Dr Zach Lasker Director Camp Bob Waldorf

Dr. Zach Lasker


Zach has enjoyed a wonderful career in the fields of education, camp, and community organizing. Zach spent a combined total of 22 years at Camp Ramah in California, including 10 years as the camp director. He also served as the Executive Director of Pico Union Project, a multi-faith and cultural center, and director of professional learning programs at the Davidson Graduate School of Education of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Zach earned his doctorate in education leadership at UCLA and a Master’s in Education from the American Jewish University. A certified yoga instructor, Zach teaches workshops to educators and leaders using yoga as a model for instruction and engagement.

Favorite breakfast food:

Quote to live by: “Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

Rose Levenson Assistant Director

Rose Levenson

Assistant Director

Rose has been involved in various camps for over a decade, and comes to Camp Bob Waldorf from the sweet town of Hershey, Pennsylvania! Most recently, Rose is grateful to have worked for six summers at URJ Crane Lake Camp as both a counselor and Unit Head. Rose graduated with an MBA in Non-Profit Management and an MA in Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar. She is proud to be an alumna of Mount Holyoke College, where she earned her BA in Psychology and Education. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the pioneer cohort of the Nachshon Project. Rose enjoys re-reading Harry Potter books, and teaching indoor cycling and Zumba classes.

Favorite breakfast food:
French toast sticks!!!

Quote to live by:
“You don’t have to be perfect. Just prepared.” – Mary Lyon

Emily Lassman Assistant Director Program and Rentals Camp Bob Waldorf

Emily Lassman

Assistant Director – Program & Rentals

Emily has been part of the Camp Bob Waldorf family since 2016 as a Head Counselor and then CIT Director. As the Assistant Director of Programs & Rentals, she oversees all activities, logistics, and camp programming in addition to camp leasing. Before joining Camp Bob Waldorf, Emily attended Camp Mountain Chai and returned as a CIT and counselor for five summers. She has a degree in Social Welfare and Public Policy from UC Berkeley.

When she’s not at camp, you can most likely find her at Starbucks maintaining her caffeine dependency or hanging out with her dogs.

Amalia Shifriss Camper and-Community Outreach Director

Amalia Shifriss

Camper & Community Outreach Director

Amalia joined Camp Bob Waldorf after four and half years at ORT America, a nonprofit focused on education. She got her BA in Theatre and Jewish Studies from Indiana University, and will earn a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UCLA in June 2018. She loves being a Big Sister with JBBBSLA, and in her free time likes pilates, hiking, traveling, reading and cooking. Favorite Breakfast Food: scrambled eggs with a side of avocado.

Quote to live by:
“What is stronger than the human heart, which shatters over and over and still lives?” – Rupi Kaur

Alba Azru Registrar Camp Bob Waldorf

Alba Azru


Alba has a passion for working at camp. She began her journey at Camp Bob Waldorf in 2002 and worked for another non-profit camp for 6 years prior where her devotion for “The Happy Campers Business” was born.  Alba immigrated from Guatemala City after she finished her AA Business Degree and made Los Angeles her new home. She loves frogs of all shapes and colors.

Favorite breakfast food:
Hot cereals

Quote to live by:
“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.”

Alba Azru Registrar Camp Bob Waldorf

Sofia Varona


Sofia is a native Angelino who is passionate about helping youth find resources and opportunities that will help them thrive now and in the future. She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies at Cal State LA with an emphasis in Directed Elementary Subject Matter. She began her career at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock where she was a summer art camp counselor, and most recently worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles where she helped youth get linked to mentors. She is happy to come full circle at CBW and looks forward to helping families access the wonderful experience camp offers.

Favorite breakfast food:

Quote to live by:
“Though we tremble before uncertain futures, may we meet illness, death and adversity with strength. May we dance in the face of our fears” -Gloria Anzaldúa

Rick Vargas Registration Intern at Camp Bob Waldorf

Rick Vargas

Registration Intern

Rick is a CBW alumnus excited to be return to his camp family as a member of the team. When not at camp he is as student at California State University Los Angeles studying business and finance. Rick loves baseball, music, and food, and values his family and friends above all else. He is a very big believer of making things happen rather than waiting for things to come to you.

Favorite breakfast food:
Steak and Eggs

Quote to live by:
“Destiny is not written, destiny is created through one’s actions.”

Dale Sapp

Camp Facilities Manager

Brian Sapp

Assistant Facilities Manager

Lynn Duston

Housekeeping Manager