Our Leadership Team Members Are:
- Hand-picked and passionate about Camp Kinneret’s philosophy
- Experienced camp professionals and educators who provide daily support and assistance to counselors, instructors, campers, and families
- Available to speak with families each day
- An essential part of the individualized attention and support for our campers
- Out with camper groups throughout the day
- Able to provide first-hand insight and discuss situations directly with parents, counselors, and other staff members
The Leadership Team’s years of experience are key to each summer’s success and to the relationships between families and camp.
Year-Round Leadership Team Members
Five of our Leadership Team Members work full-time all year to prepare for each Camp Kinneret summer. All five are active in professional camp director circles, attending conferences, seminars, and director discussions throughout the year.
Ryan Rosen (He/Him)
Director Ryan Rosen is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has been involved with Camp Kinneret since 1995 when he started as a CILT. After 3 years as the Camp Kinneret Pool Director followed by 3 years as the lead assistant camp director, Ryan spent 2 summers as co-director of Sunny Skies Day Camp. He returned to Camp Kinneret as a director following the 2007 camp season and purchased the camp from long-time owner Harold Gordon in 2011. Ryan and his wife Britt welcomed their daughter, Dylan, in 2015 and their son, Wyatt, in 2019.
Jamie Porter (She/Her)
Co-Director Jamie Porter attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she played with and student-coached the softball team and received a Bachelor’s Degree in cultural anthropology and a minor degree in athletic coaching. She subsequently received a Master’s Degree in sports management from the University of San Francisco. Following a few years working at a law firm, Jamie joined the Camp Kinneret family in 2007. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys playing competitive kickball and trying and cooking new and interesting food!
Amy Clark Wernick (She/Her)
Our Enrollment Coordinator, Amy Clark Wernick, has been a part of the Camp Kinneret family since the 1970s when she first became a camper at 5 years old. She spent every summer at Kinneret until she headed off to resident camp during her high school years, and then returned to join our staff in 1987. Since then Amy has had many roles in camp, including co-director in the late 1990’s.
After becoming a mom in 2000 to Maya and 2003 to Courtney, Amy took on her favorite role at Kinneret — being a camp parent, and seeing her daughters get to experience the Camp Kinneret spirit for themselves. In 2016, Amy officially rejoined the staff as our enrollment coordinator, and has been happily placing campers into groups, giving tours, and answering parents’ questions ever since.
Amy received her political science degree from Stanford University in 1990, and graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1994.
In her 50+ years of camp, Amy has yet to get a bullseye at archery, but she is still trying!
Brian Russo (They/Them)
Leadership Team Member
Leadership Team member Brian Russo graduated from Miami University (in Ohio) in 2020 and received Bachelor’s Degrees in Anthropology and Educational Studies. They started out as a CILT in 2015, joined staff in 2016, and have been with camp ever since. Over the years, Brian has been a counselor and bus captain and has now stepped into the role of Leadership Team member. In 2021, they joined the year-round team in the office. In their free time, Brian loves reading books and is always up for a recommendation!
Lauren Wald (She/Her)
Leadership Team Member
Leadership Team member Lauren Wald graduated from UC Davis in 2022 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development. She joined camp in 2017 as a counselor for our youngest age group. She spent three summers with the littles before moving all the way to the oldest kids at camp for her final year as a counselor. Lauren joined the Leadership Team summer of 2022, and is now a member of the year-round team. In her free time, she likes to play hockey, go to the beach, and try out new delicious restaurants and recipes!
Chief Security Officer
Chief Security Officer Colbie Rosen, passed her level II obedience training course with flying colors in 2011. She has been involved with Camp Kinneret since 2010. Colbie works hard to protect the office during the year but takes time off from work during the summer, attending “family camp” with her grandparents. She enjoys naps, squirrels, treats, and visits to the Kinneret Farm to find lizards.