Lauren was born & raised in a southwest suburb of Chicago. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Social Welfare. She continued her education with a Masters in School Counseling and spent 7 years working in schools working specifically with individuals with Autism and behavioral needs. Lauren first participated in Catholic HEART as a teen participant through her parish youth group. She then spent 14 summers on CHWC staff at both domestic and international camps. She loves traveling, live music, reading, and supporting her Badgers, Bears, & Blackhawks! Lauren also enjoys playing soccer and spending time outside especially with her dog, Rue.
Being the Public Relations Diva of the office, Kelly can get anyone excited about Workcamp and constantly interacts with people as she exercises one of her greatest strengths, talking. Having participated as a camper and serving on staff for six summers, she then joined the CHWC family full-time in 2008 after graduating from the University of Central Florida where she majored in Elementary Education. She has a heart for young people and a passion for life that is contagious, just like her laughter. Kelly is one of six kids, all of which starting with the letter “K”. She slept in a homemade bunk bed until she was 25 and has a habit of taking pictures of the sky while driving.
Zach has been involved with CHWC from the very beginning. He says working for CHWC is his dream job. In kindergarten, however, he wanted to own and pilot his own blimp, an orange one to be exact (still his favorite color to this day). He is a graduate of Rollins College. He loves God, traveling, the Orlando magic, Pittsburgh Steelers, and his beautiful wife named Shannon, whom he also met working with CHWC.
Wayne is married to Daisy and they have two daughters named Charlotte and Stella. He attended the University of North Florida where he ran Cross Country and Track and graduated with a degree in Health Science. He is a sports guy who loves everything Pittsburgh: Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. His favorite TV show is Gold Rush and would love to go gold mining one day. Wayne’s hobbies include flag football, soccer and running. Wayne has been part of the office team for 8 years and was on Summer Staff for 5 Years.
Isabelle was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with an Accounting degree. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Larry for 35 years. They have 3 sons that all live here in the Orlando area. Living life with 3 boys, she has become an avid sports fan, her favorite teams are the New York Yankees, New York Giants and the UCF Knights. She loves to cook for her family and tailgate prior to UCF football. Isabelle has worked at CHWC for 15 years.
Lydia was born and raised in a northwest suburb of Chicago. After graduating from Ferris State University in Michigan with a degree in Music Industry Management, she moved to Nashville for a year where she was the Marketing Coordinator at City Winery Nashville. She continued her travels south to Orlando and began working for Catholic HEART Workcamp, having attended when she was young and working on the summer staff for a few summers during college. In her free time, Lydia loves to workout, cook, attend concerts, quote The Office on a daily basis, and watch sports, especially the Chicago Blackhawks and college basketball (specifically Xavier University!).
Steve Walker is originally from Detroit, Michigan and was actively involved in sports throughout his younger days. He turned his passion for sports to his Catholic Faith as he got older and sought creative ways to reach young people with the love of Jesus. After receiving his Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Duquesne University, he dove into the world of youth ministry for 15 years. He used his experiences to develop and co-found Catholic HEART Workcamp in Orlando, Florida in 1993. Steve likes to relax by watching documentaries, sitting in his easy chairs and enjoying good cooking by his wife, Stephanie. He loves warm weather, popcorn, cookies and getting the aisle seat at concerts, musicals and comedy shows.
Mathias’ roots are in the small, rural river town of Perryville, MD. Growing up in a musical family, his creativity was always encouraged. Mathias was introduced to the wide world of Catholic HEART as a musician in 2012. Since then, he spent several years touring nationally as a full-time musician. Eventually, Mathias decided to settle down on Florida’s Space Coast and joined the CHWC office staff as their full-time media director. In addition to creating music, Mathias loves to cook, run, surf, and cheer on the Philadelphia Eagles and Sixers. He currently resides in sunny Melbourne, FL with his wife, Rachel.