Executive Team | Board of Directors | Advisory Board

Directors | Regional Advisory Counsel

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.


EXECUTIVE TEAM

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, Chief CLINICAL Officer

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

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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

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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.  

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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)

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

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ADVISORY BOARD

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.

Linda Alexander - We Are the Mighty

Darren Berger (Attorney) - Kane Kessler

Valerie Bischak - Viacom Media Networks

Arthur Rosenberg (Attorney)- Kane Kessler

Kellie Wagner - 214

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DIRECTORS

Clinical Directors

Jenny Kaplan Schreiber, PhD, FT - New England Region

Eric Schleich, LCSW - Southeast Region

Cathy Spear, LICSW - Southern California Region

Dan Wolfson, PsyD - Mid-Atlantic Region

Jenna Wolfson, LCSW - New England and Mid-Atlantic Regions

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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.

Mid-West

Ilana Lerman

Julia Ring

Ben Spillman

Crystal Thomas

Lee Zucker

New York City / Philly

Samantha Benvegna

Zach Bergman

Lisa Bernstein

Julia Budnick

Christina CasaNova

Brian Helfman

Sam Oliff

Melissa Samuels

LJ Sidari

Micky Silverman

Joseph Sitzwohl

Emma Zeiger

Max Zeiger

Morgan Zoroya

Atlanta / South Florida

Andy Blechman

Stephanie Channing

Michael Goldman

Michael Green

Jon Hooshmand

Kristina Lucia

Jesse Soffer

Seth Spiegel

Boston

Logan Bergquist

Emily Herman

Lucas Johnston

California

Kat Besse

Sarah Blair

Dave Burg

Marty Coffou

Stacey Greenberg

Karis Ingram

Rahul Lakhwani

Benjamin Richman

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