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Adam Benmoise

Camp Director

Adam Benmoise has over 15 years of experience in Jewish Communal work, starting with synagogue youth development in his native home of Toronto, Canada. There he developed a love for Judaism and Israel education, and of course maple syrup. Adam went on to work as a summer camp counselor, Specialist, Unit Head and Head Counselor at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring, NY. After graduating from York University in Toronto, he continued on at Surprise Lake full time, as the Coordinator of Judaics and Off-Season Programming. After 5 years full time and 11 summers, Adam left Surprise Lake Camp to become the Executive Director of Habonim Dror Camp Na’aleh. Under Adam’s leadership, Camp Na’aleh thrived, and during his 4 years there he was honored to be selected by The Foundation for Jewish Camp for its Executive Leadership Institute. In December 2013, Adam joined the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood as Camp Director for Camp Yomawha where he has continued the long standing tradition of camp excellence at the Y. 

Roxanne Parets

Assistant Director

Roxanne has over 13 years of Camp and Youth work experience. She began as a Counselor in Training (C.I.T) and since has held many positions in camp, including Counselor, Art Specialist, Division Leader and Director. Roxanne was previously the Director of the Riverdale Y's Early Childhood Camp and Kid's Space After School Program for more than 5 years. Her favorite thing about camp (besides the dress up days) is watching the campers grow into their own and developing passions within the Neighborhoods.  Roxanne was a long standing staff member of the Riverdale Y before joining the YM-YWHA of Washington Heights staff to work on Camp full time. Roxanne has been on the Camp Twelve Trails Team since it's inaugural summer in 2016.  

Dara Garcia

Assistant Director

Dara comes to Camp Twelve Trails with more than 20 years of experience as a Camp Director, Teacher and Girl Scout Leader. She has worked as Program Administrator, Unit Coordinator and Director throughout her Camp experience. Dara has also taught Social Studies at the middle school and high school levels and General Studies for 1st through 3rd grades. Since 2007, Dara has been a Jewish studies teacher at Temple Avodat Shalom, where she has integrated technology into the classroom and at home, and introduced a pen-pal program connecting American and Israeli students. Dara holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology as well as a Master's Degree in Social Studies Education both from Queens College. Dara's strong educational and professional background along with her warm and caring nature make her a perfect fit for Camp Twelve Trails. Dara's top priority for Camp Twelve Trails is to work closely with our staff to ensure our campers' experiences are positive with the comforts of feeling happy, safe and self confident. 


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Ann Zisser

Kayla Reisman

Pioneer Division Leader

Program dIRECTOR

Sam Sullivan

Trailblazer Division Leader

Kayla is excited to combine her passions and experiences in Jewish education, logistics, and camp by joining the Twelve Trails team this summer as the Program Director. Kayla grew up at Camp Louise, an all-girls overnight camp in Cascade, MD, and has served on the staff at Camp Ramah in the Poconos in Lakewood, PA, JCC Camp Jacobson in Westbury, NY, and JCC Camp Kehilla in East Hills, NY for children with special needs. In May 2018, Kayla graduated with a double Masters in Jewish Professional Leadership and Business Administration from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University. During the year, Kayla also serves as the Director of Youth and Teen Engagement at the Shames JCC on the Hudson. Her favorite camp activities include dressing up in costumes and Maccabiah colors, and writing and singing camp parodies to popular songs.

 

 Ann has been an educator for over 20 years in various Jewish day schools, currently teaching 2nd grade and serving as her school's math curriculum specialist and coordinator. She has also taught in afternoon Hebrew schools and worked at camps in various roles such as Unit Leader, Specialist and CIT Coordinator as well as coached and mentored many teachers over the course of her career. Ann has a Bachelor’s in Economics from SUNY Albany, and a Master’s in Special Education from Hunter College. Ann is an active member of her synagogue, and serves on and co-chairs many committees, particularly working to create meaningful family programming. She is excited to join Camp Twelve Trails this summer as the Pioneer Division Leader.

Sam has been with The Riverdale Y since he was two years old. He started in the early childhood center and has been a part of the after school program and Camp ever since. Sam started working at the Kids’ Space After School Program at the Riverdale Y in 2008. Throughout his years he carried many roles within the program and recently became the Associate Director of Family and Youth Services. A camper at heart, he loves to make every day at The Y a great one for kids and staff. Look for Sam playing baseball with his colleagues or gaga with the kids. Sam holds a Bachelor’s degree in English language arts from Hunter College.