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.

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.

Will "Data"

Jarvis

Program Director

Will grew up in rainy old London, England. At 20 years old he found his way to Beber Camp, where he fell in love with all things summer camp. This is Will’s first year at Camp Ben Frankel and he is ecstatic! 

 

Professionally, Will’s experience includes a vast array of roles varying from Sound Engineer, five summers as Music Director at Beber Camp, Skyride Operator, and even Shakeoligist at a milkshake bar! Will is not sure what job he is going to find himself in next.

 

Will recently moved to Chicago, IL to live with his fiancé, Hannah, who he met at Beber Camp. He enjoys playing music, bike riding, jigsaw puzzling, playing rummikub, and traveling.

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 "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.  

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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