Meet the Staff

Beyond Akeela is proud to boast 1 adult for every 3 teens on the program. More essential than the number of staff is the quality of personnel that we employ. At Beyond Akeela, every teen benefits from the care, spirit and skills of each staff member. We undertake extraordinary lengths to find the best of the best, to ensure that teens have the safest, most fun and most transformative experience possible. They approach each summer with the energy, dedication and sense of humor that make it evident how much they enjoy and truly “get” Beyond Akeela teens!

This incredible group of people includes experts in the fields of child development, psychology, special education, therapeutic interventions, and health care. All of this combined expertise helps ensure that every Beyond Akeela teen receives the individualized care and attention that he or she requires to have a successful summer.

Beyond Akeela Director

Aaron Mobley has over 20 years of experience in the camp world. He has directed traditional overnight, academic, technology, sports, music and language camps. He has a B.M in music from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Music from Carnegie Mellon University, where he also worked as a software researcher. He earned his Doctorate in Music from the University of Arizona while working with the American Culture and Ideas Initiative.

Passionate about education, Aaron has over 20 years of private and public teaching experience with learners of all ages and backgrounds. He currently resides with his wife, Xiao, in Berkeley, California where he is a professor of music at Berkeley City College and at the California Jazz Conservatory.

Favorite Book: The Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach
Place I’d Like To Visit: Leipzig, Germany
Favorite Camp Food: Pizza


While Debbie & Eric (Camp Akeela’s Directors) and Kevin (Akeela’s Assistant Director) spend their summers at our main camp program in Vermont, they are intimately involved in all aspects of Beyond Akeela. In addition to pre-summer planning and logistical support, Akeela’s directors are in constant communication with the Beyond Akeela Director and their team throughout the summer. The heart and soul of Akeela is truly infused into Beyond Akeela!

Camp Akeela Directors

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Eric Sasson has over 30 years of camp experience, at some of the Northeast’s finest camps, including Camp Walt Whitman, Camp Wingate*Kirkland and Camp Mah-Kee-Nac. He has been a full time camp professional for nearly 20 years and is an active member of the American Camp Association. Eric earned a BA in Math from Haverford College and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. Outside of the camp world, he has extensive experience working with children and young adults in a variety of settings.

Debbie Sasson has been spending her summers at camp for more than 25 years. She has a BA in Psychology and a Masters in School Counseling from the University of Rochester. After 3 wonderful years as a middle school counselor in Belmont, MA, she returned to school and earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University in May 2008. She works as a full-time director of Camp Akeela, a position to which she brings extensive knowledge of the fields of child, adolescent and Family-Systems psychology.

Debbie and Eric met at a summer camp and have been partners in camping ever since. They have each held virtually every job available at camp, from bunk counselor and swim instructor to unit head and camp director. Throughout their careers, Debbie and Eric have always found themselves gravitating towards the “quirky” kids. Opening Akeela enabled them to create an empowering community for boys and girls who thrive in traditional camp setting with a little extra social support.

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Kevin Trimble, Akeela’s Assistant Director lives in Philadelphia and has worked at Akeela for five summers. He started in 2009 as an accounting intern, and has spent his other summers as a counselor, Program Director and Head Counselor. In October 2013, he joined Akeela’s full-time staff as Assistant Director. He is responsible for finding and hiring the amazing counselors who work with your campers. Kevin also helps with camper recruitment, program planning, staff training, communication with camp families, and everything else that goes into making Akeela run smoothly.

Kevin is from Palo Alto, California. He played basketball at Palo Alto High School and was a member of the 2006 State championship team. He then went on to graduate from Wake Forest University with a bachelors and masters degree in Accountancy. After spending a year at Ernst & Young, the call to return to camp was too strong to ignore. He left his young accounting career behind to follow his passion here at Akeela. When he’s not working on camp stuff, Kevin enjoys playing basketball and traveling to see friends.