Meryl Rindsberg, Director of Operations, MJCCA Day Camps
As a camper, Meryl spent many summers at Camp Judaea and views her summer overnight camping experiences as the most influential in her life. She attended UGA and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. She worked as a corporate recruiter for four years and then worked as a real estate closing coordinator. Meryl began her tenure at the MJCCA in 2005 as the Camp Central Registrar and was promoted to Camp Central Director in 2007. In this role, she significantly enhanced the camp registration process and Camp Central structure. In 2010, Meryl was promoted to MJCCA Day Camps Director of Operations. Meryl and her husband Lenny have three wonderful children, Nathan, Zachary, and Emily, who are all avid Bulldog fans!
Phoebe Kann, Assistant Director, Camp Central
Born and raised in Roswell, Georgia, Phoebe began working at the MJCCA as a camp counselor for Camp Isidore Alterman in 2006. In 2008, she started working as a Club J counselor during the school year while she completed her undergraduate coursework at Agnes Scott College. She graduated from Agnes Scott in 2010 with a BA in Sociology/Anthropology and continued working at the MJCCA, providing assistance with the Club J and Day Camps departments through 2011. After a brief time working with AmeriCorps, Phoebe returned to the MJCCA in 2012 as Assistant Director of Club J, and in May 2013, she joined the Day Camps team in her role with Camp Central.
Lori Zeligman, Director, Camp Isidore Alterman
Growing up, Lori was very active in Young Judaea, BBYO and attended Augusta JCC day camps and Camp Judaea during the summer. Lori received her undergraduate degree with a double major in Literature & Communications and Judaic Studies from The American Jewish University. While in college, Lori studied in Israel at Ben-Gurion University and traveled throughout the country. After graduation, Lori worked for Young Judaea in Atlanta while also staffing multiple Birthright trips. She served as the Assistant Director for Camp Judaea while working towards her Master's Degree in Jewish Education. Lori's camping and leadership experience led her to the MJCCA where she worked as the Teen Program Director before transitioning to the Associate Director and then Director of Camp Isidore Alterman. Lori is very passionate about informal, experiential Jewish education.
Lee Nichols, Assistant Director, Camp Isidore Alterman
Lee was born and raised in Greenville, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Recreation Administration. In Leesburg, Virginia, she was the Summer Camp Coordinator for the County of Loudoun Parks, Recreation and Community Services department for 5 years and ran the summer camps and preschool program for the Town of Leesburg, VA for 2 years. After moving to Atlanta, she spent 1 summer working as the Program Director at Camp Isidore Alterman before heading up to work in various roles at the Weinstein School. She took a few years to work at the Preschool Place at Congregation Dor Tamid before returning to Camp Isidore Alterman and the Weinstein School. Lee and her husband Jason have a 10 year old and 7 year old who love camp at the MJCCA! She loves the outdoors, sports, and is an avid Tar Heels fan!
Matt Waldman, Director, Specialty Camps
Matt grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 2008 with a B.A. in English. He received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from UGA in 2012. Matt is passionate about Jewish Camping and cites his own camp experiences as having helped direct his career and educational paths. He joined MJCCA Day Camps in 2013 as Specialty Camps Director after 17 summers at Camp Barney Medintz, where he attended as a camper and worked as a counselor and unit head before becoming Assistant Director in 2012. Matt is committed to making summer camp an enriching experience for kids to expand their creativity, try new things, and build skills that they can take with them throughout their lives. Matt is a lifelong guitar player and loves music, and he is a devoted fan of the New Orleans Saints. He is looking forward to a fun and exciting summer!
Ilana Schlam, Assistant Director, Specialty Camps
Ilana began her professional journey at the Metairie JCC (in LA) as the Assistant Day Camp Director. Ilana's tenure at the Metairie JCC was cut short due to Hurricane Katrina, but it brought her to Atlanta where she began working as the Assistant Camp Director for Camp Judaea. She helped to successfully run Camp Judaea from 2005-2009. Ilana then joined the MJCCA where she directed Barbara and Sanford Orkin Camp Chai for two summers. Now an integral component of the MJCCA Day Camps staff, Ilana looks forward to continually enhancing the programs and options for our campers! Ilana and her husband Greg live in Dunwoody and have two children, Payton and Hunter.
Ryan Pollard, Director, Sports Camps
Originally from England, Ryan graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a B.A. in History. He played soccer with a professional club for 18 months before playing semi-professionally for several clubs. Ryan has coached soccer across the U.K and U.S for 20 years, working with semi-professional adult players to young children. He is a licensed F.A. (Football Association of England) coach. He also served as an assistant coach on the East Midlands Regional team for the National Football League for the Learning Disabled (in the U.K.). Ryan came to the MJCCA from Challenger Sports, the largest soccer camp company in North America, where he was the South East Regional Director overseeing more than 100 camps per year and working with more than 4,000 young players. At the MJCCA, Ryan has overhauled sports camps and youth sports leagues to provide the best possible camp and sports experience for our participants. Ryan has a son, Rhys, and in his spare time enjoys playing & watching soccer (naturally!!), and most sports, including, cycling, triathlon, rugby, and cricket
Stephanie McCormick, Assistant Director, Sports Camps
Growing up Stephanie was very involved in sports and recreation, playing softball, basketball, and tennis. Her ongoing involvement in youth sports lead her to her first job in athletics. During Stephanie's first year of high school she began working for the Roswell Parks Department as an Assistant Tennis Coach. Stephanie continued to work for the City of Roswell for 11 years, during this time Stephanie took on many roles including Gymnastics Coach, preschool teacher and director for two award winning summer camps. Stephanie not only worked for the City of Roswell but was also an ongoing volunteer, coaching several youth league sports and helping organize and run large events put on by the City of Roswell. Stephanie's involvement and hard work helped to grow and expand all of the programs she was involved in. Stephanie is still involved in sports now and enjoys playing softball, mountain biking and hiking.
Erin Lesure, Director, Dance Camp
Erin graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BFA in Dance. Erin has danced with Zodiaque Dance Company, as well as Buffalo Contemporary Dance Company. She was on the United States tap team in 1999 and 2000, and traveled to Germany to compete in the Tap Dance World Championships. Both years she placed in the World Medals. Erin worked as the Assistant Director for Administration for the New York Education Departments Summer School of Dance for 5 years before moving to Georgia where she worked as the Artistic Director at a performing arts facility, and owned Empire School of the Arts dance studio. Erin came to the MJCCA in 2007 as the Director of Dance. She loves being part of this amazing community center and seeing the dancers fall in love with dance like she did as a child.
Stacey Harris, Director, Gymnastics Camp
Stacey joined the MJCCA in February 2014 after 10 years of being a stay at home mom. Her involvement in gymnastics began in 1976 after the Montreal Olympics and watching Nadia Comaneci earn the first perfect 10. She has been involved in all aspects of gymnastics – as a competitor, coach, judge, and even an organizer. She earned a degree from Middlebury College in International Politics and Economics with minors in Spanish and Russian. Following her college graduation, Stacey lived in Russia for 2 years, and she then moved back to the states to work for the 1996 Olympics as Assistant Housing Manager for the Olympic Village. Currently, she lives in Dunwoody with her husband and their two children. She is active in the Dunwoody community and recently served 2 years as the president of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association.
Allye Gibbons, Assistant Director, Gymnastics Camp
Allye is excited to be entering her 5th year of camp here at the MJCCA. A native of Roswell, Georgia, Allye has been coaching gymnastics for 14 years, beginning in high school. She has worked at gyms in Roswell, Georgia and Athens, Georgia, where she graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Public Health. She has also worked in Charleston, S.C, where she worked for the City of Charleston’s employee wellness division. Allye started coaching at the MJCCA in 2011 and became the Assistant Gymnastics Director in January 2014. She feels very fortunate to be part of such a wonderful community and is looking forward to another great summer at the MJCCA!
Jennifer Lieb, Director, Inclusion
Jennifer began her work at the MJCCA in 2009 as the inclusion specialist, and will be entering her sixth summer working with MJCCA day camps. When she began the inclusion program at the center, it was in its very early stages. She has seen the program grow to reach every department in the MJCCA and become an integral part of day camp. Jennifer is a certified teacher who graduated from the University of Florida in 2001 with a Master’s Degree in Education. Prior to working at the MJCCA, Jennifer taught for several years in an inclusion classroom and spent several summers working at an overnight camp.
Brian Kimmel, Director, Drama Camp
In addition to leading Drama Camp, Brian is also the Director of Arts and Culture for the MJCCA. He has been a freelance director, teacher, and actor for more than 20 years. Brian's students have gone on to work on Broadway, national and international tours, LORT theaters, and in feature films and television. Brian has acted for theaters all over the world and has played pivotal roles in Avenue Q, Fiddler on the Roof, Picnic, Persuasion, and the 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee. He is very excited about bringing his talent and experience to Drama Camp.
Stephanie Friedman, Assistant Director, Drama Camp
Stephanie began directing the Drama Camp performances in 2012, and soon after joined the MJCCA full time with a position in Arts and Culture. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University before landing back in her hometown of Atlanta. Stephanie has worked in theaters all over Boston and Atlanta as an actor, musician, director, and educator. She is dedicated to theatre education, and tirelessly thrives to challenge, enlighten, and inspire children through the arts. This summer, Stephanie is off to Emory University to lead the NEW Intown MJCCA Drama Camp!
For more information, contact MJCCA Day Camps at 678.812.4004.