Meet Our Day Camp Staff
Aaron has spent the last five years in supervisory roles at two other JCC day camps. He has served as Assistant Director of Day Camp at Sid Jacobson JCC on Long Island and prior to that was Day Camp Director at the Memphis JCC. Aaron was Hillel Engagement Coordinator at University of Massachusetts before beginning his career in day camping.
Aaron has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Leisure Management from Florida State University and completed the JCCA’s prestigious Merrin Fellow Leadership Program. In addition to overseeing J-Day Camps, Aaron supervises Playmakers Youth Theatre, Kids Club afterschool care and the Maccabi program.
Abbey has outstanding experience working as an assistant day camp director at three other day camps including JCC of Southern Nevada and Siegel JCC in Wilmington, Delaware and Park Synagogue here in Cleveland. She has a Bachelor in Science of Education from Kent State.
Liza returns for her second summer as Director of Playland Day Camp. Liza has been in the field of Early Care and Education for more than seven years. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor degree in Human Development and Family Science. She obtained her Master’s degree in Jewish Education from Siegal College of Judaic Studies. Liza also completed JECELI (Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute,) a two-year postgraduate program specifically designed to prepare talented teachers for Early Childhood leadership roles.
Liza has taught multiple age groups in our early childhood program and currently serves as the Early Childhood Program Supervisor.
Iris returns for her second summer overseeing the Hebrew Immersion program. She has been in the field of early childhood education since 2007, teaching at Gross Schechter Day School. She grew up in Israel, and loves being able to instill a bond and love for Israel and the Hebrew language in her students. Iris is married with four children, and enjoys baking, cooking, participating in sports and spending quality time with her family.
Cathy Kantin, a middle school teacher in the Hudson City School District, returns for her second year as the J-Teen Camp Coordinator. Cathy has over twenty-five years of camp experience including directing the Mandel JCC JCC Travel Camp and Camp Gan Israel of Solon. She lives in Solon with her husband Bob and three children and enjoys traveling, reading, and sports.
Rachel is thrilled for her first summer as Camp Director! As a former camper and counselor for Pilloff Performing Arts Camp, Rachel is excited to return in a new role. Rachel is a SAG-AFTRA actor and currently performs in local theatre, in addition to her position as Director of Playmakers. She is looking forward to a fun summer getting to know all of your campers!