Board of Directors
The Beber community is fortunate to have the insightful guidance and governance of an amazing Board of Directors. With parents, alumni, donors, founding families, and past directors, Beber’s Board is a diverse representation of the full Beber community. We are so grateful to following passionate and dedicated members of our Board:
As a granddaughter of Sam and Helen Beber, Anne has long been a part of building the Beber Camp legacy. A graduate of Stanford University and Northwestern Law School, Anne has worked as a law librarian for over 25 years, primarily at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Anne and fellow board member Basil Chaltas enjoy experiential travel, as well as tennis, yoga and cooking.
Aaron is part of the long line of former Makor Division Leaders who have taken leadership roles at Beber, having worked his way up from camper and Ultimate Frisbee specialist. A graduate of Tufts University and former innovation consultant at Doblin, Aaron is now a product leader in the Bay Area. Previously working at Pebble and Tesla, he is currently Head of Product at Triplebyte, a hiring marketplace startup.
Along with his brother, Basil attended the camp of ‘The Great Outdoors’, outside the family home in Branford, Connecticut. Basil graduated from Brown University and the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern. Shortly after business school, he met his wife and fellow board member, Anne Abramson. Basil has been an industry analyst focusing on investment opportunities in leveraged finance and mergers & acquisitions for most of his career. For the past fourteen years, he has made investments in the High Yield and Bank Loan portfolios at Allstate Insurance.
A Detroit native, Aaron grew up at Camp Tamarack. He is the President of Groupon North America and is passionate about both his family and Jewish communal engagement. Aaron and his wife Debbi are the proud parents of three boys and can be frequently found supporting their kids’ after school passions at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School.
An academic pediatrician at Lurie Children’s Hospital in the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Jami is a researcher, teacher, and mentor, having recently been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health. Her first summer at Beber brought Jami a love of swimming, horseback riding, and BBYO. Jami has long volunteered as one of our camp doctors, and all three of her children are proud Beber Campers!
A driven educator, Katie worked as Senior Managing Director for the Greater Cleveland Region of Teach for America and currently works as the Program Director for Urban Squash Cleveland. Katie was a long-time staff member at Beber, including a summer as Assistant Director during Becky Altman’s maternity leave. Katie credits Beber (along with the University of Michigan) for connecting her with the passion and skills to pursue a career supporting today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders. She currently lives in Cleveland with her wife Chelsey and their dog Moses.
Sam works as the general counsel for JVM Realty Corporation, and he brings both his real estate and legal experience to the Beber Board. Sam’s initial connection to Beber was through then Assistant Director, Aaron Hadley, and current Executive Director, Stefan Teodosic, first visiting camp at a reunion in the early 2000’s. A St. Louis transplant, Sam and his wife Melanie both attended Northwestern University and have two fantastic children who love the Beber Camp zip line!
Steve has been a camper since his first summer at Camp Chi in 1970. He joined the Beber Board when his good friend (and current Beber Board Member) Harrell Wittenstein became the Director of Beber Camp in 1994. Steve has been Board Chair since 2011. In his professional life, Steve is a lawyer with Ray and Glick, LLC, and he appreciates the opportunity to bring his legal knowledge and problem solving passion to support his participation at Beber. Steve and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, both Beber Campers, and one is currently on staff.
Ruth’s grandparents, Louis and Anita Perlman, instilled in Ruth the importance and value of philanthropy. Anita was the international president of B’nai B’rith Women and founded B’nai B’rith Girls. Ruth has followed in Anita’s legacy as an active board member for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Perlman Family Foundation, and as a long-time chair of the Beber Camp Annual Fund. The Perlman family connections at Beber extend across generations, including all three of Ruth’s children spending time as campers (and now one on staff) at Beber!
Randee has been a special education teacher for over 25 years. Through their son’s participation in the Yad program, Randee and her husband Rob have become huge supporters and champions of Beber’s inclusion program. Randee and Rob are active members of the greater Chicago Jewish community, especially through the involvement of their three children. Their oldest is attending Muhlenberg in Allentown, Pennsylvania, their middle is spending the year in Israel at Hartman Institute, and their youngest is excited to become a PIO this summer at Beber!
Ron has attended camp vicariously through the experiences of his three daughters who were campers and staff at Beber for 17 years. It was a combination of friends and the Beber VHS marketing video that ultimately convinced Ron and his wife Kathy that Beber would be a good fit for their girls! Ron brings his experience from serving on a number of charitable boards to his work at Beber. Ron is a partner with Deloitte, leading the Global Member Firm Standards and Global Member Firm Restructuring organizations.
Danielle’s love of camping developed at an early age over many summers spent with her sister at Camp Tamarack, outside of Detroit, Michigan. Danielle served as the Assistant Director of Beber Camp from 1996-2000, working with fellow Board member and then-Director Harrell Wittenstein, before becoming Director from 2001-2005. For the past twelve years, Danielle has been a chair of the Beber Camp Annual Fund. Danielle and her husband, Brian, are thrilled to have two current Beber campers.
A commitment to family and a dedication to camping are two of Harrell’s cornerstones. Harrell served as Beber’s Director from 1994-2000, joined the Board in 2001, and recently started the Association of Independent Jewish Camps, a not-for-profit organization aimed at uniting independent, non-denominational Jewish Camps across North America. Harrell met his wife Cheryl, a long-time Beberite, through his time at camp. Both of their children have attended Beber, in addition to their many nieces and nephews!
A 10-year camper and staff member, Deena found Beber to be her home away from home – a place where she could be proud of her Jewish identity and develop close personal relationships. One of those relationships (from staff week!) blossomed into a wonderful partnership with her husband Dan. A serial volunteer, Deena works with Vail Resorts on Marketing and Special events, in addition to supporting the family dental practice. Deena and Dan are also the proud parents of two Beber Campers.
Over the past 40 years, these community members have shown endless dedication, visionary leadership, and unwavering support. For those reasons we recognize them for their transformational leadership in allowing Beber Camp to evolve into the successful, life-changing organization that we all love.