Executive Camp Staff

Nicole “Nikki” Feinberg – Camp Co-Director

Having always loved camp, Nikki is so excited for her first full summer at Camp Raanana! Jewish summer camp has been a part of her life since the age of two when she began her camp experience at the JCC in San Antonio. She was at the San Antonio JCC until the age of eight when she went to sleep away camp at the URJ Greene Family Camp. She spent the next eight summers there before she traveled to Israel with NFTY at the age of 16.

Nikki was born in Syracuse, NY, but moved to San Antonio, TX at the age of two months. She attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where she received her Master of Science in Professional Communication and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology while playing collegiate soccer. Nikki comes to the JCC of Greater Ann Arbor after two years at the Worcester JCC as a Unit Head and a counselor, and four summers at the JCC in San Antonio as the sports specialist and a counselor. She moved to Ann Arbor in August with her boyfriend who is studying to get his PhD in Chemistry.

When she’s not here at the J, she’s the Youth Director at Temple Beth Emeth. Nikki loves working with kids and cannot wait for camp to start!

Jake Nielsen – Camp Co-Director

Jake is returning to Camp Raanana for his 5th camp season! Affectionately known to campers and staff as “Jake from State Farm”, we are thrilled he will be joining us for another summer of fun!

Jake was born in Ann Arbor, but spent most of his growing-up days in Grand Rapids. He moved back to the Ann Arbor area to attend Eastern Michigan University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Language Arts. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in April 2016 and works at Ann Arbor Learning Community as a Middle School Teacher. In his spare time, he loves to go on runs with this wife and his dogs (Tuck and Jack)!. He’s running his first marathon this fall in Detroit. He also is a bonafide music junkie and collects vinyl records. Jake looks forward to another summer building and developing relationships with the Camp Raanana staff and to providing a meaningful and fun camp experience for all the campers and staff.




Marlowe Susselman- Waterfront Director

Marlowe, known fondly by campers as “Marshmallow”, is thrilled to be returning to camp for her 9th season. While she has fulfilled many different roles at camp, she has always had a particular affinity for all things water, be it as a camper herself or staff member. As such, she is excited to apply all of the knowledge and experience she has gained over the years, her passion for the outdoors, and her joie de vivre in her new position at the waterfront.  

Marlowe was born and raised in Canton, MI, where she engaged in many interests including swimming, tennis, violin, and the visual arts. She then went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Secondary Major in Environmental Studies from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland OH. Irrespective of her academic and professional pursuits, camp has been an integral part of her life for years now and she cannot wait for another summer with her Camp Raanana family to begin!