Fr. Bob Spezia
Prior to his assignment as Board of Trustees President in 2017, Fr. Bob Spezia served as the Chaplain at CSM for 17 years and as the Executive Director for 4 years. He was ordained in 1996 and is Director of the Office of Clergy and Consecrated Life for the Archdiocese of Detroit, and has ministered in a number of parishes. Previously, Fr. Bob was Director of Undergraduate Spiritual Formation and Assistant Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and a number of seminarians from Sacred Heart serve as senior counselors for the Boys' Camps. His passion for the Christian formation of youth extends to CSM where he would like to see, in particular, the bolstering of the traditional two-week trip.
Fr. Joseph Kirkconnell
Originally from the Cayman Islands, Fr. Joseph completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame prior to entering Sacred Heart Major Seminary. He was ordained a priest—the first ever from the Cayman Islands—in the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2014. He spent the first years of his ministry as an associate pastor at St. Paul Parish in Grosse Pointe Farms before being assigned to study at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. We are excited to have Fr. Joseph join us for our 2019 Summer Season!
John David Kuhar
John David Kuhar is our Executive Director. Prior to being selected for this position by our Board of Trustees in 2017, John David served CSM as Senior Counselor, Head of the Waterfront, Assistant Head Counselor, Head Counselor, and most recently as Program Director. John David earned his Bachelor's in Philosophy and a Master's in Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary. He and his wife Carrie and their daughter feel blessed to be a part of Camp and greatly enjoy watching the campers grow in their love for the Lord. John David also works as Director of Faith Formation at Guardian Angels Parish in Clawson, MI.
Jan Klemm, CFRE
Jan joined CSM in the fall of 2016 and serves as our Director of Operations and Development. As a wife and mom with plenty of camp experience, she brings a unique blend of gifts to Camp Sancta Maria. Prior to joining the CSM team, Jan worked at Sacred Heart Major Seminary for ten years and more recently with the Capuchins in Detroit. Jan has two grown children and lives in Shelby Township with her husband Harold.
Kathy joined us in 2017; she comes from the Kalamazoo Diocese and has a passion for camp life. Having worked at a Catholic camp in Wisconsin, she has witnessed first-hand how camp has the power to profoundly influence our youth for the good. Drawing on her experience at camp and as a Director of Faith Formation, she brings many gifts to CSM, including her humility and the sharpness of her vision about the human person, relationships and camp life. Kathy leads our Girls' Camps and assists John David throughout the summer. Kathy is also the campus minister at Hackett Catholic Prep High School in Kalamazoo. Kathy love the outdoors and finding new trails to hike and places to kayak on her days off. She likes to say that she runs on a good cup of coffee and the grace of God.
Wally joined us in 2019 after four years of working as a Senior Counselor and Director of the Waterfront. Originally from the Kalamazoo Diocese, Wally has his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with a minor in Catholic Studies from Saint Joseph College Seminary at Loyola University Chicago. Wally enjoys spreading the mission of Camp Sancta Maria at home and abroad. He finds no greater joy than hearing campers share their favorite moments every evening during night prayer. Camp Sancta Maria has been and continues to be the happiest and most blessed placed on earth for Wally, and he is so thankful for the many good memories and challenges he has experienced here. Wally enjoys spending his time off with friends around a fire in the woods of northern Michigan, the sandy beaches of Florida, and traveling abroad both for adventure and mission work.