Debby Shriber, Executive Director of Northeast Camps and Youth
Debby Shriber is proud to be the director of Crane Lake Camp. She’s been with URJ Camps since 2009 and has worked in the camping field for over 19 years. For 9 years she directed Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village, a JCC overnight camp in Wayne County, PA. Prior to that Debby was a day camp director.
Since 2009 Crane Lake has built new facilities, significantly upgraded existing facilities, and seen a growth in campers and an increased retention rate of staff. Debby’s favorite parts of her job are being out and around camp with the campers and staff during the summer and getting to know camp families during the school year.
Debby was raised in Worcester MA. As a teen, she was a very active member of NFTY Northeast and her synagogue, Temple Emanuel. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. Debby completed the JCC Association Lechu Lachem Senior Fellowship and also served as a mentor for the Foundation for Jewish Camp Yitro Fellowship. During the school year, Debby and her family live in Fort Lee, NJ.
Brett Hausler, Assistant Director
Brett joined the full-time staff as Assistant Director in 2014. Brett began his Crane Lake Camp journey as a camper in 2005. Since then, he has participated in the Machon (Counselor-in-Training) program, worked as a general counselor and songleader, and served on staff as a Unit Head. He is a graduate of the Roswell Klal Yisrael Fellowship and the Foundation for Jewish Camp Yitro Leadership Fellowship, for resident Jewish summer camp assistant and associate directors. Outside of camp, Brett takes photographs for his small photography business, plays guitar, and officiates youth ice hockey in the winter months. Brett holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Thought & Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Aaron Gurvis, Assistant Director
Aaron joined the full-time Crane Lake team in 2019 as Assistant Director. Aaron has been a part of the Northeast URJ Youth Community for many years. Most recently, Aaron served as the NFTY Northeast Regional Advisor, and spent several summers at URJ 6 Points Sci Tech Academy as member of the year-round leadership. Before that, Aaron was a camper, counselor, and unit head at Eisner Camp, a participant and staff member for NFTY in Israel, and spent three years as a Youth Engagement Professional at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA. Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College.
Alyson Bazeley, Assistant Director, Camper Care and Enrollment
Alyson joined the full-time staff in 2019. She began working at Camp in 2001 as a general counselor, and went on to serve as a Unit Head, and Assistant Programming Director. Her summers at camp prepared her to work with many different types of people, become more independent and explore Judaism in a different environment. Prior to returning to Crane Lake, Alyson worked as a youth professional in congregations in New Jersey, New York, and Florida. She also served as the NFTY STR Regional Board Advisor, as well as a hospital social worker in Miami, Florida. Alyson holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and Masters in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College. Alyson and her husband Rabbi Philip Bazeley met and got married at Crane Lake. They live in Highland Park with their sons Gavin and Matthew, and dog Toodles.
Kadie Black, Director of Development
Kadie joined the URJ Northeast Camps team in February 2018. She brings to the role years of experience working as the Manager of Philanthropy for Women of Reform Judaism, where she was involved in all aspects of fundraising and development. Prior to the WRJ, she worked as the External Affairs Manager for Our Kids of Miami/Dade Country, a foster care agency, where her many responsibilities included development, and for the New York Blood Center. Kadie is an alum of URJ Camp Coleman and is passionate about supporting Jewish youth. Kadie has a compassionate six-year-old son named Jacob, a spunky three-year-old daughter named Aliza, an incredible husband named Ben, and a cuddly golden doodle named Lincoln.
Marisa Bergman, Development Associate
Marisa was thrilled to join the URJ Northeast Camps team in February 2019! She has over twelve years of experience as a synagogue educator and working in day and sleep away camps. Marisa graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelor’s in Judaic Studies and Education as well as from Gratz College with a Master’s Degree in Jewish Education. Marisa is married to her childhood sweetheart, Matt, and has two beautiful boys, Emmet and Boaz, who are so happy to enjoy their summers in the Berkshires!
Ali Sadowski, Bookkeeper
Ali joined Crane Lake’s full-time staff as Bookkeeper in 2019. Ali began her Crane Lake Camp journey as a camper in 2006. Since then, she has participated in NFTY in Israel, the Machon (Counselor-in-Training) program, worked as a general counselor, and served on staff as a Unit Head. She was also a participant in the Olim Fellowship and Cornerstone Fellowship Programs. Outside of camp, Ali plays tennis, likes to travel, and watches ocean documentaries in her free time. Ali holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Castleton University.