About Pembroke

Meet the Leadership + Staff

Educators, professionals, and mentors

Co-Directors

Amy Coran

Amy Coran, Co-Director

Amy has spent 21 summers on Lake Oldham; 2024 marks her fifth 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.

Year-round Team

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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 2024 Leadership

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

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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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Sheri Cohen Vollmer
Program Director

Sheri is an enthusiastic educator who champions adventure and FUN! Her varied career has included roles as a behavior skills classroom educator, PE and Health teacher, and dance educator. She has also served as a Cubmaster, director of a summer day camp,  and STEM camp director. Sheri holds several masters degrees: physical education/adventure education, dance education, exercise science, dance therapy, SEL (social and emotional learning), and fine arts. She brings Pembroke her years of experience directing shows, planning field days, encouraging curiosity and creativity, and developing ways to engage youth in exciting adventures that stimulate and motivate personal growth.
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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 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!

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Erica is so excited to return to camp for another amazing summer! This year Erica will be a Head Counselor for both Lower and Middle camp, as well as the Coordinator for the Kadima Teen Leadership Program at Pembroke. In previous summers, Erica has served as the Head of the Dance department, as a member of the Camper Care + Wellness Team, and as a bunk counselor. Erica holds a M.A.T in Elementary Education. She loves to go to the beach, bake cookies, and spend time with friends and family. She can’t wait for the summer to start!

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. 

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Health Center

The physical and mental health of our campers and staff is the starting point for our growth. The team in our Health Center brings expertise, professionalism, and warmth to their roles.

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Rachel Singer, DNP
Health Center Administrator​

Rachel Singer, aka Nurse Rachel, spent six summers as a camper on Lake Oldham and still considers Camp Pembroke her favorite place on earth. Now with her doctorate in nursing, Rachel returns for her 7th summer on staff. She leads the team in our Health Center and cares for our community while 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 very soon! 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.

Administration + Cohen Camps 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.

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