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Aaron Stern

Aaron Stern

Aaron started playing in 2000 at UNC-Greensboro and has been coaching since 2009 for teams at all levels, including a national championship U16 Boys team in 2011. His coaching emphasizes the development of the whole person, not just the ultimate player, and he was a 2015 Double-Goal Coach Award Finalist from the Positive Coaching Alliance. Ultimate Peace has been a second home for him since his first time as a UP coach in 2012, and he is thrilled to be returning to camp, once again, in 2019....

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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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Adam Melfa

Hey, my name is Adam Melfa but most of my friends and team call me Sasquatch because I hit 6’5 when I was 15 years old. I started Ultimate one fine day after lunch with my friends in high school and have never put the disc down since. I am currently a captain for the Salisbury Buzz at my graduate school where I study Conflict Resolution. Ultimate Peace has me incredibly excited, because it combines the two things I am passionate about, teaching people the love and spirit of Ultimate Frisbee,...

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Adam Shimoni

Adam Shimoni

Born in Jerusalem, raised in the states. Returning and connecting with Israel throughout my life has always made me feel very connected with the Country and even more so with the People. Living in a country of Peace and feeling connected to a country of pain inspired me to want to bring people together from a young age. Began playing Ultimate in 2004 and falling in Love with the sport and the concept of Spirit of The Game. When I found out about Ultimate Peace and the AMAZING work it does to create...

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Chelsea Lund

Chelsea Lund

I was born in Orange County, California and I started playing Ultimate in High School, in 2004. At American University in DC, I played on the women’s club team, the Dirty Ladies, as well as two other club and rec teams, because who can really get enough Ultimate?! I organized DC’s first Ultimate Peace tournament in 2009, and am glad to say, UP has stayed a part of the DC Ultimate community even after I left! I moved to Israel after I finished my first degree. This year with Ultimate...

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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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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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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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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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Jim Levine

Jim Levine

I began playing in the late 1970’s at Tufts University. In the early 80’s seven members of the Tufts team joined with players from other teams to form the Hostages, a Nationals level club team that played together for four years and was regarded as a team that was way more than the sum of its quirky parts. In the late 80’s I played on the University of Michigan’s college national team, and then bounced around playing for ever more low key teams, winding up in the Mercer...

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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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John McNaughton

John McNaughton

I started playing Ultimate at 13 years old, which led to the wonderful opportunity to captain Australia at 2004 and 2006 Junior Worlds, where we got to play an Israeli team and meet Linda! I played for the University of Queensland while studying exercise science, and primarily play club with my men’s team, Firestorm. I’ve been blessed with the chance to play in a number of countries, with and against some great players. I love Ultimate Peace because it’s combining the sport I...

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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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Josh Seamon

Josh Seamon

Josh has been playing, coaching, and organizing Ultimate for more than 25 years. After playing in High School in Amherst, MA, where he was on the inaugural HS national championship team, he migrated west and played in Claremont, CA. Two months after graduating from Pomona College in ’02, Josh found himself teaching HS Math at St. Johnsbury Academy in the northern reaches of VT, far away from large groups of organized Ultimate....

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Julie Sadofsky

Julie Sadofsky

Julie Sadofsky was first introduced to ultimate her first year of college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010. Once she caught the ultimate fever, Julie became a leader of her team the Cuddle Raptors, and began coaching youth at local after school programs and camps in the effort to build a foundation for ultimate and SOTG. In 2012, she was honored to coach youth in small communities in Israel and Palestine in preparation of Camp UP. Camp UP has been the highlight of her ultimate career...

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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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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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Sam Chatterton-Kirchmeier

Sam C-K started playing ultimate at the ripe old age of 11 with the historic NOMS middle school team in Seattle. There, under the enthusiastic tutelage of coach Joe B, he found both the sport and friends that would remain huge parts of his life from then on. It was the combination of camaraderie, fun, learning, teaching, hard work and passion to play that hooked C-K on ultimate. 20 years later these elements continue to guide his approach to playing and coaching, help to define successful team...

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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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Wanda Yuen

Wanda Yuen

Wanda started playing ultimate in Hong Kong in 2009: she was watching one game and got kicked into action when one team was short of women. Since then she has fallen in love with ultimate and has been active in local leagues and Asian Tournaments – Hong Kong, various cities in China, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Japan. Wanda has been helping with beginners’ training program and tournaments in Hong Kong....

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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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Ava Schein

Ava Schein

Hometown: Peacham, Vermont.
Ava started playing Ultimate her Freshman year of high school at St. Johnsbury Academy, and has been hooked ever since. Continuing to play all four years, Ava became captain and helped her team achieve the Vermont State championship title in 2012. Currently, she plays for Columbia University’s women’s team, NYPD. This is her third year at UP, and she can’t wait to once again be a part of the amazing UP team and family.

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Gabe Kaufman

Gabe Kaufman

I am from Leverett Massachusetts but grew up playing ultimate in Amherst starting at age 8. I played both years on the Amherst middle school team and was a captain in 8th grade and continued to play at Amherst High School with 2 years on varsity under the coaching of Tiina Booth. I have participated in tons of ultimate related things including 4 years of National Ultimate Training Camp. I heard about ultimate peace from a teammate and it sounded amazing, this is now my second year at camp UP....

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Sarah Afromowitz

Sarah Afromowitz

Sarah first started playing ultimate seriously in high school at University Prep in Seattle. Her junior and senior year she co-captained both the coed and girl’s teams. For her senior year of high school, the girls’ team placed 3rd in state. Sarah plays in the adult summer league in Seattle and last summer she co-captained the YCC mixed team, which placed 2nd. Sarah is currently a student in the class of 2016 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and playing for their...

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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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Zeke Levine

Zeke has played Ultimate throughout his High School years as part of Princeton High Ultimate Club (Phuc). When not playing Ultimate Zeke is President of the Bike Club, and a Jazz bass virtuoso who has played with his bands at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and Disneyworld, in Hawaii for the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and on tour in Italy. Right after camp he will travel to Switzerland to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival followed by another tour of Italy. In the fall...

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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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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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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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Rachael Cerrotti

Rachael Cerrotti - Photographer

Rachael is new to the sport of Ultimate, but has very quickly fallen in love with the community. She was drawn to Ultimate Peace by her combined interest of photojournalism and Middle Eastern culture. Rachael spent her time at Ultimate Peace camp with two cameras around her shoulders, eagerly documenting the truly incredible work that this organization does. The family-like atmosphere at camp made her feel at home with the diverse group of staff members, coaches and campers. Since returning back...

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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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