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Board of Directors

Camp Tawonga’s Board of Directors is an extraordinary group of dedicated and talented leaders, many of whom are also Tawonga alumni and Camp parents. The strength or our agency is in large part thanks to their commitment and leadership.

Stacy Mason, President

Board member since: 2015
Stacy is co-founder and executive director of WomenCount, a progressive non-profit organization that promotes women in politics. She moved with her family to California ten years ago from Washington, DC, where she worked in political journalism for many years. She is involved in the local community as a board member at Congregation Beth Am and former board member of Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School. Her three kids are all diehard Tawongans – as campers and staff — and she never gets tired of listening to them talk about camp. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

Jeff Zlot, Vice President

zlotBoard member since: 2017
Jeff was born and raised in Marin County where he currently resides with his wife and three children. Jeff is a Camp Tawonga alum and a parent of three boys who can’t wait to spend part of their summer at Camp Tawonga. Jeff is a founder and partner of Tiedemann Wealth Management where he serves as a trusted advisor to wealthy families and their charitable entities. Jeff has been active in the Jewish community and has served on several boards including the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco and the Mt. Zion Health Fund. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government from Colby College. Jeff along with and his wife Connie and their three children enjoy skiing, traveling and exploring the outdoors.

Ezra Berman, Treasurer

Board member since: 2016
Ezra attended Camp Tawonga for seven years and worked on the staff for three years, and celebrated both his 9th and 21st birthdays at Camp. A native San Franciscan, Ezra currently owns several restaurants and bars throughout the city. He earned a BS in Business Management Economics at UC Santa Cruz, an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and spent six years working in finance before jumping into the hospitality business full time. He is very excited to be giving back to Camp Tawonga through board service and cherishes the friendships and memories he has made through Camp over the years.

Deborah Wexler, Secretary

deborahBoard member since: 2015
Deborah, along with her husband Peter and son Benjamin moved to the Bay Area almost 20 years ago from the frigid Northeast. They have been a Tawonga family for nine years as Ben has progressed through Tawonga as a camper, a TSL teen, a CIT and finally, a counselor for the last two years. Deborah has been involved in the Jewish community for many years serving on the boards of Congregation Sinai Preschool and Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School and on advisory committees for the North Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation and the JCF Regional Impact Grant Initiative. She earned a Masters degree in Business Administration at Boston University where she also served on the board of Boston University Hillel. She is currently a board member of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Deborah is looking forward to spending more time at Camp Tawonga and experiencing that little tingle that always comes with the drive down the hill to the camp gate!

Michelle Kletter, Member At-Large

Board member since: 2016
Michelle is a San Francisco native and Camp Tawonga alum. She fondly refers to her time at Camp Tawonga as her best summers ever. Michelle is a co-owner/operator of a nation-wide health care system that provides substance use disorder treatment, mental health services and primary medical care. She lives in San Francisco with her wife and two children. Michelle enjoys spending time with her friends and family (especially at Camp Tawonga’s Keshet Family Camp), Soulcycle, traveling and good books.

Jessica Chizen

Board member since: 2018
Growing up in the Bay Area, Jessica was a Tawonga camper for many years. She spent three summers on staff and has been involved with Tawonga ever since. Jessica was recently Co-Chair of Tawonga’s inaugural Young Alumni Board. Jessica is a speech-language pathologist at SPEECH, Inc., a pediatric clinic in San Francisco and also works part-time at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. She has always loved working with children and feels lucky to have a job helping them learn to communicate. Jessica is excited to bring her passion for kids and Tawonga to the Board of Directors.

Rabbi Mychal Copeland

MychalBoard member since: 2017

Rabbi Mychal Copeland speaks and writes about the inclusion of LGBTQI people and interfaith families in religious life. She is the Bay Area Director of InterfaithFamily, and served for thirteen years as a university Rabbi, first at UCLA and later at Hillel at Stanford University. Her book, Struggling in Good Faith: LGBTQI Inclusion from 13 American Religious Perspectives (SkyLight Paths, November 2015), grew out of her campus work. She studied at Harvard Divinity School, Pitzer College and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and has a background in middle school education. Mychal is the founder of a national Rosh Hodesh (new moon) project for teens, It’s a Girl Thing, that celebrates the monthly lunar cycle and strengthens teen girls’ self-esteem and spirituality with over 100 groups around the country. Her writing on interfaith parenting and LGBTQI issues in religion can be found at J: Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, HuffPost,, and She never got to attend Jewish camp as a kid and is making up for it now, spending a week at Tawonga every summer as camp Rabbi, attending Keshet family camp, and now happily serving on the Board. At camp, Mychal loves to utilize her background as a certified yoga instructor, fusing Jewish spirituality with movement and meditation for wiggly kids. She lives with her partner of over 20 years in Mountain View with their two children. Mychal is passionate about opening the doors of Judaism wider and leading people towards a profound spiritual and religious life that embraces all of their disparate identities.

Neil Hallinan

Board member since: 2016
Neil is a Camp Tawonga vet, having spent six years at Tawonga as a camper and subsequently as a summer staff member. Born and raised in San Francisco, Neil still lives in the city along with his wife Vanessa Peña-Hallinan and their three-year old daughter, Xochitl. Neil is currently a Deputy Public Defender in Oakland. He has two nieces who have attended Tawonga as campers and looks forward to raising his daughter in the same tradition.

Seth Leslie

Board member since: 2013
Seth earned an M.S. in Management from the Sloan Fellows program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He has since consulted for Bay Area start-ups in the areas of operations, business development, and strategy. Prior to that, Seth was a founder of East Palo Alto Academy High School, where he successfully transitioned from a math teacher to Assistant Principal over a fourteen-year career. Seth serves on multiple non-profit boards, where he offers expertise in development and fundraising.

Tali Levy

Board member since: 2018
Tali Levy grew up on the Peninsula and spent six years as a camper at Tawonga.  She attended Cal Berkeley for undergraduate, the Fletcher School at Tufts University for a masters, and received a JD from Stanford Law School.  Tali was an attorney at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office for 15 years. She lives in Oakland with her husband and two kids and is often near Tawonga at Evergreen Lodge and Rush Creek Lodge, her husband Lee’s businesses. She is thrilled that her two kids are now Tawonga campers, as so many of her happy childhood memories center on Tawonga.  Additionally, Tali’s son is involved “down the mountain” in the inaugural Tawonga Bar Mitzvah class. Tali is excited to serve on the Board and contribute to an organization that has given her and her family so much.  

Alexis Lezin

FullSizeRender (1)Board member since: 2017
Alexis Lezin is a psychotherapist in private practice in Oakland and San Francisco. She works primarily with individual adults and couples. Her approach to her work is informed by a commitment to racial and social justice, creative expression and training in AEDP, EFT and drama therapy. She was very fortunate to work at Tawonga in the role of therapist from 2009 – 2014, and she is delighted to join the Board of Directors.

Mike Potter

Board member since: 2015
Mike is a professor of family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. At UCSF he sees patients, teaches medical students, and directs a primary healthcare practice based research network. He and his wife Yeva have served as infirmary volunteers at Camp Tawonga since 2003, and it recently occurred to them that their two teenageers (Myer and Natan) have spent over 6 months of their lives at Camp Tawonga as campers and “staff kids”! Mike is grateful for the many friends and meaningful experiences that Camp Tawonga has provided to his family through the years. As a member of the board, Mike looks forward to new opportunities to contribute to the vision and reality of a safe and healthy environment at camp.

Ariel Rabin

IMG_2218-001Board member since: 2017
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Ariel spent many summers of his childhood as a camper at Tawonga. The Tawonga summers hiking through Yosemite left a deep mark, and now Ariel spends much of his free time playing and exploring in the High Sierra with his wife Sarah and young children Ayla and Aron. He enjoys photography, biking, hiking and running. Ariel received a Bachelors in Engineering from UC Davis and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has spent the past 10 years working in commercial real estate investment and asset management. As a board member, Ariel is excited to share his love for the outdoors and Jewish values with future generations of campers.

Renee Samson

Board member since: 2016
Renee has been a part of the San Francisco Jewish community for more than a decade. Her family discovered Tawonga’s Family Camp in 2010 and fell in love with the camp. Renee, a former tax lawyer, spent nine years at PG&E before joining Accenture Consulting, serving utilities and energy companies. Most recently, she joined ChargePoint, the largest electric vehicle charging services company in North America.  Renee loves the outdoors and Yosemite and is cultivating in her two young children the joys of hiking and camping. Renee also loves to bike, cook, and decorate cakes.

Lori Silverstein

beautystoreloricropwhiteBoard member since: 2015
Lori, a 4th generation San Franciscan, was a camper since the early days at the PJCC, where she was also a CIT, counselor and unit head. She attended Camp Tawonga starting at 8, for many summers too. Her last year at session III, in 1967, she had an experience of a lifetime when Janis Joplin and Big Brother and The Holding Company were guests at camp. They rocked on nightly during their stay at camp. Camp has always been an important part of her life, and she has always carried the Tawonga spirit, (ruach), in her life and work. Her son, Jason Hess, was a camper, CIT, on staff last year in Arts and Crafts, and returns this summer, having just received his BFA degree, as Supervisor of the Arts & Crafts Program. Lori currently lives on the Peninsula and is the Chief Beauty Officer of Peninsula Beauty, since college graduation in 1975. She was always involved in the family biz her Dad started in 1959. With 14 locations from San Francisco to San Jose and with a team close to 100, she’s still passionate about the beauty biz. Lori has served on the board and executive board of The Wornick Jewish Day School, and is currently finishing her 4 year term, on The Hillbarn Theater board. Development and fundraising have been her areas of excellence. She has also been involved in supporting Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Recreation Therapy Department, and Bay Area Cancer Connections for many years.

Jennifer Strasburg

Board member since: 2013
A native of Seattle, Jennifer came to the Tawonga Board as part of the Jewish Federation Fellowship program, a two-year leadership building program that develops the next generations of leaders for the Jewish community. At the conclusion of the fellowship, Jen was honored when asked to apply for a permanent board seat. Although she never attended Tawonga, she was a die-hard camper for eight summers at B’nai Brith Camp on the Oregon coast. Jen has spent the last 15 years working in Public Relations and currently works at an agency that specializes in consumer products. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three young children.

Raziel Unger

Board member since: 2018
Raziel is excited to join the Camp Tawonga Board and combine two of the most important things to him – camping and the outdoors, and his Jewish heritage. As an alum, Raziel has participated in several Tawonga Family Camps with his wife and four year old son and loved every minute of them. He is a Realtor at Pacific Union in Burlingame working with nice people to support their perfect real estate experience. Raziel received a Bachelors in Economics from UCLA, and lives in Burlingame (where he grew up).

Betsy Zeger

Board member since: 2018
After 25 exciting years working as an agent and personal manager in the music industry, Betsy switched tracks and has been working as a Mediator and Conflict coach in the Bay Area for 12 years. She is a perpetual student of the Art of Communication, which she practices and teaches every day with her work. Believing deeply in her practice is what led Betsy to co-create Community Boards Conflict Coaching Trainings for mediators. She also teaches these critical life skills to teens at Redwood, Tam, and Terra Linda High Schools. Betsy is certified in Co-Active Coaching, Applied Positive Psychology, Business Leadership from Dominican University, and Mindfulness Training from Mindfulness Without Borders. She also chairs the Wellness Advisory Board for Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur. Betsy happily resides in Marin with her husband Paul, a Camp Tawonga Board alum. Her three children spent most of their childhood being surrounded by the love and support that is Camp Tawonga, and Betsy is excited to show that love and support during her time serving on the Board of Directors.

To learn about board service at Camp Tawonga, please reach our San Francisco office at 415.543.2267,