About Our Staff

 

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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. 

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Aaron "H" Hadley

Director

Aaron first attended Camp Ben Frankel as a ten-year-old in 1986 and spent many summers splashing in our very own Lake Little Grassy as a camper, counselor, and songleader.

That experience became his career and Aaron rejoined CBF with a resume that includes leadership at camps and nonprofit organizations. He oversaw the nationwide operation of 90 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. Prior experience includes helping build the world's largest service dedicated to providing peer support to cancer fighters as Director of Operations at Imerman Angels Cancer Support as well as eight years as the Associate Director at B'nai B'rith Beber Camp in Wisconsin.

 

A proud graduate of The University of Arizona, Aaron was raised in St. Louis as a diehard 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 "Sunkist" Sherer-Kohlburn

Assistant Director

Sarah's first summer at Camp Ben Frankel started at age 11 in 1999 and she returned for many summers as a camper, counselor, division head, and leadership staff member. She is thrilled to have returned to CBF.

 

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 synagogue 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.

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.”

Amanda "Nurse" Rathert

Medical Director

Amanda began attending CBF in 1992 at age seven and continued for 11 consecutive years. In 2012, Amanda returned as camp nurse and loved it! She has been back every year since!

Her professional experience includes works in an emergency room in upstate New York as well as work in large trauma facilities caring for a wide array of critical and noncritical patients. Amanda received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Saint Louis University and carries a multitude of certifications surrounding her speciality of emergency medicine.

 

Amanda lives with her son Levi and husband Nick in the Albany, NY area. They are expecting their second child in January and plan to move back to the St. Louis area in the spring of 2019. Amanda and her family enjoy being outside and LOVE to travel!

Emily Fuller

Guest Instructor: Music and Judaics

Emily is a proud Camp Ben Frankel alum (2002-08) who first rejoined us during the 2018 summer a guest instructor for music.  She graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in K-12 music education and is an Orff-certified elementary school music teacher.  

 

Emily has eight years of experience teaching music, including seven years with Columbia, MO public schools, where she currently teaches. Emily also teaches religious school at Congregation Beth Shalom in Columbia, MO.  

Adrienne "Cosmo" Storch

Guest Instructor - Yoga and Meditation

Cosmo started at CBF in 1981 as a young camper and spent twelve amazing summers at camp as a camper and counselor. Since 2017, she has been teaching yoga and meditation, and has been practicing both yoga and meditation for over ten years.  She currently works in Southern Illinois in her family's business, Keren Hart, a wholesale women's clothing line.

Cosmo studied architecture and enjoys creative endeavors as well as many wellness activities. Her favorite activity is hiking with her husband and four dogs in the beautiful Southern Illinois nature.  

Deb Weissman

Guest Instructor - Ultimate Frisbee

Deb is a proud CBF alum (1994-1996) and attendee of the annual CBF Alumni Reunion Weekend held on site in June. In 2018, Deb returned for her first stint as an Ultimate Frisbee Guest Instructor.  

 

In real life, Deb is an Engineering Manager at Black & Veatch. She helps design water and wastewater projects for utilities and has participated in Engineers without Borders trips to the Dominican Republic.

 

Deb has her B.S in Molecular & Cellular Biology and her M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering. In her spare time, she loves to hike, run and play ultimate frisbee! While retired from her club women's ultimate team, Deb put on the old cleats in 2018 to reunite with former teammates and play in the national Grand Master's tournament.

Peter "Clay" Goldman

Bio Coming Soon

Joel "The Dude" Hadley

Bio Coming Soon

 

Work at Camp Ben Frankel

Do you love working with kids? Do you want the summer experience of a lifetime? Work at Camp Ben Frankel! It's so much more than a job. You'll develop leadership skills, change the lives of campers, and bring joy to many young people, and get paid to have fun!

 

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Office Address:

3419 W. Main St

Belleville, IL 62226

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Photo Credit: Neshama Roash/Firefly Universe Fine Portrait Photography