Meet Our Directors
Lori and Ephram have been at Camp Wekeela for Boys and Girls since 1997. They oversee all of Wekeela’s operations year round from their home, previously in Ridgewood, NJ but are now located in in Delray Beach, FL. Wekeela is their passion and their life. More importantly than anything, Lori & Ephram truly believe in the power of the camp setting to create a safe and respectful home-away-from-home for every camper and staff. They look forward to spending every summer with their campers in the beautiful state of Maine.
Ephram is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University. Prior to joining Wekeela as a full time employee, he ran the youth and family programs at both the Clifton and Bergen County, New Jersey JCCs. He was also a school social worker in New York City. Ephram, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was raised in New York City. In his youth and throughout college he attended several summer camps as a camper and counselor. Ephram believes that every child should be able to grow and learn in a positive environment and works to continue this goal at Wekeela. Ephram is a Standards Visitor for the American Camp Association, has published many articles as a guest writer on the power of camp, and has run several sessions at the annual ACA Conference for other camp professionals. You can read Ephram’s most recent article on what operating camp during the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020 Summer was like.
In addition to being a camp owner/director and a dad, his other favorite roles at camp have been Batman, Darth Vader, Willy Wonka, Mufasa, Thanos, and Captain America (in our Color War Breaks!).
Lori is a graduate of Brandeis University and has her MS in Psychology from NYU. She was a middle school teacher and a Guidance Counselor in NYC for 14 years. Lori knows that camp is a powerful tool for children and staff to grow their independence. Throughout the summer, Lori oversees the Head Counselors, Cabin Leaders, and Junior Counselors for continued growth.
Lori and Ephram are members of the Maine Camp Experience and Maine Youth Camp Association (MYCA).
Lori isn’t just a camp director, she’s also a published writer for Boston University. Take a look at her newest article about the benefits of Greek Life on college campuses.
The Caflun’s have three sons: Jonathan (Boston University ’17), Matthew (Boston University ’19) and Jared (Boston University ‘23) who have spent every one of their summers as campers and staff at Wekeela. Their best friends in the world are their ‘camp friends.’ The entire family is committed to making each summer better than the last and look forward to many camp reunions and “Wekeela Wednesday’s” throughout the school year.
Jonathan is the full time Assistant Director. Jonathan has a degree in Hospitality Administration from Boston University. Jonathan has spent every year of his life at Wekeela, 10 years as a campers, 7 as a staff member. Jonathan’s roles at camp have included being a Landsports staff, Cabin Leader, Operations Coordinator, Leadership-in-Training Coordinator, Campus Leader, and now oversees Wekeela’s summer program as Program Director. Jonathan oversees all of Wekeela’s Staff Hiring to ensure that Wekeela has the best staff possible! Read Jonathan's article.
Matthew also works full-time for Wekeela. Matthew’s first summer (1997) he was only 2 months old and has spent every summer at Camp Wekeela. With a degree in Communications from Boston University, Matthew oversees most of Wekeela’s marketing and design. Matthew leads Wekeela Wear – Wekeela’s branding and clothing operation. Matthew’s jobs at camp have included landsports staff, Cabin Leader, Leadership-in-Training Coordinator, Junior Counselor Coordinator, and Landsports Department Head.
Camp Wekeela is also where family becomes stronger! At Camp Wekeela, Lori and Ephram are not just the Directors, but their extended family work at camp in the summers. Their three sons are all on staff; Lori’s sister Debbie is Wekeela’s Parent Liaison. Lori’s Parents, Ellen and Dave, work in our camp’s office and Lori’s nephew (Michael) and nieces (Ilana, Jamie, Alexandra, and Kylie) are all campers or staff.
1750 Bear Pond Road
Hartford, Maine 04220
Telephone: 201-612-5125 (winter) 207-224-7878 (summer)