Melissa Frey, Director
Email Melissa, 845.987.6300
Melissa Frey has served as director of the URJ Kutz Camp since 2008, and has been an instrumental member of the URJ’s year-round youth programs team since 1999. Melissa previously served as North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) Associate Director, NFTY Convention Director, NFTY Director of Operations, NFTY Assistant Director, regional advisor to NFTY's Northeast Lakes and Texas-Oklahoma Regions, and curriculum author for the Regional Board Leadership Track at Kutz. A product of the Union for Reform Judaism's Camps (Greene Family Camp and Kutz Camp), NFTY and BBYO, Melissa has been involved in youth work in various capacities with the URJ for over twenty years. Most recently, Melissa served as the director of the Youth Summit at NFTY Convention.
Melissa is an honors graduate of Purdue University, where she double-majored in Graphic Design and American History, and has a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Texas. Melissa participated in the third cohort of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s prestigious Executive Leadership Institute in 2013.
Melissa's multi-dimensional background as a former advertising agency art director, university faculty member, URJ congregational and camp education director, Hebrew school teacher, and junior and senior youth group adviser is reflected in her unique approach to experiential Jewish education. Melissa builds teen leadership via Jewish ethics and values, engagement and empowerment, and by fostering strong, meaningful, Jewish communities.
“Kutz is a place where teens bring their talents because they are interested and invested, at a very high level, in learning to refine and enhance their skills through a lens of Jewish learning. Kutz Camp is home; it is home to generations of leaders of this Movement. There are thousands of people who have come through the gates of 46 Bowen Road who have been indelibly impacted by the experiences they have had here. Truly, they are the current and future leaders of the Reform Movement.”
Noah Wolf-Prusan, Development and Alumni Associate
Raised in San Francisco, CA, Noah Wolf-Prusan grew up attending Camp Swig and Camp Newman for many years, and later, took his passion for Jewish youth leadership into the school year and NFTY. From 2007-2008, Noah served as the Regional NFTY-Central West Programming Vice President and then he went on to serve as the North American Programming Vice President during the 2008-2009 school year. His time on the North American NFTY board brought Noah to Kutz for the 2008 summer, and he returned again in 2009 to work as the Wilderness Special Projects Coordinator.
Noah earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature from the University of Oregon, where he also served as the Director of the Jewish Student Union and the Chairperson of the Programs Finance Committee. After graduating from school, Noah returned to San Francisco and dove headfirst into the world of non-profit development, first working as a fundraising event intern for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and then as a grants support specialist in the regional office of Head Start.
Noah’s love for camp, and for Kutz, stirred deep inside of him and pulled him across the country to join Melissa Frey and Jesse Cerrotti as they work to help Kutz fulfill its near limitless potential. On September 1st, 2015, Noah Wolf-Prusan began his work as the URJ Kutz Camp Development and Alumni Associate, and he has never looked back.
Denise Bulnes, Registrar and Book Keeper
Email Denise, 845.987.6300 x6354
Denise Bulnes has served the Kutz Camp as registrar and book keeper since 2004. Outside of work, Denise volunteers the Warwick Lions Club. Denise has received honors including NYC Dept of Parks Employee of the month Award, the Lions Club Lion of the year award (Twice), Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, Lions Club District Governors Award, and Outstanding Service Awards from PTA & Community Centers. Also a notary public, this wife, mother and grandmother of twins keeps quite busy.
Joseph “Eddie” Emmanuel
Joseph “Eddie” Emmanuel is central to the success of the Kutz Camp on every level. Eddie is the epitome of hard work, dedication, and a zest for life. From the most simple of repairs to the most complex challenges for improvement, Eddie’s unique insight and knowledge of the property have helped to save money and time. Always willing and eager to teach, Eddie is patient beyond expectations, and knowledgeable without measure. An avid Harley Davidson motorcyclist, Eddie rides annually for fundraisers including Breast Cancer Awareness, HIV-AIDS research and The Autism Foundation Organization of Hudson Valley. Entering his 25th year working for Kutz, this husband, father and grandfather is thrilled by the exciting projects to come this Spring.
Kutz Camp Lay Leadership
Rabbi Lisa Silverstein Tzur, Kutz Camp Committee Chair
Jeffrey Kagan, Vice Chair
Leading the Jewish Future: The Campaign for URJ Kutz Camp
Rabbi Michael White and Eran Tzur, Co-Chairs
Capital Campaign Committee Members:
Rabbi Peter Berg
Cantor Rosalie Boxt
Rabbi Joshua Davidson
Rabbi Billy Dreskin
Cantor Ellen Dreskin
Rabbi Dennis Eisner
Rabbi Edwin Goldberg
Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Rabbi Rob Nosanchuk
Rabbi Lisa Silverstein Tzur
Rabbi Scott Weiner
Rabbi Paul Yedwab