The Board of Directors guide our organization, develop policy to ensure wise use of resources, and serve as community cheerleaders for Camp.
With responsibility for the management, operations, assets, and compliance with applicable regulations, each member of our Board of Directors serve important and varied roles in leading Camp today and planning for Camp tomorrow.
Beginning in 2008, the Board of Directors conducted a review of our present facilities. The Capital Development Plan has since resulted in the addition of new facilities including our new gymnasium/recreation centre and camper cabins, all built debt-free. In 2014, All Tribes began an operational review and ten-year strategic planning process, and this plan was finalized and approved officially in 2015.
Each member of our Board of Directors offers particular insight, advice, and expertise to our organization. Many members have participated in Camp as campers over the years, others have kids who have been or are campers now, and all generously give of their time and talents as volunteers.
The Board meets twice each year in person, and conducts other business throughout the year by e-mail or teleconference, in addition to specific committee meetings.
Michael Fratzke, Chairman
Mike's experience, wisdom and kindness shine during each meeting. Mike lives in Indiana and presently serves at Indiana Wesleyan University as Professor and Departmental Chair of IWU's Health and Human Performance Division. He received his B.A. in 1972, M.Ed. in 1973, and his Ed.D. from Texas A&M in 1978. He was named the 2006-2007 Athletics Director of the Year by The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). For years, Mike has brought a group of students known as 'The Wise Owls' to Camp each May. During this week, Mike and the students complete a service project and study the book of Proverbs. Mike is a wonderful leader and a wise voice on the Board. Mike is married to Betty Jane, and has two daughters and four grandsons.
Kyle Gilbertson, Vice-Chair
Kyle began his All Tribes "career" camping at All Tribes as a child and now is a member of our Board of Directors. Being a professional civil engineer with a degree from the University of Western Ontario, Kyle brings to the board a wide range of practical experience, maturity, and a personal understanding of the important role camp can play in people's lives. Kyle is married to Hannah, is the father of Leila, and lives on St. Joseph Island.
Sayja Barton, Secretary
Sayja is a tremendous asset on our Board of Directors. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Masters of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo. Sayja works for BDO Canada LLP as the National Accounting Standards Manager for non-profit organizations, private enterprises and public sector entities. Sayja has been a camper at All Tribes camp for many years from when she was a young gal, and still brings her energy and enthusiasm for God and life to camp today! She faithfully teaches the Grade 1 class at VBS each year. Sayja is married to Jacob, and lives in Sault Ste. Marie.
Phil Nadjiwon, Treasurer
Phil is a Certified Management Accountant and serves as Treasurer for our organization. Phil attended All Tribes Camp as a youngster growing up on St. Joseph Island. He is married to Deanna, and they have four children. Phil has worked as an auditor for the Canada Revenue Agency, and now works as Controller at Gilbertson Enterprises. In his free time, he loves to fish, hunt, and golf.
Millie Jacobs Troyer, Founder
Millie IS All Tribes Camp! Originally All Tribes was locally known as "Millie's Camp". In 1963, she purchased the camp property and ran the first week of camp. Millie worked as Alumni Director for Marion College, and later in life, married Richard (Dick) Troyer. Together they developed and managed All Tribes Camp until the turn of the century. Millie is a wonderful individual who truly loves people and is loved by many. Still spending most of her summer either tent camping or at All Tribes, she is an active and visionary member of the camp family and continues to serve as a member of the Board. More information on Millie and her life is available here. Millie also published an autobiographical book chronicling her extraordinary life and the establishment of All Tribes Camp titled Look To This Day For It Is Life. Millie has confronted every challenge as an opportunity, respected every dream as something worth exploring, and lives her life in constant awareness that a God-directed life has purpose and impact. Her book is frank, touching, funny, and as unique and authentic as its author. You can order a copy of her book by contacting us.
Elvin is dedicated, loyal and committed to excellence in all he does. He lives in Indiana and actively raises awareness and support for All Tribes in the US and at Indiana Wesleyan University, where he is Senior Advisor for Planned Giving and University Relations. Elvin has served previously as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Business Affairs, and as Assistant Vice President of Finance at IWU. He gives 100% to all he does and his work with All Tribes Camp is no exception. Elvin's knowledge, extensive experience, and humble willingness to serve is a rare combination we are grateful to have on our Board. Elvin has his B.S. and MBA degrees from IWU. Elvin is married to Cindi and has three daughters.
Sherry served for many years as an enthusiastic teacher of the kindergarten and Grade 5 classes at Adventure Bible Camp VBS. Sherry lives on St. Joseph Island, is married to Steve and has four children - Jessica, Ethan, Rachel and Seth. All four kids have been campers at All Tribes and some have also been counsellors! As a dedicated mother, she brings a valuable perspective to the Board.
Elizabeth "Liz" Down
Liz is Associate Pastor at the Free Methodist Church in Sault Ste. Marie. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Gideon, and together they have three great kids. Her heart's desire is to see the light of the church and the heart of the family unite together to impact future generations for Christ. As a Commissioned Minister, she brings a great perspective to our Board from actively serving in ministry, and from her experience working with children and youth.
Dr. Michael Burns
Mike is an optometrist in Sault Ste. Marie with Station Tower Optometry. He is married to Jami and they have two beautiful twin daughters. Mike loves Christian camping and knows first hand the impact it can have on your life. He went to summer camp as a camper, worked as a camp counsellor, and also spent a couple of summers as full-time summer program staff at Camp Aush-Bik-Koong. We are thrilled to have the thoughtful wisdom, fresh ideas, and great sense of humour that he brings to our Board of Directors.