Leadership Team

Wondering who to come to with a question? Learn more about Amnicon’s leadership team below.

Meet Our year-round team

Jesse Weiss

Jesse Weiss

Executive Director


Jesse has been the Executive Director here since 2018. He has spent over 15 working at several Lutheran Outdoor Ministries. In his free time he enjoys building and fixing things, as well as spending time with his wife Kelli, son Aaron and obnoxious dog Autumn. Jesse spends most of his time working from home in Eagan, MN. 

Contact Jesse if you have questions about how you can best support Amnicon, are interested in serving on the Board of Directors or have any other general questions or concerns.


Hannah Damon

Hannah Damon

Associate Director of Administration & Hospitality


Hannah first encountered Amnicon in 2008 when she came to visit her friend Brad who was guiding that year, and started working here in 2014. In her free time she enjoys crafting, hiking, and cooking.

Contact Hannah if you have questions about signing up for a trip, bringing a group here on retreat, or reserving a cabin for yourself. Hannah can also help you with bookkeeping questions, and issues with the website.


Brad Damon

Brad Damon

Associate Director of Program & Facilities


Brad’s first summer here was working as a wilderness guide in 2008. He considers Amnicon his “spiritual home” and is working his dream job. In his free time he loves playing board games, performing in local theater productions, and going on his own personal camping trips.

Contact Brad if you have questions regarding staff hiring opportunities. Brad also handles site maintenance and program development.


Mikaela Peterson

Mikaela Peterson

Assistant Director

Mikaela first came to Amnicon in the spring of 2018 as volunteer. She helps out wherever needed, whether that’s in the office or out on trail.

Mikaela is finishing a degree in Environmental and Outdoor Education at the UMD. In her free time she likes to hike, play with her cat, and work on art projects. Her favorite place at camp is on the beach at Clay Mountain. 


Sarah Birkeland

Sarah Birkeland

Administrative Assistant

Sarah began working at Amnicon in 2019. In her free time she enjoys skiing and playing the upright bass, and is a member in several local bands.

Meet Our 2020 Summer Staff Team

Each summer we hire a dedicated group of young adults to lead and guide our guests and participants into the wild places of creation.

Back Row: Sian (Guide), Joe (Maintenance), Sydney (Guide), Hallie (Guide), Minh Anh (Trails Coordinator), Sarah (Hospitality Coordinator)

Front Row: Jared (Guide), Melissa (Kitchen), John (Guide), Mikaela (Assistant Director), Brad (Associate Director), Hannah (Associate Director), Jesse (Executive Director)

Seated: Sue (Retreat Coordinator) Also: Pax (Staff Kid), & Enzo (Fur-Friend)

Meet Our Board of directors

These elected volunteers serve as the governing body of the Camp Amnicon Foundation, creating vision, strategy, and structure to grow Amnicon into a thriving ministry.

Gaelyn Beal, Bloomington, MN – President

Sara Larson Woodruff, Roseville, MN – Vice President

Matt Louge, Coon Rapids, MN – Secretary

Pr. Jason Lukis, Maple Grove, MN

Michael Farmer, Booklyn Park, MN

Michelle Damon, St. Paul, MN

David Larsen, Duluth, MN – Treasurer, Ex Offico