Denise Learned first came to Camp Hazen YMCA in 1971 as the daughter of staff members, Gene & Carol Phaneuf. On the summer staff since 1979, Denise was an Assistant Counselor, Counselor, Waterfront Director and Village Director. After graduating with a BS in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of CT, Denise joined the year-round staff at Hazen as Program Director for 5 years. She was Executive Director of the Shoreline Soup Kitchens for 7 years, while remaining involved with Hazen as a member of the Board of Directors. As her passion has always been camping, and specifically Camp Hazen, Denise rejoined the Hazen staff as Executive Director and CEO in 1999. Denise is currently active as a member of the CT Alliance of YMCAs Public Policy Committee, and a member of the Alliance’s Strategic Planning Task Force; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Chester Historical Society; and a Trustee at Essex Savings Bank. Denise lives in Chester with her husband Michael, longtime Hazen alum and current Maintenance Director.
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