Faculty Profiles

Camp Directors

Carole1359CAROLE BERMAN
Executive Director and Founder

Director and Founder of the Gifted and Talented Development Center. Carole has been actively involved in Gifted Education for over 30 years, having served as a teacher of the gifted and talented students in the High and Wide and BOCES programs. She was a reading teacher in Yonkers for 23 years. She serves as President of the Gifted and Talented Foundation, Board member of New York State Camp Directors Association and member of the American Camping Association. In tribute to Carole and in recognition of thirty years of Challenge Camp she was the 2010 honoree at the annual dinner of NYSCDA. Each summer her grandsons travels from London and New York City to attend camp!

Marcy1346MARCY GEISSER-WOLF
Assistant Director

Marcy has over twenty five years of administrative experience in academic camps. She has great expertise in staff training and management and coordinates the Counselor in Training program. Marcy’s has been a part of Challenge Camp for over 15 years.

joe_tnJOSEPH FIELDS
Afternoon Director

Joseph is a full time professional magician performing over five hundred shows a year in the Tri-State area. He is an instructor in ten school districts in Westchester, teaching the art of magic. Joe has been associated with Challenge Camp for 33 years.

Faculty

HUDSON APOTHEKER

Hudson is currently studying art education and chemistry at Towson University. He has been teaching and coaching children for several years in subjects ranging from all sciences and fine arts to wilderness survival and soccer. Last year he introduced the successful Go Kart and Survivor! classes to Challenge.

GEOFFREY BYRNE

Geoffrey is a connoisseur of technology. Being the last of his friends to to own a PC at age 16, his keen interest and natural leadership skills turned into a thriving business. Geoffrey has found that without proper communication technology can be scary for the non-techie. He feels that proper instruction is missing in today’s support sector. It is for this reason that teaching has become a way of life for him no matter what age or skills level, in or out of Challenge Camp! Geoffrey is owner at technology consulting firm G&J Tech Solutions.

MIKE HIRSH

As a lifelong student of history and business, nothing gives Mike greater joy than sharing his passions with our “leaders of tomorrow.” Mike teaches Global, American History, Government and Economics to middle and High School students.

JOHN FITZSIMMONS

John is a former police investigator with 20 years experience. He has been teaching elementary and middle school for ten years. He enjoys incorporating all aspects STEM education in his two LEGO workshops.

ARMELLE GLOAGUEN

Armelle is an award winning artist and educator, an experienced teacher and an accomplished singer-songwriter. She provides educational multicultural musical shows and workshops at schools, libraries and private events. She has worked with international children for over twenty years and has recorded three albums of children’s music in several languages.

BRENDA GUY

Brenda is a registered nurse employed with the New Rochelle School District. She has twenty years of nursing experience at the Sound Shore Medical Center.

ANNE PASQUALE

Anne, an actress and playwright, is presently a member of The Actors Studio. She trained at L.A.M.D.A. and the New York School for the Arts. She has appeared on TV and performed on stage in New York and Great Britain. In addition, Anne creates and tours her repertoire of Living History Programs for audiences of all ages.

ALLAN PEARLMAN

Allan has been teaching science for more than 40 years and still enjoys the challenge of imparting knowledge into inquisitive minds. His real joy is teaching all types of science to young students at Challenge Camp.

SABRA RIVEL

Sabra is a teacher at the Mamaroneck Avenue School. She has been teaching for over fifteen years. She is thrilled to share her enthusiasm and creativity with our campers.

ALEXANDRA ROMERO

Alexandra currently teaches all areas of high school science in Yonkers. Her teaching career has had many highlights including: STEM research at the Hudson River Museum, A Columbia University teacher exchange program Ambassador to Singapore and secondary school Science Teacher’s Fellowship and awarded Yonkers teacher of the year in 2013. In addition to science, Her other “passion” is animal rescue and she has founded several animal relief and rescue clubs.

ANA SAURA

Anna has a BFA degree in advertising and Commercial art from Pels School of Art/Cooper Union, as well as a teaching degree from Liceo Moderno San Carlos University, Guatemala. After a successful career in advertising/graphic design, Anna founded Children’s Creative Corner in Larchmont. She has developed and taught art programs for children at her art center and various elementary schools throughout Westchester.

LIZ STEGER-HARTZMAN

Based in New York, Liz has been shooting professionally for over 20 years. She built her career on food photography and still life by photographing many of New York’s finest eating establishments and chefs, including JeanGeorge, The Brasserie and the restaurants at the Waldorf-Astoria. Larry King, Marc Anthony and the Duke of Edinburgh have also posed for Liz’s lens. Liz’s mouth watering books, Serendipity Parties, Serendipity Sundaes and Sweet serendipity: Delicious Desserts and Devish Dish (Rizzoli) have been featured on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The New York Daily News, The Today Show and Fox & Friends. Her other published books are American Sideshow: An Encyclopedia of History’s Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performers and Found on eBay: 101 Genuinely Bizarre Items From the World’s Online Yard Sale (Universe,) both written by her husband, Marc. Liz also served as the photo editor and photographer for the popular guide book, Avante Guide New York (Empire Press.)

JACQUI STIX

Jacqui is a full time yoga instructor for children and adults in Westchester. She has also taught visual arts in schools and has created a beautiful bridge connecting the art of movement with visual arts for our campers.

REGINA TALBOT

Regina holds a Master Degree in Music Education and has taught music for many years in public and international schools. She currently teaches vocal music in the New Rochelle School District and is a recent Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award recipient.

ADAM THEISSEN

Adam is a multifaceted teacher in Yonkers Middle/High School teaching all sciences including Regents Physics, International Baccalaureate Physics and Lego Mindstorms Robotics. He established and coaches the school’s first Robotics team traveling to St. Louis with his students for a national competition. Adam is also the High School’s head football coach combining his passion for teaching and athletics.

ANATOLY TONKONOGY

Born and raised in Kiev, Anatoly has been living in the US for nearly 25 years and is a Senior Master in Chess. He has taught chess to children and young adults for over 25 years and and has coached many champions.

LESLEY WALTERS

Lesley is an Emergency Room Technician and American Heart Association BLS Instructor since 1992. She is currently working for a firm that sells and supports Early Defibrillation Programs for Corporations and Non-Profit Organizations as well as private residences. She has 10 years of babysitting experience through a service as well as on her own.

JIM WEINGAST

A Graduate of George Washington University, Jim has over 30 years of study and performance on guitar, bass, percussion and drums. He has recorded, performed and toured with various inie and major label acts including Dude of Life (lyricist for Phish) and The Great Red Shark. He owns and operates a professional recording studio where he has acted as ehgineer and producer on numerous CD projects. Jim is a successful music instructor, Director of a rock and roll camp and founding member of www.rockmitzvah.com.

LIDA Y. ZIMMERMAN

Lida was born in Shanghai and has lived in America for many years. She is a graduate of the University of China where she studied painting. She has been a student of the most famous artists in China. As an art teacher in Shanghai, she taught watercolor, pencil drawing, as well as the ancient art of “paper cutting”. She has written books on “How to Paint” and contributed to art textbooks for the elementary and middle school in Shanghai. Lida teaches art in New York. She has exhibited her artwork in Westchester.