Meet Our Team
Greg is the founding Executive Director of Aurora Day Camp. As such, he is responsible for the management of all of Aurora programs, operations and community relations. He has spent close to 20 years in the nonprofit sector. Prior to launching Aurora Day Camp, Greg led the Refugee & Migration Unit at Save the Children where he oversaw a $25M annual portfolio across 20 countries, and deployed to various emergency situations such as Iraq, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Turkey. Greg earned a BA in Journalism from Fairfield University, MA in International Affairs from Catholic University and a Certificate in Humanitarian Logistics from the Fritz Institute.
Maria, who hails from Scotland, is an innovative, entrepreneurial, fundraising leader with over 23 years building strategic relationships across multiple stakeholder groups. Her leadership successfully grew major gifts portfolios, sponsorship, events, volunteer leadership and corporate mission awareness with several national charities. In every organization served, her ability to raise funds and build partnerships, has led the organization to be a national leader. Maria’s passionate ability to connect to others and to share the story and magic of the mission enhances every project and helps empower others.
Samantha ("Sami") Tanenbaum
At an early age, Sami witnessed the magic of camp. She attended camp for seven summers, served as faculty and staff, and even met her husband while working at camp as a Counselor in Training. Sami has a passion for all things camp. Before joining Aurora Day Camp, she launched a day camp for preschoolers, she served as a Director of Youth & Teen Programming, as well as a Community Camp Ambassador. In her free time, Sami enjoys spending time with friends and family, attending festivals and going to movies.
Growing up, Allison attended and then served on staff at the same day camp for 13 years. Allison has a passion for bringing the magic of camp to children with chronic illnesses and their families, developed from her own love of camp as well as previous experience fundraising and event planning for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through Dance Marathon. Prior to joining Aurora Day Camp, Allison worked as a Certified Child Life Specialist, serving as a critical component of the Family Support Services team. Allison earned a BA in Communication from Auburn University and a MS in Family and Child Studies from Texas State University.
Kelsey has a diverse background working with children in various capacities. Kelsey has worked as an inclusion specialist within the classrooms to promote inclusion for exceptional children. Kelsey also has worked as an advocate for children and their families to provide behavioral, social, and emotional support. Kelsey received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Albany State University and a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. Kelsey is passionate about working with children in a way that brings a lot of joy and smiles. I have worked as a camp counselor as well as having experience of attending camps during my childhood which allows me to understand the amazing impact that camps can have on children and their families for a lifetime.
Brittany Schear is a seasoned professional with over two decades of experience catering to children's needs. From managing her children's party business to nurturing young minds in preschool settings, she's well-versed in the intricacies of childhood development. Alongside her roles as a devoted mother to both her baby girl and her beloved dogs, Brittany is deeply engaged in the Atlanta community, where her passion, kindness, and caring nature shine through in all her endeavors. Now, she's found her calling back into the nonprofit sector, where her life experiences and degree in organizational leadership converge, driving her enthusiasm and dedication to make a meaningful impact.
Meet Our Medical Director
Dr. John Bergsagel
Dr. John Bergsagel is a pediatric hematologist at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He has worked there since 1991. His main focus is treating children with leukemia and lymphoma. Having been in Atlanta so long, he has been able to enjoy seeing his patients grow into adults and even in some cases take up careers in healthcare looking after children with cancer. He believes that camping experiences for children with cancer is one of the best things that can be done to help normalize their lives. John loves to walk his dog phoebe, play tennis, and spend summers at the Outer Banks.