Meet Our Staff


Noah Gallagher, Camp Director

Noah GallagherNoah is an experienced Jewish camping professional who joined Tel Noar after thirteen years as Director of JCC Denver Ranch Camp and Camp Young Judaea Midwest. He also served as Assistant Director of Camp Tel Yehudah and in roles at Young Judaea’s national organization. A graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute of the Foundation for Jewish Camp, he brings a track record of strengthening camp programs, safety, camper care, staff training, enrollment, community, and parent partnership and satisfaction. A fluent Hebrew speaker and accomplished photographer, Noah holds a BA in Philosophy from University of Wisconsin-Madison and attended Young Judaea’s Year Course in Israel.

Approaching his first season at Tel Noar, Noah says, “I can’t wait to meet each of you in the Tel Noar family, and to welcome newcomers. The traditions and atmosphere of each camp are unique; I look forward to learning all that is special about Tel Noar. Getting us all back to camp as safely and normally as possible is my top priority.”

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Amanda Charson, Assistant Director

When you call to enroll or ask questions, you’ll likely speak with Amanda first. Amanda is joining CTN’s year-round team in early 2019, but she already knows camp well; she was the CTN Program Director for three years, 2011-13. She comes to us from another assistant director role in which she has led youth and engagement for synagogue K-6 programs. She has extensive background as a high school teacher and an innovative K-12 synagogue school leader. Amanda holds a BA from the University of Florida and has attended law school as well. She says, “Growing up at summer camp taught me so much about friendship, independence, and the value of sleepaway camp for growth and confidence. I was a camp counselor for 5 years even before I came to CTN. Camp is close to my heart. Now I am so thrilled to rejoin Camp Tel Noar!

Michelle Jackson, Assistant Director

Michelle is returning to camp in even more of a leadership role. She has been CTN Program Director since 2017. As always, she brings a huge amount of creativity, energy and fun! She came to CTN from thirteen years at the Stoughton YMCA (previously the Striar JCC). In her career, she has overseen day camps, after-school programming, aquatics, membership, and family programming. She grew up in Marblehead where everyone she knew was connected to summer camps, and she is delighted to have her own camp friends now! With a BA in Psychology from Bowdoin, and her incredible experience, Michelle is a terrific asset to camp. Michelle loves being a part of this camp family and sharing her experience with her own family and wife (CTN alum!) Shanna Belenky.

Sharon Lasky, Director of Community Supporthead counselors

Our most tenured member of staff, Sharon is now entering her 50th summer on Sunset Lake! The Sharon Lasky Scholarship Fund honors all that she means to CTN—and her commitment to camp families. Sharon is bubbly, fun and a wonderful resource for our campers, counselors, parents and everyone in between. Have a summer birthday? Sharon will be the first to lead the camp in singing Happy Birthday and the first to skip around the room! You can always find Sharon around camp sporting her sun hat and walkie-talkie, ready for anything. Sharon is a great source of knowledge about the traditions and history of camp and helps infuse the legacy of Tel Noar in all that she does.

Lee Krasnoo, Head Counselor

Working with our male campers and counselors, and in close partnership with the other Head Counselors, we have the beloved Lee Krasnoo. Lee has been with us since 2013 and has found his second home at Tel Noar after spending many years at several other overnight camps. He is a High School Latin teacher and wrestling coach in Wayland. Camp Tel Noar wouldn’t be the same without his calm, caring demeanor around camp and his Color War face paint and spirit. Lee is approachable, warm and your go-to guy if you want to laugh. Campers and staff know that Lee is always available if they need anything at all!

Kevin Fisher, Head Counselor

Kevin is thrilled to join the Head Counselor team at Camp Tel Noar again this summer! Kevin is currently the Hampstead Middle School Choral Director just a couple minutes up the road from CTN. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire where he was member of The New Hampshire Gentlemen – an all-male a cappella group. Kevin has his master’s degree in Educational Leadership/Administration from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. He coaches soccer and softball, teaches piano and voice lessons, and enjoys traveling to and exploring New York City and the New Hampshire seacoast. Kevin grew up and attended summer camp in Norton, Massachusetts – 30 minutes south of Boston, and his dad worked at both Camp Pembroke and Camp Tel Noar! He is an active Boston Red Sox fan and theater-goer, and he loves playing tennis in the summer!

Sharyn Wedge, Head Counselorsharyn wedge

Sharyn will be returning to Camp Tel Noar for her 18th summer! Sharyn grew up as a camper, counselor, and eventually Head Counselor before taking a hiatus from camp. Her daughter Madi started her own camp career  in 2014 as a camper and it is obvious that CTN is in their blood. Sharyn is a speech pathologist in the Sharon public schools and she lives nearby in Stoughton, MA. She spent her previous years on staff as a member of the Boating and Canoeing Department so she is always certain to make time to spend a free period on the waterfront. Welcome back Sharyn!

Jessica Cressionnie, Head of Drama

Jessica Cressionnie is so excited to be heading up the drama program for another summer. Tel Noar was her very first summer camp experience in 2017 and she hasn’t looked back! Jessica teaches with Wingspan Arts, The Dalton School, and The Salk School of Science in New York City. Originally a Louisiana native, she has been working in theatre since her initial role at the age of three and has been directing and writing shows since junior high school. She has directed numerous shows professionally with non-profit theatres and schools, some of which include: “Winnie the Pooh,” “The Jungle Book,” “The Commedia Pinocchio,” and “Happy Days: A New Musical.” While in Louisiana, she founded Synergy Performing Arts, LLC; ran the drama department at St. Thomas Aquinas High School; created and ran a drama program at Harvest Christian Academy; and taught private piano/voice lessons. Jessica recently finished her master’s degree in Educational Theatre at NYU and can’t wait to share everything that she has learned with the Camp Tel Noar community!

Sara Haskin, Head of Arts & CraftsSara

Sara is currently a middle school art teacher at RJ Grey Jr. High in Acton, MA.  Much of her life has revolved around camp and art and she spent 13 years as a camper and counselor at Camp Yavneh. Entering her 6th summer at Tel Noar she is looking forward to new and innovative projects and working on community art installations.  She did her undergrad at the University of Vermont and her masters at the University of Wisconsin in Art Education. She comes to camp with her energetic, awesome boys, Jonah and Phin! They love camp as much as Sara and can’t wait to be back at their summer home.

Molly Winsten, Special Diets Coordinator

Molly Winsten is thrilled to be returning to Camp Tel Noar this summer. She started years ago as a camper and as a CIT and loved every second of it, and can’t wait to be able to bring her passion for special diets to a place she cares so much about. She received her masters in nutrition and her dietitians license from Boston University. After being diagnosed with multiple food allergies and sensitivities her freshman year in college, she chose to embrace the challenge and begin her journey with nutrition.  In her spare time she loves playing sports! She was a varsity athlete in undergrad and played rugby for BU, so fitness and health are also very important to her, and she understands the importance of making sure your kids have the calories and nutrition they need to enjoy every second at camp. She is so excited to meet everyone and begin the camp season!

Katie Hamelburg, Jewish Programming

Katie is a Washington, DC native who recently moved to the Boston area. She attended the University of Maryland, studying Jewish and Middle East studies with a focus in Hebrew Language Education and is thrilled to be joining us at CTN. Katie was active in her Jewish community in college, co-creating the conservative minyan and pluralistic Jewish group on campus. She also organized a tutoring program at a local high school and an Alternative Winter Break program in Guatemala, as a part of Maryland Hillel’s Center for Social Justice. Outside of university, Katie was a returning staff member for United Synagogue Youth,  working with middle and high school students while serving on the education team for Seaboard Region USY. She was the advisor at a local synagogue, and staffed USY on Wheels in 2016. Katie is an avid Israeli dancer who loves performing and attending weekly Israeli dance sessions, and is excited to begin exploring Boston. She is really excited to see what CTN is all about!

Kerri Tabasky, Programming Specialist

Kerri is thrilled to return to CTN for another summer, with a role in special programming. She’ll be involved in our media and podcast programs as well as support our culinary program. In the off-season, Kerri spends her days writing and developing the TV dark comedy “Mac and Drew”, starring Lauren Potter, Chris Kattan, Scott Evans, and Max Adler. She’s also working with fellow CTN alum David Yas to launch The Boston Podcast Network, and looks forward to bringing podcasting to camp as an elective. In addition, Kerri is a public speaker and talks with kids and adults about the importance of acceptance and inclusion. She lives in Sudbury, MA with her husband, their three daughters Jordan, Maya, and Anna, and dog, Rizzo. Jordan and Maya are longtime CTN campers and they are all counting down until the summer!

David Leifer, Digital Photography Specialist

David is excited to be at Camp Tel Noar full time this year. As a commercial photographer David has been visiting CTN, as well as Camp Pembroke and Camp Tevya, a few days each summer for the last fifteen years, producing the photographs for the camp websites and print brochures. Since graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology, David has been working in corporate and editorial photography, specializing in people on location; from musicians, construction workers and CEOs to professors, students and campers! David is equally passionate about teaching. From being a technology integration specialist at Lawrence Elementary School in Brookline, MA to teaching at Tufts University, adult ed, summer camps and Elderhostel, David has taught photography, digital image editing, poetry, journalism, modern dance and SCUBA diving. Having grown up in Miami Beach David loves to wear tropical shirts, when he’s not in a CTN staff shirt. And this summer you might just catch him combining the two. He is thrilled to be a part of the CTN Media team and to be able to spend his summer at camp.

Summer Staff

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The Tel Noar staff undertakes with great care its responsibility to nurture and care for our campers. Each staff member works hard to serve as a role model and to make a positive impact each day. Tel Noar administrative and supervisory personnel are camping professionals and educators with many years of experience working with children. Many Tel Noar counselors were Tel Noar campers themselves, and each of those came through our Dor L’Dor capstone program which combines an Israel experience with counselor training. Some of our counselors come from abroad, including a contingent from Israel, which greatly enhances the camp experience. We select our staff for their experience, maturity, creativity, and sense of responsibility. Our summer staff attends a week-long Staff Orientation, in addition to individual specialty training to improve teaching skills. Ongoing training continues throughout the summer with seminars and mentoring.