Camp Alsing is proud to have a team of experts in the fields of child and youth development.
Emily Chaleff, MS, owner and director, co-founded Alsing in 2017 with an enthusiasm to expand the opportunity for camp to as many children as possible. She brings over 20 years of leadership experience in business and organizational management. Prior to opening Alsing she was the executive director of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine, 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 differences. Born and raised outside of Chicago, Emily and her husband Stanley moved to Portland, Maine in 2008 where they raise their two sons, Gideon and Asher, and a goofy goldendoodle named Burt.
Stanley Chaleff, MD is a board certified pediatric oncologist in Maine. He is also Emily’s husband, and oversees Alsing’s health and wellness program year round.
“Dr. Stanley” loves the time he is able to spend at camp in the summers getting to know and work with our campers as they expand their horizons and try new things. He is dedicated to helping build an environment where our campers and staff are physically and emotionally safe – allowing them to experience all that camp has to offer. Dr. Stanley is an avid dog-lover, swimmer, hiker, history buff and high-quality dad.
Bri Hart, MA CCC-SLP began working at Camp Alsing as a coach in 2018. She fell in love with the mission and the people and returned each summer. Bri now works year-round as the Assistant Director of Camp Alsing, in addition to working part-time as a speech-language pathologist in public schools.
Bri is passionate about creating a summer camp environment full of natural opportunities to build confidence and connections – and has seen the impact it has on our campers. Bri loves Camp Alsing for the way it allows campers to be their authentic selves in a safe and supportive environment.
Bri lives in Philadelphia, PA. She loves Maine and can’t think of a better place to spend the summers.