Experience Camps are lead by a dedicated team of professionals in camping, social work, finance, technology, and beyond. The key ingredient that is woven through our team is the passion each one has for summer camp and the life-altering experience it can provide.
SARA DEREN, Chief Experience Officer
Sara Deren is the founder and Executive Director of Experience Camps. Sara received her MBA from Columbia University and spent 12 years in the financial services industry before turning her full attention to camp. Experience Camps was founded on Sara’s, and her husband, Jon’s, desire to provide the camp experience to children who would not otherwise have that opportunity. She now uses her business background and love of camp to develop and operate Experience Camps, and to ensure that our campers enjoy the best that summer camp has to offer.
Cara Allen is Clinical Director for Experience Camps and has a private psychotherapy practice in San Diego, CA. She holds both an MSW and a Master of Management degree, is a licensed clinical social worker, and has worked extensively in bereavement for the past 14 years at Sharp Healthcare where she was awarded both Social Worker of the Year and the prestigious Sally Bruener Haugh Spirit of Caring awards. Cara provides clinical supervision to aspiring therapists and has served as Experience Camps Director of Camper Services in California since 2014.
Jeff Kimball, Chief Possibilities Officer
Jeff, our new Director of Development, is an innovative, entrepreneurial and seasoned non-profit executive skilled in fundraising, communications and scaling brands. Jeff seeks to inspire people to think, act, invest in and connect to our mission and program. A former aide to Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, Jeff worked in crisis communications on Wall Street, re-created the development program of a prestigious private school, scaled a childhood cancer non-profit and has served as a consultant to a number of social venture start-ups. Ask him about his experiences, and he will dismiss all of the results he has earned, because he has the perspective gained through life experience that tells us the integrity of the process is most important. Jeff, who lost his wife to cancer at age 38 and his niece in a tragic accident at age 9, is the father of two teenage girls and lives in Westport, Conn.
Sam Green, Chief Program Officer
Sam has been involved with Experience Camps as a volunteer since 2012 and has served as the Program Director at KenEx for the last 3 summers. He most recently worked at PwC, as a consultant in the financial services industry. Sam received his BBA degree from Emory University and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he volunteers as a mentor for high school students from low-income families preparing them for college success. Sam spent his formative years as a Camp Manitou camper and director, which, combined with his Excel spreadsheet mastery and passion for camp, makes him the perfect person to drive Experience Camps through the next phase of our journey.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
You'd be hard-pressed to find a group of people as passionate and dedicated to a cause as this one. They represent industries from technology to metals, interests from surfing to art, and all have experienced the magic of camp first-hand. Many of our board members have also experienced their own losses, either as children or parents, and can truly understand the importance of the time spent at camp.
Bill Anderson - First Beverage Group
Todd Arky - Serial entrepreneur
Sunil Arora - Arora Coaching
Evan Bloomberg - UBS Wealth Management
Wiley Cerilli - Good Uncle
Liz Eddy - Crisis Text Line
David Garlick - Pineapple Co. (Treasurer)
Heather Garson - Paloma Partners
Will Gilmore - Gotham Machine
Justine Lelchuk - Deloitte Consulting (President)
Ben Luntz - Indicator Ventures
Aimee Skier - AMSkier Insurance
Aron Weingard - Weingard Wealth Management of Raymond James
Our Advisory Board is the icing on the cake of our board structure. These members represent leaders, experts and great minds in areas that add value and guide us through the key areas of our strategic plan.
Darren Berger - Kane Kessler
Valerie Bischak - Viacom Media Networks
Raleigh Leahy - Senior Executive in Hospitality & Events
Arthur Rosenberg - Kane Kessler
Michael Thompson - Lantern Camps
Kellie Wagner - 214
Jenny Kaplan Schreiber, PhD, FT - Maine Boys Clinical Director
Erin Nghe, LCSW - Georgia Boys & Girls Clinical Director
Cathy Spear, LICSW - California Girls Clinical Director
Dan Wolfson, PsyD - Pennsylvania Boys Clinical Director
Jenna Wolfson, LCSW - Maine and Pennsylvania Girls Clinical Director
REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNSEL (RAC)
Our regional RACs are made up of the dedicated volunteers who live in the areas we primarily serve. They demonstrate commitment through their actions and deep involvement with Experience Camps on a regional and national level. They are innovative, inspirational, and pretty darn smart. To apply for the RAC or learn more, CLICK HERE.
New York City / Philly
Atlanta / South Florida