Starr & Stan Goldberg
Starr and Stan have called Trail’s End their summer home for over 50 years. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Starr and Stan were childhood sweethearts.
A physical education graduate of NYU, Stan started at Trail’s End in 1960 as a bunk counselor. After a brief time as Group Leader and Waterfront Director, Stan became the Boys’ Head Counselor in 1967 and served in this role for 20 years. He called this position his “dream job.” In 1986, Stan and Starr were fortunate enough to purchase Trail’s End from the Laub family.
Starr’s career at TEC started in 1964 as a counselor. She then worked as the office manager. Although Starr did not hold a formal position while she raised their two daughters, Rona and Rori, Trail’s End was always a part of her life while she supported Stan along the way. Today Starr plays an important role with the campers as the Grandma figure in their lives. Her loving nature and warm personality are felt throughout camp.
Starr and Stan’s impact on the lives of countless TEC campers and staff has been remarkable. In 2010, Stan received the American Camp Association’s Legends of Camping Award, which recognized his lifelong dedication to the world of camping. View the 2010 Legends of Camping Tribute to Stan on Facebook.
Rona & Marc Honigfeld
Rona is truly a TEC baby spending every summer at camp since she was 6 months old. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Child & Family Studies and studied Nutrition at C.W. Post. While Rona spends a large amount of her time working behind the scenes at TEC, her kindness, sincerity and compassion provide both campers and staff with the support they need to get the most out of their summer.
Marc was first introduced to the world of summer camp at age 15 when he attended Twin Hills. He went on to work as a counselor at Camp Roosevelt during his summer breaks while at George Washington University. Like many, Marc loved camp but believed his camp days were over when he graduated from college in 1988. After meeting Rona in 1989, they spent their summers at TEC while Marc was obtaining his Law Degree from Boston University. After a brief career in law, Marc began to work for Trail’s End full time in the summer of 1995.
Marc’s dedication to summer camp extends beyond the gates of Trail’s End. He has served on the Board of the New York Section of the American Camp Association, as Co-President of the Wayne County Camp Association and as President of Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education.
Marc and Rona live in New York with their two girls, Kylie and Mackenna.
Sara has been at Trail's End since 2008, starting as a basketball counselor while finishing up her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at Lyndon State College. She cites her passion for basketball and love for working with kids as her initial motivation to work at camp. Sara went on to obtain her Masters Degree in Community and Youth Development from Durham University in the United Kingdom. After graduating in 2013, she came to Trail's End Camp as a full time Assistant Director and currently lives in Long Beach, New York.
Throughout her many years at Trail's End, Sara has served in the roles of Bunk Counselor, Basketball Specialist Counselor, Group Leader and Tour Director. She says her favorite Trail's End memory is winning Sing three times during her years as a Group Leader! During the winter months, Sara works in the New York office communicating with prospective families, current families, and works with her recruiting team to do all staff hiring. During the summer, she plays a major role in developing and providing ongoing staff training while supporting the overall camp day-to-day operations, including running our pre- and post-season group business.
Outside of camp, Sara is an active member of the American Camping Association and SCOPE. Sara also maintains her love for basketball by watching and supporting her favorite teams, Michigan State and the Boston Celtics. She can also be found knitting while quoting her favorite movies - "The Goonies" and "The Princess Bride."
Assistant Director of Girls
Steph made her way to Trail's End in the summer of 2010 with her two sons, Liam and Fletcher, in tow. That first summer she was the Fine Arts Specialist in our original Arts and Crafts program. She says watching her boys cry on the last day of TEC 2010 because they didn't want to leave showed her she made the right decision to join the Trail's End family, and she hasn't looked back since!
Since that first summer, Steph has worked as both the Assistant Director and Director of our original Arts and Crafts program and Girl's Head Counselor - first for Lower Girl's Campus, and then for both Lower and Upper Girl's Campuses. Nowadays, Steph is our Assistant Director of Girls, and you can find her all around camp with our girl campers and counselors, offering hugs to anyone who needs one, or greeting campers with an exuberant "good morning!" as they walk into the dining hall for breakfast.
Steph has a Masters Degree in Gerontology from the University of South Florida, and two undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland in both Therapeutic Recreation and Hearing and Speech Sciences. During the winter months, Steph lives in Lake Worth, Florida, with her husband, Alan. After working as part of the medical faculty at the Florida Career College, Steph is now working towards an additional Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. When she's not studying, she enjoys spending her time playing cello, crocheting, and reading.
Assistant Director of Boys
Zach Wahl-Alexander was born and raised in Bellmore, New York and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Physical and Health Education. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a Doctorate in Human Performance, Zach began working at Northern Illinois as a professor, where he now trains physical education teachers. He also created Project FLEX, a physical activity and life skills program in a maximum-security juvenile detention center outside Chicago. When he's not working, Zach enjoys being outside or at the beach, exercising, and watching Alabama football.
After looking for a unique summer work experience where he could be outside and work with kids, Zach came to Trail's End in 2011 as our Pioneer Group Leader. Although he initially planned on spending only one summer at camp, after falling in love with Trail's End and his now wife, Katie, Zach has been with us ever since! Zach has served as our Pioneer Group Leader and Boys Head Counselor before transitioning into our Assistant Director in charge of all male campers and staff.
Zach considers himself truly "Better For Having Been." Without Trail's End, he would not have met Katie! Zach says getting to announce in 2019 their pregnancy during Friday Night Services is one of his favorite camp memories. Their daughter, McKinley, was born on February 8, 2020.
Assistant Director – Head of Program Areas
Jim was brought to camp in 2017 by his colleague and our Assistant Director of Boys, Zach, to serve as our Athletic Director, and he didn't come alone! He brought along his wife, Mary-Beth, who serves as our Drama Director, and their three sons, Joseph, Matthew and Benjamin. They all quickly became an integral part of the Trail's End family. In 2018, Jim became our Head of Program Areas, and he now spends his summer leading, training and developing all of our Area Directors.
Jim earned his Bachelors in Physical Education from Baldwin-Wallace College, his Masters in Athletic Administration from Eastern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. in Physical Education Teacher Education from Ohio State University. During the winter, he works as a professor at Northern Illinois University, where he trains future physical education teachers.
When asked why he loves working at Trail's End, Jim says he loves the people and the unique, daily interactions with the campers and staff. Jim claims the best part of the job is helping new staff grow comfortable at Trail's End in their role and helping returning staff assume more leadership in their spaces and among their peers.