Meet Our Board
Phil Lilienthal, Founder and President
Philip Lilienthal (Reston, VA) founded Global Camps Africa in 2004. He was a Reston attorney Phillip Lilienthal, who, for 30 years, was the owner and director of Camp Winnebago in Maine. Mr. Lilienthal, who joined the Peace Corps following law school, started Ethiopia’s first residential summer camps in 1966 and 1967. Phil and his wife, Lynn, were Peace Corps volunteers in Ethiopia. Phil later became an Attorney-Advisor in the Peace Corps General Counsel's office, Regional Director for Mindanao in the Philippines, and Deputy Peace Corps Director in Thailand.
Eric L. Sass, Chairman
Eric L. Sass (Reston, VA & Sedgwick, ME) most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer and President of Strategic Communications & Learning for Healthy Companies International, an international research and management consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia. Before that he was President and COO of WK Networks, an Internet start-up in Princeton, NJ. Previously, Eric spent 22-years as a senior executive at the PBS TV Network, leading national programming, fundraising, technology development, administration and computer services, human resources, audience research, joint ventures, and business development. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Reston Arts Center and National Urban Leagues. Eric and his wife Eveleen, an artist, have two grown sons and spend as much of their time as possible sailing the Maine coast.
Matt Hill, Vice Chairman
Matt Hill (New York, NY) is a Senior Vice President of Global Sports and Entertainment Consulting at GMR Marketing, where he serves as a strategic resource to a number of the agency's global clients, such as SAP, P&G, and Lowe's. A 15-year veteran of the sports marketing industry, Matt specializes in strategic consultation, sponsorship analysis and negotiation. Prior to joining GMR, he served as the Director of Business Development for the National Football League, and as Business Development Manager for Major League Soccer before that. A Washington, D.C. native, Matt earned his BA from Columbia University, where he was captain of the men's soccer team, and his MBA from Columbia Business School. Matt serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Global Camps Africa, having sat on the board for more than six years. In addition to his development efforts with Global Camps Africa, Matt has led fundraising events for other non-profits, including Save Darfur and uNight. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children. In addition to volunteerism, Matt's interests include running, music, travel, and escaping the city with his family.
Barbara Krimgold (McLean, VA) has worked in health policy and international health and economic development for many years, including stints with the United States Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, the US Agency for International Development, and AcademyHealth. She is a graduate of Harvard College and won a National Defense Education Act postgraduate fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate Center for Middle Eastern Studies. She has lived and worked in France, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Gaza Strip, Egypt, and Ghana. From 2001 to 2013, Barbara directed national postdoctoral health research programs funded by the WK Kellogg Foundation. She now directs the Kaiser Permanente Minority Leadership Development program and is based at the Institute for Alternative Futures in Alexandria, Virginia. She lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband Fred, and has five grown daughters.
Maribeth Carroll (Hoboken, NJ) has more than 15 years experience in Human Resources within the financial services industry, across a broad range of HR disciplines including employee relations, talent and performance management, compensation, recruiting, organizational change and integration. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a B.A. in Journalism and concentration in Public Relations. She joined the board of Global Camps Africa in 2011 after serving as a counselor at Camp Sizanani in 2010. Maribeth has supported a number of philanthropic organizations, which serve the needs of underprivileged women and children both in the local and global community. Maribeth is also a member of the Board of Trustees of WomenRising, Inc, formerly the YWCA of Hudson County, NJ since 2006.
Regina Bouie spent 26 years enriching the lives of children in the Northern Virginia area. As a teacher, curriculum developer, and Board of Directors member at the premiere preschool in Reston, L.A.N.K. (Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten), she went above and beyond in preparing her students for their journey through life. In addition to giving children under her tutelage the necessary emotional and social foundation to succeed every single day, she has also captured her young academics' enthusiasm for science, language, mathematics, and art.
Recently, Regina transitioned from the classroom to the weight room by starting her own fitness business, Align Fitness. She attended the National Personal Training Institute and after completing a 600-hour comprehensive classroom personal fitness training program, Regina received a personal training certification. Align Fitness has presented a new challenge and opportunity that reinvigorated her desire to have an impact on the lives of others. She is now sharing her physical fitness knowledge and enthusiasm with others to empower and inspire others to make a lifestyle change and meet their fitness goals.
Regina has shown the same kind of commitment and passion in her volunteering efforts. She has served on the Fairfax County Public Schools Minority Achievement Committee, and volunteered for Reston Interfaith and the Embry Rucker Shelter. She has also been a member of the Selection and Dinner Committee for the "Best of Reston Awards" for several years. Regina has brought the same kind of dedication and enterprise that she exhibited as a teacher and a business owner to the Global Camps Africa board.
David J. Nathan
David J. Nathan (New York, NY) is a partner at the law firm of Levin & Glasser, PC. He is president emeritus of the Congregation Shearith Israel, the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, where he continues to serve as a trustee. He has previously served as a trustee of the Abraham Joshua Heschel SChool and as a fellow of the Wexner Heritage Foundation. David lives with his wife, Rebecca, in New York, where they raised four children. David first met Phil Lilienthal in 1974, when he worked as a counselor at Camp Winnebago.
Karyn Trader-Leigh is co-owner of KTA Global Partners, LLC, a Human Capital Consulting, Leader Development, and Capacity Building firm in Virginia. Her consulting experience includes work with US based public, private, and government organizations, and global NGOs. Her international experience includes consulting in Hungary, Britain, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Portugal, South Africa, and study and lecture in China. She is also an executive coach, training and certifying coaches for the International Coaching Community (ICC). Karyn holds a Doctorate in Organization Change and MA, International Transactions. She maintains an interest in capacity building, deep democracy (all voices represented), and equity in emerging country environments. She and her husband/co-owner have been involved in capacity building in war-torn countries in West Africa with the Taia Peace Foundation for 13 years.
Tom Finn, Treasurer
Tom Finn is an executive coach and consultant. He helps leaders and teams improve their ability to exert positive influence in a global marketplace. He is the author of Are You Clueless?, a guide for leaders in a multicultural world. His customers include The Weather Channel, NASCAR, Verizon, the National Park Service, and the Argentine Education Ministry. Tom has a keen interest in international understanding and collaboration. He lives in Reston, Virginia with his wife, Kathleen.
Tracey Long Beeker is an award-winning marketing, communications and fundraising strategist who enjoys working with teams to advance society and help enterprises thrive. Throughout her career, Tracey has worked in the media, corporate and nonprofit sectors and has held positions at leading organizations including the Walt Disney Company, Public Broadcasting (PBS) and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), generating new business ventures that exceed objectives and make a societal impact. For the last 10 years, Tracey has devoted her professional experience helping nonprofit organizations increase awareness, engage audiences, build coalitions and foster community impact. During this time, she has helped generate more than $28 million in revenue through traditional and digital fundraising, corporate cause marketing partnerships and foundation support.
april benson, Secretary
April Lane Benson, Ph.D., is a nationally known psychologist who specializes in the treatment of compulsive buying disorder. She has been in private practice in New York City for over 35 years. Dr. Benson graduated cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, and has earned a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School, Yeshiva University. She holds post-graduate certificates in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, in the treatment of eating disorders from the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, and in Spirituality and Psychotherapy from the Blanton-Peale Institute for Pastoral Counseling. Co-founder of the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia, the oldest outpatient eating disorders clinic in New York, Dr. Benson is also a faculty member, supervisor, and executive committee member there. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
Ronald dunn, Assistant Treasurer
Ronald G. (Ron) Dunn is a retired senior executive with more than 40 years of experience in the publishing and digital information business.
In 1972, Mr. Dunn began his career at Chemical Abstracts Service, a Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). After progressing through several editorial and marketing positions, he became Director of Washington Operations of ACS, where he managed the Publications, Education and Membership Divisions. In 1990, Mr. Dunn was appointed Executive Vice President of Maxwell Macmillan Publishing Company and a group of electronic publishing businesses. He also served as Director General of SciTechInform, a joint venture based in Moscow. For three years beginning in July 1995, Mr. Dunn was President of the Information Industry Association, a nonprofit trade group that helped to shape the regulatory and legislative environment for information services.
From July 1998 to May 2005, he served as President and CEO of the Academic and International Group of Thomson Learning. There he managed a diverse group of businesses including: Thomson Higher Education, the second-largest and most profitable publisher of college textbooks and related digital learning products; Gale, the largest producer of print and electronic reference materials for libraries; and Thomson Learning International, which provided sales, marketing and customer support for Thomson Learning products worldwide, as well as regional publishing programs tailored to key international markets.
In July 2007, the Thomson Learning businesses were sold to the private equity firm Apax Partners, the company was renamed Cengage Learning and Mr. Dunn was named President and CEO, a position he held until 2012, when he became Executive Chairman until his retirement in 2014. At various times, Mr. Dunn also worked as an independent consultant for publishing companies and private equity firms.
Mr. Dunn has served as a member and often as Chairman of numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, including the Association of American Publishers, the National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services, SciTechInform, WebCT, Universitas 21 Global, Nelson Education (Canada), Cengage Learning and several of its international subsidiaries.
As a former teacher, social worker, and health care executive, Nancy Lieberman has always had the well being of others top of mind. She is the founder of GO! St. Louis, which began in 2000. She spent 16 years leading the organization, growing the nonprofit from a single marathon weekend to a year-round community wellness leader. Nancy has created innovative programs and events that have received national acclaim while inspiring thousands of people to get to get active.
As a world-class, age-group athlete Nancy has completed dozens of marathons and triathlons, including five Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championships. She offers her time on civic boards and several committees and has been honored by national and regional organizations. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
For the past 20 years, David and his wife have been the Owners/Directors of Camp Starlight, a private summer camp located in Starlight, Pennsylvania. David truly believes that camp friends are forever and the opportunity to change and impact the lives of campers and counselors is a lifelong dream. The experience of volunteering with his daughter as a vochelli at Camp Sizanani in March of 2017 was life-changing. He has continued to be involved with Global Camps Africa since the day he left camp, and was honored when Phil asked him to join the Board of Directors.
Dr. Sheldon Kupper, D.D.S, is a dentist in Manhattan. Over the last 30 years, Dr. Kupper has provided free dental care along with other support to disadvantaged populations around the world. In addition to his private practice, he has volunteered in New York City, Israel, Indonesia, the Cook Islands, Honduras, Nicaragua and at our own Camp Sizanani in South Africa. Dr. Kupper graduated from the City College of New York and went on to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Temple University in Pennsylvania. After years of supporting Global Camps Africa in many ways, Shel joined the Board of Directors in January 2018.