About Pembroke

Meet the Leadership + Staff

Educators, professionals, and mentors

Co-Directors

Amy Coran

Amy Coran, Co-Director

Amy has spent 20 summers on Lake Oldham; 2024 marks her fourth 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

Becca is so excited about her 19th 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.

Caryn Grozalsky
Summer Assistant Director

Caryn works with Amy and Becca to lead camp all summer. During the rest of the year, she teaches Spanish and is the Grade 7 Director at Weston Middle School.Caryn holds a MA in Education and Hispanic Studies from UMass/Boston and a BS in Psychology and Spanish from Union College.

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Marissa Brockman
Registrar

Calling in the off-season? Visiting in summer? Marissa can answer almost any question and will help make sure your child has an excellent, positive experience.

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Mindee Greenberg, LCSW
Director, Dor L'Dor Israel Programs

Mindee is an experienced, thoughtful Jewish educator who leads the Dor L’Dor Israel travel experience for our oldest campers. She previously served as Camp Tevya Director for 9 summers. Mindee says, “A personal connection to Israel is a pillar of a strong Jewish identity—a connection that resonates so achingly right now. I look forward to getting to know and reflect with every teen in the program as we share this journey together.”

Stacey Smalley, M.A.T.
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. 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.

Summer 2023 Leadership

We will update this section to introduce the 2024 team in Spring 2024.

Camper Care + Wellness Team

Head Counselors

The Head Counselor role is central to how we build community and integrate campers into bunk life at Camp Pembroke. As part of our leadership team, the Head Counselors manage the camp units (Upper, Middle, Lower). Bunk counselors work with the Head Counselors to ensure the best possible living experience for each camper and staff person. Head Counselors are also available to respond to parent questions and concerns.

Each of these Head Counselors – all of whom are experienced teachers in the “off-season” –  bring creativity and new ideas to the job. They love spending summers with our campers, learning and growing together to continue to enhance the sisterhood that is Camp Pembroke, and count the days until camp.

Sara Leef

Sara is so looking forward to returning as head counselor at Camp Pembroke for Lower Camp. She grew up going to Pembroke, first as a camper, then a CA, and then a counselor for a few years before taking a break and starting her own family. She currently lives in Westborough, MA with her husband Phil and two daughters, Zoe and Caylah. During the rest of the year, she works as a school guidance counselor. When she’s not working, her family loves to spend time on the Cape and spend their winters skiing in Waterville Valley, NH. Sara loves welcoming and supporting younger campers in her favorite place!

Alanna returns as a Head Counselor having spent many, many years at Pembroke, including more than a half-dozen on staff. She has held roles as a bunk counselor and on drama staff as a counselor and Department Head, before her current position. Alanna holds a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education. Thanks to the passion and love for working with kids that camp has ingrained her, she is works during the “off season” as a teacher and tutor. Alanna cannot wait for another summer on Lake Oldham! She’s fun, she’s funny and she brings so much amazing energy to CP!

Melissa (Mason) Ginsberg is so excited to be spending another summer at Camp Pembroke! As a former camper and counselor, herself, Melissa’s Pembroke spirit is strong! This will be her 7th summer as the head of Upper Camp (9th & 10th graders). During the school year, Melissa teaches 4th grade in Hudson, Massachusetts. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts with her husband, four children and dog, Lucky! She is joined at Pembroke by her daughter  Hannah (her daughter Emma is a camp alum) and her sons attend Camp Tevya. She cannot wait for another summer of beautiful Shabbats in the Pine Grove. 

Community Wellness

The physical and mental health of our campers and staff is the starting point for all our growth. The additional senior members of the Camper Care and Wellness Team bring expertise, professionalism, and warmth to their roles.

Maddie Alford

Maddie is so excited to be returning to camp as a Community Wellness Coordinator for her eleventh summer! She began her Pembroke career at age 10 as a camper and was a counselor for three summers. She will be graduating this spring from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s in psychology, with hopes of getting an advanced degree in counseling or clinical social work to become a therapist. Maddie brings years of camp experience and a passion for helping campers and counselors be their best selves at camp. She is kind, thoughtful and we are confident her connection with our community will contribute to a warm, welcoming family at camp.

Raven Coward

We can’t wait for you to meet Raven! As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Raven joins our team with a tremendous amount of experience. She is a School Social Worker, and she believes in the value of relationship building and being approachable. Raven joins us from Wyoming and is excited to spend the summer in the Northeast. She grew up in New York where she also had her own camp experience, and can’t wait to share the overnight experience with her son, Archer, and partner, Noah. Raven is excited to be on the lake, participate in activities and watch the camp plays, she has a lot of experience in theatre and acting! She’s incredibly fun and her warmth is contagious!

Rachel Niemiec

Rachel Niemiec, aka Nurse Rachel, spent six summers as a camper on Lake Oldham and still considers Camp Pembroke to be her favorite place on earth. This will be her 6th summer on staff, as a Nurse Practitioner in our Health Center where she can be found handing out band-aids, Gatorade, and a fan favorite, ice pops! She is really looking forward to meeting new campers and reuniting with familiar smiling faces in just a few short months! Rachel’s steadiness, level head and compassion make her a fixture in the Health Center and Pembroke community!

Summer Staff

The Pembroke staff undertakes with great care its responsibility to nurture and care for our campers. Each staff person works hard to serve as a role model and to make a positive impact each day.

Pembroke administrative and supervisory personnel are camping professionals and educators with many years of experience working with children, especially girls and young women. Many Pembroke counselors were ‘Brokies themselves, coming through our capstone Dor L’Dor Israel travel experience and/or our Kadima Teen Leadership program. Some of our counselors come from abroad, including a contingent from Israel, which greatly enhances the camp experience.

We select our staff for their experience, maturity, creativity, and sense of responsibility. In return, we commit to creating a rewarding staff experience where everyone on our team gains skills for their professional future.

Our summer staff attends a week-long Staff Orientation, in addition to individual specialty training to improve teaching skills. Wellness and safety are top priorities in our staff training. Ongoing training continues throughout the summer with seminars and mentoring.

Year-round Administration + Colleagues

Amy and Becca are supported by the leadership and Board of The Cohen Camps, the family of three Jewish overnight camps which also includes Camp Tel Noar and Camp Tevya. The three camps share a nonprofit mission, along with a shared year-round office, pooling ideas and refining best practices to all of our campers’ great benefit.

We are always impressed by the counselor staff, and the range of activities.

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