About Cohen Camps

Meet the Leadership

Get to know the President, Directors, and Board of the Cohen Camps.

Jonathan Cohen

Jonathan Cohen President, The Cohen Camps

Jonathan’s grandparents founded The Cohen Camps, the nonprofit family of three Jewish overnight camps which includes Camp Pembroke, Camp Tel Noar, and Camp Tevya, and he proudly continues their commitment to effective leadership. He has managed the organization for a decade, and is a recognized expert in the field of Jewish camping. To his love and knowledge of camp, he adds his 20 years of experience in the business world in product development, strategic planning and change management for financial and technology firms. Jonathan holds a BA in Philosophy from Brandeis University and an MBA from Cornell University.

Board of Directors

Each member of the Cohen Camps Board of Directors brings personal and professional expertise to their role and is deeply committed to our nonprofit mission. Many are camp alumni, past camp staff, and/or parents of current or past campers. 

Etahn Cohen, Chair + Treasurer
Gregg Darish, Vice President
Renee Goldberg, Clerk/Secretary
Jonathan Cohen, President/CEO
Alison Clew
Jackie Croopnick
Lynne Delise
Paul Greenberg
Carol Bolton Kappel
Daniella Levine
Sheryl Levy
Jon Wasserman
Adina Cohen Ziegler
Sarah Ziegler

Etahn Cohen, Chair of the Board + Treasurer

  • Attorney
  • Tevya alum
  • Parent of former Tel Noar campers
 

Gregg Darish, Vice President

  • Founder of Motus LLC
  • Tevya alum
  • Parent of current Tevya campers
 

Renee Goldberg, Clerk/Secretary

  • OB/GYN
  • Tel Noar alum
  • Parent of former Tel Noar campers and staff
 

Jonathan Cohen, President/CEO

  • President/CEO of the Cohen Camps
  • Tevya and Tel Noar alum
 

Alison Clew

  • Previously: Citigroup Head of Global Anti-Money Laundering; Deloitte Partner; Fidelity SVP; Accenture Partner
 

Jackie Croopnick

  • OB/GYN
  • Pembroke alum
  • Parent of current Pembroke campers
 

Lynne Delise

  • Previously: Teacher; Director of Operations for Artisan Healthcare Consulting
 

Paul Greenberg

  • Attorney
  • Tel Noar alum
  • Parent of former Tel Noar campers and staff
 

Carol Bolton Kappel

  • Teacher, Newton Public Schools
  • Parent of former Pembroke camper and staff
 

Daniella Levine

  • Works for the Cohen Center at Brandeis; recently awarded her Masters in Public Policy from Brandeis.
  • Previously: Grant Administrator for CJP
 

Sheryl Levy

  • Pembroke alumna
  • Parent of former Pembroke camper and staff
 

Jon Wasserman

  • CFO, Rivers School
  • Tel Noar alum
  • Parent of Tel Noar camper and staff
 

Adina Cohen Ziegler

  • Insurance underwriter
  • Tevya and Pembroke alum
  • Parent of former Tevya and Pembroke campers
 

Sarah Ziegler

  • Social Worker
  • Tevya alum
 

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Amy Coran

Amy Coran Co-Director, Camp Pembroke

Amy has spent 19 summers on Lake Oldham; 2022 marks her third season as Co-Director, after 3 years as Assistant Director. Previously, she directed residential services for adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, partnering with families to create valuable and meaningful experiences. Amy holds a MA in Human Resources Management from Lasell College, has a BS from University of Delaware in Human Services, Education and Public Policy with a minor in Disabilities Studies, and has completed the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program for Assistant Directors.

Becca Goldman

Becca Goldman Co-Director, Camp Pembroke

Becca is so excited about her 17th summer at Camp Pembroke! She also previously served as Camp Pembroke Assistant Director, after 8 years serving as Assistant Director at the Cohen Camps’ Camp Tel Noar, helping to strengthen programming, the staff experience and camper care. Becca holds an MBA from Bentley University, and a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has also completed the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program for Assistant Directors.

Amanda Charson, Camp Tel Noar

Amanda Charson Acting Director, Camp Tel Noar

This is Amanda’s 7th summer in the leadership of Tel Noar. She has served as Assistant Director since 2019, immersed in all the planning, support, hiring, training, and management to create an excellent camping experience. She previously served as CTN’s Program Director for three years. Passionate about youth development, Amanda is an experienced educator with background as a K-12 synagogue educator, youth director, and high school teacher. Amanda holds a BA from the University of Florida and has attended law school. She says, “Growing up at summer camp taught me so much about friendship, independence, and the value of sleepaway camp for growth and confidence. I am so thrilled to create these kinds of experiences as part of the Camp Tel Noar family!”

Ben Portnoy

Ben Portnoy Director, Camp Tevya

Devoted to Camp Tevya since his camper days, Ben joined the year-round team in 2012. He leads by example with a hands-on, camper-first approach. By teaching and cultivating 21st century skills in an immersive environment, Ben believes Jewish summer camp changes lives. He holds an MBA in Leadership from Bentley University, a BA in Sociology and English from the University of Vermont, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Northeastern University. He also completed the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s selective Yitro Leadership Program for Assistant Directors. Ben met his wife, Margo, at Tevya; they both love each summer on the shores of Lake Potanipo, shaping the next generation of Jewish leaders.

Susan Altman

Susan Altman Director, Dor L'Dor Israel Programs

Susan is a seasoned nonprofit and Jewish community professional who joins the Cohen Camps in 2022 to lead the Dor L’Dor Israel travel experience for our oldest campers. She served for six years as Executive Director of Temple Shir Tikva, where she built community and developed exciting, meaningful programs that helped attract a 20% growth in membership. She has also held community-building and funding management roles at Friends of Hebrew Senior Life, Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, WGBH Boston, and CJP. A graduate of Tulane University, she loved her summers as a Jewish camp counselor and administrator throughout college. Her husband attended Camp Teyva and their three teen and young-adult daughters all attended Jewish camp as campers and staff. Susan notes, “Giving a young person this close-up experience of Israel truly solidifies a strong Jewish identity before they head off to college and into the rest of their lives.”

Stacey Smalley

Stacey Smalley Director, Leadership Development + Kadima Teen Leadership

Stacey is the Director of our Kadima Teen Leadership program as well as cultivating leadership throughout our Cohen Camps organization. Stacey grew up as a camper, CIT, counselor, and head counselor at Camp Tevya, where her two sons also attended as campers. She taught for many years as a middle and high school teacher, including at the Fessenden School. She holds a BA and MA in Teaching from Union College, with additional certifications in virtual and experiential Jewish education and in social emotional learning and character development. Stacey says, “My own counselor-in-training summer was transformative for me. It gave me a love of learning and began my journey as a teacher. I am deeply excited to expand these opportunities for our teens and camps.”

Barbara Stevens

Barbara Stevens Director, Development

An alum of Camp Tevya 1972-84, Barbara helps our families, alumni, and donors connect with each other, to fantastic projects and programs, and to a wide range of ways to support the Camps’ communities and spirit. She has worked in entertainment (tour manager of KC & The Sunshine Band for 10 years!) and for NBA/NFL teams, and she rejoined The Cohen Camps in late 2013. “I made lifelong friends at Tevya,” Barbara notes. “Not high school or college. CAMP! I am so glad to be back and I love catching up with Cohen Camps’ friends and families from all years.”

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