Meet Our Directors

Mr. John M. Jordan Jr and his parents, experienced educators from the Chicago area, started Towering Pines Camp for Boys in 1945. They believed that, “play is the work of children” and “our goal as parents is to build a secure inner structure that will allow our children to live without us”. These philosophies among others drove the development of an incredible overnight summer program.

The continuity of Jordan family leadership is an important feature in the camp‘s reputation for excellence. They are committed educators and dedicated to making every summer special for each camper.

Meet the third generation of Jordan family owners and their amazing Directors:

Jeff & Jenny Jordan – Owners and Executive Directors

jeff-jenny-jordanJeff is the third generation to own and manage Towering Pines Camp for Boys. He has spent every summer of his life at camp (born in Rhinelander, Wisconsin during cook out night) and enjoyed being a camper, counselor, and program director before taking over the ownership with his sisters in 2011.

Jeff holds Masters Degrees in Physics Education and Educational Administration. He is a dedicated science teacher at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois. Jeff also coaches boys’ tennis at Glenbrook North, and is proud to have helped coach two state championship teams during his tenure.

Jenny, Jeff’s wife, holds Masters Degrees in English Education and Educational Administration. She is currently the Assistant Dean of Students and Writing Center Coordinator at Glenbrook North High School. She has been the camp office and public relations manager during the last 20 summers.

Jeff and Jenny’s two daughters have attended Camp Woodland for Girls (Towering Pines ‘ sister camp) since they were six years old, making them proud to be part of the fourth generation of Jordan family camping traditions!

Angie Ziller – Social Media and Office Guru

angie_zillerAngie is a camp alum and worked as a counselor, assistant waterfront director and helped with staff training at Camp Woodland for six years. She returned to camp in 2016 and spends her summers at Towering Pines as part of the leadership team for both TP and Woodland. Angie also works for camp in the off season and does so while residing with her family in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Angie holds both a B.A. in Business and Vocational Education and an M.A. in Deaf Education. Her experience in education is one of the many reasons Angie believes strongly in the mission of camp. “I believe in the endless opportunities camp brings to children and youth so they can discover who they truly want to be in the world. Working at camp was a life changing experience for me and has continued to influence me in all I do. I am extremely grateful to be a part of our extraordinary camp community because I can truly impact the lives of campers and staff and encourage them to find connections to help them grow and become successful in unique and meaningful ways.”

In addition, Angie has spent over 20 years working and volunteering in the non-profit sector establishing an early childhood center, raising funds for the GRACE Cancer Foundation and for her community Y. Currently she serves on the board for First Light Child Advocacy Center helping children and families affected by child abuse.

When she’s not working on something for camp, you will find Angie out running or hiking. Her love for the outdoors inspires her to travel whenever possible which often includes visiting camp friends and family!! “I look forward to each and every day that I get to wake up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin amid the tall white pines experiencing what I feel is my life’s purpose—living CAMP.”

The Towering Pines & Woodland Camp Moms

We are very fortunate to have so many camp moms  working at both Towering Pines and Camp Woodland to make camp extra special.  These camp moms come back to cook tasty meals, oversea the health and safety standards, mentor counselors, and help run the camp office.  We are so lucky to have over 30 years of combined camp experience among these extraordinary ladies!

Camp is my kids favorite place.  The Jordan family has created a place where my children experience genuine happiness in their life.”

Camp Parent