Introducing Your Summer 2013 Leadership Team

We’re thrilled to introduce you to our fantastic, talented, and passionate Leadership Team who will be ensuring our campers and staff have a fun,  memorable, and safe summer. Joining Bobby, Andi, Alex, Sara Beth, and the rest of the year-round team are 14 incredible staff members who are multi-talented and bring many years of experience and passion to their positions:

Diana Bloom, Head Counselor

Diana Bloom is originally from Rockville Centre, Long Island. She has a B.A in Judaic Studies from Binghamton University and a graduate degree in Medieval Sephardic History from New York University. Diana has worked as a national speaker and trainer for Michael Scott and Associates in the area of corporate accountability, productivity, efficiency, has been a leader and facilitator for Weight Watchers International for over 15 years, and has served on the faculty of the University of South Florida. Diana first worked at URJ Camp Coleman in the summers of 1994, 1995, and 1996 and was the original Kochavim Unit Head when that unit was created; she came back to Coleman in 2010 again as the Kochavim Unit Head and has served in the role of Head Counselor since 2011. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband Aaron Bloom, their 9 year old twins, Gil and Eliana and their pug Latte. Diana is excited about leading a wonderful team of Unit Heads this summer to provide all campers with a memorable, meaningful, Jewish camping experience.

Lauren Zeichner, Co-specialist Director

Lauren Zeichner has worked with the specialists at Coleman for 19 years. She created the Campscape program, which teaches organic gardening, garden crafts, and sustainability. Many gourd creations, Jewish star mobiles and herbal soap produced in Campscape grace Coleman camper homes. In the non-Coleman part of the year, Lauren is a registered Landscape Architect, who teaches in the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia in Athens. Lauren’s area of specialization is Green Building, Landscape Ecology, and Community-built design. Pottery and metal-crafting are her passions, as is kindling a love in those she teaches at Camp Coleman for Judaism, Israel, and its connections with the land.

Hanoch Greenberg, Co-specialist Director, Ambassador of Fun, and Rosh Mishlachat (Head of the Israeli Delegation)

Hanoch Greenberg is joining us for his 12th summer at Camp Coleman. Hanoch will be supervising Coleman’s amazing specialists working in camp’s many specialty areas. Hanoch is also the “Ambassador of Fun” and he is in charge of staff programming and time off planning. Another position Hanoch will be holding this summer is Rosh Mishlachat, the head of the phenomenal 24 Israeli Shlichim (emissaries) on staff. Hanoch began as a counselor for Bonim in 2001 and held that position for 3 summers; after that he was a Unit Head for Kochavim for 6 summers and was the first Unit Head of Solelim, the newest unit in camp. Hanoch has also been a unit programmer and the head of the Israeli delegation for 6 summers. This is Hanoch’s first summer working with the specialists and being the Ambassador of Fun, and he is thrilled about these new experiences. During the year, Hanoch works for the Jewish Agency for Israel at the Summer Shlichim Program and is in charge of the screening and training process of thousands of Israelis who wish to become Shlichim in Jewish summer camps across North America. He graduated from the Tel Aviv University in 2011 earning his M.A. in Diplomacy and Israel Security Studies. Before that, Hanoch earned his B.A. at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzeliya, Israel, where he graduated in the field of Strategy and Counter-Terrorism studies in 2007. This coming October he will be starting his Ph.D. studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the field of conflict resolution.

Danielle Steinhart, Social Worker

Danielle Steinhart is excited to be coming back to camp this summer. She was a Unit Head in 2006, 2007 & 2008 and is now returning as our camp Social Worker. Danielle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Masters Degree from the University of Michigan. She has been living in Atlanta for 6 years, working most recently as a Therapist at Jewish Family & Career Services and Guidance Counselor at The Epstein School. Danielle has worked as a youth director and spent summers at two other summer camps: Camp Tamarack in Michigan and B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in Pennsylvania. She is passionate about working with both campers and staff to support them throughout the summer and is looking forward to this new opportunity at camp.

Molly Glazer, First Session Bonim Unit Head

Molly Glazer is a Cleveland, GA native who grew up right down the road from Camp Coleman. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated in 2008 with a BA in English and a teaching certificate in Secondary English Education. Molly spent two years working for the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, MS as an Education Fellow, where she traveled throughout the South, connecting small communities. After her Fellowship ended, Molly became the Director of Education at Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem, NC. When she realized how much she loved working for a congregation, Molly decided to pursue her Masters in Jewish Education at Baltimore Hebrew Institute in Towson, MD and will graduate in 2014. Molly currently resides in Baltimore and will be taking on the role of Lead Educator at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, DC at the end of the summer. She is absolutely thrilled to be returning for her second summer as Bonim Unit Head and to work with the incredible staff and campers at Coleman!

Robbie Berg, Second Session Bonim Unit Head

Robbie Berg is thrilled to be the Bonim Unit Head for Second Session this summer!  He started going to Camp Coleman in 2000 when he was a Bonim camper and hasn’t missed a year since.  He was a counselor for two years and a programmer for two years, and was also an Olim Fellow and a Cornerstone Fellow. In May Robbie graduated from the University of Pennsylvania majoring in biochemistry and minoring in linguistics.  At Penn he was the chair of the Reform Jewish Community at Hillel and led Shabbat services there for two years.  He also served as accompanist and music director for Penn Singers, a musical theater group, in addition to performing in several shows. He enjoys writing parody songs, learning other languages, watching Survivor, creating Jewish Teachable Moments, and making sure campers have the best summer imaginable.

Ashley Conant, Kochavim Unit Head

Ashley Conant is extremely excited to be at camp this summer. She has been working at camps for the past 15 years, but this is her first summer at Coleman. Ashley is originally from Miami, Florida, but recently moved to Atlanta with her husband and daughters- Samantha (4) and Spencer (19 months)- to pursue her dream of working at a sleep away camp. She has a BS in Recreation and Leisure Services Administration from Florida State University. Though she never went to sleep away camp as a child, she worked at a sleep away camp in the Poconos and found her calling working in camping. Upon graduation from FSU, Ashley started working at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC in Miami as the Children’s Director to run the After School Program and family programming. After three years she was promoted to be the Camp Director, a position she loved and held for seven years until her family’s recent recent relocation. After summer, she plans to continue her job search in the camping field.

Sarah Kirkwood, Solelim Unit Head

Sarah Kirkwood is unbelievably excited to return to Camp Coleman this summer as the Solelim Unit Head.  This will be Sarah’s third summer at camp; in 2010 and 2011 she was a counselor in the Kesher and Chalutzim units, and this is her first year as a member of the Leadership Team. She recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Public Relations. She looks forward to beginning her career in public relations following camp. Sarah’s dream is to become a Community Relations Director of a sports team or agency. This summer, she hopes to grow as a leader, be a role model for new and returning counselors, and provide her campers with an amazing experience.

Ethan Sandler, Tsofim Unit Head

Ethan Sandler has a wide array of camper experience as he attended Camp Blue Star in 2003-2004 and Camp Coleman from 2006-2007. He was a Machon (counselor-in-training) in 2009 and has been on staff at Coleman since 2010. Last year, Ethan was part of the Cornerstone Fellowship at camp. Ethan will be starting his 4th year at the University of Florida in the fall; he is pursuing a degree in Biology and is planning to attend medical school following his graduation from UF. He just finished shadowing an orthopedic surgeon at Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Nemours’ Childrens Clinic, and was also on medical staff for Camp Jenny. An avid sports fan, Ethan loves watching the Gators play, hockey and is a die-hard Dallas Stars fan. He played tennis for his high school and soccer with his friends, and he can always be found shooting hoops at camp in his free time. Ethan loves Camp Coleman and hopes to be back as camp doctor several years down the road. He is very excited to meet all of the campers this year and make sure that they will have the best summer of their lives.

Rachel Wolfson, Nachshonim Unit Head

Rachel Wolfson is returning for her fifth year on staff. She was a counselor in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and the Kesher Unit Head in 2012. Rachel graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Elementary Education in 2011 and also received a Masters degree in Special Education in May 2013. Rachel is originally from Tampa, Florida and after camp she will be moving to New York City to begin her professional career as a teacher in a school in Manhattan.  She is very excited to be a part of the Leadership Team and return to camp for her 14th summer.

Aaron “Luddy” Lutkoff, Kesher Unit Head

Aaron “Luddy” Lutkoff is back for his seventh summer on staff at Camp Coleman. He was a counselor for three summers, Athletic Director for one summer, and this will be his third year as a Unit Head. During the year he worked as a Legal Assistant at a law firm, as a part time youth adviser at Temple Beth El in Fort Myers, Florida and at a restaurant. In April 2011 Luddy graduated with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. This coming fall he will be attending law school at the University of Miami. Luddy is looking forward to another great summer at camp.

Scott Gellman, Chalutzim Unit Head/T’fillah (Religious Services) Coordinator

Scott Gellman is returning for his 16th summer at URJ Camp Coleman. He grew up at Coleman, spending 7 years as a camper, and this will be his 9th year on staff.  He graduated from Indiana University with majors in Jewish Studies and Philosophy and received his Masters degree from Gratz College where he studied Jewish Education. This past year Scott lived in Jerusalem, Israel while studying at Hebrew Union College, the Rabbinical Seminary affiliated with the URJ. After camp he will be heading to Cincinnati, Ohio to continue his next four years of Rabbinical School. Last summer was his first summer since 1994 that he was not at camp, and he missed Coleman greatly. Scott is very excited to be back at Coleman in a new position with new challenges and opportunities.

Justin Levy, 8-week Machon Unit Head

Justin Levy is joining us for his 10th summer on staff. Throughout his time at Coleman he has had the privilege of working with every age group at camp. He was a counselor for 5 years, and this will be his 5th summer as a Unit Head. For the first time at camp he is working with the Machon unit and is very excited. With his experience working with all of the other age groups and having served as the Unit Head for this Machon group in their 9th and 10th grade summers, he is very excited to be working and mentoring these young adults. The last 2 years Justin worked at Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater as a Youth Advisor. Justin thinks it has been great to come back to the region he grew up in to work in NFTY and with the youth he sees at Camp Coleman as well. He is really looking forward to this summer and can’t wait for the campers to arrive.

Becca Huntting, 5-week Machon Adventure Unit Head

Becca Huntting is returning for her sixth summer on staff, and she is very excited to be working with the Machon unit again (last summer she was the 8-week Machon Unit Head). Becca grew up in Sarasota, FL and attended Temple Sinai. During the year, Becca lives in New York, NY, and following camp she will be working as an educator at Central Synagogue in Manhattan. She graduated from Tulane University in 2012 where she earned a B.A. in History. Becca can’t wait to return to camp for what will be a great summer.

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