Meet The Team

Aaron "Graph" Graff

Co-Director

of Camp Operations

Graph grew up in Danville, IL in the early 1980s and first attended CBF from 1992 to 1997. He started as a CIT, then joined the waterfront staff for many years, and finally served as CIT counselor in 1997. In the summer of 2017 Graph returned to Camp Ben Frankel as a guest instructor for science and ultimate frisbee, then as Co-Director of Camp Operations in 2018.

Professionally, Graph works as technician in a biomedical research lab at Wake Forest University Medical School. There, he has helped developed vaccines and is currently working on a drug to reduce/eliminate the formation of kidney stones.

 

Graph also participates in numerous sports such as disc golf, ultimate frisbee, kickball, and dodgeball and enjoys spending time with his corgi mix, “Honey.”

Jarred "Wookie" Sparber, MSW

Director of Camper Care and Inclusion

Jarred serves as Camp Ben Frankel's Director of Camper Care and inclusion. He is a social worker who received his MSW from Loyola University Chicago. Jarred has worked in clinical and school settings for 10+ years. In his clinical practice, he has worked with a diverse clientele, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and anxiety. Additionally, he has worked as a school social worker in the Chicagoland area, as well as with Zion, Illinois School District 6. 

 

Jarred has his Masters Degree in Elementary Education from DePaul University, and was a seventh and 8th grade teacher in the Chicago Public School system. He joined Camp Ben Frankel in 2019 and is thrilled to continue helping children and staff thrive at camp! In his free time, he enjoys book collecting, writing and playing basketball.

Cyndee Levy, RN

Director of Health and Safety

Cyndee served as the Director of the Center for Jewish Learning from 2007-2020, and the Director of the Saul Brodsky Jewish Community 2015-2020 at the Jewish Federation of St Louis, Missouri.  In addition to her administrative role she taught classes throughout the community and supported collaborative Jewish professional councils that serve the community.

 

Cyndee has a great passion for Jewish Ethics and the rich Jewish tradition of Mussar which she teaches in the St Louis community to adults and teens.

Prior to her career as a Jewish educator, Cyndee worked for 12 years as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse and Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at Wyler Children’s Hospital in Chicago and St. Louis Children’s Hospital where she focused on staff nurse support and education and family education.  She utilizes her nursing skills today as the Director of Health and Safety at Camp Ben Frankel and has worked as a school nurse at the former Solomon Schechter Day School in St Louis.

 

She and her husband Ken are the proud parents of 5 children, and 1 grandchild.

Joel "The Dude" Hadley

Unit Head

Joel began attending Camp Ben Frankel as a second generation camper in the 80s and 90s and then returned to CBF in 2017 as the Athletics Director and Chalutzim Unit Head. His vast experience includes almost ten years as a counselor and supervisor at Beber Camp and more than 15 years working with tech start-ups. He also helps produce a variety show at the Hollywood Improv.

 

Joel is a graduate of the University of Alabama where he studied Advertising and Public Relations. He was raised in St. Louis, rooting for the Cardinals and Blues.  When he’s not at camp, Joel, whose camp name is “Dude”, enjoys being outdoors and active.

Becca "Red"

Marten

Unit Head

Becca began her CBF journey as a day camper in 1987 and continued through 1999 as a camper and then counselor. While pursuing a Music Education degree from SIU Carbondale, Becca returned to CBF to serve as Co-Program Director for three summers, designing and running programs and activities. After a 14 year hiatus, Becca returned home to CBF in 2019 as the Chalutzim Rosh (Unit Head) -- and couldn’t be happier.

 

Becca now works at Carruthers Elementary School in Murphysboro as a Reading Aide for third, fourth and fifth graders while continuing her education towards a degree in Special Education.

 

Hailing from Murphysboro, Illinois, only 30 minutes away from Camp Ben Frankel’s campsite, Becca is a native of the Jewish Federation of Southern Illinois, Southeast Missouri, and Western Kentucky. She looks forward to the day that her nephew is old enough to enroll at Camp Ben Frankel.

Aaron "H" Hadley

Executive

Director

After a 20 year hiatus, Aaron rejoined Camp Ben Frankel in 2017 and has overseen its growth into an industry-leader with a reputation for programmatic and operational excellence. Prior to CBF, he oversaw the nationwide operation of 100 camps serving more than 6,100 children as Chief Operating Officer of Camp Kesem National, a charity for children touched by a parent's cancer. He helped build the world's largest peer support service for cancer fighters as Director of Operations at Imerman Angels Cancer Support and spent eight years as the Associate Director at B'nai B'rith Beber Camp in Wisconsin. Aaron has been a featured speaker at conferences and invited to provide continuing education for teachers. 

 

Aaron first attended Camp Ben Frankel as a ten-year-old in 1986 and spent many summers as a camper, counselor, and songleader. A proud graduate of The University of Arizona, Aaron was raised in St. Louis as a die hard Cardinals fan. He celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at Traditional Congregation and attended services with his grandparents, Berny and Helen Janklow, at Agudas Achim Beth Israel in Belleville, IL.

Sarah "SK" Sherer-Kohlburn

Assistant Director

Sarah first attended Camp Ben Frankel at age 11 in 1999 and she returned for many summers as a camper, counselor, division head, and leadership team staff member. She is thrilled to have returned to CBF where she oversees camp’s operations and programming.

 

Sarah graduated from Barnard College with a degree in both Jewish Studies and Women's Studies. She received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis and has practiced both civil and criminal defense litigation. Sarah taught Hebrew school for many years in New York, Columbia, MO and St. Louis.  

 

Having grown up and attended synagogues in Edwardsville and Alton, IL, and St. Louis, MO, Sarah is familiar with our federation and camp communities.

Randy "Kernel" Huberman

Co-Director 

of Camp Operations

Kernel first came to Camp Ben Frankel as a camper in 1986, from the town of Danville, Illinois. He stayed at camp until 1995, transitioning from camper to counselor. In 2014, Kernel returned home to CBF in 2014 an alumni reunion, and subsequently joined CBF’s leadership team in 2017.

 

While not at camp, Kernel lives in Seattle, WA with his wife Kathy, where he teaches international studies, comparative government, and psychology at the International Community School in Kirkland, WA.  He has been a middle and high school teacher since 2001, holding teaching certificates in social studies and instrumental music.

 

Kernel holds a master's degree in curriculum development and instruction, and is nearing the completion of a PhD in Educational Foundations where he specializes in teaching through social justice. Kernel is also an active performing musician as a jazz saxophonist.

DID YOU KNOW?

More than 90% of our staff members are former campers and graduates

of our counselor training program.

DID YOU KNOW?

Members of our staff and board of directors attend training conferences throughout the year to continually improve by learning from best practices, strengthening our programs, and studying emerging trends. 

DID YOU KNOW?

All of our staff complete a rigorous screening and training program that includes interviews, reference and background checks, 30 hours of pre-camp online training, plus 1-2 weeks of on site training before campers arrive. 

DID YOU KNOW?

Camp Ben Frankel participates in the Cornerstone Fellowship, a program that offers Jewish educational training and professional development to exemplary returning camp staff.

 

The Cornerstone Fellowship is a program of the Foundation for Jewish Camp made possible by the generosity of the AVI CHAI Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, The Marcus Foundation, and The Morningstar Foundation

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