Camp Taconic, Lake Ashmere Massachusetts - Meet Our Directors

Jill and Loren Kleinman have proudly owned and directed Camp Taconic since 2004. They are seasoned leaders and nurturing individuals who love working with children. Together, they oversee the operations of camp and enjoy working closely with the campers
and counselors.

Both are graduates of Brown University and have Masters ct-115Degrees in Business Administration from New York University. At Brown, Jill played tennis and Loren was on the baseball team. They have both been involved in athletics their whole lives.

Feeling compelled to work with children, Jill put her economics degree and CPA background to use when she owned a children’s book and toy store for ten years. Additionally, she has volunteered as President of the Tenafly Youth Basketball Organization, as a coordinator of the JCC’s Maccabi Games and as an active coach in both boys and girls youth sports.

Loren, a civil engineer by profession, spent his first 25 professional years in the construction industry as a general contractor. Along the way, he dedicated his time as the President of Temple Sinai of Bergen County and coached youth sports as well.

Jill and Loren reside in Tenafly, NJ. They have lived there for over 20 years and raised their three children, Dawn, Cari and Jason, there.

Together, Jill and Loren share a belief that there is something unique and special about the summer camp experience that cannot be duplicated in any other setting. They spend each day committed to making Taconic one of the finest camps in the industry.

Jason Kleinman brings excitement and youthful leadership to the Owner/Director team at Camp Taconic.  Jason’s passion for sports and the outdoors combined with his ability to connect with campers and counselors has been invaluable to Taconic’s success.  Jason is a natural born leader.  He achieved 10 varsity letters in three sports during his time at Tenafly High School and was the captain of all three teams.

Jason attended Colgate University where he graduated Cum Laude with a degree in political science.  Jason was the president of his fraternity and participated in a number of philanthropic groups while attending Colgate.  After graduating, Jason began his career at a reputable consulting firm in New York City where he quickly climbed the corporate ladder.  Despite his success, he was unsatisfied with the work and realized his true passion was camping.  Jason joined the Taconic team as a Head Counselor in 2016, became an Associate Director in 2017 and is now Taconic’s newest Owner/Director.

Jason’s better half, Sammy, also spends her summers working at Taconic. Sammy and Jason met at Taconic as campers. They grew up together as best friends and ultimately married in December, 2017. During the school year, Sammy is a first grade teacher at a special needs school in Manhattan. Jason and Sammy share a love for camp and a passion for children. Together they make a dynamic duo that brings enthusiasm to Camp while holding true to the traditions that make Taconic special.

Mark and Meryl Transport bring lifetimes of camping experience to the Camp Taconic management team. The Transports have been involved in camp ownership for 20 years, and have dedicated their full attention to Camp Taconic since the 2006 season. Together with the Kleinmans, they enjoy directing the campers and staff during the summer, and the planning and cultivating of programs and facilities throughout the year.

Mark received a dental degree from NYU, graduating in the first six year class BA/DDS in the country. He practiced dentistry for over 25 years. Meryl graduated from the University of Maryland and worked in advertising and marketing for many years.

Together with their daughter Jillian, the Transports reside in Dix Hills in Suffolk County. Jillian has been around camp all of her life and she loves her summers at Camp Taconic!

Meryl is active in school life and Mark was on the Temple Board at Beth Torah in Melville. The family spends a lot of time in the Berkshires during the winters as well pursuing their skiing interest. Mark and Meryl have fallen in love with the Taconic family and gorgeous surroundings. They collectively bring over 40 years of camping experience and will help guide Camp Taconic for years to come.

Andy Hart, Associate Director and veteran camp professional, joined Camp Taconic in 1990 as a college student and tennis specialist. He has since been a part of the Taconic family as Theater Director, Assistant Head Counselor and most recently Boys’ Head Counselor. Andy and his wife Jonni have five children who have all grown up at camp. In the off season, Andy is a high school theater teacher and debate coach in Brenham, Texas. His passion for camping is evident in everything he does and his goal each summer is always the same: that each and every camper be in a safe and nurturing environment that creates wonderful memories.

Nora Krainis, Associate Director, has been part of the Taconic family since 1980, when she was hired as cabin counselor for 6- and 7-year-olds and started the costume-making activity. Over the past 28 years, she has served as Group Head, Director of Special Events, Director of Theatre Arts, and since 1993, Girls’ Head Counselor.

Nora teaches vocal music, theatre arts, and math at North Yarmouth Academy, where she currently conducts six choral ensembles, directs the Drama program, and coaches
volleyball. An experienced educator, Nora carries a Texas Teacher Certification for Elementary Education (1-8) with a math specialization, and Theatre Arts (6-12).

Nora sings and plays guitar, and resides in Freeport, Maine with her banjo-playing husband, John, and their two cats, Roxanne and Tommy. In her “spare” time, Nora enjoys running, sewing, quilting, and gardening.