Meet our 2016 Programming and Department Team

  • Our summer days at camp are spent on the tennis court, soccer field and waterfront, and in the arts and crafts studio, photography, and Beit Shira. Each of these locations come alive at the start of the summer because of the preparation and expertise of the staff who run the departments that meet in these locations, and our programming team that weaves together our summer programming schedule. Our Leadership Team includes our Programming Team and Department Heads and we are so lucky to have an amazing combination of staff who have been with Tevya for years, and those coming for the first time. I know they can’t wait to teach your children and I can’t wait for you to meet them here.

    Ben Portnoy: Assistant Director (Operations)

    Ben PortnoyHey! My name is Ben and I am Tevya’s Assistant Director. This summer will be my 14th Tevya summer, and I will be overseeing the Operations side of camp. I was a camper, CIT, and counselor from 1997-2005, Assistant Program Director and Program Coordinator from 2012-2013, and Tsofim Head Counselor (7th-8th grade boys) from 2014-2015. I have been working full-time for Tevya and the Cohen Camps since the fall of 2012 and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Camp is a special place where the opportunity to learn and grow never stops, which is something I have been able to take full advantage of by experiencing camp in as many ways as possible. Programming gave me a great sense of gratitude for our Department Heads, Support Staff, and all the behind the scenes work that goes into making the daily schedule happen. Being a Head Counselor enhanced my understanding of the camper and counselor experience, as well as my appreciation for the the support and guidance that our amazing Head Counselors provide. I can’t wait to see what this summer brings as I take on another new role. Looking forward to seeing our camp community soon!

    Dan Wulf: Assistant Director (Programming)

    Dan WulfThis will be my 23rd summer at camp. I have been… a little bit of everything: camper (seven years, including CIT), counselor (four years), Head of Shira (two years), Boys Head Counselor (six years), and my current role overseeing teaching and curriculum as Assistant Director (four years). My “outside of camp” roles mirror my summer work. I am the Math Curriculum Coordinator for grades 6-12 in Watertown, MA and have taught the Watertown High School chorus and select choir for 20 years. Beyond (and sometimes for) work, I like to sing and play music, code small projects in Python, run (when it isn’t raining or snowing), play Ultimate… too many more to list here, but you get the picture. Tevya is a special place for me. My mother was a camper, and now my children have grown up at camp. This year my daughter will be an oldest camper and my son will be on staff and get his 10 Year Mug. It’s going to be a great summer!

    Margo Seresky: Program Director

    MargoHi! My name is Margo Seresky and I am the Program Director at camp this summer. This will be my 2nd summer as Program Director, but my 11th in total. Before being Program Director, I was a camper for eight summers and then returned to camp five years later to be Assistant Program Director. I spend the 10 months that I am not at camp as a teacher. This past school year, I was a second grade intern at the Fessenden School and in the upcoming school year (2016-2017), I will be working at the Rashi School as a first grade assistant teacher. I graduated from Syracuse University in 2015 with a major in Early Childhood and Special Education. Along with working with children, I love to be active, play tennis and spend time with family and friends. Each summer, Tevya allows me to be my best self and have more energy and fun then I ever thought possible! My Tevya friends are still some of my closest friends and we still cherish the memories we shared at camp. I love fostering that same love for Tevya for our present campers. I’m excited for our new electives, special activities, and evening programs that we planned for this summer! Summer 2016 can’t come soon enough!

    Elisa Reeves: Director of Staff Engagement

    Elisa ReevesHello! My name is Elisa Reeves, and this will be my 14th summer at Camp Tevya. I was a camper for four summers (yay Birya ’83!), and I returned in 2007 so that my three children, Matthew (a third year counselor and Head of Nature and Camp Craft), Ashley (CIT), and Daniel (CIT), could enjoy their summers at camp as much as I did. Prior to returning to Camp Tevya, I spent eight summers running social skill groups at a day camp for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I also worked as a Counselor, CIT Director, Unit Head, and Head Counselor at Camp Kingswood in Maine for 13 summers. For the last 10 summers, I have been a part of the Leadership Team at Camp Tevya in the roles of Girls Head Counselor, Program Director, and Director of Staff Development. Additionally, I have my Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology and have worked in three public school systems over the last 24 years. I am looking forward to the Summer of 2016!

    Robert Brown: Head Chef

    Robert Brown1My name is Rob Brown, and I am the Head Chef here at Camp Tevya.  This will be my 11th summer with the Cohen Camps; my 5th at Tevya. I was the chef at our sister camp, Camp Pembroke, from 1991-1996. During the school year, I teach culinary nutrition management at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. While I love all things Tevya, it’s Friday night dinner which I enjoy most. Watching everyone pour into the Dining Hall, dressed up, excited, and hungry for our Shabbat meal is a sight to see! Can’t wait for another delicious summer at Camp Tevya! 

     

    Margaret Rocchio: Head Nurse

    My name is Margaret Rocchio. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and the Head Nurse at Camp Tevya. This is my 9th summer at Camp Tevya. This summer, my oldest daughter, Antonia, will be a 2nd year counselor and my youngest daughter, Giovanna, will be in Israel with the Dor L’Dor program. Camp Tevya has become part of my family. When I am not at Camp, I live in Dorchester, MA with my husband and three children. I work as a school nurse in a Boston Public School during the school year. I love to ride my bike and I look forward to early morning bike rides on the path that runs through the camp and into Milford, NH. I look forward to meeting new campers and reconnecting with the campers I have known through the years. One of the best parts of camp nursing is to witness the growth and maturity of the campers every year. I also love to reconnect with the parents that I have come to know over these past nine years.

    Jen Goodman: Office Manager

    Jen GoodmanHi, I’m Jen and this will be my 5th summer as Tevya’s Office Manager, and my 16th overall. Many years ago, I spent my summers on Lake Potanipo as camper, CIT, bunk counselor, and Assistant Head of Waterfront, and I am thrilled to be back working in the office. In addition to these roles, I have also been a camp parent for the last 10 summers. My children, Sara, Amy, Jack and Adam have been enjoying their summers at camp for many years, this summer being their 10th, 9th, 7th, and 5th summers respectively. In the off-season, I live in Westborough, MA with my husband, Sam, where I stay busy volunteering in my children’s schools and at our Synagogue all the whilst trying to keep up with our children and all of their activities. We are all looking forward to another summer of making memories on the shores of Lake Potanipo!

    Amy Jo Blotner: Head of Photography

    Amy BlotnerHello! I’m Amy Jo and this will be my 14th year at Tevya. My youngest son, Adam Goffstein, and I followed my two older children, Matthew and Sara Zimmer, to camp and I have been here ever since! I am Head of Photography and help oversee the creation of the Kolainu (our yearbook). I love walking around camp and taking pictures of all the action so we can share the excitement of camp with our parents. I am a photographer by trade, preschool teacher during the day, and work in a running store part-time for fun. I love running and for the past six years have mentored high school students training with Dreamfar for the Rhode Island Marathon. My newest passion is trying to learn how to salsa dance. Looking forward to seeing all the smiling faces of our campers and staff!

    Emanuela (Manu) Bilderman: Head of Tennis

    Emanuela_BildermanYes, it’s me: Emanuela (you know me as Manu) Bilderman. I will be back again as the Head of Tennis for my 10th summer! I was born in Tel Aviv and have been living in Israel since then. I have been working as a physical education teacher for the past 33 years at a high school in the city of Holon. I live in Rishon Le Zion with my family: Offer, my husband, and with our three children Shimrit, Shachar and Shai. All my family knows how to play tennis. When I was 16-years-old, I was the 3rd-ranked tennis player, for my age in Israel. I have been the Head of Tennis at Tevya since 2007. I am proud to have the chance to teach camp Tevya’s campers tennis, watch them improve their skills with training and fun, and see them return as tennis counselors working with me.

    Glenn Brannon: Head of Land Sports

    GlennI’m Glenn Brannon and I’ll be spending my 8th summer as Head of Land Sports. I schedule and plan each activity period for Land Sports and oversee the Athletics, Fitness, Ropes, and Archery programs. Our camp participates in a number of competitions and tournaments throughout the summer, and it is my job to choose our coaches, set up tryouts for campers, and schedule the events. I’ve taught English in Palm Beach County for many years and have coached various sports including basketball, baseball, fast pitch softball, and others. Before coming to Tevya, I was Athletic Director at camps in the Adirondacks for 15 years. Camp Tevya is a great place to be each summer, and I’m anxious to get back.

    Miri Sharon: Head of Arts and Crafts

    Miri SharonHi my name is Miri Sharon and this will be my 4th summer at camp Tevya. I am the Head of Arts and Crafts and love every single thing about it! When I am not at camp, I teach at the Beth Tikvah religious school and have been there for the past eight years. I teach Hebrew and Jewish art for kids and adults. I was born and raised in Israel where I have earned my BA in Industrial Design from Haddassa College in Jerusalem. When my family and I moved to the states 13 years ago, I got my Early Childhood Teaching Certification and started working with the Jewish early childhood community. I have three girls who are coming with me to camp: Ella will be in Kinneret, Lia will be in a Middle Ole, and Daya will be in Israel as part of Dor L’Dor leadership program and will come back to camp as a CIT for the last two weeks of camp. I cant wait to spend the summer on lake Potanipo creating art with your children!

    Ariel Holman: Head of Performing Arts

    Ariel HolmanHello! I’m Ariel Holman, and I am happy to be returning to Tevya after a few years away (Birya ’09!) as the Head of Performing Arts. During my hiatus from Tevya, I worked on the waterfront of the JCC Camp Grossman. I’ve just graduated from Muhlenberg College as a Theatre major while getting my Elementary Education certification, so I’m extremely excited to be meshing the two together this summer! While at Muhlenberg, I directed over six productions, was the vice president of the Muhlenberg Women’s Ensemble, and just completed a student teaching semester teaching 2nd and 4th graders! While not doing theatre or teaching, I enjoy reading, writing, and hanging out with friends. I can’t wait to spend this summer at Tevya doing what I love!

    Sarah Metzger: Head of Jewish Life and Learning and Shira

    Sarah MetzgerHi Camp Tevya, my name is Sarah Metzger and I’m so excited to be joining the Tevya family as Head of Jewish Life and Learning and Shira. This will be my 1st summer at Camp Tevya, but my 15th summer at camp in general. For the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of working at camps all over the country, but I’m excited to be back in my home state of NH this summer. For my real “adult” job, I work at a synagogue in New York as the director of youth engagement where I run all of the informal youth programs for grades k-12. When I’m not working, I like to write and perform music, fight inanimate objects through the majesty of kickboxing, and binge-watch Parks and Recreation on Netflix. Once again, I’m thrilled to be joining the amazing team at Camp Tevya and I can’t wait to meet all the campers and bring new music to camp!

    Noah Dines: Head of Outdoor Living

    Noah DinesMy name is Noah Dines and I will be the Head of Outdoor Living. Though I never attended Tevya as a camper, this will be my 4th summer on the shores of Lake Potanipo. I graduated from UCONN this past May with a degree in political science and love to travel and learn new languages. My favorite animals we have at camp are the chickens.

    Anat Michaeli: Head of Israeli Delegation

    AnatHello Camp Tevya Campers, Parents and Staff!! This is my 1st year at camp and I am very excited to meet and work with you all. I was born and raised in Jerusalem. I have three lovely children and two amazing grandchildren. I have always loved working with people and especially children. I was a sports guide for combat and special units during my army service. I operated a pre-school for several years, with an emphasis on encouraging sport, Israeli education, and dance. I also have always been very active in sport and athletic education. Today, I work in an afternoon enrichment program with children ages 8-11 years-old, with an emphasis on fitness, movement, and health education. Can’t wait to celebrate Israeli traditions and Independence Day with you!! A big hug from Israel and see you soon! Shalom!

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