Director, Camp Louise
Alicia Berlin was a homesick camper at Camp Louise in 1980 when her mother told her that she had to stay at camp and have a good time. It was at that moment that Alicia truly began her Camp Louise career, growing up through the Camp Louise CIT program and eventually becoming a counselor, unit leader, and assistant director. After taking a summer off to have twin daughters, Alicia returned to Camp Louise in 2008 as the director.
Alicia was raised in Randallstown, MD and attended University of Maryland, College Park, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Subsequently, Alicia received her Master of Arts degree in teaching from The Johns Hopkins University. Alicia has 13 years of experience teaching elementary school children in Baltimore and Howard counties. Most recently, Alicia was a gifted and talented resource teacher at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in Howard County.
Alicia met her husband, Neil, at camp while they were both unit leaders. Alicia and Neil had twin daughters, Hannah and Marissa, in the summer of 2007. In the fall of 2008, their third daughter, Eliana, was born. During the camp off-season, the Berlins live in Owings Mills, MD and attend Beth El Congregation in Pikesville, MD.
Rookie Camp Director, Camp Louise
Karen has had a long tenure at Camp Louise and is very excited to continue her role as Rookie Camp Director. Having been affiliated with the camps off-and-on for more than 40 years (camper, CIT, counselor, camper parent, staff member, Circle Board member) she is well-versed in its history and traditions and embraces its commitment to the best principles of Jewish camping.
When not attending to camp responsibilities, Karen is the long-time director of the award-winning Schilit Nursery School at B'nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, Maryland. She is the past chair of the PJLL-affiliated Council of Directors of Jewish Early Childhood Centers. Karen graduated from the University of Maryland where she earned a degree in special education/elementary education. She has also completed the two-year training program "Israel in Our Hearts, Minds and Soul" sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington which included a grant to complete her training in Israel.