Camp Alsing is proud to have a team of experts in the fields of child and youth development.
Founder and Camp Director
Emily Chaleff, owner and director, co-founded Alsing with an enthusiasm to expand the opportunity for camp to as many children as possible. She brings over 20 years of experience in business and organizational management. Prior to opening Alsing she was the executive director of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine for seven years, where among many responsibilities she supervised the oversight of Center Day Camp and the JCA Preschool.
Emily counts her 12 summers as a camper, counselor and trip leader at Camp Thunderbird in Bemidji, Minnesota as some of the most meaningful (and fun!) experiences of her life. She is motivated by a deeply-held belief that camping has a profound impact on the emotional and social lives of all kids, and the unique opportunities camp brings should be available to all children, regardless of developmental challenges. Emily lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and two sons.
Lead Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)
Bri Hart, MA CCC-SLP is a licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. During the school year, she works in an outpatient clinic, as well as in the Baltimore Public School system for students with a variety of challenges. Bri is passionate about creating a summer camp environment full of natural opportunities to build social skills and connections – and has seen the impact it has on our campers. Bri loves Camp Alsing for the way it allows campers to be challenged and grow in a safe and supportive environment.
Originally from Connecticut, Bri currently lives in Baltimore, MD. She loves Maine and can’t think of a better place to spend the summers.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
A licensed clinical social worker and former special education teacher, Ann has specialized in working with students with social communication challenges and anxiety, most recently for 22 years in a local school district. There she was one of the first in her district to incorporate Social Thinking methodology and attended the week-long Social Thinking training in California. She has also attended multiple trainings with Lynn Lyons, a nationally recognized innovator in treating anxiety. At camp she helps with training staff and providing support to campers in managing anxiety and navigating the social world, both at camp and beyond. She believes, as Michelle Garcia Winner says, that “social emotional connection is about connection and relationship more than it is about making sure that we are doing everything exactly right” and tries to help campers put that motto into action.
Ann is a lifelong Mainer who loves kayaking, her kitties, and all the fun and community camp has to offer.
Kendra Hennegen is a licensed and ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. She received a B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development from Point Loma Nazarene University and then earned her M.S. degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Boston University. After working for a year in the Lawrence Public School District, she has worked since Fall 2019 at the Social Thinking Boston Clinic as a social-cognitive coach. In this dynamic and rewarding position, she has the privilege of coaching students of all ages through the nuanced and challenging task of understanding and navigating the social world through the evidence-based methodology of Social Thinking®. Additionally, she has attended training by Sarah Ward in the 360 Thinking® curriculum to support the multi-faceted demands of executive function.
This will be her third summer at Camp Alsing and she is passionate about being a part of the Camp Alsing community to help its campers find joy, confidence, and connections. Kendra is originally from California and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a life-long lover of summer camp, spending her summers at Camp Alsing is a dream come true.