Meet the Directors Who runs things at Camp Marimeta? The directors of Camp Marimeta are the lifeblood and backbone of running this fantastic family-owned camp. Take a look at our senior staff bios below, and get to know them more intimately. You’ll discover decades of family dedication and a passion for keeping the spirit of camp Marimeta alive, year after year. Sandy and Terry Cohen Sandy and Terry Cohen have owned and operated Camp Marimeta since 1984! Together they have nearly 75 years of experience in organized camping. They were on staff together in 1981 and were married in 1983. The following year they made arrangements to buy the camp from Alan and Elaine Wasserman, who owned Camp Marimeta and Camp Menominee. The Wasserman’s were relatives of Sandy, making Sandy and Terry third-generation family owners of Camp Marimeta. Their backgrounds were perfect for the camping industry. Terry was a college cheerleader, swimming instructor, and lifeguard. Sandy was previously the Water Ski Director at Menominee and came to Marimeta in 1979 as the Waterfront Director, eventually becoming the associate director in 1980 and 1981. When they bought the camp in 1984, Terry was a Kindergarten teacher and Sandy was a Social Worker and high school teacher. Today, running camp is their primary focus and they have three wonderful boys, who have all participated in the operation of the camp. It is their experience and love for the girls over the past 3 decades that make Marimeta the caring and loving environment that is known for. Sandy and Terry pride themselves in knowing and treating each individual camper as if they were their own children. No one will ever take the place of mom and dad, yet Sandy and Terry make the best substitutes in a warm and caring camp environment. Jacqui Solomon Jacqui truly believes in the experience of summer camp for children, and that the personal growth and the friends and experiences that children have at camp are irreplaceable. The skills that campers learn from camp will last them their lifetimes!! Jacqui still loves to water ski and spend as much time as she can near the lake! Some of her activities include running, tennis, golf, field hockey, scuba diving, snow skiing, and swimming. Jacqui is up for most challenges and loves the outdoor life! Jacqui says that there is nothing better than watching a child’s face light up as they have just learned a new skill- big or small- at camp! Jacqui came to Camp Marimeta as a counselor from South Africa in 2000!! She was the water ski director and fell in love with camp right from the very beginning! Jacqui returned to camp as the Waterfront Director and Senior Cabin counselor and then after 3 years moved into the ‘Lodge’ to be the Activities Director. Since 2007 she has been living in the US and working for camp full-time. Jacqui graduated with a degree in psychology and is now working her dream job as the director of Camp Marimeta. C.J. Cohen C.J. Cohen was essentially born into camping. The first eight summers of his life, C.J. was at Marimeta participating in activities and getting to know all aspects of camp. Once he was old enough, he attended Camp Menominee where he would spend the next nine summers. C.J. came back to Marimeta to work on staff in 2006 and has been with us ever since. With 20 years of experience, C.J. is well versed in all things camping. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in History, C.J. spent two years as a paraprofessional educator in Northbrook, IL working with children with autism and a wide range of other disabilities. After the 2013 school year, C.J. moved on to work as the associate director full time. C.J. strongly believes that camp offers much more than an opportunity to go away for a summer. Instead, it is a place where the youth of tomorrow can learn and develop life skills that will benefit them greatly throughout the rest of their lives.