Lenette—Designer And Visionary 

During the late 50s and early 60s, Lenette became a researcher and designer of preschools in addition to making Camp Shasta the wonderful experience it came to be. 

What she did was always behind the scenes, but her touch was evident in many things, including staff training and the overall look of Camp Shasta and group makeup. 

Her work, beginning in 1959, led her to design the magnificent Youth Hotel. During this period, she had Shasta, The Children’s Campus in Las Vegas, and Children Village, the preschool programs located within large apartment complexes.

She designed two preschools for Levitt Housing, one in Las Vegas and the other in Denver. Levitt also sent us to research locations in Kentucky and Illinois where apartments were being planned. 

Had interest rates remained low, Levitt planned to construct significant apartment developments throughout the United States. Lenette would design the preschools, and our organization would be the operators. 

Our experimental program in Las Vegas proved to be a huge success, and Levitt’s apartments were quickly rented by families that filled our preschool within the complex. With Bev Fenneman as the administrator in Colorado, the preschool there was also successful.

Lenette’s designs were remarkable in every way, reflecting her degrees in health and education and her experience and background as an educator.

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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