Meet Our Staff

Year-Round Leadership

Ellen Felcher, Director

ellen felcherPembroke 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.

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Amy Coran, Assistant Director

Amy Coran (r) and her mom Debbi, both Pembroke alums

Amy is a second-generation Camp Pembroke alum, and has spent 15 summers on Lake Oldham. Prior to her return to Pembroke she worked as a director of residential services 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 gym 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!”

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Becca Goldman, Assistant Director

We are so excited to welcome Becca back to Pembroke for her 14th summer! For the past 8 years, Becca has worked as the Assistant Director at Camp Tel Noar, helping to strengthen programming, the staff experience and camper care. Becca holds a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has also completed the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program for Assistant Directors and is pursuing her MBA at Bentley University.

Becca shares, “I feel incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of the Camp Tel Noar community for so long. I’m grateful to have found some of my closest friends, supportive colleagues, and parents who have become some of my strongest partners in ensuring fun and safe summers at camp. While it’s bittersweet to leave the place that has shaped me professionally and become such a significant part of who I am, I am so excited to return to Camp Pembroke, where this crazy love of camp all began.”

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Meet our Summer Leadership

Sue Callum, Assistant Director/Program Director

Sue knows Pembroke deeply: she is now her 12th 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 85 years of alumnae (we even have fourth-generation campers!).

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.

Head Counselors

Clockwise from top left: Melissa, Deb, Janie

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.

Melissa (Mason) Ginsberg  has taught fourth and fifth grades for 18 years, and credits Camp Pembroke with inspiring her to become a teacher.  She has spent 16 summers on Lake Oldham – as camper, counselor, Athletic Department Head, and Head Counselor.
Deb (Bornstein) Hickey began her own Pembroke journey at age 9, and joyfully continued as a camper and counselor and Head Counselor for 13 years. Deb is excited to return for her 16th summer at camp! She has taught science to seventh graders for 15 years.
 

 

Summer Staff

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.

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