Year Round Staff
The year round leadership team at Beber Camp has numerous years of Jewish camping and Beber experience. We are 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
Abby Mintz – Assistant Director of Camper and Staff Life
Abby first went to Jewish summer camp in 1995 then grew to love it so much she that she actually went back in adulthood and got married there! She attended Vanderbilt University where she earned a M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling and B.S. in Human and Organizational Development. From there she spent time living in India and Israel where she conducted educational research and enjoyed traveling both countries. Upon her return to the States, she worked in project management, business strategy and administration for for-profits in the student enrichment and summer camping space, while also volunteering as a clinical counselor. Abby joined the Beber Camp team in 2016 and has since been honored to graduate from the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s 4th cohort of Yitro and be named to Chicago Federation’s list of 36 Under 36. Abby sits on the board of her daughters’ school – Moadon Kol Chadash, as well as the board of the American Camping Association of Illinois. In her free time, she loves being with her daughters Maya and Ayla, her husband Zach, practicing yoga, and hanging out with her camp friends from the 90’s!
Contact Abby: Abby@bebercamp.com
Alex Pomerantz – Assistant Director of Operations
Alex first attended Beber Camp as a camper in 2003 for eight summers and then continued to work at camp as a Music Specialist, Song Leader, Head Counselor, Division Leader, and Teen Leadership Director. Alex received his B.S. in Recreation Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduating he moved to Nashville, TN to pursue a career in the Music Industry. In 2016, Alex returned to Chicago as the Concert Manager for City Winery, a combination restaurant, winery and concert venue, where he mixed it up in the green room with artists like Randy Newman, Art Garfunkel, Kris Kristofferson and The Goo Goo Dolls. Alex is thrilled to come back to his Beber home as a full-time member of the Beber Camp team!
Contact Alex: Alex@bebercamp.com
Stacy Jordan Greenberg – Assistant 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 a M.Ed in Multicultural Education from Florida Atlantic 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.
Contact Stacy: Stacy@bebercamp.com
Debbie Morris – Assistant 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 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 University of Chicago in Social Service and Administration. Upon graduation, Debbie has worked as a School Social Worker and spent my summers at Beber!
Contact Debbie: Debbie@bebercamp.com
Elli Krandel – Manager of Sustainability and Engagement
After watching her older sister head off to Beber for two summers, Elli joined in the fun with her first summer in 1997. After ten years as a camper, Elli came back to work as a counselor, Director of Judaics, and eventually Makor Division Leader. Elli has a degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Elli moved to Chicago after graduating and participated in AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps, putting her camp skills into good use as one of thirteen housemates learning how to live in an intentional community, while exploring the connections between Judaism and social justice work. Elli has been working in the Chicagoland non-profit community since her time in AVODAH, and she is excited to bring together her passions for camping, Judaism, and non-profit sustainability.
Contact Elli: Elli@bebercamp.com
Lauren Berndt – Donor Officer
Lauren fell in love with camp when she was twelve, but twelve-year-old Lauren couldn’t have imagined the role camp would have in her future. As she prepared to leave for college, Lauren reflected on the way camp had impacted her, and how she left her first summer empowered and with increased confidence. Interested in facilitating that experience for others, she went on to study Therapeutic Recreation at Ithaca College, and spent the early years of her career leading programs and camps for individuals with developmental disabilities.
After leaving her job to live in Vietnam and travel the world, Lauren returned to the states and decided to re-enter the non-profit world, this time on the development side. She fell in love with fundraising for mission-driven organizations, and the opportunity to do that work for a camp is what brought her to Beber. Lauren is thrilled to be joining the team to allow for Beber Camp’s continued growth and sustainability, and to honor Beber’s heritage and heart, addressing the needs of generations of current and future campers.
Contact Lauren: Lauren@bebercamp.com
Sarabeth Salzman – Office Manager
After working in non-profit management within the Jewish community for over 10 years, Sarabeth is excited join Beber Camp and their incredible community. While Sarabeth grew up in Augusta, GA, her love of Chicago and the mid-west has grown so much over the last 9 years – including the snow! Her educational background includes a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan, including a graduate certificate in Jewish Communal Service (Sol Drachler Program). Professionally, she has served as the B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator at Temple Jeremiah and as the Synagogue Director of Emanuel Congregation in Chicago. She is excited to continue her career in Jewish communal service, while gaining a more in-depth understanding, and appreciation, of the overnight Jewish camping world.
Contact Sarabeth: Sarabeth@bebercamp.com