Meet Our Founders
Ronnie and Allen Brockman, Co-Founders
Allen Brockman has been working with children with cancer and blood-related diseases since 1982. Allen started as a volunteer with the St. Louis Metro Dream Factory, an organization that fulfills dreams for seriously ill children. He served as the Chairman of the Dream Factory for 3 years. While visiting cancer patients in the hospital, he realized that there were no camps in Missouri or Southern Illinois equipped to accept children with cancer or other blood-related diseases. Deeply moved by this lack of resources, he and his wife Ronnie created Camp Rainbow in 1988. Allen was the Chairman of the Camp Rainbow Foundation and Director of Camp Rainbow for 26 years. He also was a founding Board member and President of Friends of Kids with Cancer, an organization that provides educational, emotional, and recreational programs for children with cancer. Allen currently serves on the Board of the Children’s Oncology Camping Association International (COCA-I). COCA-I has a membership of 127 independent camps.
Ronnie Brockman is the founder of Camp Rainbow along with her husband, Allen. She served as the Program Director for Camp Rainbow Summer Camp, Volunteer Coordinator, and also supervised the other camps' Program Directors for 26 years. For 18 years Ronnie served as the Program Director, Membership Director and Director of Family Education at Congregation Shaare Emeth. She retired from Shaare Emeth in July 2012, but remains vitally active with the congregation as a volunteer. Ronnie also served 14 years as the Director of Youth Activities for the Midwest Council Region of the Union of Reform Judaism and the NFTY Director for the Missouri Valley Federation of Temple Youth. She is nationally recognized as a Jewish youth leader and family educator. Ronnie has served on several community boards, including the Brodsky Library Commission, Jewish Fund for Human Needs, and KidSmart.