Meet Our Year-Round Staff

Michelle Koplan,
Chief Executive Officer

Michelle Koplan has been the Chief Executive Officer of B’nai B’rith Camp since 1999. She is responsible for the overall administration and management of B’nai B’rith Camp, including programs, fundraising, and business operations. Her areas of expertise include planning and evaluation, policy development and administration, personnel and fiscal management, and public relations.

For six years prior to becoming the Chief Executive Officer of BB Camp, Michelle was the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization Director for both the Portland and Eugene Councils and directed the Mittleman Jewish Community Center’s Youth Services Department.

Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara. In 2007, Michelle was part of the first group of camp executive directors to complete the Executive Leadership Institute (an MBA equivalent program) sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

B’nai B’rith Camp is Michelle’s childhood Camp, as she was a camper for eight years and on summer staff for nine years. Camp is a family affair. Michelle and her husband, Loren, a B’nai B’rith Men’s Camper, have two daughters who have attended BB Camp with Michelle since they were infants. Both girls are enthusiastic BB Campers!

Phone: 503.452.3444
Email: mkoplan@bbcamp.org

Wendy Aronson,
Chief Development Officer

Wendy was born in Portland and spent her youth in Oregon City and Corvallis. She grew up in the Young Judaea movement, taking on leadership roles and eventually living in Israel on Year Course. Wendy graduated from Hampshire College with degrees in Judaic Studies and Music, and later earned master’s degrees in Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University and a master’s in Education from Hebrew College.

Wendy has worked at the OSU Foundation, Foundation for Jewish Camp, the Boulder JCC, Judaism Your Way, and JewishColorado in major gift solicitation, grant writing, and event management. Before moving back to Corvallis in 2021, Wendy served as the JWest Campership Program Director at the Foundation for Jewish Camp, supporting BB Camp and 23 other Jewish camps in the West.

Her family has enjoyed participating in Family Camps, and her children are proud BB Day Campers. Fun fact: when not at work, Wendy can be seen on stage at her local community theatre.

Phone: 503-297-0832
Email: waronson@bbcamp.org

Allison Kaufman,
Chief Financial Officer

Allison earned her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Arizona. Prior to working for BB Camp, Allison was an analyst in the Mortgage Banking field for 13 years.

Allison and her husband Jason have three beautiful daughters (who are now devoted BB Campers). Allison is also a Girl Scout troop leader and likes to bake, sew and play computer games.

Phone: 503-535-3514
Email: akaufman@bbcamp.org

Chanel Bourdeau,
Chief of Staff

Chanel was born and raised in Portland, graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Chanel first joined the BB Camp community in 2014 and feels lucky to call it her second home.

Chanel is proud of her experiences working in various Jewish leadership roles at BB Camp, spanning from Counselor to Unit Head to Counseling Director to Social Inclusion Intern, and including volunteering for BBYO. Chanel has a passion for community enrichment and working with individuals of all abilities, which she attributes to her time spent at BB Camp.

Prior to Chanel’s current position, she was the Housing and Employment Specialist at a local non-profit serving adults with disabilities. In Chanel’s spare time, you can find her enjoying live music, exploring the Portland food scene, or at the Oregon Coast with her dog.

Phone: 503-567-7161
Email: cbourdeau@bbcamp.org

Kim Schneiderman,
Chief Community and Jewish Life Officer

Kim has spent 20+ years singing, service leading, songwriting, and making music with families and communities of all ages. Kim spent fourteen years as Music Specialist at Portland Jewish Academy and currently has the title of Artist in Residence at Congregation Beth Israel.

Other projects include writing and directing numerous Purim Shpiels and curriculum-based musicals, lending her voice on OyBaby! and ThatBaby!, a CD series of Jewish and Secular music, along with her sisters, Stephanie Schneiderman (producer) and Lisa Schneiderman, and recording an album of her original children’s songs titled “Walk Around The Block”, which received a distinguished 2017 Parents’ Choice Award®. Yad b’Yad, a project close to Kim’s heart, ran for ten years at Cedar Sinai Park, bringing together young families and residents. For over a decade, Kim has led Shabbat services for all the BB Summer Camps including various Family Camps and ReJewvenation weekends.

Phone: 503-496-7449
Email: kschneiderman@bbcamp.org

Aaron Bazen,
Facilities Director

Aaron joined the BB Camp team in October 2015, leaving a 25-year career to pursue the next chapter of his life. Since joining the team, he has enthusiastically jumped into many projects. He and his team have been updating and beautifying the camp. He is very proud of the work that has accomplished.

Aaron has always been a car enthusiast and spends his free time rebuilding his latest project. He is also an avid Harley rider and has rebuilt and custom-painted it his motorcycle.

Aaron has a 15-year-old son who is a current camper and has attended. He also has two stepchildren who are camper alumni and a daughter who has recently made him a grandpa of a beautiful baby girl!

Email: abazen@bbcamp.org

Becci Bazen,
Food Service Director

Becci graduated from Western Culinary Institute in Portland Oregon in 1995, with a Culinary Arts Degree. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a Chef. She attributes her love for cooking to the time she shared in the kitchen with her grandmother.

Becci has known since bringing her daughter to BB Camp in 1999, that it was a very special place and thought that this would be the ultimate dream job, matching two of her favorite things, feeding kids with Camp! She has three kids, two that have and one that currently attends BB Camp. She is very grateful for the experiences and opportunities that BB Camp has given her family and is grateful to be able to give back to BB Camp.

Phone: 541-205-9754
Email: bbazen@bbcamp.org

Moira Cameron,
Rentals Retreat Experience Coordinator

Moira grew up in Spokane, WA. Following her college years interning for the Spokane Guild’s School & Neuromuscular Center, and with a newfound passion for the non-profit sector, she was hired as a House Parent/Lead Childcare Attendant for Vanessa Behan, a local crisis nursery.

She moved to Lincoln County recently to be with family and brought her passion for supporting underserved families and youth. Moira is dedicated to serving the local community. She is committed to bringing awareness to the houseless youth population and is delighted to work to develop resources for families and children. As a full-time resident of Lincoln City, Moira and her bulldog, Norma Jean, like to spend their spare time at the beach!

Phone: 541-994-2218
Email: mcameron@bbcamp.org

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Kayla Eisenthal,
Assistant Director of Teen and Staff Engagement

Kayla moved from New Jersey to Portland in Fall of 2023. She grew up going to Fernwood Cove in Harrison, Maine each summer as a camper, going on to become a CIT, then a counselor in NJ at Camp Ruach. Kayla stayed active in the Jewish community by attending her Hebrew High School through her temple, going on to become the class president and creating her temple’s first NFTY group. In her four years at University of Delaware, she was active in Hillel and Gamma Sigma Sigma.

After graduating in 2020 with her B.A. in International Relations, Kayla worked on political campaigns and eventually found her way back to camp becoming a Unit Head for grades 4th-6th at a Camp Ruach in New Jersey. In her free time, Kayla likes to hike, play trivia and hang out with her cat, Mr. Newt. 

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Email: keisenthal@bbcamp.org

Moses Felberg,
Associate Overnight Camp Director

Moses has spent almost every summer at BB Camp since he was seven years old, and there is nowhere in the world he would rather be! Moses has had the privilege of serving in many roles on the BB Camp summer team for many years, including as a Counselor for both our Overnight and Day Camp programs, Drama Specialist, and on the Camp Programming team. Moses is now thrilled to serve as BB Camp’s Program Coordinator in this year-round professional role.

In his free time, Moses, a Pacific Northwest native, enjoys playing board/card games with his friends, attending as many NHL and NFL games as possible, and sitting down with a nice cup of coffee and a new fantasy novel.

Phone: 503-452-3443
Email: mfelberg@bbcamp.org

Tyson “Tag” Gaylor,
Lincoln County Youth Programs Coordinator

Tyson, known as Tag to our campers, grew up in Southern California, has lived all over the West Coast and Georgia, and has called Oregon home for the last decade. Tyson has lived and worked in Lincoln County for the past seven years and has worked for BB Camp in several capacities, including Day Camp Counselor, Overnight Counselor, Assistant Day Camp Director, and Unit Leader.

Through working at BB Camp, Tyson fell in love with the Camp, the organization, and the community. Tyson is currently Studying Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation at OSU and has an associate degree with a focus on education from Oregon Coast Community College. Tyson is ecstatic to have the opportunity to serve as the Lincoln County Youth Programs Coordinator and build up the BB Camp community in Lincoln County. In his free time, Tyson enjoys being out in nature, spending time with his girlfriend and their pets, a dog named Doug and a Hamster named Goompy.

Phone: 541-992-0702
Email: tgaylor@bbcamp.org

Rachel Goldschmidt,
Assistant Director – Programming

Rachel was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona, before she attended the University of Idaho, earning her Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Sports, and Tourism Management with the goal of becoming a camp professional. While at the University, Rachel was an active member of Kappa Delta, involved in Hillel, and worked for Career Services, the City of Moscow, and the Office of Alumni Relations.

Rachel attended and worked at Camp Daisy and Harry Stein for eight summers. Staffing as a Counselor, Specialist, Cornerstone Fellow, and Unit Head for two different age groups, her favorite activities at Camp were playing Bump Out (basketball), making friendship bracelets, and hiking. Rachel strives to lead a healthy, active lifestyle in her free time by camping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Phone: 503-345-9464
Email: rgoldschmidt@bbcamp.org

Natalie Horwitz,
Community Engagement Director

Natalie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and after spending ten years living and working in the Los Angeles area, moved with her family to beautiful Bend, OR in 2022. Natalie holds a BA in Politics and a minor in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, a teaching credential from San Francisco State University, and a Joint MA in Jewish Education and Nonprofit Management from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.

After several years as an elementary school teacher, Natalie transitioned into the Jewish professional world. She has over 15 years of experience working as a Jewish educator and nonprofit professional. Natalie enjoys exploring nature, viewing films, and spending time with her husband, two young children, and their energetic Labrador Retriever.

Email: nhorwitz@bbcamp.org

Tami Leedom,
Lincoln County Food Program Director

Tami Leedom, a dedicated local Lincoln County resident, has spent six years as a valued BB Camp food services employee, positively impacting our community through her work feeding campers and our community through the pandemic and Echo Mountain Complex Wildfires.

Tami is the mother of two beautiful children, a BB Camper and a future BB Camper.

Email: tleedom@bbcamp.org

Rebecca Marx,
Grants Manager

Becca grew up in Portland and is a third-generation BB Camper. She received her degree in Religious Studies at the University of Oregon. Upon graduating, she spent five years building Jewish community through Hillel engagement work. She then pivoted into the development world, spending the next five years grant writing to fund critical programs for at-risk youth and families throughout Lane County.

Becca is excited to blend her career history and passions through funding the impactful, life-changing opportunities B’nai B’rith Camp creates for kids and families. When she’s not chasing around her littles, Ben and Leah, you may find her running on the local trails!

Email: rmarx@bbcamp.org

Marisa Reby,
Director of Community Care

Marisa was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She received a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Marisa has been a Jewish communal professional throughout North America for nearly two decades. She genuinely loves building relationships with people and making a difference in the organizations she is connected to.

Marisa credits her love of building community and relationships with her own experience as a camper at Jewish overnight and day camps throughout the most formative years of her life. She is beyond excited to be back as part of the BB Camp team after a brief stint in Toronto, Canada, and cannot wait to share the experiences of how remarkable a summer at Jewish overnight camp truly is. Marisa and her husband, Alex, are the proud parents of two BB Campers, Micah and Noah.

Phone: 971-599-7127
Email: mreby@bbcamp.org

Noa Rubin,
Marketing and Communications Director

Born in Eilat, Israel, Noa is fluent in Hebrew and served in the IDF as a Computer Operator. Noa has a BFA in Photography from State University of New York at Purchase and a Certificate in Multimedia from Portland Community College. She worked as a photographer for Christie’s Auction House in NYC, taught English in Vietnam and Spain, and after moving to Portland in 2008, worked for various Jewish agencies.

In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, photography, rock climbing, traveling, and competes in various paddling races. When she is not at her desk, you can find her hiking, paddling on her Stand Up Paddleboard on local waters, Volunteering, or leading outdoorsy events as a Women Who Explore Ambassador.

Phone: 503-567-7171
Email: nrubin@bbcamp.org

Yuliya Saponar,
Accounting Specialist

Yulia was born in Ukraine and lived in Israel for over 20 years. She is fluent in Russian and Hebrew. Graduating from Open University of Israel with a Bachelor’s Degree of Management and Economics earned Yuliya the opportunity to work for 18 years in the field of finance in the chemical industry in Israel, prior to moving to the United States.

Yuliya’s family is the most cherished part of her life. Her three sons, Lior, Roni and Gil, all have actively participated in our BB Camp community. Her eldest, Lior, was a BB Camp counselor in 2014 and now serves in the US military. Roni was devoted BB Camper from the ages of 11 to 15, and Gil recently became a BB Camper. In her spare time, Yuliya and her husband, Shimon, travel with their family. Yuliya enjoys dancing with her husband, as well as Zumba and belly dancing. In fact, Yuliya and Shimon are known to go to parties and dance until they’re the last ones left!

Email: ysaponar@bbcamp.org

Raina Scherer,
Assistant Director of Operations

Raina moved to Portland from the San Francisco Bay Area in the Fall of 2023. Growing up as a camper at URJ Camp Newman and actively engaging in NFTY throughout high school, Raina was inspired to earn a B.A. in Jewish Studies from UC Santa Cruz, graduating in 2020. Raina spent many summers working as a Counselor, Unit Head, and Art Director at Camp Newman. After graduating from university, Raina worked as a technical recruiter for software startups. In 2022, Raina returned to the camping world as a Summer Logistics Specialist and Year-Round Site Representative at Camp Newman. Raina enjoys creating tie-dye in their free time, foraging for mushrooms, and baking.

Phone: 503-345-9451
Email: rscherer@bbcamp.org

Meet Our Board of Directors

Kyle Rotenberg, President

Irv Potter, Chairman

Todd Rosenthal, Secretary

Kenneth Unkeles, Treasurer

Glen Coblens

Loren Koplan

Howard Liebreich

Don Loeb

Dan Pitman

Ryan Pitman

Stan Rotenberg

Steve Rudolph

Jeffrey Weinstein

Jeffrey Weitz

Stacy Van Wagoner, President

Rob Stern, Vice President

Tracy Mayclin, Secretary

Bill Brenner, Treasurer

Noam Amir-Brownstein

Sue Anderson

Dionne Anderson-Zacks

Wendy Gilbert

Anna Gonzales

Gary Kahn

Stuart Kronick

Lee Lazarus

Ryan Pitman

Todd Rosenthal

Emma Scott

Geoff Sugerman

Ken Zeidman

Dani Abraham

Samantha Burch

Solomon Ellis

Bryce Ennis

Hallie Unger

Alex Mansfield

Ben Molloy

Ben Overlund

Alicia Pasik

Shawn Rosenthal

Dani Schaer

Nathan Schloss