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CFN Board of Directors

The Board of Directors oversees all CFN activities including setting goals and policy, overseeing partner camps’ annual evaluation and application for funding, and ensuring prudent financial and investment management. The board comprises individuals from Nebagamon’s extended camp family, an array of professional backgrounds across the generations:

John Wasserman

Board President

WassermanJohn has served on the board since 2011 and became the President in 2012. He was a camper for six years, from 1960 to 1966, a junior counselor and tripping counselor from 1967 to 1969, and a multi-year family camper. He considers himself very lucky that his son went to camp for many years as a camper and counselor. “My time serving on the CFN board has been incredibly rewarding since I have been able to renew old friendships and meet many others that I would not have otherwise had the opportunity to connect with. The experience has only served to increase my opinion that camp was not only a life changing experience for me but also for many others.”

Adam Braude

Director

BraudeAdam joined the CFN board in 2013. He first came to Camp Nebagamon in the summer of 1984 as a 5th grader in Logger 3. That proved to be the first of what became 13 consecutive summers as a camper and staff member. After three years away, he returned to Camp as the full-time Associate Director / Program Director for 4 1/2 more years (2000-2004).  “I can’t overstate what an important role this institution (or more accurately the people associated with it) have played in my life. For me, summers at Nebagamon were a critical part of my formative experience; not only did camp influence my worldview in countless ways, but it was there that I met many of the people who to this day I consider some of my best friends in the world.”

Dan Levis

Director

LevisDan is the most recent (summer 2014) and youngest board member. He was a camper for six years, from 1998 to 2003, and he was a staff member for four years, from 2005 to 2008, working as a cabin counselor, tripper, and associate waterfront director. “I have always felt most at ease, most at home, most myself during my time at Nebagamon. Camp has made me and still makes me my best self.”

Josh May

Director

ShmayJosh joined the CFN board in 2013. He was a camper from 1973 to 1977, a cabin counselor in 1979, and Trip Staff in 1981 and 1984. “My cabinmates and peers at Nebagamon were the greatest group of guys I’ve even been around, and wherever I have gone in my later life, there’s always a part of me still playing foursquare on the Rec-Hall courts, dealing cribbage with Edison after lunch or swimming in the Mueller-Agamok Falls between Gabimichigami and Ogishkemuncie.”

Bob Nefsky

Director

NefskyIn 2011 Bob re-upped for a second term on the board, having served as one of CFN’s founding directors and its first President from 1995 to 2000. He was a camper for six summers from 1961 to 1966 and a staff member from 1968 to 1975. While on staff he worked as a cabin counselor and on the tripping staff. According to Bob “CFN has been a wonderful way to maintain my lifelong relationship with Camp Nebagamon (my parents signed me up when I was two years old) and to give back to the institution that provided me with so much growth and happiness. It has allowed me to reconnect with my old camp friends and meet new camp friends. I view it as a way to help change the world by providing the unique opportunity of private camping experiences to those who wouldn’t otherwise have them.”

John Sawyer

Director

SawyerBODJohn Sawyer has served on the CFN board since 2013. John attended camp as a camper from 1991-1995, and as a counselor and trip staff member from 1997-2002. “I credit camp as a central driving force in shaping my values, not to mention my J-stroke and love for cooking over a fire. Through my friends at Camp I met my wife Hannah which gives new meaning to lasting all year round.”

Allan Sher

Director

SherAllan has served on the CFN board since 2010 and his roots at Camp are deep and long. He attended Camp from 1941 to 1947, the last year of which was spent at Hodag with eighteen other. From his Hodag group, five attended Princeton with him, one married a cousin and he remains friends with many of them to this day. His son attended Camp and five of his grandsons attend Nebagamon. Digging deeper his father was Mugg’s lawyer in the purchase of Camp.

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Eric “Rock” Kramer

CFN Treasurer

RockEric served as waterfront director 1969-1976 and trip director 1978-2001. He served as Treasurer and Director from 2001-2007 and has continued on as Treasurer since.  Rock writes, “During my 30+ years on the administrative staff at CN I was continually reminded of what an impact camp had on the lives of campers and staff. Camp was a dynamic environment where change was expected, welcomed, and embraced. I have experienced firsthand the positive changes to camp that the campership program supported by CFN has fostered. I am a believer in and supporter of CFN.”

Spencer Garland

CFN Secretary and Past President

SpencerAlthough not a camper at Camp Nebagamon, Spencer served as an enthusiastic cabin counselor from 1969 through 1973, and has stayed strongly connected to the camp family ever since. He was honored to win the “Swamper Ugly Man” contest and a “Rover Boy” award while on staff. He has attended many Family Camps (with wife Betsy, son Andy and daughter Katie) and participated in CFN and other camp related activities. Spencer is a past president of CFN and has been a member of the CFN Board as a director or an officer since 2004. Spencer currently practices as a technology and intellectual property lawyer in St. Louis; however, if he had his “druthers, he’d be sitting in the Adirondack chairs on the “Hill” playing his banjo (much to the chagrin [pleasure ed.] of those brave enough to be in the vicinity).

Jill Kiersky

Past President

Jill,jpgJill served on the CFN board from 2007-2013 and continues to serve in an ex officio capacity. She was on Nebagamon’s staff from 1989-1996 and is excited that her son will be a first year (and third generation) camper starting in 2015! In addition to raising three boys, Jill decided after many years away from formal education, to return to Rush Medical College in Chicago where she is in her second year!

ROGER WALLENSTEIN

Former CN Director

Roger2As a Swamper in 1955, little did Roger imagine that one day he would someday step into the role of his camp director, Muggs Lorber.  But, after 15 years as a teacher and coach in Chicago, Roger returned to camp in 1986 as director of the campcraft program (he was also bicycle trip leader in 1975).  At the end of the summer, he and Judy  –- she was trip quartermaster that summer — married in Superior, WI. They became the owners of Nebagamon in 1988 and served as Directors until 2004. Among the developments during their time at Nebagamon was the creation of Camperships for Nebagamon. They continue to strongly support CFN and believe in independent camping for children regardless of their family’s financial situation.

Tom Mendelsohn

Past President

TomMendelsohnTom served on CFN’s Board from 2003-2007, including three years as President. A Nebagamon camper (’72-’77), counselor (’79), trip staff (’80), CNOC director (’85) Axeman Push (’99) and trip director (2002), Tom is Muggs & Janet Lorber’s grandson, Ruth Lorber Rosen’s son. Tom practices management consulting with not-for-profits. “Camp is at my core and gave me lifelong passions including wilderness tripping, sailing, and canoeing. Being able to share camping with my own children has been priceless. With CFN, I get to be part of bringing this experience to underserved children and know that Nebagamon and WeHaKee are far richer for all their campers.”