The Staff

Akiko Yonekawa

akikovAki has the extreme pleasure of living and working at the Brandeis-Bardin Campus. As the Director of Programming, she plans and leads activities for children and adults that make the most of the beautiful setting and the educational opportunities that it affords. Previously, she was the Assistant Director of the BBC’s residential summer program for kids, Camp Alonim and has worked at numerous other day and overnight camps in the Los Angeles area where she grew up. When she is not at the BBC, she can be found at the University’s academic campus where she is pursuing an MBA in non-profit management or at one of three synagogues where she teaches religious school. She tries to travel to Israel and at least one new country every year. Aki studied Art History at Occidental College where she graduated in 1999.

Mark Shpall

Mark ShpallMark Shpall is the founding Director of the Adventure Course at the American Jewish University, Brandeis-Bardin Campus. Mark has a long time relationship with the Brandeis Bardin campus having grown up as a camper ('74-'83) and then staff ('85-'91) at Camp Alonim where he also met his wife and celebrated his son's Bar Mitzvah. In his role as the Director of the Adventure Course, Mark works to provide quality experiential education to both the summer camp programs at BBC as well as to youth and adult groups throughout the year. In addition to his responsibilities at the AJU, Mark also works at the New Community Jewish High School in West Hills. At NCJHS, Mark serves as the Upper Class Dean, AP Government teacher, Director of Community Programming, and Assistant Wrestling Coach.

Aryeh Goldman

Aryeh Goldman Headshot Aryeh Goldman serves as Program Coordinator for the Brandeis-Bardin Campus, working to oversee the Fellows program and agricultural efforts throughout the grounds.Prior to his time in this position, he has played an intimate role in the development of the Brandeis-Bardin Campus’ organic gardens and overnight camping sites, as well as the Teva (nature) programs at Camp Alonim. Aryeh earned his B.A. in Philosophy from California State University at Northridge in 2010 and is currently completing a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Dominguez Hills. Aryeh is an accomplished outdoorsman, having learned wilderness survival skills at a young age. He has constructed and lived in debris, bark and snow shelters. When he was 15, he hiked the 210-mile John Muir Trail with renowned Jewish educator Josh Lake. He learned many of his teaching and outdoor skills from his father and nationally renowned experiential and nature educator Dr. Gabe Goldman. Aryeh has served as the supervisor of the Teva staff at Camp Alonim since 2010 and has been part of the camp staff since 2007. Aryeh holds certification as a high and low-ropes course instructor, as a Second Level archery coach and in First Aid CPR. In his free time, Aryeh enjoys drumming, rock climbing, archery, and running.