our dear Avis went home to be with the Lord. In August of 2016, a special thank you recognition for Gerri was hosted to mark the 60th year of service given.
Chef Robert Kuser
Robert has been running the Camp kitchen since January 2009, and with his staff, is responsible for the delicious buffet meals our guests and staff enjoy. He has occasionally been persuaded to share popular Camp recipes and “trade secrets” from the kitchen. Robert works closely with our volunteers and teen summer staff serving as assistant cooks and kitchen help.
Danita joined the full-time staff in the fall of 2014 and first served under Paul Nelson in the area of maintenance and grounds, before transitioning to a role as the Dining Hostess in 2015. Danita is a third-generation “alumni” of the LeTourneau summer staff, following in the footsteps of her grandmother, parents and several aunts and uncles, who served many seasons on the summer staff. Danita herself celebrated her seventh summer of service in 2016, and took on new leadership during our six weeks of children’s day camps.
We praise the Lord for the faithful help of each of these servant-leaders.