Ellen was the mother of Cameron Shaw, a deaf boy who was at the Beverly Hills Beach Club. She brought Cameron to the beach and met Andrea Zuckerman, who offered to take care of Cameron since she could do sign language. At first, Ellen declined her offer.
Cameron later wandered off and pretended to have her permission to join the camp. After a worrisome exchange with Andrea highlighting the dangers of losing a deaf child, she let Andrea take a chance and try watching out for him for one day.
By the end of the summer, Ellen seemed comfortable with Andrea and didn't even get upset when she lost Cameron during the end of summer celebration.