Our Team

Jory Hanselman, BS

Director
JoryH@BaMidbarTherapy.org

Jory Hanselman has dedicated her personal and professional career to engaging youth and emerging adults in meaningful outdoor experiences, and helping youth build personal resiliency and the skills necessary to grow and thrive in a complex world. Jory has experienced wilderness programs from the client and staff perspective, from field and office formats, in Jewish and secular settings, and in the private industry and the nonprofit sectors. She has over 400 professional “field days” managing youth from 13-26 through organizations focused on education, recreation, therapy, and workforce development.

Jory sees the wilderness therapy model as an extremely powerful environment and believes that BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy can help magnify that impact through Jewish learning, providing a foundational tapestry for clients that builds Jewish identity and provides the framework for youth to experience meaningful transitions to independent and healthy adult lives. Jory holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Philosophy from Tufts University and is a Master of Public Administration degree candidate at University of Colorado – Denver’s School of Public Affairs.

Charles Elias, LCSW MAC LAC CCPS II SAP

Clinical Director
CharlesE@BaMidbarTherapy.org

Charles is a native of London, England, and became an American citizen in 2002. He has been a resident of Golden, Colorado for over twenty years. Charles received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University, and his Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Denver. Charles is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addictions Counselor in over ten states, and holds additional certifications in Prevention, Sex Offender Counseling, Medication Administration, and Massage Therapy. Charles has been working with adolescents, young adults, and families since 1985, and has served as a social services caseworker, mental health crisis worker, substance abuse counselor, wilderness field therapist, and adolescent and family therapist. Charles also spent eight years in the Navy Reserve, including a seven month campaign in Al Mahmudiyah, Iraq.

Charles comes with an eclectic approach, believing a mixed toolkit is needed to provide individualized treatment that matches the unique needs of every student and their family. Through his experience with family preservation and reunification, Charles will help BaMidbar build strong family and transition support services.

Cliff Stockton, BS

Wilderness Specialist
CliffS@BaMidbarTherapy.org

Cliff has been working in wilderness therapy for over 20 years in many different capacities. Cliff was born and raised in Montana, where he was part of a family of outdoor enthusiasts. From his first 100 mile hike in the Bob Marshall Wilderness at the age of 9 to 14 years as a wilderness therapy program director, his whole life has been about using the outdoors as a place to grow, learn, and heal. Some highlights from his professional career include: Helping start a wilderness therapy program for the State of Montana, Aspen Youth Alternatives for adjudicated youth. Leading change of SUWS Idaho program from a 21 day contained model to a rolling enrollment, variable length of stay program. Writing a comprehensive curriculum to address those changes and provide flexibility to varied treatment plans. Co-developing wilderness therapy program for Community Connections in Alaska to work with local youth, majority first nations children.

Hindy Finman, BA

Communications and Office Manager
Office@BaMidbarTherapy.org

Hindy is an avid camp person and community builder and has spent the past four summers at Ramah in the Rockies working on the Camper Care team and more recently Animal Care Specialist. In the summer of 2015, she learned about Ramah’s promise to create BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy and knew this was something she needed to be a part of. As someone who grew up in a large Chabad family, with strong ties to the Orthodox community, Hindy recognized from a young age the importance and dire need for therapeutic interventions for faith based communities where seeking help is highly stigmatized and shamed. Her goals to help create such a program inspired her to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice from Temple University, and help build Jewish communities in Alaska, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boulder and Ferndale, Michigan; all the while asking what are the hidden needs of those struggling in her community, and how can answers be provided. Hindy enjoys fusing her passions and hobbies while achieving her goals, and can be found riding her bike, listening to country music, making soups, and loving all things goats and ceramics.

Charles Elias, LCSW MAC LAC CCPS II SAP

Clinical Director
CharlesE@BaMidbarTherapy.org

Charles is a native of London, England, and became an American citizen in 2002. He has been a resident of Golden, Colorado for over twenty years. Charles received his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Colorado State University, and his Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Denver. Charles is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addictions Counselor in over ten states, and holds additional certifications in Prevention, Sex Offender Counseling, Medication Administration, and Massage Therapy. Charles has been working with adolescents, young adults, and families since 1985, and has served as a social services caseworker, mental health crisis worker, substance abuse counselor, wilderness field therapist, and adolescent and family therapist. Charles also spent eight years in the Navy Reserve, including a seven month campaign in Al Mahmudiyah, Iraq.

Charles comes with an eclectic approach, believing a mixed toolkit is needed to provide individualized treatment that matches the unique needs of every student and their family. Through his experience with family preservation and reunification, Charles will help BaMidbar build strong family and transition support services.

Nick Magle-Haberek, MS, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Therapist
Nick grew up on a small farm in Richmond, Rhode Island where he developed a love for adventures in the outdoors. While attending the University of Maine, Nick fell in love with the field of Outdoor Education. After completing his degree Nick heeded the advice of a mentor, and moved to Utah to work as a wilderness therapy guide. This ultimately led him to the University of New Hampshire where he earned masters degrees in both Social Work and Outdoor Education. During his graduate career and onward Nick continued to develop his passion for the outdoors and helping others. He has worked in a variety of roles in the field including field guide, facilitator, individual therapist, clinical supervisor, program manager, family therapist and consultant. Nick is also on the leadership committee for the Therapeutic Adventure Professional Group where he regularly helps to organize workshops and conferences for other therapists using adventure therapy.

During his career, Nick has worked with a diverse blend of adolescents and young adults who are trying to find their direction in life. Nick’s love for this work is rejuvenated during moments of connection, vulnerability, and break-through. Nick has joined the BaMidbar clinical team as a Primary Therapist and is looking forward to sharing his passion with staff and clients. When not in the wilderness helping others, Nick can be found backcountry skiing, climbing, hiking, training for triathlons, and enjoying family time with his wife and two children, Birch and River in Estes Park, CO.

Ben White, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Therapist
Ben grew up up in New York City, and as a child found wilderness in the Catskills. Since then the wilderness has become a teaching tool for his own self growth, relationship to the natural world, and, for the past 16 years, his connection to the Colorado landscape. Ben is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in both Colorado and Montana, a Certified Group Psychotherapist, a designation granted by a committee of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, indicating advanced specialization in group therapy, and is bringing 14 years of experience working with groups to BaMidbar. In addition, Ben has private practices in both Lafayette and Longmont, and teaches in the Social Work program at Metro State University in Denver. When taking a break, Ben can be found wandering off trail in the Indian Peaks Wilderness – preferably on skis, fly-fishing, alpine rock climbing, off-trail backpacking, and cross-country and backcountry skiing with his eight year-old hound Buckley not far behind. Ben is excited to be a part of the BaMidbar Clinical Team.

Eliana Willis, BA

Jewish Engagement Coordinator
Eliana comes to BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy after three summers at Ramah in the Rockies, two as a farm educator and one as a Rosh Edah (division head). After graduating from UC-Santa Cruz with a BA in Environmental Studies, she has spent the past three years working in environmental education and traveling. Eliana spent the Spring of 2017 at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, where she fell in love with Talmud and took every opportunity to sing and pray in community. Before beginning at Bamidbar she had the joy of teaching at Teva, where she learned many new plants and songs. Eliana believes strongly in the power of wilderness and of Jewish tradition in the healing process, and is excited to bring the two together. She is particularly interested in how communities navigate the diverse spiritual needs of individuals to create unifying and meaningful prayer and ritual space. Eliana loves exploring the outdoors, birding, gardening, and singing. She is currently delving deeper into whittling spoons and Judaica.

Dave Yedid

Rabbinic Intern
Dave is a first year rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary. This past year, he worked as a field guide with New Vision Wilderness Therapy in Bend, Oregon. His five summers as staff at Ramah in the Rockies were integral to his development as a field guide and educator, in both Jewish and secular contexts. Currently, he is supporting Cliff Stockton in infusing Jewish metaphor, storytelling, Hebrew, and limmud into the BaMidbar program. They are ensuring that the clinical, hard-skills, and Jewish curricula balance and support each other. Dave describes this process as fun-meaningful creativity as he is able to re-frame some of his wilderness therapy work into Jewish contexts.

Wyatt Lane, BA

Field Director
Wyatt was introduced to natural places at an early age by his dad, whose stories of travel and outdoor pursuits inspired him to cultivate his own sense of adventure. Living in crowded cities in East Asia gave him a new perspective on the places we call wild and a new appreciation for the deep, cultural connection to nature that is inherent in the American Southwest, leading him to pursue work in the outdoors. Wyatt has been an outdoor educator and a conservation leader for the majority of his professional life. He drawn to BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy because he has both witnessed and experienced the healing power of nature. To have some small role in providing similar encounters to individuals in need is a worthwhile endeavor. Outside of work, Wyatt loves to ski, climb, and scuba dive, and is never far from his camera. Board games and tacos are his favorite things to share with friends.

Emily Heeren, BA, MA ED.

Field Director
Emily grew up in Newton, MA surrounded by a strong Jewish community and nearby woods which played major roles in shaping her sense of self. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with an academic concentration in Health Science from Gettysburg College and completed her master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Boston University while working as a high school special education teacher. Her additional work in Gettysburg College’s Office of Experiential Education and with the campus’s Hillel has further fueled her desire in uniting her passions with the mission of BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy. When given the choice between sleep and breakfast, Emily will always choose breakfast.

 

Gabi Wasserman, BS

Logistics Coordinator
Gabi grew up in Phoenix, AZ where he attended Arizona State University and received his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He worked for a year in data analytics before deciding to move to Breckenridge, CO to learn how to ski. After a year and a half, he moved to New York to study at Yeshivat Hadar, an egalitarian yeshiva in Manhattan, where he currently lives. Gabi is excited to explore ways of bringing Torah from the Beit Midrash into the experiential environment of BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy.

 

 

 

 

Zack Slavkin

Field Guide
Zack’s deep appreciation for the wilderness and its power to both heal and influence is based on his family experiences while growing up and spending time at their mountain cabin in Big Bear, Southern California. When he was eighteen, Zack attended a wilderness therapy program, which further deepened his appreciation for the outdoors. This program taught him much about his own identity and the surrounding world, leading him to share the growth he achieved with others who may be struggling as he did or who have their own obstacles to overcome. In his spare time, Zack loves making music, reading, learning, being with his family, mountain biking, exploring, travelling, and, most importantly, playing with his dog, Ash.

Rabbi Eliav Bock

Photo of our Director, Rabbi Eliav

Executive Director – Ramah in the Rockies

Eliav brings solid experience in outdoor camping and leadership to Ramah in the Rockies. A native of the Boston area and former Boy Scout, he has spent 11 summers working in other Ramah camps in a variety of specialty areas including five years as an outdoor adventure leader in Camp Ramah, Canada. Ordained as rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2009, Eliav is especially interested in helping youth connect to their Jewish souls through nature and the great outdoors. Prior to rabbinical school, Eliav worked in the finance industry in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Columbia University. In 2013, Eliav was awarded the Pomegranate Prize by the Covenant Foundation which is given annually to five Jewish professionals who are making a significant impact on the field of Jewish education. Eliav was recently selected to be a part of the Schusterman Fellowship program for Jewish professionals and leaders. Eliav’s wife, Dina Danon, and sons, Matan and Yuval, love coming to camp with him each summer.

Douglas Wolf

Business Manager – Ramah in the Rockies

Douglas brings a love of non-motorized recreation and adventure travel to Ramah in the Rockies. He has backpacked long sections of the Appalachian Trail on the east coast and the John Muir Trail in California. He has bicycled around Lake Champlain, to the end of Cape Cod, and the Blue Ridge Parkway from Virginia to Georgia. He has paddled the Altamaha River in Georgia, and the Colorado River through Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. Douglas has spent many days exploring the mountains, canyons, and rivers of the Rocky Mountains, from Glacier National Park in Montana to Copper Canyon in Chihuahua, Mexico, and is always happy to suggest itineraries to visitors to Colorado. Douglas grew up in Maryland. As a boy, he attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and Camp Ramah in Palmer, Massachusetts. Douglas earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and graduate degrees from Georgia Tech.

Lisa Holstein

Office Manager – Ramah in the Rockies

Originally from Cleveland and coming to Colorado via Korea, Italy, and Germany, Lisa brings an enthusiasm for building connections and a passion for service to others. She was a youth ambassador with the American Mishlachat Program to Israel. Over 20 years of volunteer experience with American Red Cross, La Leche League International, and Boy Scouts have led her to use her International Affairs degree and minor in Judaic Studies in ways she never imagined, including coordinating and conducting a campfire seder on Normandy Beach and serving as Jewish lay leader to service members overseas. Lisa and her husband, Ralph, are the proud parents of four Ramahniks.

Matt Levitt

Chief Development Officer
MattL@BaMidbarTherapy.org

Matt brings his passion and dedication to experiential Jewish education to Ramah in the Rockies. A native of Chicagoland, he participated in United Synagogue Youth’s College Leadership Program in Israel,Nativ. After studying in Israel, Matt attended Indiana University (Class 2011) where he double-majored in Jewish Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and minored in Hebrew and Education. Matt has been part of the Ramah in the Rockies team since the beginning, working during the summer months as a rock climbing instructor, counselor, and logistics coordinator for camp until joining the the year-round team in 2012 as the Program Director and then as the organization’s Assistant Director until 2016. Matt took a brief break to return to graduate school at Oklahoma State University to complete an MBA and certificate in non-profit management. Upon earning his Master’s degree, Matt joined our team once again in a new role – that of Chief Development Officer. He lives with his wife, Sara, and their two dogs in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Ash

Ash is a rescue pup who found her forever home with Zack in August of 2017. She loves the mountains and a good bone. While she is shy around new people and new spaces, once she warms up she’s a sweetheart who will snuggle up close on those chilly nights.

Nola

Cliff and Marcia rescued Nola from the deserts of South Central Idaho. An Idaho “Fuzzy” or “Shaggy”, a local herding breed cross between Border Collie and Airedale terrier and others, she was found alone in the Bennet hills area and brought to a local Veterinarian. Nola (Gaelic for noble) had a little pink collar around her neck and was extremely frightened by everything, little children, loud noises, raised voices, etc. Lots of love and consistency have made her less anxious, but she still can be easily frightened. Nola has turned into an excellent, therapy dog. Always happy to see people, likes to be petted, doesn’t bark or bite. She is always up for an adventure and seems to be made for the snow and cold. At BaMidbar if you suddenly find Nola licking your face, you can be sure she is the vanguard for Cliff who will be along shortly.

Mr. Nachshon ben Amindav (aka Dav) &
Ms. Ripley van Winkle (aka Ripley)

Dav (also known as Davers, Dav Dog, Davster, and Dave) was born in Tres Piedras, NM in May 2013.  After being abandoned to the wilds, he was adopted by Jory Hanselman at 6 months old, where he frolicked in the forests of northern New Mexico with a 5-dog pack, before moving to Albuquerque to brave the big city life. Ripley (also known as Rippers) was born in Bernalillo County, in Spring 2013.  After a hard start to life, Ripley was adopted at one and welcomed into a warm and loving home in Albuquerque, NM. Dav and Ripley love catching birds, chasing elk and bighorn, jumping 8′ tall fences, and romping through their natural habitat, the wilderness. Dav can generally be found winning staring contests, inveigling his way into the hearts of dog lovers and haters alike, posing for pictures, and hanging with his favorite pal, Ripley. Ripley can generally be found rolling in poop and dead things, laying on her back begging for belly rubs, and hanging with her favorite pal, Dav.

Buckley

Formerly as “Speedway”, was found chasing cars down a highway in Tennessee and found Clinical Therapist Ben White through what Ben calls a “canine matchmaker”. He loves to chase squirrels and bunnies, climbs up to 5.2 and easily makes friends wherever he goes.

Malachi

Malachi (Hebrew for my angle), Mally or Mr. Blue was born March 3rd, 2018. He is a purebred Irish Setter, growing puppy, and loves to play with plastic watering cans, hiking, going to the park and biting games. His favorite treats are milk bones, liver treats and rawhide. More often than not Mally is being chased out of the neighbors yard.