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Welcome Sean Gundersen, the new site director for Wesley Woods Camps and Retreat Center

Welcome Sean Gundersen, the new site director for Wesley Woods Camps and Retreat Center

April 28, 2023

I am excited to introduce myself as the new Site Director of Wesley Woods. My name is Sean Gundersen, and I am originally from Hamburg, Iowa, in southwest Iowa. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with degrees in Parks and Recreation Management and Administration. Since then, I have been working professionally in camp administration since 2014.

I have had the pleasure of working at various organizations such as Camp Fire Iowa, Nebraska 4-H, and, most recently, at the Des Moines YMCA Camp in Boone. I have had experience managing residential camp facilities and day-to-day activities and programs. With each of these experiences, I have gained valuable knowledge and expertise that I hope to bring to Wesley Woods.

Outside of work, I am happily married to Chelsea, an Urbandale native, and we have two children, Bennett and Brynn, and our lab mix, Charlie, and six chickens, whose names are way too complicated because they were chosen by a toddler. My wife is a teacher by trade and currently chooses to stay home with our children. Our family enjoys most outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, and exploring. We will be out and about throughout this summer and beyond. We also love gardening, cooking from scratch, and spending time enjoying each other's company.

I am thrilled to be joining the Wesley Woods team and am looking forward to getting to know everyone. I hope to continue the great work that has been done here and to make a positive impact on the lives of those who come to Wesley Woods.