OUR YEAR-ROUND STAFF
Michelle Koplan has been the Chief Executive Director of B’nai B’rith Camp since 1999. She is responsible for the overall administration and management of B’nai B’rith Camp, including programs, fundraising, and business operations. Her areas of expertise include planning and evaluation, policy development and administration, personnel and fiscal management, and public relations.
For six years prior to becoming the Chief Executive Director of BB Camp, Michelle was the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization Director for both the Portland and Eugene Councils and directed the Mittleman Jewish Community Center’s Youth Services Department.
Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara. In 2007, Michelle was part of the first group of camp executive directors to complete the Executive Leadership Institute (an MBA equivalent program) sponsored by the Foundation for Jewish Camp.
B’nai B’rith Camp is Michelle’s childhood Camp, as she was a camper for eight years and on summer staff for nine years. Camp is a family affair. Michelle and her husband, Loren, a B’nai B’rith Men’s Camper, have two daughters who have attended BB Camp with Michelle since they were infants. Both girls are enthusiastic BB Campers!
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 Camp Director and BBYO City Director where she will work with kids 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
Chanel was born and raised in Portland, graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Chanel first joined the BB Camp community in 2014 and feels lucky to call it her second home. Chanel is proud of her experiences working in various Jewish leadership roles at BB Camp, spanning from Counselor to Unit Head to Counseling Director to Social Inclusion Intern, and including volunteering for BBYO. Chanel has a passion for community enrichment and working with individuals of all abilities, which she attributes to her time spent at BB Camp. Prior to Chanel’s current position, she was the Housing and Employment Specialist at a local non-profit serving adults with disabilities. In Chanel’s spare time, you can find her enjoying live music, exploring the Portland food scene, or at the Oregon Coast with her dog.
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 and a daughter who has recently made him a grandpa of a beautiful baby girl!
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.
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.
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.
Stacey was born and raised in Portland. She received a bachelor’s degree in Judaic Studies and Education at Brandeis University. After spending six months living on a kibbutz in Israel and traveling through Europe, Stacey returned to Portland to teach at Portland Jewish Academy. After spending time living in Florida, Virginia, New York, Washington State and California, she returned to Portland in 2015. Stacey has two children, Leo and Sarina, who are proud BB Campers, just like their mom, grandfather, and great-grandfather before them! Go Blue!!
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.
Yulia was born in Ukraine and lived in Israel for over 20 years. She is fluent in Russian and Hebrew. Graduating from Open University of Israel with a Bachelor’s Degree of Management and Economics earned Yuliya the opportunity to work for 18 years in the field of finance in the chemical industry in Israel, prior to moving to the United States. Yuliya’s family is the most cherished part of her life. Her three sons, Lior, Roni and Gil, all have actively participated in our BB Camp community. Her eldest, Lior, was a BB Camp counselor in 2014 and now serves in the US military. Roni was devoted BB Camper from the ages of 11 to 15, and Gil recently became a BB Camper. In her spare time, Yuliya and her husband, Shimon, travel with their family. Yuliya enjoys dancing with her husband, as well as Zumba and belly dancing. In fact, Yuliya and Shimon are known to go to parties and dance until they’re the last ones left!
OTHER YEAR ROUND STAFF
Ben Charlton, Program Coordinator
Abby Evonuk, BB Day Camp Portland Intern
Moses Felberg, Digital Engagement Fellow
Kiana Gellman, PNW Staff Recruitment Intern
Stephanie Kaplan, Inclusion Intern
Nomi Sherman, Grants Writer