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.
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.
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.
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.
2023 Leadership Team
We will update this section to introduce the 2024 team in Spring 2024.
Assistant Director of Operations: Dan Wulf
MESH Coordinator: Rachael Kaplan
Program Director: Debbie Dylan
Assistant Program Director: Kim Hilton
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): Kevin Fisher (1st Session) and Callum Whalley (2nd Session)
Olot Head Counselor (3rd-6th Grade Girls): Adina Kurzman
Tsofim Head Counselor (7th-8th Grade Boys): Sloan Silberman
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): Jamie Marcus
Head of Arts and Crafts: Nadav Grunberg
Head of Israel Delegation (Rosh Mishlachat): Galia Kovesh
Head of Jewish Life & Learning: Hannah Gundersheim
Head of Land Sports: Jon Fass
Head of Performing Arts: Anna Waiter
Head of Nature: Hanna Dudzik
Head of Waterfront: Arielle Welch
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.
Would you like to take part in creating incredible summer experiences for staff and campers alike?