Meet Our Directors
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As a camper, Meryl spent many summers at overnight camp and views those experiences as the most influential in her life. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a BS in Business Administration. She worked as a corporate recruiter for four years and then 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 and she became the Director of Day Camps in 2014. Meryl and her husband, Lenny, have three wonderful children, Nathan, Zachary, and Emily, and a dog named Murphy.
A native of Roswell, GA, Phoebe started at the MJCCA as a camp counselor for Camp Isidore Alterman in 2006. She continued to work at the JCC while she completed her undergraduate degree at Agnes Scott College, where she graduated in 2010 with a BA in Sociology/Anthropology. Phoebe joined the Day Camps team full time in 2013 and feels very fortunate to be a part of the wonderful camp family. She currently lives in Buckhead and loves to read, watch CNN, and travel to new places!
Abby was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She graduated with a BS in Communications and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University. After graduation, Abby spent three years at the Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Orlando, running all of their programming for children in kindergarten through tenth grade, including their afterschool and camp programs. She moved to Atlanta in 2014 and joined the MJCCA as Club J Director, a position she held for two years. Abby is excited for her second year as the Camp Isidore Alterman Director.
Ilana began her professional journey at the Metairie JCC (in Louisiana) as the Assistant Day Camp Director. Ilana’s tenure 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 from 2005-2009. Ilana then joined the MJCCA, where she directed Barbara & Sanford Orkin Camp Chai for two summers. An integral member 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.
Since working as a camp counselor at the MJCCA in 2008, Mackenzie has been very involved with several departments at the JCC, ranging from Club J to Youth Sports. Mackenzie graduated in 2013 from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Psychology and a concentration in Applied Statistics and Behavior. Following graduation, Mackenzie worked at Jacob’s Ladder Neurodevelopmental Learning Center in Roswell, where he was a neurodevelopmental teacher in a small group classroom for children with special needs and cognitive delays. Mackenzie currently lives in Roswell with his wife, Hilary.
Stephanie has been working with The Lynne & Howard Halpern Drama Camp since 2012, and works year-round at the MJCCA as the Arts + Culture Education Director. She received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University and also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. As a performer, director, and educator, Stephanie has worked professionally in theaters in Atlanta, Boston, NewYork, Edinburgh, and London. She is dedicated to theater education and tirelessly seeks to challenge, enlighten, and inspire children through the arts.
Sandra was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Miami, FL. She received her Master’s in Education with a focus on Special Education from the University of Florida. After 12 years as Assistant Director and then Director of an overnight camp in Georgia, Sandra started working at the MJCCA in 2011. She has held various positions at the MJCCA and especially loves working with children.
Zachary (Zak) joined the MJCCA in August 2015 after earning his master’s degree in Sports Management at the University of Florida. Zak coached in the European Maccabi Games, winning a gold medal in the junior boys’ division. Previously, Zak served as a Graduate Assistant for the Florida Gators Men’s Basketball team, where he saw them to multiple SEC championships and a trip to the Final Four. Zak was born and raised in Miami, FL and was involved in the Maccabi Games and other programs at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC for more than 10 years.
Erin graduated from the University of 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 of Administration for the New York Education Departments Summer School of Dance for five 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 JCC and seeing campers fall in love with dance like she did as a child.
Jennifer began her work at the MJCCA in 2009 as the Inclusion Specialist and will be entering her eighth summer working with MJCCA Day Camps. When she began at the MJCCA, the Inclusion Program 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 Camps. 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 multiple summers working at an overnight camp.
Born and raised in Miami, FL, Sean was involved at the Miami JCC summer camp for more than 15 years as a camper and counselor. He also held an array of positions such as Youth Basketball Coach, Summer Camp Facilitator, and After-School Program Supervisor. Sean graduated from Florida International University with a BA in Recreation and Sports Management. Prior to joining the MJCCA team, Sean held positions as a special needs teaching assistant and a behavioral therapist. Sean’s first summer with MJCCA Day Camps was in 2015, and he is excited for another amazing summer at camp!
Stacey’s 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 two years, and she then moved back to the states to work for the 1996 Olympics as Assistant Housing Manager for the Olympic Village. She joined the MJCCA in February 2014 and currently lives in Dunwoody with her husband, their two children, and her dog named Nelson.
Allye is excited to be entering her seventh year of camp here at the MJCCA. A native of Roswell, GA, Allye has been coaching gymnastics for 14 years, beginning in high school. She has worked at gyms in Roswell and Athens, where she graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Public Health. She has also lived in Charleston, SC, 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!
Adam was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. As a junior tennis player, he was ranked in the state’s Boys 18U Top 10. He won the NC State High School Doubles Championship in 1974 and 1975, and he played Division 1 Tennis at NC State University from 1975-1977. Adam joined the MJCCA staff as a Tennis Professional in 2013, and two years later he was promoted to Director of Tennis. Before working at the JCC, he was a Head Tennis Professional for the PGA Tour Superstores in Atlanta, and he owned and operated The Packaging Store in Dunwoody, which specialized in shipping furniture, fine art, and antiques. Adam is USPTA and USPTR certified, a gold member of the Wilson Advisory Staff, and a member of the GPTA. In his spare time, he enjoys playing competitive tennis and going to the movies.