Meet Our Staff!
Camp Newman’s year-round and summer staff is comprised of a talented and terrific group of adults who share a strong passion for mentoring youth and for role modeling the values of friendships, community, and Judaism. Meet our team below!
To apply to join our team, click here.
For Our 2018 Summer Staff, click here!
Directors & Year-Round Staff
Summer Camp Directors
Rabbi Allie Fischman, Summer Camp Director
Rabbi Allie oversees all of Camp Newman’s summer operations and directly supports Camp Newman’s Assistant and Associate Directors. She brings over 18 years of experience as a Jewish professional to this position. She fully believes in the power of Jewish camp to inspire a love of Judaism, allow campers and staff alike to believe in themselves, and to become their best selves.
Rabbi Allie joined the Camp Newman community in 2012 as a Rosh Eidah (Unit Head) and has since filled the roles of CIT Director, Staff Week Coordinator and from 2014-2018, Associate Director. She has been a songleader and teacher in the Chicago suburbs and the Los Angeles Reform Jewish communities since 2000. In 2012, Allie was awarded a Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and was ordained as Rabbi by HUC-JIR in May 2015.
Christine Wedner, Summer Camp Senior Assistant Director
Christine Wedner is excited to be a part of the Camp Newman family as our new Senior Assistant Director! Christine has been on staff the past two summers. In 2016, she oversaw Camp Katan, providing a memorable summer experience for our youngest campers – our faculty’s pre-school aged children. In summer 2018, she was the Summer Administrator, managing the camp’s operations. She’s also a superwoman, simultaneously pursuing her Master’s in Education while running a busy household of four children, a husband, and a dog. She can’t wait to continue our tradition of Camper CARE and of creating unforgettable memories!
Beto Salazar Poss, Summer Camp Assistant Director
Beto Salazar-Poss is delighted to be assuming the role of Assistant Director of Camp Newman on what marks his 19th summer with the camp community! Beto grew up attending camp as a camper and then later took on key leadership roles in both NFTY and camp, where he excelled in his role as Rosh Eidah and as a site host for our retreats. He’s excited to continue making a deep impact on our kehillah kedosha – our community – that has given so much to him.
Year-Round Directors & Staff
Ruben Arquilevich, Executive Director
Ruben Arquilevich’s role as Executive Director California Camps & Youth Programs encompasses URJ Camp Newman, 6 Points Sci-Tech West and 6 Points Sports California summer programs, NFTY-CWR and NFTY SOCAL youth programs. Working with our incredible leadership team, Ruben is strategically transforming and guiding Camp Newman into a center for year-round youth engagement—extending the magic of summer throughout the year!
Ruben has been a camp director since 1987, serving as the head camp director of URJ Camp Newman since 1994. Ruben has an MBA in non-profit management and a minor in Jewish studies from the University of Judaism. He has a BA in Psychology from The Colorado College and is a Wexner Fellow.
Ruben believes that Jewish camping enriches lives by securing Jewish identity, providing lifelong friendships and role models, and creating an environment for growth. He is passionate about the outdoors and the role that nature plays in creating community and inner peace. Ruben lives in Northern California with his wife Vivien and children Jonah, Max and Maia.
Martee Fischman, Development and Logistics Associate
Martee Fischman is excited to be joining our full-time team as Development and Logistics Associate after working behind the scenes the last three years at camp, first as Dining Hall Manager in 2015 and as Development Associate in 2016. Martee played a critical role in managing the logistics of launching our first amazing summer at Newman by the Bay, and looks forward to being an integral part of camp’s growth in the future.
Lily Gottlieb, Regional Advisor, NFTY Southern California
Lily is an educator, artist and experienced youth professional. With a knack for creating accessible, meaningful, and fun activities, Lily has a long history of developing a variety of youth and arts education programs for Camp Newman and within the NFTY SOCAL community. She has been a member of the Newman professional team since 2016 and has spent the last six summers with Camp Newman, including one summer as a Madricha for NFTY’s Israel Adventure teen tour. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Lily is excited to be back in Southern California for this role and loves being able to collaborate with the many creative and innovative minds in the region. Lily has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.
Tracey Klapow, Development Director
Tracey Klapow has worked for Camp Newman for the past 13 years. In her role as Development Director she is able to combine her knowledge and passion to help build and sustain our camp and year round programming. Tracey is passionate about camping and youth engagement. Tracey grew up attending Jewish overnight summer camp and met her husband at camp. Tracey’s two sons Sam and Ze’ev grew up at Camp Newman. She has a BS in Psychology from Dominican University. She lives in Petaluma with her husband Adam.
Cheryl Lazar, Bookkeeper
Cheryl Lazar, has loved Camp Newman well before she started working here in 2013, as both her children have been going to camp for several years. Cheryl has worked as a bookkeeper for over 20 years. She lives in San Rafael with her husband Bill, son Sam and daughter Sarah. Cheryl graduated with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Accounting from UCLA.
Sierra Meszaros, Regional Advisor, NFTY Central West Region
Sierra is currently serving as the NFTY Central Western Region, Regional Advisor and is extremely excited to head into her second summer at camp! Throughout the year Sierra works with teen leaders to build high quality Jewish programming for their peers, creating spaces for teens throughout the region to continue to grow as leaders and as young Jews. Sierra is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she grew up as a member at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, but in recent years has come to call the small Northern Nevada town of Genoa her new home town. She has long had a passion for the Jewish community which has manifested itself in various ways over the years, beginning as a TYG member, later becoming a youth educator, and TYG advisor. Sierra cannot wait to work with CIT 2018, and to see a new set of Camp Newman leaders bring the magic and wonder to camp!
Alaina Yoakum, Director of Marketing & Communications
Alaina Yoakum drives the marketing and communications strategy for Camp Newman’s year-round and summer programming, and coordinates development projects. Alaina was formerly the Festival and Program Manager for the Center for Jewish Peoplehood at the Osher Marin JCC, where she planned and promoted events, such as Talmud classes, programs with up-and-coming visiting scholars, and large-scale community festivals. She has extensive experience in event production, marketing, and communications; she managed the social media campaign for Goodwill’s boutique store launch, planned events for Genentech and Hilton Hotels, and served as Marketing Director for Bay Area and New York firms.
Alaina received her B.A. in English from San Francisco State and her master’s in Journalism and Communications from the University of Oregon. She is a former board member of Congregation Kol Shofar. Alaina’s relationship with Camp Newman began in 2009 when they asked her to work in the camp office as a last-minute replacement. She agreed, enrolling her two daughters in Camp Katan and Bonim. The three were hooked instantly. Alaina went on to teach sculpture and mosaics as part of Camp Newman’s Hagigah program, before accepting this position in the summer of 2014.