About Tevya

Meet the Leadership + Staff

We look forward to getting to know you!


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Lauren Fishman, Director

Just like the campers, Lauren lives 10 months for 2. Summer 2024 marks her inaugural summer as Camp Tevya Director. She has held leadership roles at Tevya for 10 years, the last five as Assistant Director, where she planned and created the summer experience for campers, teens, and staff with a focus on Bunk Life.

Lauren is a Tevya parent married to a Tevya alum; their three children are all Tevya campers (although she attended Camp Pembroke as a camper! ) She maintains that camp is the best gift they ever could have given their kids. Prior to joining Tevya’s year-round team, she served as a Director at SCORE! Education Center and taught in elementary schools in Chelsea and Newton. Lauren holds an MA in Elementary Education from Lesley University and BA in Sociology from Union College.

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Elissa Edwards, Assistant Director

Elissa joins Camp Tevya after a total of 25 staff and camper summers in Jewish camping at JCC Camp Grossman—where she served on the Leadership Team—and Camp Young Judaea (CYJ). When not at camp, she served as Coordinator of Inclusion and Support Services at JCC Greater Boston, after having taught Special Education in Massachusetts and Virgina. Elissa holds a B.A. in psychology and a M.A.T. in Special Education (K-12) from James Madison University.

Elissa says: “I can’t wait to meet the Tevya family! I love Jewish camping because camp is the perfect place for campers and staff to hone their sense of identity, community, and belonging. All campers who attend Camp Tevya should leave having had a safe and fun experience, with a sense of pride and simcha (joyfulness) that extends to every space they are in.”

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Michelle Wilen, Registrar

Michelle joined the Tevya team as our summer Office Manager in 2019 and is excited to stay on throughout the year as Registrar, focusing on camper enrollment. To this role, Michelle brings her warmth, experience as a Tevya parent, continuity as summer Office Manager, and a passion for community planning. In her career before children, she was an environmental planner. Tevya is a special place for Michelle and her family, and she is glad to be a part of the team that works to bring joy to so many campers.

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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.”

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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 Staff

The team of Tevya staff takes its responsibility to nurture and care for our campers very seriously. Each team member works hard to serve as a role model and to make a positive impact each day.

Tevya administrative and supervisory personnel are camping professionals and educators with many years of experience working with children. Many Tevya counselors were Tevya campers themselves, and many of those came through our Dor L’Dor Israel travel capstone program and our Kadima teen leadership training. Some of our counselors come from abroad, including a delegation from Israel, greatly enhancing the camp experience.
We select our staff for their experience, maturity, creativity, and sense of responsibility. Our summer staff attends a week-long Staff Orientation, in addition to individual specialty training to improve teaching skills. Ongoing training continues throughout the summer with seminars and mentoring.

Camp Tevya’s Summer Leadership Team members are essential to creating incredible summer experiences for staff and campers alike. Below are the leadership positions for Summer 2023.

2024 Leadership Team

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

Assistant Director, Programming: Debbie Dylan
Assistant Program Director: Derrick Adelkopf

MESH Coordinator: Rachael Kaplan

Office Manager: Michelle Wilen
Executive Chef: Chris Kirk
Head of Maintenance: Steve Simard
Head of Housekeeping: Deb Simard

Olim Head Counselor (3rd-6th Grade Boys):  Callum Whalley
Olot Head Counselor (3rd-6th Grade Girls): Adina Kurzman
Tsofim Head Counselor (7th-8th Grade Boys): Gayle Seletz
Tsofot Head Counselor (7th-8th Grade Girls): Antonia Rocchio
Bogrim Head Counselor (9th-10th Grade Boys) + Camper Care Coordinator: Ben Aronson
Bogrot Head Counselor (9th-10th Grade Girls): Rachel Scherzer

Head of Arts and Crafts: Gail Saborio
Head of Israel Delegation (Rosh Mishlachat): Galia Kovesh
Jewish Life + Learning Team: Shachar Yom Tov, Nadia Frydlender, Rachel Zaff
Head of Land Sports: Jon Fass
Head of Performing Arts: Anna Waiter
Head of Nature: Hanna Dudzik
Head of Waterfront: Arielle Welch

Health Center Doctor: Dr. Lee Marks
Health Center Nurses: Lisa Guimaraes (first session), Julie McCullough, Debbie Shields, and Kuria VanWieren
Health Center Administrator: Heidi Zanes

Year-round Administration + Colleagues

The Leadership Team is supported by the staff of The Cohen Camps, the family of three Jewish overnight camps which also includes Camp Tel Noar and Camp Pembroke. The three camps share a year-round office and collaborate on a shared vision, pooling ideas and refining best practices to all of our campers’ great benefit.

"We feel so fortunate that we found a place like Camp Tevya for our children. The smiles and hearing, ‘I had the best summer ever!’ are more than enough for us! I’m so grateful to the staff for bringing the best out of my kids and accepting them for who they truly are as individuals!"
Tevya Parent
Camp Tevya 2019

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