Welcome Our New Staff!

  • I am very excited to be able to add four very special people to our head staff team at Camp Pembroke!  I can’t wait for you to meet all of them, and I know that each of them brings their own very special talent to our group!  Marissa Zwelling will be working primarily with Sue Barash this summer as a Lower Camp Head Counselor, and she is thrilled to be learning from some of the best head counselors in camping!  Sharon Ross will be heading up our efforts as Director of Staff and Camper Engagement, and brings a wealth of experience, including camp, to the role.  She can’t wait to arrive in 02359 in just a few weeks!  Meaghan Gates, our new Head of Arts and Crafts, is very busy planning all kinds of new projects and activities that will take place in our Arts and Crafts building this summer; she brings a new energy to her position. Paul Henriksen, our new Head Chef, is looking forward to transforming our food options into delicious and nutritious cuisine, and I am confident that he will absolutely do so!


    We welcome all four of these excited, enthusiastic and dedicated people to their new roles at Camp Pembroke, and wanted you to have an opportunity to learn a little bit about each of them:


    Marissa Zwelling, Head Counselor

    Marissa Zwelling picMy name is Marissa Zwelling. I am very excited to be joining Camp Pembroke this summer.

    During the year, I am a clinical social worker and split my time between working for a Jewish non-profit organization and an adoption agency.

    A native Californian, I spent my summers outdoors and unplugged and feel passionately that that’s how summers should be.

    My husband, Dan and I live in Natick, MA with our two daughters Naomi and Hannah and beloved cat, Miko. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, photography and the arts.

    My daughter Naomi has attended first session at Pembroke for the past two summers and it has been a wonderful introduction.  I also love that the mere mention of camp always brings a huge smile to a Brokie’s face. To me, camp is a place where you can be your best goofy, crazy and awesome self while gaining confidence and independence. It’s going to be a great summer and I look forward to seeing all of you soon!


    Sharon Ross, Director of Staff and Camper EngagementSharon Ross headshot

    Although this will be Sharon’s first summer at Camp Pembroke, she’s no stranger to Jewish summer camping.  In fact, this will be her 25th summer!  In her years at camp, Sharon has been a unit head, a ropes course facilitator, and even a fencing specialist, among many other jobs.  She has also spent many years as a Hebrew school teacher and a NFTY youth group advisor.  Some of Sharon’s favorite things to do at camp include building camp fires, doing art projects, and Friday night Israeli dancing.

    During the rest of the year, Sharon works at the Ohio State University, where she is an instructor in the linguistics department and a mentor in the sophomore transitional experience program.  Her two main hobbies are tap dancing and volunteering with the lender community at Kiva, an organization that works to mitigate global poverty through microfinance.

    Sharon’s excited about joining the Pembroke community this summer, getting to know the staff and campers, and learning about what makes Pembroke special. She’s also really looking forward to learning new skills at Pembroke with activities that she hasn’t gotten to do at other camps.


    Meaghan Gates, Arts & Crafts Department Head

    Headshot-MeaghanGatesMeaghan was born and raised in Northern California and recently finished her Masters of Fine Arts Degree at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth as a Distinguished Art Fellow in the field of ceramics. At the completion of her undergraduate degree from California State University, Chico, she worked at the Guldgargaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark as an assistant and resident artist. She was also the recipient of a Windgate Fellowship that allowed her to work with a production potter in Seto, Japan, participate as a resident at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, and participate as a resident at the Sanbao Ceramic Institute in Jingdezhen, China. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across the United States and internationally. Along with her artistic work, she has aided in the creation of a ceramic-based curriculum that will be used by the Ammachi Labs at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University) in Kerala, India.


    Paul Henriksen, Head Chef Paul-Henriksen

    Food, glorious food! Meet Camp Pembroke’s new Head Chef, Paul Henriksen, who is determined to give our girls nutritious, delicious meals to sustain their energy and joy all summer. Our camp takes great care with food: our kitchen is Kosher, we provide a salad bar at every lunch and dinner, and we make sure that campers and staff with dietary needs—whether they are vegetarian or have food allergies—get the care and fare they need.

    Chef Paul is going to take our food up a notch. He has worked in restaurants since his teens and, oooh la la, he even apprenticed in France! His resume is sprinkled with names of fine French restaurants and awards from renowned gastronomy societies. This is his first summer at a camp, and we’re delighted.

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