Our Staff 2017-08-18T21:06:19+00:00
Michelle Koplan
Michelle KoplanExecutive Director
Michelle Koplan has spent her career working as a Jewish communal professional, in the Jewish camp and youth / teen field. A Portland native and graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in psychology (1994), Michelle obtained her Certificate of the Executive Leadership Institute (a MBA equivalent program) through the Foundation of Jewish Camp in 2007. She directed the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization Portland and Eugene Councils for six years, and directed the Mittleman Community Center’s Youth Services Department for five years. Michelle has had the honor and privilege of directing B’nai B’rith Camp, her childhood camp, as the Executive Director since 1999. Michelle lives in the Portland area with her husband Loren and their daughters, Alicia and Elizabeth, who are all enthusiastic BB Campers.
Phone: 503.452.3444
Ben Charlton
Ben CharltonCamp Director
Ben first joined the BB Camp family in 2013 as our Judaic educator, where he connected with campers through his love for both Judaism and Camp. A native of Maryland, Ben spent eight years in Buffalo, New York where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University at Buffalo in economics. Ben started his career as a middle school math teacher, and has also taught at synagogue schools, advised youth groups, and, of course, worked at summer camps. Of all his work experiences, Ben most cherishes his time spent with children who have special needs, both in classroom and recreational settings. When he’s not running around BB Camp having a blast with campers, you can find Ben on the basketball court, in his kayak, or rocking out to the Backstreet Boys.
Phone: 503-452-3443
Allison Kaufman
Allison KaufmanOperations Director
Allison earned her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Arizona. Prior to working for BB Camp, Allison was an analyst in the Mortgage Banking field for 13 years. Allison and her husband Jason have three beautiful daughters (who are now devoted BB Campers). Allison is also a Girl Scout troop leader and likes to bake, sew and play computer games.
Phone: 503.535-3514
Thea Martin Robinson
Thea Martin RobinsonFinance Director
Originally from Mexico City, when her family moved to the Portland area, Thea’s mom and dad sought a way for her to be involved in the community and found BB Camp. Thea attended Camp for eight years and was a counselor for two years. She credits her time at camp for her love of the Oregon Coast and has fond memories of her time spent at camp. Thea has worked in some function of Finance and Accounting for 20 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Lewis & Clark College. Prior to joining the BB Camp team in 2015, Thea worked in the A/E/C industry for seven years providing budgeting, forecasting, finance, and project accounting for many landmark projects in the Pacific Northwest and New York. Thea shows and breed Alaskan Malamutes which takes her on adventures throughout the world. She also loves photography and has recently picked up a real camera again and is enjoying shooting in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Phone: 503.452.3429
Aaron Pearlman
Aaron PearlmanDevelopment & Capital Campaign Director
Aaron attended BB Camp from 1978 – 1985 and was a counselor in 1986 and 1989. Aaron credits BB Camp for inspiring him to attend the dual-degree Jewish Communal Service program at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University. Aaron has been in fund development for nearly 20 years including four at the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation and eight at Portland State University. Aaron was the founding Executive Director of the Greater Portland Hillel, and a founding board member of both the Jewish Theatre Collaborative (JTC) and Tivnu: Building Justice. Aaron is a Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Oregon & SW Washington Chapter and an active member at Congregation Havurah Shalom. Aaron and his wife, Sacha Reich, are the proud parents of longtime BB Campers Lev and Ravit.
Phone: 503.345.9476
Barb Gordon
Barb GordonExecutive Assistant
Barb’s first experience at BB Camp was as a CIT in 1973, and she continued on as a counselor for the next 8 years. Barb attended the University of Oregon and worked in Residential Treatment at The Christie School for 20 years before returning to BB Camp in 2001. Barb met her husband, Randy, at Camp, and her children, Aaron and Leah, were long time campers and staff. For fun, Barb enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, camping, and playing with her dog Harley. Barb’s favorite quote is, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” by Mahatma Gandhi.
Phone: 503.496.7446
Jessica Benjamin
Jessica BenjaminDevelopment and Alumni Associate
Jessica was born and raised in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C. She earned her bachelor’s degree at James Madison University, and then ventured to Frisco, Colorado, a skier’s paradise. After a few years she found her way to Portland, and to the world of event planning. She is thrilled to have found a place at BB Camp, where she continues to be amazed by the life-changing experiences that summer camp offers. For fun, Jessica enjoys exploring all things Portland, hitting the slopes, and spending time with her family, including two little nephews, who she hopes will, one day, call BB Camp their home away from home.
Phone: 503.496.7445
Bette Amir-Brownstein
Bette Amir-BrownsteinAssistant Director- Teen Programming /BBYO
Bette has been a part of the BB Camp staff for the past 6 summers. She recently received her Bachelors of Science degree in behavioral neuroscience at Western Washington University. Since High School and continuing through college, Bette has been active in numerous Jewish leadership roles. Her Jewish leadership skills began to develop during her time in BBYO and BB Camp which is why she is extremely excited to be the Assistant Director for Teen Programming where she will work with teens in both organizations in their journeys to becoming Jewish leaders. Bette loves all activities involving water and kids, and Bette really likes traveling to sunny places!
Phone: 503.345.9451
Shayna Sigman, MSW
Shayna Sigman, MSWInclusion Coordinator
Shayna has spent most of her life in a camp environment through her involvement in Girl Scouts and working for multiple after school and summer programs. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Willamette University in 2013 and obtained her Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in 2016. While in school, she worked for St. Louis Public School Districts’ Student Support Services department and coordinated after school reading programs. Outside of Camp, Shayna is very active in the Portland young adult Jewish community. In her free time, you can find her cooking Shabbat dinner, exploring the outdoors, seeing live music, and curling up with a good book.
Phone: (503)496.7444 ext 7018
Becci Bazen
Becci BazenFood Services Manager/ Head Chef
Becci graduated from Western Culinary Institute in Portland Oregon in 1995, with a Culinary Arts Degree. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a Chef. She attributes her love for cooking with the time she shared in the kitchen with her grandmother.
Becci has known since bringing her daughter to BB Camp in 1999, that it was a very special place and thought that this would be the ultimate dream job, matching two of her favorite things, feeding kids with Camp! She has three kids , two that have and one that currently attends BB Camp. She is very grateful for the experiences and opportunities that BB Camp has given her family and is herself grateful to be able to give back to BB Camp.
Phone: 541.205.9754
Aaron Bazen
Aaron BazenFacilities Director
Aaron joined the BB Camp team in October 2015, leaving a 25 year career to pursue the next chapter of his life. Since joining the team, he has enthusiastically jumped into many projects. He and his team have been updating and beautifying the camp. He is very proud of the work that has accomplished.
Aaron has always been a car enthusiast and spends his free time rebuilding his latest project. He is also an avid Harley rider and has rebuilt and custom painted it his motorcycle.
Aaron has a 15 year old son that is a current camper and has attended. He also has two step children that are camper alumni. He also has a daughter who has recently made him a grandpa of a beautiful baby girl!
Noa Rubin
Noa RubinMarketing and Communications Associate
Born in Eilat, Israel, Noa is fluent in Hebrew and served in the IDF as a Computer Operator. Noa has a BFA in Photography from State University New York Purchase and a Certificate in Multimedia from Portland Community College. She worked as a photographer for Christies Auction House in NYC, taught English in Vietnam and Spain, and after moving to Portland in 2008, worked for various Jewish agencies. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, photography, traveling, and competes in various paddling races. When she is not at her desk, you can find her hiking or paddling on her Stand Up Board on local rivers.
Phone: 503.496.7444 ext 7015