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Abe Chiswick

Abe Chiswick

Abe began playing ultimate, as many people did, at summer camp.  His first organized competitive ultimate was for NYU’s Purple Haze in their inaugural seasons.  After moving to Israel, Abe searched out the local ultimate scene and has been deeply involved ever since.  He helped found Haifa’s Hucking Crazy club team, which ten years later is one of the most stable and long lasting teams in the country.  He has worked and volunteered with the Israeli Flying Disc Association running...

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Alex Kinsey

Alex Kinsey

Originally hailing from Princeton, New Jersey, Alex learned how to play ultimate at summer camp in summer of 2003 and has been in love with the sport ever since. He captained his high school team P-HUC and then went onto play at Carleton for CUT for four years, winning two National championships (2009, 2011). He has also played competitive club ultimate with Pike (club nationals 2009) and Medicine Men (2011). Now a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University he is playing and coaching JHU Dangerzone....

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Avi Fine

Avi Fine

Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Avi was super excited to be involved with Ultimate Peace camp in 2011! Upon just graduating from Carleton College, Avi moved to Israel for a year to study Ulpan and take other classes at Tel-Aviv University. Already being in the area and having frisbee experience from Carleton, as well as having a passion for working with kids and spreading peace, Camp UP was a perfect experience for Avi. He loved being at Camp and is excited to see where it’s heading. Avi...

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Avner Batat

Hometown: Ra’anana, Israel

Playing ultimate for about 6 years.

Coaching in the community of Ra’anana

Brief history of playing experience: Won the Israeli Championship 3 times (twice with the DiscDragons, once with Ultimate Ra’anana), have been part of the Israeli team in the EUC 2007, played with the DiscDragons in the beach ultimate tournament Paganello.

Coaching: have been coaching for about 3 years, coached in the last UP camp

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Ben Spears

Ben Spears

Ben is from Atlanta, Georgia, and started learning about the Middle East in high school. He joined the ultimate team at George Washington University – the Hippos. Ben then began playing club ultimate for Chain Lightning in 2005 – won a national championship in 2009. He has coached youth, juniors, and college ultimate… meanwhile getting USAU certification in coaching and observing....

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Dan Curme

Dan Curme

Dan started playing ultimate at Hopkins High School in Minnetonka, MN in 2004.  He promptly quit all other sports and focused solely on ultimate.  He went to play for Carleton College – CUT and co-captained his team to a DI national championship in 2009.  Due to 4 ultimate-related surgeries, Dan has stopped playing competitively.  From July 2014 to May 2015, he bicycled from Seattle WA to the coast of Maine and then from Charleston, SC to San Francisco, CA.  Now, he is finishing up his...

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Dan Tapuach

Dan Tapuach

Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
How long you have been playing frisbee: I’ve been playing Ultimate for 8 years.
With what community you work: Daburia, Kfar Tavor, Buena Nujidat, Tuba Zangaria
Brief history of playing experience: Playing ultimate since 2003. Have been playing in different club teams around Israel along the years, and some competitive ultimate in the States. In 2011 became a coach for the Israeli national youth teams and flew as a coach to EYUC 2011 in Poland....

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Elana Cohen

Elana Cohen

Elana was happy and humbled to work at the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Ultimate Peace camps. She got involved after graduating from NYU in 2010, where she played on the women’s team the Violet Femmes, Elana lived in Israel for 2011 during which she was a part of the ongoing program of UP. She has been playing Ultimate in Colorado for the past 2 years while in grad school and is incredibly excited to be coming back to camp for a 4th summer. Elana is most looking forward to sharing her love of ultimate...

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Jeff Landesman

Jeff Landesman

After 40 years of playing, coaching, and teaching Ultimate, Jeff is still enamored with Spirit of the Game. It is the reason why he started playing Ultimate, and it is the reason why he keeps playing as often as possible. Jeff began his Ultimate career as a junior in high school in New York City. His team won the New York state championship, and Ultimate has been a major part of his life ever since....

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Jeremy Aron

Jeremy Aron

Jez has been playing Ultimate since 1994. Inspired by the handout of free mini-frisbees at a promotional night at the student union, he became a founder member of Sheffield University “Phat-Eds”.  After playing with London’s “Violently Happy” he moved to Israel in 2002, and helped to establish Haifa’s “Hucking Crazy”. Jez currently plays (albeit slowly and poorly) with “The Basic Joy of Play”, a team built to exemplify love of the sport...

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Joe Gara

Joe Gara

Joe Gara has been a Ultimate Peace coach in the Middle East every summer since 2010.  He caught the Ultimate bug in 1994, started the team at Salisbury University making Nationals twice.  Joe lives with his UP coach wife, Becca Tucker, their 3 year old daughter, 6 goats and 120 chickens on a farm in New York near one of the best disc golf courses in the country. He knows a good disc golf course when he sees one,...

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Jonathan Masler

Jonathan Masler

Jonathan has been playing, coaching, and living Ultimate for over the past 12 years. He was first introduced to Ultimate at an overnight summer camp, and understands how special the space is that Camp UP provides for youth to learn from one another and grow as individuals; he strives to make each summer the best experience possible for everyone involved....

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Liz Duffy

Liz Duffy

Liz feels incredibly grateful to be returning to Camp U.P. in 2012! Having participated in Ultimate Peace since the inaugural 2009 trip, Liz has been blown away with the powerful and positive effects of introducing the spirit and sport of Ultimate Frisbee to youth in the Middle East, and she knows that these will be some of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of her Ultimate life. Ultimate Frisbee has been one of Liz’s main passions since her introduction to the sport at Amherst...

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Mickey Pearl

Mickey Pearl

Michal (Mickey) Pearl was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. When she started high school, her family relocated to New York City. She fell in love with Ultimate in college, where she played for the Brandeis University women’s team. Mickey has been a summer camp coach in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. She was a UP fellow and spent the 2012-2013 year in Israel working with three communities and establishing the LIT program. Since then she has returned to New York, graduated from law school, and...

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Miranda Knowles

Miranda Knowles

Miranda (Roth) Knowles found ultimate frisbee as a high school athlete and within in the following 3 years transferred all her hard work, athleticism, leadership and sportsmanship from basketball and soccer to be a full-time frisbee player. Once fully dedicated, she never looked back, winning junior worlds for the United States, the Callahan Award while playing for Carleton College and soon after 2 national championships with Seattle Riot and a World Games championship with the USA. Most recently...

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Nadav Pearl

Nadav Pearl

I was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 1992, and moved to the states in 2003. At 12 years old I discovered Ultimate in summer camp, completely fell in love with the sport and have been playing ever since....

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Nancy Glass

Nancy Glass

An original member of the UP Team, Nancy started her Ultimate career in the early 80′s with Chicago’s Nemesis. She still lives in Chicago with her husband Mike, three children, two dogs and a fish. Nancy continues to play and coach both Ultimate and Hockey.
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Ofek Agmon

Ofek Agmon

Hometown: Raanana, Israel

How long you have been playing frisbee: I’ve been playing frisbee for 8 years.
With what community you work: Raanana?
Brief history of playing experience: I played for Israel in WJUC 2006 (junior worlds), EUC 2007 (junior European), EYUC 2011 (junior European) and EUC 2011 (open European).
I have been coaching ultimate for 3 years.
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Roy Hodgman

Roy Hodgman

I’m from Boston, MA

I’ve been playing since 1998

I work with Ein Rafa, Beit Zahur, and Jericho

Played in college at JHU, summer league in Boston since 1998, various club teams from Baltimore and Boston (Medicine Men, New Noise, Quiet Coyote)

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Sarah VanWagenen

Sarah VanWagenen

Sarah was a large part of our UP family during her time in the Middle East both at camp and during year round programming.  Sadly, Sarah passed away in March, 2014.  While she will be missed, the impact of her time with UP will continue to be felt for many years to come....

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Scott Graber

Scott Graber

I’ve been playing and coaching Ultimate since middle school, when my cousins taught me to play. Bringing it back to Tenafly, NJ, I taught it to anyone who would listen, joined the the Tenafly High School Really Good Tigers and ended up captaining for 3 years. I then went to Carleton College and played for the Karls and the Gods of Plastic, which I captained my senior year. I also co-founded the Bergen County Ultimate Disc League in North Jersey in 2012 and I’ve played for Ultimars...

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Tim Lee

Tim Lee

Teem grew up in the Tien Shan foothills of Kyrgyzstan. Born in South Korea, Teem lived and studied in nine different countries before moving to Israel for medical school. His first encounter with ultimate was as a freshman at Knox College. Since then, he has played ultimate around the world and currently bounces around a few teams in Israel. He is currently very busy trying to become the next camp doctor.

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Yuval “Zolo” Zolotushko

Yuval "Zolo" Zolotushko

Yuval’s first encounter with a frisbee was back in 2005 in the “Hashomer Hazair” youth group.   After a few short months he heard about the “Bula Flow” (First international event in Israel) and immediately joined the volunteer crew.  Since then, he got “infected” with the frisbee bug and hasn’t stopped playing ever since....

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CITs

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Dani Glass

Dani Glass

Dani has been a part of Ultimate Peace since camp of 2010 and has loved watching the organization, campers, and CITs grow into the amazing operation we have today. She recently graduated from Lawrence University, where she played varsity soccer for four years as a goalkeeper as well as club Ultimate for four years. Dani is looking forward to becoming a high school teacher, and plans to use teaching as a tool through which she can travel to many different regions to learn about the languages and...

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Katherine Landesman

Katherine Landesman

Katherine started throwing a disc as soon as she could stand, since both her parents play and taught her well. She went on to help start the women’s team at Clark University: Joan of Clark. She now plays in Boston in various leagues and fun tournaments. Katherine was at camp in 2010, 2011, and 2013 and is looking forward to finally getting back after all these years.

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Yuval Pearl

Yuval Pearl

Yuval Pearl, better known as UV, was born in Tel Aviv Israel but now lives in New York City. He has played ultimate for over seven years learning how to play in summer camp. He is currently playing in the New York City High School League captaining the Heschel Heat, and is a member of the New York City YCC team, Little Pony.

 

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Staff

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David Barkan

David Barkan - Camp Director

David lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He also volunteers year-round for Ultimate Peace, and is the Director of Camp UP in Acco Israel every summer.  David has led many Ultimate teams over the course of his thirty-year career to compete at the highest national and international levels of the sport.  He has coached youth Ultimate for over 30 years on 4 continents, won a world championship as a player in 1995, and was inducted into the USA Ultimate Hall of Fame in 2010....

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Tomer Levy - Director of Operations

Tomer had his first encounter with a Frisbee seeing people tossing a disc around Rabin Square in Tel Aviv while passing by on his way home....

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Linda Sidorsky

Linda Sidorsky - Deputy Director of Camp

Linda lives in rural western Massachusetts in the small town of Shelburne Falls. She is one of the co-founders of Ultimate Peace along with David Barkan and Dori Yaniv. As an unpaid volunteer she devotes her time and energy all year to Ultimate Peace as the organization’s COO. She is also the Director of Operations and oversees “Measurements...

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Nancy Melrose

Nancy Melrose - Director of Educational Programs

Nancy has been an avid follower and supporter of Ultimate for over 20 years.  She oversees and creates the daily schedule and programming for our campers!  She also supervises staff, advises the youth leadership/CIT program, and serves as a key problem solver.  Nancy resides in California but lived in Israel for many years where she received training in experiential/informal education and taught high school students and adults from around the world. This led her to designing and guiding trips...

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Randi Glass

Randi Glass - Gear Coordinator

I have never played Ultimate, but have been lucky to be surrounded by it through marriage for over 30 years! I joined UP in 2010 and am grateful to have been part of the Admin team since then. My daughter Dani has been to camp with me every year, and there are many more Glass family members who share in UP with us, always keeping that UP Glass half FULL!!

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Karym Barhom

Karym Barhom - Coverage Coordinator

In 2009, Karym was introduced to Frisbee at Ultimate Peace’s first event in Tel Aviv. From 2007-2011, Karym studied and received his Bachelors of Arts in Informal Education at Beit Berl College in Kfar Saba. Karym’s extensive background in playing and coaching soccer was a natural fit for Ultimate. His work experience includes coaching many kids and young adults in Soccer, which he continues today. He also worked for five years as an Activities Director for Noar HaOved in Tel Aviv...

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