Debby Shriber, Director
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.
Sarah Lauing, Associate Director
Sarah joined the full time Crane Lake team in 2015 as Associate Director, after serving for four summers as Director of Jewish Life. Sarah came to Crane Lake originally in 2012 as Nadiv Educator in partnership with Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York City. As Director of Jewish Life, Sarah enjoyed integrating Jewish learning and values into the already amazing camp day of boating, playing sports, and ziplining. Sarah is thrilled to expand her role at camp and looks forward to continuing to build relationships with campers, staff, and families through our meaningful work. Sarah holds an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education in Los Angeles, and a BA in Religion from Middlebury College in Vermont. Sarah’s favorite camp event is Fight Song and her favorite camp meal is macaroni & cheese!
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.
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.
Alison Simpson is proud to be the Development Associate for Eisner and Crane Lake Camps. Alison has been part of the Eisner and Crane Lake community since 2006, working on staff at both camps, and accompanying a trip to Israel. Alison found Jewish camping after years of protesting overnight camp with her family, worried that she wouldn’t love it. Prior to working for Eisner and Crane Lake Camps, Alison spent five years working as a youth educator at a synagogue outside of Boston, MA with children preschool through high school. Alison grew up in Guilderland, NY before attending the University of Vermont, where she received degrees in Geography and Political Science. Alison is passionate about sharing her excitement for Judaism and camping with others.
Wendy Brumberg, Registrar
Wendy has been part of the Crane Lake community since 2001. She has held a range of jobs at Crane Lake; some of the Crane Lake campers and staff remember her working with the llamas, as Logistics Coordinator, and now the Camp Administrator. Camp has always been a family affair for the Brumberg family; her son, Edward, attended Eisner for many years, and her daughter, Madeline, spent 12 summers at CLC. When not in camp, Wendy resides in Oceanside, New York and when not working, she loves to ride her bicycle, cook, and read. It has always been gratifying to work with the campers in any capacity that camp has needed, and now she is looks forward to getting to know all of our families. Wendy is pleased to have this extraordinary opportunity to take this next step in her camp career.
Kayla Gulotta, Bookkeeper
Native to Great Barrington, Kayla grew up just over the hill from the Eisner Camp. After moving to Connecticut to attend college at Quinnipiac University, Kayla decided to move back to the Berkshire’s to plant roots. In April of 2011, Kayla and her husband purchased a home in Sheffield. In 2013, Kayla had her first child and decided it was time to leave the Marketing field in search of a more family friendly environment (what better place than Crane Lake?). Kayla was hired for a temporary position in June of 2014 and was later offered the full time position as Bookkeeper in September of 2014. In her spare time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.