Meet the management team

Connecting people to nature


Amy Cherry

Amy Cherry


Amy Cherry began her career at the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center in 1986 as an Instructor Counselor in the School Camp Program. In the spring of 1987 she transferred to the Farm Garden Program and spent the following 23 years there. She became the OEC Director in July, 2010. Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s degree in Outdoor Teacher Education from Northern Illinois University. She is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), is a Licensed Brain Gym® Practitioner, and is a Wilderness First Responder. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, she enjoys reading, swimming, and watching movies with her family; husband, Jason and their two sons, Alex and Marshall.

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Troy Levely

Program Coordinator

Troy started at the Outdoor Education Center in June of 2021. Prior to joining the OEC team, Troy has spent 20 plus years in the Adventure Education field ranging from traditional summer camp with school programming and residential therapeutic programs for youth. Eight of these years Troy worked as a trainer, inspector and builder in the challenge course industry. Troy graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Recreation from Western Michigan University and his Master’s degree from Michigan State University in Youth Development. Troy enjoys spending his time outdoors hiking, mountain biking, camping, and cross country skiing with his family: wife Kathy, son Mason, daughter Chloe and their Border Collie Chewie.

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Matthew Santner

Matthew Santner

Events & Day Program Coordinator

Matthew Santner began working at Clear Lake Camp in the fall of 2009 as an instructor and became Coordinator in spring 2012. Matthew graduated from Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Geology. Previously, Matthew has taught outdoor education in Rhode Island and Illinois. Matthew directed the nature program at a boys summer camp in northern Wisconsin. When not teaching outdoor education, Matthew runs far.

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