Meet our 2017 Programming Team, Support Staff, and Department Heads

  • It was a few months ago that I introduced you to our Head Counselors.  As we get ready to welcome our 347 First Session campers tomorrow to their summer home, I am excited to introduce you to the other members of our Leadership Team, our Programming Team and Department Heads.  These are the professionals that take care of our camp, support our staff and oversee all the exciting programming activities, electives, and special events. I can’t thank them enough for all they do for our campers and our camp. Their departments are set up and just waiting for our campers to arrive tomorrow!

    Dan Wulf: Assistant Director (Programming)

    This will be my 24th summer at camp.  I have been… a little bit of everything:  camper (7 years, including CIT), counselor (four years), Head of Shira (2 years), Boys Head (6 years), and my current role overseeing teaching and curriculum as Assistant Director (5 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 21 years.  Beyond (and sometimes for) work, I like to sing and play music, code, and run.  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 on Dor l’Dor, my son will be a 2nd year staff member, my wife (now in her 13th Tevya summer) comes up for long weekends… it’s going to be a great summer!

    Margo Seresky: Program Director

    Hi! My name is Margo Seresky and I am the Program Director at camp this summer. This will be my 3rd summer as Program Director and my 12th in total. Before being Program Director, I was a camper for 8 summers and then returned to camp 5 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 an assistant teacher in first grade at the Rashi School. I will be returning there in the fall, in the same position. I graduated from Syracuse University in 2015 with a major in Early Childhood and Special Education, and am currently pursuing my masters in Reading Specialty at Lesley University. 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 than 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 2017 can’t come soon enough!

    Nancy and Curtis Darragh: Caretakers / Head of Housekeeping and Maintenance

    We have been Caretakers at Camp Tevya since 2001. Curt started as a part of the Maintenance Team in 1994. I helped him in the fall of 2000 doing the fall cleanup with raking. We both have enjoyed all these years taking care of Camp Tevya during the off season, as well as being there during the hustle and bustle of the season. It is wonderful to see all the activities available for the campers. All the activities sure keep us on our toes! We have been very happily married 40 years, are parents of 6 kids (5 boys and 1 girl), and the grandparents of 11 (6 boys and 5 girls). It’s been a great and busy life!

    Jen Goodman: Office Manager

    Hi, I’m Jen and this will be my 6th summer as Tevya’s Office Manager, and my 17th overall. Many years ago, I spent my summers on Lake Potanipo as a 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 11 summers. I have 4 children who have all grown up at camp: Sara, Amy, Jack and Adam. 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 while 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!

    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 10th summer at Camp Tevya. This summer, my oldest daughter, Antonia, will be a 3rd year counselor and my youngest daughter, Giovanna, will be helping in our Childcare Department. 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.

    Robert Brown: Head Chef

    This will be my 13th Summer with the Cohen Camps and 7th with Camp Tevya (I spent the 1990’s at Camp Pembroke). As Head Chef, I am responsible for all of the dining services throughout the camp. During the boring part of the year, I am an assistant professor of culinary nutrition at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. I have an undergraduate degrees in culinary arts and food service education, an MBA in health care operations, and am currently a doctoral student at A.T. Still University Graduate College of Health Studies. I live in Watertown, MA along with my beautiful, smart, and busy wife Jessica, and our two kittens Lenny and Karl. I love to play music, kayak, bike, and (of course!) cook.

    Arielle (Eckhaus) Welch: Head of Waterfront

    This will be my 20th summer at Camp Tevya.  Though there’s been a 9 year hiatus, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed visiting the last 3 summers to lead Shabbat Yoga on the beach during the annual Shabbat-o-Rama. This summer, I am thrilled to be returning as the Head of Waterfront; a work of love I enjoyed for 6 years previously. I have a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Rehabilitation from the University of Maine at Farmington. I am an American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard, and Lifeguard Instructor. During the school year, I teach beginning Hebrew at Etz Hayim synagogue in Derry, NH. I am also a yoga instructor and own my own studio in Derry, called Nahar Yoga. (Nahar is Hebrew for river.)  I have experience as a preschool teacher, professional alpine ski and snowboard instructor, and I developed an adaptive alpine sports program at my local ski area in southern New Hampshire. My husband, Mike, and I have two children: our son, Jonas (9) and daughter, Mirabel (4)will be at camp for their first Tevya summer. In addition to swimming, skiing and yoga, I love scifi, theater, and hiking. I’m eager to try paddleboard yoga this summer; we did not have that the last time I was at camp!  I’m looking forward to a safe, fun summer full of campers improving their aquatic skills all over the waterfront! “Potanipo-oh-oh….it’s where we love to go!”

    Scott Harris: Head of Jewish Life and Learning

    Shalom Chaverim! I’m Scott Harris, and I’m excited to be coming back to camp as the Rosh/Head of Jewish Life and Learning. The first picture you see was taken at Crane Lake Camp; that’s Sharon my wife (she hasn’t changed), our son, Daniel, and daughter, Sarah, (they’ve changed), and that’s me (I’ve changed the most). Don’t they look so ‘un’happy to be at camp with their parents? The recent picture is that of our growing family. They still look ‘un’happy on vacation with us.

    To say that camp has and continues to play an important part of our lives is an understatement. The friends we surround ourselves with and our relationships with others and our communities has a lot to do with our time at camp. Being a Cantor at Temple Israel in Westport, CT. and now at Temple Beth Hillel in South Windsor, CT. has given our family the greatest of gifts; finding our way, while living our Judaism within communities at home, in the Berkshires and North Carolina. Camp doesn’t end in August for us, and it hasn’t ended. Being a part of the lives of campers, staff, and families is the greatest joy for us. B’nai Mitzvah, Confirmations, graduations, weddings and births; our camp communities continue to build bridges to create the worlds we share.

    Sharon and I are looking forward to being a part of your world, and hoping that you share all that the Camp Tevya community has been, is today, and will grow to be in your future.

    Amy Jo Blotner: Head of Photography

    Hello! I’m Amy Jo and this will be my 15th 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 art teacher during the day, and work in a running store part-time for fun. I love running and for the past 6 years have mentored high school students training with Dreamfar for the Rhode Island Marathon. My newest passion is learning Latin dances like salsa and bachata. Looking forward to seeing all the smiling faces of our campers and staff!

    Etay Gal: Head of Israeli Delegation

    I’m Etay, I am 24-years-old and I am from central Israel. This will be my 2nd summer on staff at Camp Tevya after completing my services as an officer in the IDF. Last year, I was a Tel Chai counselor and this year I will be Head of the Israeli Delegation and Head of Shira. I am really happy to be here again and can’t wait for the summer to start.

    Ariel Holman: Head of Performing Arts

    Hello Camp Tevya! I’m Ariel Holman, and I am happy to be returning to Tevya for my 2nd year on staff as the Head of Performing Arts. I was also a camper here at Camp Tevya for 6 years (Birya ’09!). During my hiatus from Tevya, I worked on the waterfront of the JCC Camp Grossman. Last year I graduated from Muhlenberg College as a Theatre major while getting my Elementary Education certification, so I love Tevya for allowing me to mesh the two together! While at Muhlenberg, I directed over six productions, was the vice president of the Muhlenberg Women’s Ensemble, and the president of the Muhlenberg College Choir. This year I worked at Temple Israel in Sharon as their Youth Coordinator, working with kids from 2nd grade all the way up to 12th grade. I can’t wait to spend this summer at Tevya doing what I love!

    Miri Sharon: Head of Arts and Crafts

    Hi There! My name is Miri Sharon and I am the Head of Arts and Crafts here at camp Tevya. This will be my 5th summer at camp and I am thrilled to be returning to my summer home. My three girls will also spend their summer here on lake Potanipo. Daya is a first year counselor, Ella is in Birya, and Lia as an older Ole. Our family moved from Israel to the states 15 years ago. During the year, I teach Hebrew and art to children and adults. After my service in the IDF, I studied industrial Design at Hadassah College in Jerusalem and these days I work for a local kitchen design company. I love spending time with my family, cooking for my friends, art and much more. I can’t wait to see you all soon and get creative together! Happy summer!

    Emanuela (Manu) Bilderman: Head of Tennis

    Yes, it’s me: Emanuela (you know me as Manu) Bilderman. I will be back again as the Head of Tennis for my 11th 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 34 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 third-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

    Hello everybody, I’m Glenn Brannon and I’ll be spending my 10th summer at Tevya. I’m responsible for athletics and sports competitions as well as overseeing our archery, ropes, and fitness programs. I worked in the same capacity for 15 years at a camp in the Adirondacks, and during the year, I’m a high school English teacher and coach here in Coral Springs, Florida. Tevya just keeps getting better and better every year, and we’re all anxious to get back. See you soon!

    Jamie Marcus: Hospitality Coordinator

    Hi! I’m Jamie Marcus, and I am very excited to be spending another summer at Camp Tevya! Growing up I spent many summers on the shores of Lake Potanipo. I was a camper, C.I.T, and counselor. This summer I will be the Hospitality Coordinator. In this role, I will primarily oversee the scheduling of summer tours, visitors and guests in the Gordon House, and coordinating transportation and lodging for our international counselor and support staff days off. September through June I am a 4th grade teacher in Westborough, MA. In my free time, I love spending time with family and friends. I am still very close with my camp friends. We get together every month to have dinner and catch up. Camp friends really do make the BEST friends! I am looking forward to another fabulous summer in 03033!

    Noah Dines: Staff Development Coordinator

    Hi my name is Noah Dines and I am so excited to spend my 5th summer at Camp Tevya. This summer I will be the Leadership Development Coordinator, working with our counselors to develop camp-wide programs as part of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone program, and to develop leadership training for our Bog Leadership curriculum. I love being outside and working to make our camp a more welcoming and exciting environment. When I am not at camp, I am outside hiking, climbing, skiing, or on a river somewhere. I work the rest of the year in Maine at The Leadership School teaching leadership, team building, and positive character to Maine middle school students.

    David Minn: Assistant Program Director

    My name is David Minn and this will be my 3rd summer on staff. I am from the UK and have just graduated from a 5 year masters degree in Aerospace Engineering. I have been both a Tel Chai and Tel Yehuda counselor. Last year I was head of fitness and this year I will be the Assistant Program Director, overseeing all of the evening activities, trips, and special events. I am excited to see camp from a different perspective and can’t wait for the summer to begin!

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