Ellen Felcher, Director
Pembroke Director since 2004, Ellen has been a member of the Pembroke family since 1999, starting as Program Director and then serving as Co-Director. Ellen brings a strong camping background along with fine leadership qualities, unlimited creativity, and a love of arts and crafts, nature activities and sailing. Her daughter came to Camp Pembroke for 13 summers, so she knows the camp deeply from all angles. Ellen taught first-grade Hebrew School for 15 years, taught Judaic pre-kindergarten for five years, was the K-1 teacher at the local Jewish day school, and is an active volunteer in her home community. She holds a BA in Elementary and Special Education from Boston University, an MS in Public Health from Harvard University, and an MBA from Columbia University.
Amy Coran, Assistant Director/Registrar
Amy is a second-generation Camp Pembroke alum, and spent 13 summers on Lake Oldham. She has worked as a director of residential settings for adults with developmental disabilities for over a decade, in a role that included working closely with families to create the most valuable possible experiences. During the same time period, she served Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority in intensive volunteer roles as an advisor and a House Corporation President — she is passionate about the power of sisterhood! Amy holds a BS from University of Delaware in Human Services, Education and Public Policy, with a minor in Disabilities Studies. She also has a Masters in Human Resources Management from Lasell College.
In her own words Amy writes, “I cannot wait to stand at flag with you, to sing with you in the dining hall on Friday nights, to run with you around the athletic field during 2nd period, to celebrate as you sail for the first time, to cheer you on as you dig for the Color War hearts on the beach….to join with you as we grow throughout the summer and share our love for Pembroke. I am counting down the days until I meet you at the top of the road and welcome you to what I know is going to be the best summer yet!”
Meet our Summer Leadership
Sue Callum, Assistant Director/Program Director
Sue knows Pembroke deeply: she is now her 11th year as Camp Pembroke Program Director, managing all the fun activities that happen at camp. She also serves year-round as Pembroke’s Alumnae Coordinator, organizing 80+ years of alumnae (we even have fourth-generation campers!) and social gatherings for parents of current campers (since the whole family is part of our Pembroke sisterhood).
When she’s not at Pembroke, Sue serves as the Executive Director of the Boston-area North Suburban Jewish Community Center. Prior to both roles, she was for many years the Program Administrator for the Lincoln Extended Activities Program, where she designed and built one of the Lincoln, MA area’s first school-age child care programs to benefit working parents. Sue holds a MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from Framingham State as well as a BS in Health and Physical Education/Fitness from UMass/Amherst.
Leah Berryhill, Director of Staff Development
Leah works with staff and campers to cultivate leadership throughout Pembroke. For staff, she’ll focus on orientation and summer-long professional development, including partnering with our returning counselors on special projects. She’ll also coordinate and help implement Pembroke’s self-esteem and leadership training programs for our oldest campers.
Leah grew up attending Jewish camp for eight years. During the year, she teaches middle school Latin in Atlanta, GA. She holds a BA in Classical Studies from Hamilton College and a MA in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies from Brandeis. In other summers, she has served as a counselor for the Boston Ballet Summer Dance Program and as a house parent and teacher at a summer academic camp.
The Head Counselor role is central to how we build community and integrate campers into bunk life at Camp Pembroke. As part of our leadership team, the Head Counselors manage the camp units (Upper, Middle, Lower). Bunk counselors work with the Head Counselors to ensure the best possible living experience for each camper and staff person. Head Counselors are also available to respond to parent questions and concerns.
Each of these Head Counselors – all of whom are experienced teachers in the “off-season” – bring creativity and new ideas to the job. They love spending summers with our campers, learning and growing together to continue to enhance the sisterhood that is Camp Pembroke, and count the days until camp.
Julie Kahn has taught children for 17 years, in grades kindergarten through second. Her daughter currently attends Pembroke and her son enjoys summers at Camp Tevya.
The Pembroke staff undertakes with great care its responsibility to nurture and care for our campers. Each staff person works hard to serve as a role model and to make a positive impact each day.
Pembroke administrative and supervisory personnel are camping professionals and educators with many years of experience working with children, especially girls and young women. Many Pembroke counselors were ‘Brokies themselves, and each of those came through our Dor L’Dor capstone program which combines an Israel experience with counselor training. Some of our counselors come from abroad, including a contingent from Israel, which greatly enhances 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.
“We are always impressed by the counselor staff, and the range of activities.” ~ Pembroke parent
Year-round Administration & Colleagues
Ellen is supported by the staff of The Cohen Camps, the family of three Jewish overnight camps which also includes Camp Tel Noar and Camp Tevya. 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.