Aaron Cantor - Director Cantor Family

Aaron grew up in Rochester, NY and is a big time camp enthusiast.  He has provided leadership in the camping field for over 10 years and is actively involved with the American Camp Association, Foundation for Jewish Camp, and the Jewish Community Center Association.  Aaron is dedicated to keeping CSL the premier Jewish overnight camp in NY by blending his past experiences in camping, with the latest trends and best practices available. 

Aaron is proud and honored to lead Camp Seneca Lake and is joined by his wife Amanda and two daughters/future campers, Lily and Julia.  Aaron enjoys anything and everything baseball related, cooking outdoors, spending time with friends and family. He enjoys working closely with the CSL community to build incredible memories for the campers served and to maintain the exceptional traditions, programming, and reputation at CSL. And of course, CSL has truly become a experience for the entire family, with his eldest daughter entering her second full summer as a camper in 2017.

Ari Baum Ari Baum - Associate Director

Ari has spent his entire summer life at CSL, beginning in 1992 as a C1 camper all the way through Tusc in 1999.  From 2001-2004, Ari worked as a counselor in Mohawk (01-02) and Tusc (03-04).  Then from 2005-2008, Ari was a Unit Head in Mohawk (05-06) and Tusc (07-08).  And since 2009, Ari has served as an Assistant Director for Programming, Communications, and supervision of the Tusc program. Following the summer of 2014, Ari was brought on as CSL's fulltime Associate Director

Originally from Ithaca, NY, Ari attended Cornell University and earned a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations.  He then taught Economics and coached hockey at The Gunnery, a boarding school in Connecticut for four years.  In 2011, Ari attended Columbia University where he earned an MA in Educational Leadership. Since graduation, he has moved on to teach Economics and coaches hockey at The Hill School in Pennsylvania

Staci Hiller - Assistant Director 

Staci started her CSL career in the mid 1980s. She spent eight years as a camper and became a bunk counselor in 1993.  In 1996-97 Staci served as Seneca Unit Head and spent the following three summers as Program Director. While she was at Camp (and since) Staci obtained a Bachelor's of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Science degree in Teaching and Curriculum from the University of Rochester.  Staci then taught Biology and Earth Science for the Livonia Central Schools for several years.  In 2014 and 2015 she returned to CSL as the Hachshara Director where she was thrilled to be working with the new staff members. Recently, Staci has been working at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, teaching and planning family programs. This summer, Staci is delighted to be returning as an Assistant Director.  She is looking forward to being inspired by staff members everyday as they work their magic and give campers memories that will last forever. 

Neil Pickus - Assistant Director  Neil Pickus

Neil started at summer camps in 1999.  He went through the ranks as a camper, CIT, counselor, and Photography specialist before coming to Camp Seneca Lake.  He began at CSL in 2011 as the first full time photographer.  In the years since, his responsibilities have grown; taking on Hobbies, Media, Field Operations, Program Areas, and Curriculum.

Neil was born and raised in Saratoga, New York and graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 2008. He then went on to graduate from SUNY New Paltz in 2012 with a Bachelor's in Fine Arts in Sculpture. Since graduating from University, Neil briefly lived in the Bay Area of California, and then settled back into Saratoga working as a screen printer. Recently, Neil has taken on the role of full-time Assistant Director, and works closely with Aaron at the JCC on all things camp!






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