Executive Team | Board of Directors

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 Chief Experience Officer 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.

lexiE radwan, Chief operating Officer

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Lexie Radwan, MPA, is the Chief Operating Officer of Experience Camps. With 10+ years of experience in nonprofit management, boundless enthusiasm and a big trademark smile, Lexie helps lead the organization through the next phase of our journey as we continue to reach and support more campers.  Before joining ExCamps, Lexie helped direct corporate social responsibility programs for multinational companies including Danone and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Prior to working in the corporate citizenship space, she fell in love with social good programs while working for the American Red Cross and serving in the Peace Corps, based in Peru, gaining vital experiences working with new communities and mastering the art of washing your feet in a bucket. 

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. 

jesse moss, National program manager

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Jesse Moss is the National Program Manager of Experience Camps. She got her BA from the University of Florida and has previously worked for Warner Bros. Television and President Obama. Jesse fell in love with camp while attending Camp Lokanda for 10 years, and after her brother Jordan died in 2012, embarked on a journey to find a community of support. Her loss, coupled with her love of camp, inspired her to become an Experience Camps CalEx volunteer, and ultimately, to become a part of the ExCamps central team! 

Thomas DiGuglielmo, Development Manager

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Thomas is the Development Manager for Experience Camps. He graduated from Drew University in 2014 with a B.A. in Economics. He has worked as a Database Consultant for The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and most recently at The Carver Foundation of Norwalk as the Resource Development Manager. Thomas has also completed a Nonprofit Management and Entrepreneurship course as well as Harvard’s Online Business Certificate program, HBX. His well rounded experience will be an asset as Experience Camps continues to grow to serve more kids.

martin skelton, national program manager

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Martin Skelton is the National Program Manager of Experience Camps. He received his degree from the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom, where he was born and raised. Martin moved to the United States to be with his wife. Having worked with youth from all different backgrounds, he has extensive experience working in the youth and non-profit sectors. Before ExCamps, Martin managed youth programs in both New York City and in London where specifically, he oversaw the setup and delivery of the National Citizen Service program for over 4500 young people and 1000 seasonal staff annually. Martin can also make balloon animals! Martin’s experience and big heart will be an asset to Experience Camps as the program continues to grow and impact more children’s lives.

MARGO KARP, EVENTS MANAGER

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Margo is the Events Manager of Experience Camps. She will look to grow the ExCamps brand by creating fun and meaningful events throughout the year that capture the magic that is ExCamps. Margo graduated from Dickinson College with a degree in History and Education. She comes to ExCamps after nearly a decade in advertising sales. She previously worked at Hearst at magazines such as Seventeen and Redbook, and most recently at Gallery Media Group selling across multiple digital platforms. She and her pup, Snoop, spent their first summer at SomEx in 2019 and are so excited to be part of a growing and purposeful organization.

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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 (Board Chair)

Todd Arky - Serial entrepreneur 

Sunil Arora - Arora Coaching

Evan Bloomberg - UBS Wealth Management

Wiley Cerilli - Good Uncle

Liz Eddy - Lantern

David Garlick - Pineapple Co.

Heather Garson - Paloma Partners (Treasurer)

Raleigh Leahy - Senior Executive in Hospitality & Events

Justine Lelchuk - Deloitte Consulting

Ben Luntz - Indicator Ventures

Danny Sarch - Leitner Sarch Consultants

Aimee Skier - AMSkier Insurance

Kellie Wagner - Collective - a DEI Lab

Aron Weingard - Weingard Wealth Management of Raymond James

Legal Advisors to the Board

Darren Berger - Kane Kessler

Arthur Rosenberg - Kane Kessler (Secretary)

If you want to know more about joining our board, CLICK HERE and contact us at info@experience.camp!

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DIRECTORS

Clinical Directors

Cathy Spear, LICSW - California Girls Clinical Director

Dan Wolfson, PsyD - Pennsylvania Boys Clinical Director

Jenna Wolfson, LCSW - Maine and Pennsylvania Girls Clinical Director

Brie Overton, PhD Candidate, Georgia and Michigan Girls Clinical Director

David Webber, MA, Georgia and Michigan Boys Clinical Director

Jay Clayton, LCSW, California Boys Clinical Director

Program Directors

Martha Straus - California Girls Program Director

Eli Asch - California Boys Program Director

Jordan Rosenberg - Pennsylvania Boys Program Director

Katie Luther - Pennsylvania Girls Program Director

Josh Hahn - Maine Boys Program Director

Ashley Laughlin - Maine and Georgia Girls Program Director

Brian Klein - Georgia Boys Program Director

Ilana Lerman - Michigan Girls Program Director

Lee Zucker - Michigan Boys Program Director

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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. To learn more, visit our RAC Info page.

Mid-West

Ali Boorstein

Meredith Channing

Abigail Gardner

Ilana Lerman

Michael Pomerantz

Julia Ring*

Todd Shamlin

Ben Spillman

Stephanie Tasman

Lee Zucker

New York City

Ellen Anderson

Samantha Benvegna

Zach Bergman*

Lisa Bernstein

Christina CasaNova

Gobie Kumarasamy

Brian Helfman

Matthew Liebhaber

Sam Oliff

Melissa Samuels

Micky Silverman

Emma Zeiger

Max Zeiger

Philly

Scott Elfenbein

Jess Laderman

Pam Malter

LJ Sidari

Morgan Zoroya*

South Florida

Michael Goldman

Jon Hooshmand

Kristina Lucia

Emily Plajer

Jesse Soffer

Boston

Emily Herman

Lucas Johnston*

Jonathan Zackman

California

Kat Besse

Dave Burg

Lila Dupree

Stacey Greenberg

Zoe Katz

Rahul Lakhwani*

Benjamin Richman

Jackson Ross

Rachel Schindler

Kristin Sun

Libbie Thacker

Andy Vadapalli

Bobby Weinberger

Fairfield County, CT

Gery Grove*

RAC LEAD *

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