Ken Cotton, Executive Director
Lesley University: Masters of Education, Elementary Levels 1-6
Ithaca College: Bachelor of Science in Business Management
Before accepting his dream job as Executive Director at Camp Bauercrest, Ken already had 13 years of professional experience in the field of childhood development under his belt. He was a teacher at Kennedy Middle School in Natick from 2003-2016. He coached high school boys’ lacrosse in Framingham from 2002-2014, and has been the President of Framingham Youth Lacrosse since 2010, where he still coaches the U-9 program because he “loves those little bobbleheads.”
Ken has an impressive and extensive background in camping. He spent 13 summers at JCC Camp Kingswood in Bridgton, Maine. Throughout his tenure at Kingswood, Ken served in a variety of leadership roles, including Assistant Director, Athletic Director, Waterfront Director, and Unit Head.
Ken’s love of overnight camp began at Camp Naticook in Merrimack, New Hampshire, where he spent nine years as a camper and staff member, never once needing a cell phone.
“Camp has always played an important role in my life and that of my family,” Ken said. “I feel like I have spent the last 13 years of my career preparing for this incredible opportunity. When I was growing up, I would hear my Bauercrest friends talk about the ‘Big House’ and ‘The Hill.’ On my first visit, I could literally feel decades of stories permeating the atmosphere. With a camp that is so steeped in tradition, and with alumni who are so supportive, I couldn’t be more excited to call this place my second home. My plan is to embrace these traditions while exploring new ways to make Bauercrest even better.”
Ken lives in Framingham with his wife, Dyan. Their son Jake is a senior captain on the Ithaca College lacrosse team. Jared is a sophomore at UMaine and an awesome cook. The Cottons are active members of Temple Beth Am in Framingham. In his free time, Ken likes to hit the links, bother Dyan at the beach, and hang out with his 90-pound lap dog Daisy and lovable mutt Jessie.
If you have questions for Ken about camp or anything else, you can reach him at [email protected].
Stacy Pollack, Camp Relations Director/Camp Mom
Tufts University: Bachelor of Arts in Child Study and English; Concentration in Creative Writing
Stacy married into the Bauercrest family, as her husband Micah is a Bauercrest alum. Their two boys, Max and Jaden, are current campers at the Crest. Stacy did not go to overnight camp as a child. However, she did have a fruitful career as Director of Marketing and Special Events at three major Boston radio station (yes, at one point she did have access to an endless supply of Bedtime Magic Nightshirts). This in addition to her love of writing and attraction to all things wonderfully chaotic makes Stacy a perfect fit for the role of Camp Mom. She works tirelessly year-round to ensure that our parents’ experiences with Bauercrest are just as amazing as our campers’. Stacy writes our Camp Mom blog. She also creates photo montages to songs the campers have never heard before but the parents love.
In her free time, Stacy pretends she has a show on HGTV, as she is always in the middle of a do-it-yourself project that makes her husband very anxious. She has been riding in the Pan Mass Challenge benefiting the Jimmy Fund since 2010; she is very committed to this cause. The Pollacks are active members of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. Stacy is an avid Springsteen fan, yet does not enjoy hearing anyone’s stories about meeting him or touching him from the Pit at his concerts.
Stacy is happy to talk to you about camp, your child, or anything else. You can reach her at [email protected], or on her cell at 781-205-9625.
Erica Weinstein, Assistant Director
Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst: Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Event Management
Erica Weinstein is no stranger to Jewish overnight camp. She spent 10 summers at Tel Noar as camper, CIT, waterski staff, and counselor. “I am so grateful for my Jewish overnight camp experience,” she says. “It’s impacted my life in countless, meaningful ways.”
Erica spent her college summers as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at the famed Country Club at New Seabury and Popponessett Inn. After graduation, she worked for Aramark, managing special events at Fenway Park. Subsequently, she joined Siagel Productions in an event management role, and helped to plan hundreds of bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings and corporate events over her seven years at the company. Erica later moved on to become the Director of Events at Hotel Indigo and BOKX 109. With such extensive event planning and management experience, she now had the expertise and motivation to venture out on her own.
Erica Paige Events and Parties was officially established in 2016. During the short time that she’s owned and operated her own business, Erica has designed, planned, and executed numerous corporate, nonprofit and social events. (Bar/bat mitzvah planning is and has always been her favorite!)
“I am passionate about helping others, creating meaningful relationships and connecting with people,” she says. “I have always associated Bauercrest with lifelong friendships and tradition. I am so excited to experience a summer on the Hill and become a part of the Bauercrest family.”
Erica is a strong advocate for and supporter of the Anti Defamation League of New England and a 2015 Krupp Leadership Award Recipient for her outstanding dedication and leadership. She is Co-Chair of the ADL Associate Board, comprised of 40 of her young professional peers.
According to Bauercrest’s Executive Director Ken Cotton, “Erica has an incredible attention to detail and a camp mind. She is a perfect complement to Stacy and me. We have no doubt she’ll be an instant hit.”
Please join us in welcoming Erica to the Bauercrest family!