Owner / Director
I started at Camp Takajo in 1970 when I was nine and have been here every summer since! When my camping career ended (after my sophomore year at Blind Brook High School), I returned to teach basketball and live in Takajo’s Junior age group. During my four years at Lehigh University, I came back to Takajo each summer and became the Junior age group head counselor and later the Senior age group head counselor. After graduating from Lehigh, I worked for six years as associate director with Morty Goldman, who founded Camp Takajo in 1947. In 1988, I purchased the camp from Morty. I remain committed to the traditions and the values that have epitomized Camp Takajo since its inception.
My wife, Joan, and I live in Greenwich, Connecticut, with our four children, Max, Kate, Jack and Kim.
I arrived at Camp Takajo in 1973 after my junior year at Washington & Lee University where I played varsity tennis. Having grown up in Cleveland, Ohio, I couldn’t believe a place like this existed! During my first summer, I worked as a tennis counselor in the Warrior and Senior age groups. Over the next five summers, I ran the tennis program for the Senior age group. I then became the Senior age group head counselor in 1980 and 1981 before becoming Morty’s administrative assistant. I returned to Camp Takajo each summer while I was teaching and working toward my master’s degree in education. When Jeff purchased the camp, I became the associate director and have been working full time ever since. I was Jeff’s bunk counselor in 1974 so our working relationship is truly based on the bonds established by our friendship over so many years at Camp Takajo.
I currently live in Skillman, New Jersey, with my wife, Karen, and our two daughters, Katie Rose and Natalie.