Camp Directors & Staff
Ari Golub - Camp Laurelwood Director
Ari has grown up in the camping world starting at the age of 4. Ari has been a camper, counselor, Division Head, Assistant Director and Director at various camps. Ari has more than 15 years of professional experience managing children’s and camping programs and services within Jewish communities around the country including serving as Assistant Director for Camp Laurelwood from 2004-2005.
Ari is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Communications. In 2012 Ari was chosen to serve as a Fellow for the prestigious Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute. As an educator, mentor and leader in the Jewish community, Ari is constantly seeking creative ways to foster a dynamic learning and social environment and to promote high quality programming for children of all ages. He believes the social, recreational and educational experiences children receive at camp are invaluable.
Camp Laurelwood has significant meaning to Ari and his family. Along with having served as Assistant Director for Camp Laurelwood from 2004-2005, Ari has many family and friends who are Camp Laurelwood alumni, including his mother. Ari loves having the ability to share his love of camp with his two children, Peyton & Jordan and his wife, Heather.
Louis Lasko - Assistant Camp Director
Louis brings ten years of summer camp experience to this position. Prior to Laurelwood, Louis served three years as the Director of Day Camp at the Jewish Community Center in Springfield, MA. He also served as the AssistantDirector of Camp O-la-mi and the Director of the Kids Place after school program at the Stamford JCC in Stamford CT. Louis holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Elmira College.
Louis was selected as a Merrin Teen Professional Fellow in 2012. He collaborated with members of the Jewish community to develop leadership opportunities for teens. Louis has built his career around creating fun, engaging, and diverse programs for children, which he will continue to implement in his new role at Laurelwood. He will also be responsible for training and supervising camp staff.
As someone who grew up at overnight camp, Louis understands how meaningful and life-changing a great camp experience can be! He can't wait for summer to begin at Camp Laurelwood!
Heather Golub - Office Manager/Registrar
Heather loves working in a fun and creative environment with amazing year round and seasonal staff. She is grateful to begin her 3rd full year with Laurelwood. While not a summer camper growing up, Heather began working at Camp Hilbert in 2000, part of the Weinstein JCC in Richmond, VA. It was at Camp Hilbert that Heather fell in love with summer camp and also her husband Ari! She has over 15 years experience working with young children in a variety of roles - Early Childhood teacher, Early Childhood Center Director, Camp Counselor and Youth Group Advisor to name a few. She has also dabbled in restaurant management, retail sales and management and Human Resources. "18 years later, moves to several states and 2 children to complete my family, I am thrilled to call Laurelwood home. It is an amazing family experience. I love working at the camp with my husband as well as being able to watch my children grow up at Laurelwood."
Jarrod Levy - Head Chef
Camp Laurelwood welcomes Jarrod to the family to oversee our kitchen. A native of Long Island, New York Jarrod Levy found his calling to Cuisine as a child. He grew up cooking with his family. Specializing in Jewish Cuisine Jarrod headed south to Atlanta, Georgia, where he owned a New York style Delicatessen. Jarrod now resides in South Florida, when camp is closed, working for various professional food establishments. Jarrod is a proud loving father of two beautiful girls, Jordyn and Skylar.
Lila Tullock - Health Center Director
Brian Grossbard - Program Director
Brian is originally from Connecticut, and has spent his entire working life in Jewish Communal Services. In the past, he has worked for BBYO in CT, Hillel, the JCRC, and as a day camp director at the JCC in Northern Virginia.
Brian believes in the power of Jewish summer camps to enrich campers lives and offer them a safe haven to gather, to play, to pray and just have a ton of fun.
Brian is a huge history buff and is quite knowledgeable about everything Washington, DC. In fact, when he first moved to the DC area, he got a tour guide license for all of the DMV. If you see him around the camp, be sure to try and stump him on DC area history.
Emily Cooper - Program Coordinator
Emily Cooper is excited to take on this new role. Emily is from Woodbridge, CT and is a sophomore at Skidmore College where she is currently earning her BA in Art History, with a double minor in Studio Art and Arts Administration. In addition to being a student, Emily works as a tour guide, museum gallery monitor, and a Resident Assistant on campus. Emily is returning to Camp Laurelwood for her 14th summer because it has been her summer home for most of her entire life and she believes in providing a place where everyone is free to be their truest self. Emily feels blessed to give back to a community that helped me grow so much, "I’m excited to help give campers the experiences that I received at CLW."
Ryan Mullins - Day Camp Director
Ryan Mullins – Day Camp Director
Camp Laurelwood is excited to welcome Ryan Mullins to camp as the new Day Camp Director. Ryan has an extensive background in camping including working for many years at a day camp in his hometown of Orange.
Ryan attended the University of Connecticut for his Bachelor's in English and University of New Haven for his Master's in Elementary Education. While Ryan was completing his degree, he worked with children in various programs from skiing programs to tutoring. Upon completion of his Master's degree, Ryan worked as an intern in Orange elementary schools. After completing his teaching certification, Ryan currently is a teacher at Nathan Hale School teaching fifth and sixth grade writing for two years.
While Ryan is passionate about teaching, he is excited to begin a new experience as the Day Camp Director for Camp Laurelwood. “Students learn a lot throughout the school year and need some time to relax. Camp puts the emphasis back on fun and helps create memorable experiences for children of all ages.”
Marcie Steinberg - Girls' Head Counselor
Marcie is excited to return to Laurelwood for her 11th summer. Marcie began her Laurelwood experience as a camper were she spent seven amazing summers. Marcie resides in Cheshire, Connecticut home of the Rams with her husband Greg, daughter Amanda, and son Jake. Her husband also attended Laurelwood as a camper where he was known as Greg "Tiny" Steinberg. Marcie has been teaching Hebrew School at Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden for more than 16 years, tutoring teenagers for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and teaching Pre-school. When Marcie is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and reading. Marcie is looking forward to a fun filled summer for all of our campers and staff.
Ken Yaffe - Boy's Head Counselor
Ken has been involved with Camp Laurelwood as a camper, counselor, division head and Boys’ Head Counselor for 27 years. During the school year, Ken teaches physical education for Walsh Elementary, where he has been for the past 28 years. Ken has coached high school basketball and baseball. Ken continues to come back to Laurelwood year after year because the camp and kids that attend are a huge part of who he is. The friendships he has made at Laurelwood, have lasted a lifetime. Ken has three amazing kids (Benjamin:26, Emily: 23 and Isaac:17) who have all come to Laurelwood. He cannot wait for summer number 28!
Craig Barrows - Director of Bonim
Craig started going to Camp Laurelwood 20 years ago as a camper on Boys’ Side. He has held numerous staff positions at camp; including waiter, maintenance staff, counselor, CIT director and Plex Division Head. He took several summers off to go to college at Southern Connecticut State University and to serve in the United States Army - where he learned the valuable leadership skills that he brings to camp. Currently, Craig leads the Bonim Travel Program and runs the Camp Laurelwood Retreat Center in the off-season. He also works as an Informal Educator on Birthright programs to Israel. He can’t wait to lead the 2018 trip to Costa Rica, which will signify that start of the transition from camper to adult for those who participate.
Matt Neirenberg - Director of Aquatics
Returning for his 26th year, Matt is thrilled to once again head up our Aquatics program and facilities. From 1984-1989 Matt attended Laurelwood as a camper and the worked at camp from 1990-2006 at which time he took some time off to take care of his twin boys, returning to camp in 2015. Through the years, Matt has had various roles at camp, but has been aquatics director for a majority of those years. Matt holds a certificate as a Certified Pool Operator, teach American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR, and First Aid as well as swim lessons. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Masters in Elementary education, and a 6th year degree in school administration and is a a special Education teacher/ PPT Chairperson . Matt also teaches Hebrew school on Sunday’s and sit on the board of Directors for Temple Emanuel of Greater New Haven. “Overnight camping has always been in my blood and I looked forward to coming back.”
Andrea Freed - S.I.T. Director
My name is Andrea Freed and I am so excited to be returning for my 6th summer at Laurelwood, this year as your SIT director. Since my first summer as a general counselor in G1 (2012), I have taken on various roles at Laurelwood, including senior girls division head in the summer of 2014, and bonim counselor in the summers of 2015 and 2016. Last summer, I had to take a brief break from Laurelwood to complete my coursework, but I am overjoyed to be able to return to Laurelwood for another wonderful summer.
Outside of camp, I am a middle school social studies and special education teacher. This year I have been finishing up my masters and student teaching in Boston Public Schools. Through my coursework, my student teaching, experiences in various classroom settings, as well as the roles I’ve had at camp, I have learned a lot about what it takes to effectively lead children of all ages, as well as work alongside adults with various expertise. I have learned just as much from my students and campers as I have from my peers and coursework about what it means to be a leader.
Breezie Miller - Junior Girls Division Head
Breezie is a sophomore at Boston University studying Business Administration. 2018 will be her 12th summer at Laurelwood, and she cannot wait to take on the position of Junior Girls Division Head. In her camp career, she has been a counselor in the junior, senior, and super senior divisions as well as an Arts & Crafts specialist. Breezie feels that Laurelwood has played an incredibly strong role in developing her values and personality. She met her best friends at camp and loves that camp is the place she can truly be herself. As a division head, Breezie is excited to watch her campers grow and help create the same Laurelwood magic for them that was once created for her.
Allyson Tine - Senior Girls Division Head
Ally is so excited to be joining the leadership team as the Senior Girls’ Division Head! She currently attends Suny Oswego as a rising Junior. Ally loves playing lacrosse and watching movies like Harry Potter. Ally has been attending camp since she was eight years old, and the memories and bonds that she formed throughout her years as a camper has pushed her to make her campers’ experience just as good as hers. Her favorite camp time activities have always been gaga, “make your counselor laugh” , and big sister little sister. Ally is extremely excited for this upcoming summer and hopes to make it the best yet!
Julia Rubens - Plex Girls Division Head
Camp has been a part of Julia’s life for as long as she can remember. Julia began herLaurelwood experience as a quiet second-grader and has been hooked ever since. In total, she has spent seven summers as a camper, one summer in Costa Rica on Bonim, and three summers as a counselor. Through it all, camp has been a safe place, a summer home, and the ultimate escape from what some people like to call ‘the real world’. Alongside my her two sisters, Julia grew up in Manhattan, which certainly differs from the quaint, quiet roads of Madison, Connecticut. Julia is currently a Freshman at the University of Pennsylvania where she is studying Psychology. She loves working with children, waterskiing, listening to music, and spending time with family. Julia comes from a very large, close extended family, and five of her seven cousins were campers or counselors at Laurelwood. Camp Laurelwood has brought Julia her closest friendships, taught her life lessons that cannot be learned elsewhere, and shaped who she is today. Julia is excited to give back to the place that has given her so much.
Matt Cannell - Junior Boys Division Head
Matt, from Lichfield, England, is coming back to Laurelwood for his second summer after being a General Counsellor on Boys Side last year. He has a History Degree from the University of Derby and will be training to become a High School History teacher starting this September. He enjoys playing golf & soccer, kayaking on Laurelwoods’ lake, listening to music and watching movies. After falling for all the charms of Laurelwood last year Matt is coming back more determined than ever to make sure that everyone has a summer that they’ll never forget!
Ethan Schaefer - Senior Boys Division Head
Ethan is back for his tenth summer at Camp Laurelwood! Formerly a camper, and returning as the Senior Boys’ Division Head, Ethan is excited to Return. Ethan studies Business Marketing when he’s not at camp. We’re so happy to have him at camp this summer 2018!
Andy Thompson - Plex Boys Division Head
Originally from Naperville, Illinois Andy currently live in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a sophomore at Florida Gulf Coast University and is studying marketing. Andy enjoys listening to music and playing and watching sports. Camp has been a second home to Andy, a place where he has been able to grow as a person. “Camp has done so much for me. Working at Laurelwood this summer gives me the opportunity to give back to camp and give the campers the best summer possible.” This will be Andy’s Tenth summer at Camp Laurelwood!
Freddy Oliphant - Head of Sports
Freddy, who lives in Bath, England, is currently studying for a degree in English Literature at the University of Exeter. He is returning to Laurelwood for his second summer after being the Tennis Specialist last year and is really excited to be back. He cannot wait to get more campers involved in, and enjoying, all the sporting options camp has to offer. Whilst not at University, he really enjoys listening to music, seeing friends, and playing and watching sports. After spending time around Connecticut and New York last summer, he is also really excited to travel and explore more of America!
Emma Senior - Head of Art
Emma Senior (nee Lehrer) is returning to Camp Laurelwood as director of our Arts & Crafts program! Emma was a camper and then a counselor for ten incredible summers. "It was my time spent working at camp that really fostered my love of children and passion for teaching." She has not returned to camp since she was SSG Division head in 2004 and couldn't be more excited to be back!
After graduating from Lehigh University, Emma was a NYC Teaching Fellow, where she taught second and third grades and received her Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College. She was also Director of School Age Programs at Beansprouts in Brooklyn, overseeing their after school program and summer camp.
During the school year, Emma now teaches at a Jewish Preschool and lives in Maplewood, NJ with her husband, Josh, sons, Remy (3) and Olivier (1.5), and adorable cockapoo, Lila! In her "free time," Emma enjoys all thing D.I.Y., woodworking and crafting, making art with her sons and playing the ukulele.
Ned Linnehan - Head of Facilities