Camp is not just a job for those of us who work here. We love camp as much as our campers do! Our directors are dedicated to making every summer at Grossman the best summer ever. And, as you’ll see from their bios below, they have the experience to make it happen.
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Leslie has been at Grossman since 2007 when she started as a Unit Head. In 2009, she was promoted to Specialist Supervisor, and in 2011 Leslie joined the JCC year-round as the Coordinator of Special Events and Recruiting for JCC Camping Services. She became an Assistant Director in 2012 and Director of Camp Grossman in 2019. In her first career, Leslie was a criminal defense trial attorney with The Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BA in Politics from Mt. Holyoke College and a JD from Boston College.
Sue has been at Grossman for 35 summers! During the cooler months, she works in the JCC Camping Services office and is also responsible for the JCC School Vacation Camp. At Grossman, she supervises the Lower Camp and Jewish programming. She received her BA in Sociology and Education from Clark University and an MSW from Boston College. A Jewish educator at heart, she spent many years as the principal of a synagogue religious school and currently teaches Hebrew school at Temple Emanuel.
David joined the Grossman staff in 1983 and currently oversees Upper Camp. He is better known as "Mr. Maccabiah" for his role running the summer-long camp-wide competition known as Maccabiah. He has recently retired from a full career teaching fifth grade at Solomon Schecter Day School in Newton. David received a BA from Trinity College.
Allison found Camp Grossman 7 years ago while searching for a temporary summer job and has never looked back. In her “real life,” Allison is a special education teacher and inclusion facilitator in Newton, Massachusetts and has a background working with children with severe social, emotional, and behavioral needs. She believes that all children deserve an opportunity to experience the magic of an inclusive, accessible summer camp where they can take a break from the demands of the school year and just be themselves. She works to foster a culture where each child is celebrated for their unique strengths and has access to the supports they need to thrive, gain independence, and build their self-esteem. In her free time, Allison loves to hike, kayak, and spend time in Maine with her family.
Diane has been a mentor and a driving force for our Special Needs campers. She has worked in camping for close to 30 years, and more than 15 as the Special Needs Director at Grossman. She has retired from her 40-year career as a School Adjustment Counselor for the Weston Public Schools and a shorter stint at the Striar Hebrew Academy in Sharon.