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Tyler Wagner

Executive Director for Not for Profit Camping & Retreat Organizations

Work experience

Owner, Director 

Wagner Real Estate 
  • Property Manager for a small portfolio of rental homes 
  • Construction, Remodel, and Project Management 
  • Improving Communities through providing safe and quality homes for people in North Idaho. 
Jan 2011Present

Executive Director

Twinlow Camp and Retreat Center, Idaho Mission Project - Rathdrum, ID
  • Changed the culture of Twinlow to become financially sustainable and pay off all previous outstanding debt 
  • Re-founded a new nationwide Youth Group Mission Trip Program called Idaho Mission Project  
  • Brought Community Day Camp to United Methodist Congregations in the Pacific Northwest 
  • Provided detailed leadership in helping Twinlow continue accreditation through the American Camping Association
  • Facilitating move from a volunteer based program to professional trained staff program
  • Have remodeled or revitalized every facility on our site in the past 5 years through volunteer recruitment 
  • Built relationships with donors and volunteers to take ownership of their camp ministry
Mar 2008Dec 2009

Executive Director

Camp Lutherwood Oregon - Eugene, OR 
  • Developed skills in project management through projects like constructing a new swimming facility
  • Responsible for a year round staff of up to four people and a summer staff of 35 college age students
  • Grew in my ability to ask volunteers for help, get them in the right position, and to equip them for success in their service
  • Gained financial skills in navigating the camp through a time of crisis, securing loans, cutting budgets, and finding the donors to keep the doors open through tough times.
  • Worked with county and state officials to comply with camping standards and grew familiar with American Camping Association standards.
Sep 2003Mar 2008

Executive Director - Development Director 

Mt. Cross Ministries - Santa Cruz, CA 
  • Responsible for Mt. Cross Annual Fund - giving continued to grow in each of my four years which sustained one third of the organizational budget.
  • Managed successful events including a phon-a-thon, appreciation dinners, donor visitation program, and large volunteer projects like our Memorial Day Work Weekend and Celebration.
  • As co-director, was responsible for the day to day operations of the camp including supervising, motivating, and keeping on track our year round staff.
  • Managed a million dollar budget with passionate stewardship and staying in the black the last three years I was there.
  • Wrote successful funding grants in the amount of $100,000 for  a Charitable Gifting Initiative and Youth Leadership Initiative
Dec 2001Sep 2003

Office Manager

Lutherwood Camp and Retreat Center - Bellingham, WA 
  • Managed the office and retreat and registration operations of a year round Lutheran Camp and Retreat Center near Bellingham, WA.
  • Was responsible for Retreat Bookings and Hosting, Summer Camp Registration, and other general duties
  • Started an "extended staff program" of volunteers who marketed the camp to their congregation


Sep 2009Jun 2011

Masters in Business Admin (MBA)

Marylhurst University - Portland, OR 

Business is about managing change in technology, markets, corporate cultures and global environments.

Marylhurst MBA candidates face the rigors of a business education that focuses on combining classical business skills, such as finance and strategic planning, with creativity and sound judgment—the influence of a liberal arts perspective.

Graduates from the Marylhurst MBA programs are highly desirable job candidates because they are self-directed, ethical and effective contributors in their communities.


Financial Planning 

UCSC Extention Program

Completed first year of Certificate in Financial Planning Program, God called me to stay with camping 


B.A. Business Administration

Fort Lewis College - Durango, CO
AACSB International Accreditation

AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education.


ESCIP International School of Business

Located in St. Omer, France, I attended for 1 semester during my undergraduate degree to help broaden my perspective and learn about business in other cultures 


Darin Gemmer,  Director for Camp Indianola 

Professional Colleague 
360.516.7152 - [email protected]

Tom Harvill 

Retired Banking Executive and President of Local Habitat for Humanity Affiliate. Volunteers at my camp 
208.946.3210 - [email protected]

Rev. Heather Seman

Pastor at Community United Methodist Church - Coeur D Alene, ID 
(208) 818.3836 - [email protected]

Volunteer and Affiliations

  • Board Member - Twin Lakes Improvement Association. - got involved with a large scale environmental restoration program and with the help of government grant money, we have been working to restore the natural quality of the lake my camp is located on. 

  • Member of Christian Camp and Conference Association 

  • Former Council Member - American Camp Association. Organized a reginal gathering of regional camp professionals each year.  

  • Former Member - Willamette Pass Ski Patrol - Eugene, OR

  • Former Youth Soccer Coach with Kids Sports Inc. Eugene, OR

  • Former Board Member for NLOMA (National Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Association)              Served as Secretary for two years of association of outdoor camping ministry  professionals

  • Former President and Board Member for Thrivent Financial Fraternal Chapter  - During my time as president, we helped construct a new Habitat for Humanity home               and made a $150,000 gift to our local Habitat Affiliate to help complete the home.

  • Former weekly volunteer for my local Habitat for Humanity Affiliate in Santa Cruz County California 

Portfolio Examples

Strength Assesment

My top 5 Strengths using the popular Clifton Strength Finder Program

Curiosity [interest, novelty-seeking, openness to experience] Curiosity and interest in the world - You are curious about everything. You are always asking questions, and you find all subjects and topics fascinating. You like exploration and discovery.

Forgiveness and mercy Forgiveness and mercy - You forgive those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. Your guiding principle is mercy and not revenge.

Open-mindedness [judgment, critical thinking] Judgment, critical thinking, and open-mindedness - Thinking things through and examining them from all sides are important aspects of who you are. You do not jump to conclusions, and you rely only on solid evidence to make your decisions. You are able to change your mind.

Bravery [valor] Bravery and valor - You are a courageous person who does not shrink from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain. You speak up for what is right even if there is opposition. You act on your convictions.

Persistence [perseverance, industriousness] Industry, diligence, and perseverance - You work hard to finish what you start. No matter the project, you "get it out the door" in timely fashion. You do not get distracted when you work, and you take satisfaction in completing tasks.


  • France
  • Western Europe
  • North Africa
  • Costa Rica
  • Mexico
  • India

Summary of Qualifications

Experienced and trained as a corporate and group team building facilitator, ropes and challenge course professional, including Board of Director Development Training

Trained in Donor Development with skills such as phone-a-thons, donor tracking, grant writing, auctions, online gifts, and strategic planning

Not for profit Administration Consultant with knowledge of budget management, office processes, hardware networking, donor software and database, MS office, Website creation and maintenance, Accounting with Quickbooks.

Teaching and leading others through outdoor education and trip leading. Passionate about  youth and high school leadership and character development programs


Aug 2014Aug 2018

Waterfront Lifeguard + First Aid/CPR

American Red Cross

ACA Associate Visitor

American Camp Association

Trained in helping camping organizations acheive the highest standards in the industry for Health, Operations, Program, Personnel, and Risk Manangement 

Aug 2015Aug 2018

Archery Level 1 Instructor

USA Archery