Year Round Staff
The year-round leadership team at Beber Camp has numerous years of Jewish camping and Beber experience. We are a diverse group with camping, social work, education, marketing, design and business experience blended with a passion for Jewish youth summer experiences!
With over 130 combined years of Beber experience, it’s clear that we love camp!
Michael Wax – Camp Director
Michael has been devoted to Beber since the summer of 1982 where he arrived as a camper from Louisville, Kentucky. Since that time, Michael has enjoyed various roles at camp. Michael has a bachelors of science in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also has his MBA/JD from the University of Louisville. Michael and his family love spending summers in Mukwonago.
Contact Michael: Michael@bebercamp.com
Stacy Jordan Greenberg – Director of Programming
Stacy’s journey at Beber Camp began when she was a camper in 1987, where she developed a love for the 3BC community.She continued to advance as a CIT, counselor, and Makor Division Leader.Stacy holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Ball State University with a minor in Special Education, and an M.Ed in Multicultural Education from FloridaAtlantic University.For the past 20 years, Stacy has taught first and second grades in South Florida and most recently completed her long career in a self-contained classroom for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.Stacy’s ability to extend herself and set high expectations is proof that she will continue to develop the highest quality of camper care and programming at Beber.As the 2015 Palm Beach County Teacher of the Year, Stacy brings leadership, curriculum development, and an incredible amount of experience working with children and families back to the camp atmosphere.She believes that children need to establish interpersonal skills and enjoy being kids in this fast-paced world that we live in, and summer camp is the perfect place to develop these skills.Stacy is grateful to be coming home as a member of the full-time camp family.
Stacy will be delighted to inform you of our community events, virtual programming, and our amazing summer programs.
Contact Stacy: Stacy@bebercamp.com
Debbie Morris – Director of Community Care
Debbie is thrilled to be bringing her passion for Beber Camp to the Full-Time Team. She has enjoyed being the Camp Social Worker and Inclusion Coordinator for the last 17 years and is looking forward to expanding her role to provide additional mental, emotional, social, and health initiatives to the community.
Debbie began her Beber Camp career in 1991 as a Ramot camper. She spent six consecutive summers as a camper, CIT, and then a counselor. After taking several years off to finish her undergraduate degree in Inclusive Elemental Education from Syracuse University, and then to teach Special Education for three years while completing a Masters degree from the University of Chicago in Social Service and Administration. Upon graduation, Debbie has worked as a School Social Worker and spent her summers at Beber!
Schedule a call with Debbie to share all concerns about your child’s adjustment to camp. In addition, Debbie can arrange a pen pal for your camper to ease the transition from home to a summer away at Beber.
Contact Debbie: Debbie@bebercamp.com
Will Jarvis – Director of Operations
Will Jarvis has been part of the Beber camp community since 2013. He spent 6 years on staff as a recording studio specialist and then Music Director. Will grew up in North London and has a degree from Derby University. Will is excited to bring his passion for solving puzzles, and experience in Project Management to the Director of Operations position. Will enjoys playing guitar, drinking tea, and taking long walks. He lives in Chicago with his wife, their good-est pup Reuben, and their 5 plants.
Will is happy to explain how to manage your child’s transportation to and from camp and how to apply for financial aid. During the summer, Will supervises all the “behind the scenes” details including food service.
Contact Will: Will@bebercamp.com
Trudy Sirkis – Director of Health & Wellness and Special Projects
Trudy has been with Beber Camp for over 25 years. Trudy earned her bachelor’s of Social Work and Master’s in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She started as our camp social worker in 1996, and has had many roles in camp since then, including health center administrator, division leader, Israeli staff supervisor, Cornerstone Liaison, Camp Mom, Tour Coordinator, and more! She joined the year-round team in 2016 as the Perlman Retreat Center Coordinator and has also continued In her roles as the first session Health Center Administrator and Tour Coordinator. Trudy and her husband, Steve, take campers on early morning birding hikes. It’s one of the most popular activities at camp!
Contact Trudy: Trudy@bebercamp.comif you (or someone you know) would like to take a tour of camp, in person or virtually.
Harrell Wittenstein – Executive Director
Harrell started his professional camping career as the Camp Director of Beber Camp from 1993 – 2000. In 2014, Harrell became the executive director of the Association of Independent Jewish Camps (AIJC). The AIJC is a membership-based association that was established to create an opportunity for independent not-for-profit Jewish camps to collaborate in their continued efforts to grow and thrive. Harrell brings over 25 years of Jewish camping experience to the role of executive director of Beber and Perlman Camps. More importantly, both of his children have been campers and staff resulting in both receiving their 10-year blanket.
Harrell is currently a member of the board of directors for the Equestrian Connection, a
therapeutic horseback-riding program for children and adults with special needs.
Lynn Robinson – Bookkeeper
Lynn Robinson, CPA, joined the Beber team in 2020 as Comptroller for both Beber and Perlman Camp. Lynn has been with Perlman since 2007. She received her Bachelors of Science in Retailing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She has served as a Financial Administrator on a multi-million dollar Department of Energy contract for a Fortune 500 company, worked as an accountant for a Maryland CPA firm, and acted as a Committee Chair for the JCC of Greater Washington’s Annual Book Festival. Lynn is a native of the Washington area and lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.
Contact Lynn: email@example.com
Sara O’Keefe – Development Manager
Sara is thrilled to begin her Beber Camp journey on the full-time team as the development manager. She has spent her career in the nonprofit world in various positions ranging from Program Leadership and Behavior Coach to Development Manager.
Inspired by her work with the inclusion team at Camp Hilbert, she developed a deep passion for social work and received her Bachelor’s of Social Work from James Madison University and her Master’s of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Sara is joining the Beber team with extensive experience working with children, teens, and adults of all backgrounds along with management of community relations and fundraising.
Sara resides in the Chicagoland area with her fiance, Jack. In her spare time, Sara can be found scouring the city for the best steak frites, watching the latest Netflix show, and perfecting her cooking skills.
Contact Sara: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Fohr – Site Director
Richard was born and raised in Mukwonago. He and his wife both raised their five kids in Whitewater, WI. In 2017 Richard moved his family and himself to Mukwonago. Richard has been a part of Beber since 2001. During the offseason of camp, Richard works on refurbishing the campgrounds and makes sure camp is open and ready to go before the summer. During the summer Richard spends his time working on boats, lights, toilets, etc,. In his free time, Richard loves to go hunting, fishing, and even riding his four-wheeler.
Shannon Fohr – Housekeeping Director
Shannon was born and raised in Whitewater, WI. Shannon moved to Mukwonago at the end of her junior year and attended East Troy High School for her senior year. She has been a part of Beber for 5 years, 2 years as a Makor camper, 3 years as a Housekeeper. During the offseason of camp, Shannon spends time deep cleaning cabins, painting cabins, stripping, and waxing floors. During the summer, Shannon enjoys working with her staff to make sure all campers and staff are healthy each and every day. In her free time, Shannon loves playing with her chickens, playing video games, and spending time with her family.
Maya Levine – Head Nurse
Maya has been part of the Beber community since 2003. Originally from Cleveland, OH, she attended Beber Camp as a camper and moved through the Pio and CIT program, becoming a counselor, arts and crafts specialist, and Ramot Division Leader. Maya has a B.S. in Nursing from the Ohio State University. She works full-time as a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Nurse at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and is working on her Pediatric Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Johns Hopkins University. In her free time, Maya enjoys traveling, especially camping and backpacking, experiences she first had at Beber. Maya is excited to be spending her 20th summer at Beber and her third year as the Head Nurse.
Kimberly (Kym) Bird – Program Director
Kimberly (Kym) Bird embraces the true Beber mission. Arriving at age 6 in 1982 with her parents Ron and Cheryl Kaplan, Kym will be entering her 39th summer on Lake Beulah. Kym has worn many hats at camp from swim director at the waterfront, the first pool director, CIT leader, PIO leader, drama director, assistant program director, and Maccabiah planning guru. Spending her summers at Beber with her parents and her own kids Madison and Emily, who even got to have their Bat Mitzvahs at camp has been the highlight of her life. Graduating from SUNY Binghamton and a Masters from SUNY Cortland, Kym is currently teaching high school Biology and A&P, in Upstate NY where she also directs the high school musicals.
Kym is responsible for planning and expediting out of camp trips, creating exciting programming in camp including Maccabiah, and working with the full-time team on scheduling, planning, and purchasing. Her organizational skills are the envy of all who know her.