Board of Directors

Camp Laurelwood is fortunate to be goverend by a highly dedicated, all volunteer Board of Directors. Click below to learn about the importance of and the impact that Camp Laurelwood has had on their lives.

Scott Cooper - President

  • President, Cooper New England Sales, Inc. B.A. American University
  • Laurelwood Camper 1976-1979
  • Staff Member 1981-1983.
  • Board Member 25 years
  • Laurelwood Parent  2004 – Current with 3 children at camp.

“ CLW is important to me because I know first hand the impact that it had on me in terms of developing my own Jewish identity as well as a sense of self confidence and independence. Some of the best friendships I have made have been a result of camp. I became involved with camp so that I help provide the same experience for my children.  As I have stayed involved over the years, I have come to appreciate the importance of this institution for our entire Jewish community and look forward to see it continue for future generations.”

Emily Goldschmid - Vice President

  • Clinical Director of Children's Services  - Kids in Crisis
  • B.A. from Emory University 1999
  • MSW from New York University 2002
  • Laurelwood Camper 1987-1991
  • Staff Member 1994-1996 (Big O General in 1996 ;-)
  • Board Member since 2005

"At camp, I learned how to be independent, how to build strong and genuine relationships, and how to be my authentic self. And I hope that I can continue the tradition of instilling those values and lessons (in addition to many others!), to campers for generations to come. My camp friends are still my very best friends, and whether it's been an hour or a year since seeing them last, I know we will always be able to pick up just where we left off. There is nowhere I feel more comfortable, more confident, more connected, or more welcome than Laurelwood. Laurelwood has always been and will always be my home away from home."

Paul Schatz - Vice President

  • Founder/President of Heritage Capital, LLC
  • B.A Political Science/Econmics, University of Rochester
  • Laurelwood Camper 1974 - 1980
  • Laurelwood Parent - Present

"Camp Laurelwood is one of the most special places on earth. Being on campus puts you “in the bubble” from the outside world where nothing goes wrong. Some of my oldest friendships were forged at camp and many of those friends remain my closest friends today. Few things would make me happier than having my own kids have the same experience.

People often ask me why I am so involved in the community. There is almost nothing more important than giving back, whether that’s with time, money or wisdom. I have such strong, positive and great memories from my summers at Camp Laurelwood. They were made possible because others before me donated their time, money and wisdom to further camp’s mission.  The least I could do is give back to make sure Laurelwood is there for other generations of kids. If not me then who? Volunteering at camp goes even further. It has allowed me to reconnect with so many people from my childhood in addition to strengthening my friendships. There is something very special about being back at camp for a meal and seeing at those smiling faces and hearing the laughter."


Ryan Loss - Secretary

  • Chief Clinical Officer at Connecticut Behavioral Health - Licensed Clinical Psychologist
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University
  • Laurelwood Camper 1986-1991

"I have chosen to stay involved in the Laurelwood community as a board member because the years I spent at Laurelwood allowed me the opportunity to grow as a person and build lasting memories and relationships. I stay involved to make sure that Laurelwood is able to provide the opportunity that I had as a child and adolescent to the youth of today."

Erica Gross - Treasurer

  • Practice Administrator  - Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry of CT 
  • BA Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • MBA, University of New Haven
  • Laurelwood Parent 2011 - Present

"I was an overnight camper as a child, and a counselor, and enjoyed the whole experience.  As a parent, I appreciate what it does for my daughter: provide space for ritual, time for respect and an appreciation for finding joy in the simple things in life.  Camp Laurelwood for her is a wonderful place to explore and just be herself.  I look forward to when my son will be old enough to attend. I'm a part of the Board to ensure that the traditions here continue for the next generation." 



Michele Gottfried

  • Attorney, Beazley Insurance, Claims Manager
  • B.A. University of Delaware
  • Brooklyn Law School, JD
  • Laurelwood Camper 1984-1990
  • Laurelwood Parent 2007 - Current

“Camp Laurelwood will forever be the best memories of my childhood. I my children and others to be able to experience what I did - building a Jewish identity; creating lifelong friendships; and having a place that just made you feel like you belonged there.  Once you are a part of Laurelwood, there is a bond with everyone who also has a connection to it.“

Sam Kantrow

  • Meteorologist at WTNH- New Haven
  • B.S Western Connecticut State University
  • Laurelwood Camper 1995-2002
  • Staff Member 2003 - 2010

“Camp Laurelwood has always played a meaningful role in my life.  Its influence, even since my first day as a camper continues to benefit me as an adult.  The confidence and independence I developed at camp are pivotal in my career as a Meteorologist on live TV. As a new Board member, I am thrilled to be able to  help bring those life changing experiences I had to a new generation of kids.”

Jason Malkin

  • Managing Member - Chimera Securities
  • B.A. Clark University 1997
  • Laurelwood Camper 1988-1990 
  • Staff Member 1992-1996
  • Laurelwood Parent 2015 - Present

"Camp Laurelwood was a huge part of my childhood. Through a scholarship, I was able to attend a camp that exposed me to new experiences and a sense of independence that I never would have achieved otherwise. My children have grown up hearing my stories of camp - and I am thrilled that they will now get a chance to make their own Laurelwood memories. Being on the board of directors is a way for me to give back and ensure that all of our children will continue to have the true Laurelwood experience."

Jeff Rubin

 Bio coming soon . . .

Marc Keslow

  • Photographer, specializing in architectural, portrait and fine art.
  • B.A. Communications, University of Rhode Island
  • Laurelwood Camper 1979,1980
  • Laurelwood Parent
  • Board member since 2014

"I am an advocate for overnight camps. I went to overnight camp for almost 10 years as a child, and loved each and every one of those summers. I recommend overnight camp to not only my children, but all children. As a current camper parent, it is very meaningful to me that my children have the opportunity to enjoy camp like I did. What makes Camp Laurelwood most unique is that my children will build on and strengthen their Jewish identities at the same time."

Jay Cohen

  • Director of Operations, CT Dept. of Consumer Protection
  • Previously: YMCA Executive Director; Parks & Recreation Director
  • Masters Degree in Parks & Recreation Management
  • Laurelwood Camper: 1983-1985
  • Staff Member: 1986
  • Laurelwood Parent: 2008-Present

"My passion for Camp Laurelwood has roots going back to the '60s, when my mother attended as a camper, starting what is now 3 generations of alumni in our family, including me, my wife, my brothers, and my kids. As I want to see Laurelwood thrive and continue to be there for my grandchildren, I joined the board to not only volunteer, but also to share some of my experience as a professional in the camping and fundraising fields for the past 15 years. It is critical that Laurelwood be preserved as the only remaining Jewish overnight camp in Connecticut, providing incredible religious and cultural experiences for kids for nearly 80 years."

Bruce Small

Bio coming soon . . .

Gregg Feldman

Bio coming soon . . .

Beth Milles

Bio coming soon . . .