Meet Our Staff
When Michael is not working or spending time with his children and grandchildren, you can find him attending one of The J’s signature events or working out in the The J’s Fitness Center under the watchful and motivating eye of his personal trainer. He enjoys cooking and plays six musical instruments. Michael and his wife Susan live in Beachwood and are members of Beachwood Kehilla congregation.
Janice, a lifelong Clevelander, has worked for The J since February 1999 in several positions, and has been the Executive Assistant since 2006. Janice is married to Mitchell and is the mother of three grown children; Melissa, Jeremy & Ryan. She is an active member of Park Synagogue attending daily services and participating on various committees as needed. She enjoys cooking, movies and time with family and friends.
Gil Rubanenko has served as the COO of the Mandel JCC since 2010. Gil brings many years of experience in the hospitality and service industry to this position. Most recently, Gil had been an owner of My Gym, a children’s recreation center in Solon. He has also served as VP of Marketing for the national franchise My Gym Enterprises. Earlier in his career Gil worked for the Hyatt Hotel chain. Gil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management from Johnson and Wales University and serves on the board of B’nai Jeshurun. Gil and his wife, Kelly, have three children and live in Pepper Pike. You might say Gil and his family are Mandel JCC “super users.” Whether it’s competing in The J’s Indoor Triathlon and Biathlon, performing in a Playmakers Youth Theatre production, attending J-Sports Camp, Performing Arts Camp or Camp Wise, attending a FilmFests screening or working out in The J’s Fitness Center, Gil and his family can nearly always be found somewhere around The J.
Deborah has served as the CFO of the Mandel JCC since 2006. Deborah brings many years of experience to the position having spent the majority of her career within the Non-Profit Sector. Prior to this Deborah served as CFO at Applewood Centers which provides behavioral health services, child welfare social services and alternative schooling options for children. Deborah spent 2 years as a Manager within the Non-Profit Division at Hauser & Taylor LLP a Northeast Ohio CPA firm and 7 years as Director of Financial Services and Vice President/CFO at The Nord Center in Lorain. Deborah began her career in Public Accounting spending 6 years with Walthall & Drake, She graduated from Cleveland State University and passed the Ohio CPA exam. When Deborah isn’t working, commuting (she lives near Oberlin), gardening or golfing with her husband, Harry, you can find her working out in The J’s Fitness Center often with encouragement from her personal trainer.
Debra has served in this position since 2007. Prior to this role, Debra was Director of Marketing and Development for Healthnetwork Foundation a national Chagrin Falls based nonprofit. Debra served as Director of Marketing and Communications for University Circle Incorporated. In this role she launched the popular summer concert series, Wade Oval Wednesdays. Debra served for ten years as Director of Marketing for University Hospitals Health System and also worked for the Cleveland Clinic. Earlier in her career she worked in Chicago for two national associations, and while in Chicago earned her MBA from Loyola University of Chicago. Debra and her husband Don live in Solon and are members of Fairmount Temple. Their son Daniel lives in NYC. When Debra isn’t sending out yet another email blast, you can find her in The J’s Pilates or Spinning studios. She’s a late-blooming “athlete” who only recently discovered the joys of sweating.
MBA Cleveland State University
BS in accounting Syracuse University
Certified Public Accountant
Manages the day-to-day fiscal operations of The J.
Married to Priscilla, father of two daughters, Molly and Emily. I am a foster dog parent and have two dogs of my own. I am an avid follower of Syracuse University Basketball and I bleed Orange.
B.A. from Indiana University
M.S.S.A. from Case Western Reserve
Certificate of Jewish Communal Service from Cleveland College of Jewish Studies
Jill helps The J use technology to improve service from the administrative office, to purchasing Film Festival tickets online, to the scheduling personal training. Her goal is to increase efficiency and improve experience through utilizing technology to the fullest degree possible. Jill can occasionally be heard saying “Have you tried rebooting yet, that will probably solve your problem."
Jill is the mother of twin boys, Josh & Ryan, and married to Brad. When she's not taking her boys to sports practice Jill is a news junkie and knitting addict.
Rachel previously served as an Assistant Director at CW since the spring of 2012. Before that, Rachel spent 5 years at the Austin, TX JCC where she helped reenergize their youth and teen programming, as well as their day camp. She was the Assistant Director of the Youth & Teen Department and the BBYO City Director. Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Clark University. She also holds a Master’s degree from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University during which time she was a participant in the JCC Association Graduate Scholarship program. Rachel also completed the JCC Association Merrin Teen Professional Fellowship – a two year professional development program. She’s been going to CW longer than most of our campers have been alive!
Nick joined the full-time Camp Wise team in the Fall of 2013, but has been a part of the Camp Wise family for more than a decade! Nick started his Camp Wise career as a Noar camper and worked through the ranks as an SIT, staff member, and supervisor. Nick graduated from The Ohio State University in May of 2013 with a degree in Strategic Communications. Nick loves spending time at camp, and inviting new groups to take advantage of our wooded campus, cozy cabins, beautiful dining hall, and of course the lake.