Meet the Directors
Jason and Leslie Silberman (Owners/Directors)
Camp Owners and Directors Jason and Leslie Silberman are very familiar to the camping life on East Lake. Leslie spent her childhood summers at Matoaka while Jason was across the lake at Camp Manitou for boys. In the summer of 2001, Leslie and Jason met at a camp social during staff orientation. They were married in the fall of 2004 and currently reside in Needham, Massachusetts during the winter months. In December 2007, they welcomed their first child, Brett Matthew, into their family. In December 2009, they welcomed their second child, Carly Rose, and their third child, Chase Dylan, arrived hours after the 2013 Arrival Day.
Leslie attended Matoaka as a camper for six summers, her last year culminating with the honor of being a College League Captain. She was also a counselor, swim instructor, and advisor for two summers. Leslie has the proud distinction of being a second generation Matoaka camper. Her mother Sharman attended camp for many summers while Matoaka was under the direction of its founders, Midge & Joe Nathanson. Leslie earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Massachusetts General Hospital of Health Professions.
Jason was associated with Camp Manitou for 20 years, first as a camper, then as a counselor and director, as well as owner from 1997 to 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Syracuse University. Jason sits on the New England Board of Directors, chairs the public outreach committee, and leads the website task force initiative for the New England section of ACA, He is also a lead visitor for the American Camp Association, assisting in the accreditation of other camps around New England.
Together, Leslie and Jason oversee camp operations for Matoaka both in season and during the winter. They look forward to sharing the Matoaka traditions that have enriched the lives of so many campers. Leslie and Jason understand the camping environment, and bring a great deal of experience, organization, enthusiasm, warmth, and stability to the Matoaka community.
Wendy Morris Berliner (Assistant Director)
A veteran of Camp Matoaka, as both a camper and a counselor, Wendy returns to her first love. Wendy was born with Matoaka running through her blood. Her grandmother attended school with Midge Nathanson (Camp Matoaka’s founder) and her aunt and many cousins (both older and younger) attended Matoaka.
Wendy was a camper from 1983-1988. Her final summer, she was Captain of the Manchester Monkeys. After 6 years as a camper, Wendy returned for 5 years as a junior counselor (“CAM”) and then a water ski counselor. She also was the Head of College League. Wendy was Matoaka’s Best-All-Around Athlete twice and twice was recognized as Best CAM. In recent years, she has returned to camp on numerous occasions to judge The Sing and relive the Matoaka Magic.
Wendy received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her J.D. from the Cardozo School of Law. She practiced law for 11 years, concentrating in litigation, employment counseling and appellate work, before returning to One Great Place in September of 2009. Wendy lives in Westwood, Massachusetts, with her husband and two kids (including Rachel who will be a Queen in 2019).