As you finalize your forms for the summer, I want to take a moment to thank you for sharing such thoughtful information with us to help prepare for the upcoming summer. The health and wellness of our campers is our number one priority, and the forms you have completed play a crucial role in the care we provide.

As the summer approaches, I want to introduce the Beber Camp Community Care Team. These incredible individuals are all here for you, ready to answer your questions, and help you and your camper gear up for camp.

Health Center

Trudy Sirkis – First Session Health Center Administrator (and of course the amazing Assistant Director for Health and Wellness and Special Projects)Community Care - Trudy Sirkis

This will be Trudy’s 27th summer at Beber.  She supervises the first session Health Center medical team and works closely with parents and staff to ensure that all of our campers receive quality care and attention. Trudy has a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She was a middle school counselor for many years and has worked in higher education, teaching and providing academic advising and counseling. Trudy currently works for Beber year-round, as the Assistant Director of Health and Wellness and Special Projects.  Please email Trudy at trudy@bebercamp.com to get in touch. 

Alix Hoekzema – Second Session Health Center AdministratorCommunity Care - Alix Workman

This will be Alix’s second year supervising the second session medical team, but this will be her 14th year at Beber. She was a camper, counselor, challenge course director, and division leader.  Alix has a master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science and is a speech pathologist, working with children for 10+ years in the schools, private practice, and medical settings.  She is the mother of three young daughters and her passion is working with kids and helping them achieve their goals.  She is so excited to return again this summer! During second session, you can reach Alix at alixh@bebercamp.com. For any medical questions prior to second session, please email Trudy or Maya.

Maya Levine – Head NurseCommunity Care - Maya Levine

This will be Maya’s 19th summer at camp.  Maya was a camper at Beber and has worked for us as a counselor, division leader, and nurse.  She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and is a Registered Nurse, working at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Nursing Practice for Pediatric Acute and Primary Care at Johns Hopkins University.  Maya reviews all the camper and staff medical forms (health history, physician examination, and immunization records) and communicates that information to our health center staff so that they are able to provide quality care to our campers.  She will contact parents as she reviews forms if she has any questions.  If you have any information or questions about your child’s medical needs, please contact Maya at maya@bebercamp.com.  She’ll be happy to schedule a phone call with you.

Inclusion

Jack Bender – Inclusion Supervisor

Jack is excited to return for his 12th summer at Beber Camp and 4th summer as the Inclusion Supervisor. He grew up going to Beber and greatly enjoys spending his summers on Lake Beulah.  Jack holds teaching licenses in Elementary Education Special Education, and can be found during the school year teaching 7th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies at a middle school in Verona, WI. Over the summer, Jack supervises the Yad B’ Yad inclusion program, ensuring that campers and assisted staff of all abilities are able to attend camp in an inclusive, welcoming environment. He can be reached at jbender@bebercamp.com.

Camp Clinicians

This summer we have an amazing team of camp clinicians that are here to help our campers, staff, and families.  If you would like to be connected with one of our clinicians prior to camp email Debbie@bebercamp.com. 

Frannie Goldwin-1st Session Camp Clinician

Frannie is excited to return for her second summer as a first session Camp Clinician.  She has a Master of Arts in Social Work from The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. She has been an elementary school social worker for the past 19 years and, as an LCSW,  also works in a private therapy practice in the northern suburbs.  Frannie has experience working with children from preschool to high school with a variety of social-emotional needs. Outside of work, Frannie keeps herself busy taking fitness classes with friends, having fun with her two energetic daughters and sports-obsessed husband, and volunteering for various community organizations. 

Michelle Bornstein-1st Session Camp ClinicianCommunity Care - Michelle Bornstein

Michelle is a former  Beber camper returning after many years to work as a camp clinician.  During the year, she works as a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice.  She attended Northwestern University for undergraduate (Go ‘Cats!) and graduate school in Los Angeles.  She worked as a psychologist in NYC for several years prior to returning to her hometown of Louisville, KY.   Michelle’s passions are traveling to Latin America and learning Spanish. 

Mimi YongCamp Clinician (1st and 2nd Session)Community Care - Mimi Yong

This is Mimi’s 15th summer at Beber Camp and her 4th summer as a Camp Clinician. She grew up going to Beber and loves spending her summers in Mukwonago (particularly her walks with campers during GA). During the school year, Mimi is a School Social Worker at an elementary school in Countryside, IL. She loves supporting kids with emotional regulation and expression, navigating social relationships, and self-management of behavior. When Mimi is not at camp, she can be found cooking up new recipes, participating in local community activism, traveling and playing with her dog, Maui. Her favorite camp hobbies include the musical/drama, paddleboarding, indoor cooking, and arts and crafts!

Siegal Eli-Gers  Camp Clinician  ( 2nd session )Community Care - Siegel Gers

This will be Siegal’s 1st summer at Beber.  She is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked with adolescents, college students, and young adults for 17 years.   Siegal worked for many years for Jewish Child and Family Services and has been working in her own private practice in downtown Evanston for the last 6 years.  She attended the University of Michigan and has a master’s degree in Social Work and Jewish Communal Service.  Siegal enjoys working with youth and helping them learn to manage anxiety and explore various aspects of their identities.   Siegal lives with her husband Corey, her 2 kiddos, Alex (12) and Bella (9), and their 5-year-old pup Lylah.   Bella and Alex will be attending Beber for their 1st summer as well!  Siegal loves to bake (gluten-free goodies), party plan, travel, hike, and watch her kiddos play soccer.  

Krystal Glassman, Camp Clinician (2nd Session) Community Care - Krystal Glassman

This will be Krystal’s 1st summer at Beber. Krystal is a licensed clinical professional counselor and works with adolescents, young adults, and adults namely in the private practice setting. She currently owns a private practice in Northfield and enjoys working with folks who struggle with OCD, phobias, anxiety, social anxiety, and trauma. Krystal worked as a caterer in a number of synagogue settings as well but before that, she worked many years at Camp Henry Horner running the food service department. Krystal even met her husband at CHH, and is super excited to be back in a camp setting. She lives in Buffalo Grove with her husband Danny and her two children Eden (9) and Levi (6). Krystal enjoys a variety of activities including cooking, resale shopping, spending time with her family and friends, hanging out outside especially by the water, and volunteering.