Pictured: (seated left to right:: Laurie Herrick, Tara Acker, Harold Grinspoon, Michael Miloff, Winnie Sandler Grinspoon. (standing left to right):Mitch Kupperman, Jill Paul, Kevin Marone, Joe Ruotolo, Julia Riseman, Natasha Dresner, Aron Goldman, Allison Macari-Wilhelm, Mark Gold, Dan Kirsch. Not pictured: Director Sarah Eisinger and Program Associate Janina Kruzel.
Guiding the work of JCamp 180 is Director Mark Gold and a team composed of mentors and staff with vast and varied consulting experience in the world of nonprofit organizations.
Sarah M. Eisinger joined JCamp 180 in 2019 with more than twenty years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. She has held positions in philanthropy and in the economic development fields. Throughout her career, she has funded, coached and consulted to hundreds of nonprofit organizations across North America. For the last decade, Sarah has specialized in nonprofit facilities. She was executive director of the Nonprofit Centers Network, an organization that promoted nonprofit shared space and resources. Most recently, she served in the real estate department of MassDevelopment, the state economic development agency. Sarah has co-authored the book Shared Space and the New Nonprofit Workplace, out in June 2019 under Oxford University Press. Sarah is a proud former camper and counselor at both Camp Shalom JCC and Camp Interlaken JCC in Wisconsin; Sarah believes that the most rewarding job of her career so far was as the program director at Interlaken. She holds a master’s degree in urban policy analysis and management from The New School and is a LEED accredited professional.
Tara Acker is a mentor for JCamp 180. She has over 15 years of experience in organizational development, leadership, strategic planning, and measurement. Tara cofounded a global nonprofit organization that provides leadership training within the peace building arena. She also owned a consulting practice that provided organizational leadership and change strategies for resource constrained organizations. Prior to her consulting work, Tara worked in the public sector as director of SomerStat for the City of Somerville, MA. Tara received her bachelor's degree from Boston University and a master's degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Natasha Dresner is a mentor for JCamp 180. She has more than 20 years of experience working in the Jewish nonprofit world. Natasha was born in Kiev, Ukraine, where she cofounded Congregation HaTikvah, the first Reform synagogue established in Kiev since the Russian Revolution. She spent five years working for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee as head of finance before she immigrated to the United States in 2001. She worked in the nonprofit and for-profit consulting worlds in New York City, and as executive director of Congregation Knesset Israel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. She joined the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and JCamp 180 in 2005 to provide consulting services in governance and board development, fundraising, strategic thinking, and planning, as well as leadership coaching and training. She holds a BA in Management and an MBA from The Ukrainian-Finish University of Business and Management in Kiev, Ukraine. Natasha is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and writes a bimonthly nonprofit column called "The Nonprofit Prophet" for The Berkshire Eagle that also appears in eJewish Philanthropy and elsewhere.
Mark P. Gold served as the director of JCamp 180 from 2011 to 2019; he now provides conference support and is Mentor to a handful of camps. A New England native, Mark has lived and worked in Western Massachusetts for over 40 years, where he has been an active member of the local Jewish Community. Mark joined JCamp 180 in 2011 following his retirement from the Solutia (formerly Monsanto) Company, where he served in management positions in the company's Research and Development and Market Development organizations. A graduate of Cornell University, Mark has an advanced degree in engineering as well as an MBA.
Aron Goldman is a mentor for JCamp 180. He has over 15 years of experience working as a consultant with grassroots, regional, national, and international organizations in the areas of capacity-building, strategy, and systemic change. Aron previously taught public policy and political economy at UMass Amherst and Springfield College. He earned a BA in Political Science from Macalester College and an MPA from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs.
Laurie Herrick is a mentor for JCamp 180. Laurie has more than 25 years of experience in fundraising, community organizing, board development, and strategic planning and has served in a variety of professional and volunteer roles in social profit organizations. She joined JCamp 180 in 2007 and has since worked with numerous camps and day schools. In 2003, she started RAINMAKER Consulting and is currently co-launching an online educational course series, Quantum Jump. The emphasis of her work is empowering organizations to create a culture of resource abundance leading to a breakthrough in fundraising.
Dan Kirsch is a mentor for JCamp 180. Dan has devoted his career to increasing the capacity of nonprofit organizations to fulfill their missions through fundraising, planning, recruitment, and board development. He is the cofounder of KirschLeuchs, a fundraising consulting firm serving education, arts and culture, healthcare, and human services markets. He has also worked with nonprofits to recruit executive talent and has coached private sector professionals transitioning to nonprofit careers. Dan received his BA in Government from Dartmouth College.
Kevin Martone is the technology program manager for JCamp 180. He focuses on how organizations can effectively use technology for fundraising and outreach. He has more than 15 years of experience helping organizations utilize technology solutions to meet their goals. Kevin holds a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.
Michael Miloff is a mentor for JCamp 180. For 30 years, Michael has been an entrepreneur, executive and consultant to the private, public and nonprofit sectors. He has overseen 200-plus projects in areas such as strategic planning, marketing and governance. Michael also helped to found and lead several major business enterprises. He currently serves as co-president of the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School in Toronto, Ontario, a consultant to the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) and a co-facilitator of a community of practice for heads of Jewish day schools in Boston. Michael holds a Bachelor of Psychology from McGill University and a master's degree in Environmental Studies from York University.
Jill Paul is a mentor for JCamp 180. Jill came to JCamp 180 after a successful 25-year career in nonprofit management and fundraising as the CEO of Girl Scouts of Pioneer Valley. During her tenure there, Jill completed a successful capital campaign, with new construction and modernization of the oldest Girl Scout camp in the nation. Before coming to New England, Jill established West Pacific Girl Scouts for military families in Japan, Korea, and the Philippines, living in Japan and Korea for five years. Jill holds a BA from Whittier College, an MA in Asian Studies from San Diego State University, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Julia Riseman is a mentor for JCamp 180. Julia is a consultant, executive coach, and fundraiser to nonprofit organizations. She has co-founded two nonprofit organizations, served as the development director for a private elementary school, and has helped raise more than $200 million for organizations with which she has worked. Julia has a breadth of experience that includes youth leadership and community service-learning programs, international environmental and human health programs, peace and social justice organizations, universities and independent schools. Julia earned a BA in Psychology from Reed College and received her MBA at the Simmons School of Management.
Janina Kruzel is a program associate at JCamp 180. Prior to her start at JCamp 180, Janina worked for political campaigns in the state of Connecticut during the 2018 election cycle. During her time there she attended campaign events/fundraisers with candidates, worked on various database files using Microsoft Office, did outreach to potential donors/town captains for campaign support, compiled constituent contact information, and scheduled campaign events. Janina attended Florida International University, where she completed her BA in International Relations, a minor in Political Science, and certificates in Middle Eastern Studies and National Security Studies.
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