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Emily Johansson

President & Camp Director

Emily loves the outdoors and the lessons it can teach. Emily grew up in the great state of Michigan. She graduated from BYU-Idaho with a focus in Recreation Management and went on to WGU to earn an MBA. She served in various volunteer and leadership positions while attending college, including Outdoor Learning Center Area Directory and Camp Kesem’s Operations, Outreach, and Volunteer Coordinator (yes, that is three positions).

She worked for three years as a counselor, kitchen staff, and staff leader at AFY. In addition to her outdoor experience, Emily has also been actively involved in high school water polo. She served as a head varsity coach for three years, building the program from its humble beginnings. Emily is excited to bring what she learned while working as a coach, at AFY, and Camp Kesem to OFY. She is excited to provide a program where participants can experience fun, build their testimonies, and become something more.


dan mahler

Vice President

Dan is a natural manager of projects and leader of people. Graduating with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology from BYU-Idaho,  He spent four years as the program advisor and director for BYU-Idaho's Adventure For Youth and a program/student advisor at the Outdoor Learning Center. His time as a program director involved teaching and training youth, university groups, businesses, and individuals through experiential education. Dan finished an M.S. in Management and Leadership from WGU.

Professional qualifications aside, Dan enjoys fishing, woodworking, and being with his family. His four little girls keep him busy giving horse rides, wrestling, and going outside. He also tries to spend as much time as possible with his wife, Jessie. Their family shares a love for life and everything fun.


kylie offutt

Office Manager

Kylie is our queen of planning and keeping everything organized. She graduated with a Bachelors in Recreation Management and continued her education at WGU where she earned an MBA. Kylie loves to learn and if she could, she would stay in school forever. During her time at BYUI Kylie worked at AFY and held leadership positions in both the Outdoor Learning Center and Outdoor Activities.

Kylie lives in Queen Creek, Arizona with her cute family, featuring husband Steve and cutie kids Emmie and Willie. Family recreation is very important to Kylie and she loves planning new adventures to take her family on. The Offutts are often found hiking and exploring together. If you ever need a recommendation on a good book to read, a fun new recipe, or have a question about OFY, Kylie is the one to ask. 


Elise Johansson

Facilities and Marketing Manger

Elise strongly believes that the outdoors and adventure bring out the best in people. This belief led her to study Recreation Management at BYUI. Throughout college, Elise held various positions in Outdoor Activities, the Outdoor Learning Center, Intramural Sports, and Student Involvement. She learned the power of Ropes Courses while working at the campus ropes course and as a counselor at AFY. 

During the summers, at camp, you'll often see Elise with a camera. She loves capturing big moments of happiness, bravery, and comradery that summers at OFY are full of. She loves watching the campers and staff show up for each other and creating a beautiful and trusting environment that is perfect for cultivating growth. During the winters you'll find Elise snowboarding as often as she can. 

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