Meet Our Team

James Greene - Executive Director

james@camplaurelwood.org

Rabbi James Greene

Rabbi James Greene brings 20 years of experience to Camp Laurelwood. Before coming to Camp in 2020, Rabbi James served as the Assistant Executive Director at the Springfield Jewish Community Center in Western MA. He is a member of the Board of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, and is a regular contributor to EJewishPhilanthropy and Evolve: Groundbreaking Jewish Conversations. Rabbi James is also a graduate of the Mandel Foundation’s Executive Leadership Fellowship.

Rabbi James grew up in a military family and has lived all over the world. He studied at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music as a saxophonist for three years, and completed his undergraduate work in the Jewish Studies program at Florida Atlantic University before moving to Philadelphia to attend the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Since his ordination in 2008, Rabbi James has spent most of his time working in Jewish Community Centers. He served as the Program Director at the Addison-Penzak JCC in Los Gatos, CA for several years before moving back to the East Coast in 2015 to join the staff at the Springfield JCC.

Outside of his work, Rabbi James is an avid backpacker, cross country skier, and a volunteer instructor with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunities Program. He and his family live in Stafford, Connecticut. They own a small homestead and raise chickens and turkeys in addition to their large garden. He and Jen have two daughters, Talyah (11) and Kol (9).

Louis Lasko - Camp Director

louis@camplaurelwood.org

Louis Lasko, Camp Laurelwood 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 Assistant Director 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!

Craig Barrows - Director of Teen Programs and Retreat Center Director

craig@camplaurelwood.org

Craig Barrows, Director of Teen Programs and Retreat Center Director at Camp Laurelwood

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 Camp, runs the Camp Laurelwood Retreat Center, and oversees the Staff-in-Training program. In 2014, he was selected to the very first Birthright Fellows cohort to be an informal educator on Birthright programs to Israel.

He can’t wait to lead the 2020 trip to Costa Rica and to watch his "old" campers transition from camper to staff in the SIT program.

Taylor McLeod - Director of Development

taylor@camplaurelwood.org

Taylor has over 10 years of experience in political campaigns with the majority of those years focused on fundraising. Originally from Charleston, SC, Taylor's career has allowed her to live all over the country in places like Colorado, Virginia and California.

Before joining Camp Laurelwood she spent the last year consulting on fundraising efforts for multiple Connecticut races from the mayoral level all the way to gubernatorial. She moved to the New Haven area 2 years ago from Columbia, MO with her wife Mary Kate who is an Engineer with Unilever. Taylor is thrilled to be a part of the Camp Laurelwood team and is excited to help support an organization that has brought so much joy to thousands of campers throughout our 80+ years.

Tess Bettman - Office Manager/Registar

tess@camplaurelwood.org

Tess Bettman, Office Manager/Registar at Camp Laurelwood

Tess has been involved in Jewish camping as long as she can remember. When her beloved summer camp in upstate NY closed its doors, she began her journey at Camp Laurelwood. Tess has held various positions at CL since her start in 2009, including general counselor, division head, girls side head counselor, and Bonim staff member. She is excited to return to CL in this new role and believes wholeheartedly in the “magical and transformative experience that is Jewish summer camp!” Tess currently lives in Westchester, NY with her husband Amir (who she met and got engaged to at camp!) and their French Bulldog, Chili. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Clark University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Fordham University.

Ned Linnehan - Facilities Manager

Louis Lasko, Camp Laurelwood Director

Ned was born and raised in Madison and started camp as our full time Caretaker and Facilities Manager over 24 years ago. Prior to Camp Laurelwood he worked as an electrician, carpenter, plumber and machine mechanic.

Ned spends his winter refurbishing the camp grounds and makes sure camp is open and ready to go before the first campers and staff arrive for the summer. During the summer he can be seen aound camp lending a helping hand to all campers and staff, whether they have a broken light in the bunk, a broken pair of glasses, or help on their Big O costumes and plaques.

In his free time, Ned enjoys playing the guitar and piano.