JCC Summer Camps Leadership

Camp J

Kacie Zemel

Kacie Zemel DeMartin
Youth & Camp Director

This is Kacie's ninth year at The Roth Family JCC. Before becoming the JCC’s Youth & Camp Director, Kacie was living in South Florida as a Jewish Day School teacher. Kacie graduated from UCF with a degree in Elementary Education. Kacie is most looking forward to seeing the smiling faces of our returning campers, as well as welcoming new campers to the best summer of their lives. As a child, she attended sleepaway camp in Georgia for eight summers and day camp in south Florida. Summer camp has always been a huge part of her life.

✉ KacieZ@orlandojcc.org • 407-621-4038

Chelsea Quereau 
Camp J Assistant Director (K-5th grades)

This will be Chelsea’s sixth summer at Camp J and she is so excited for camp to start! She graduated from UCF with a degree in Psychology in May of 2015 and a Master’s in Social Work in May of 2018. Chelsea grew up attending sleepaway camp in Georgia for eight summers, and then began working as a camp counselor at the Alper JCC in Miami before making her way up to Orlando. During the year Chelsea works part-time as the young adult coordinator planning events for young, Jewish professionals in their 20's and 30’s. She is most looking forward to the great special events and amazing field trips!

✉ ChelseaQ@orlandojcc.org • 407-621-4049

Aquatics

Alec Rukosuev

Tara Harris
Director of Sports & Aquatics

Tara was a longtime board member and parent here at the JCC. For more than a decade, Tara has worked in support of the JCC’s programs, particularly in the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center, J University after school program, Camp J, and teen programs as the JCC board Vice President of Youth & Camp. Since starting as the Sports & Aquatics Director, back in November 2017, Tara has consistently worked hard to improve the quality of the swim program, along with youth sports. This will be her first summer expanding Camp J, offering two new specialty camps. Tara is excited for another great summer of Camp J!

✉ TaraH@orlandojcc.org • 407-621-4019

Camp J Junior

Carol McNally

Melissa Youngblood
Camp J Junior Director

Melissa is excited for her third summer at JCC summer camps. She started her professional career as a Kindergarten teacher at the Akiva School in Nashville, which launched her into becoming the Early Childhood Director at the Gordon JCC of Nashville, and later a similar position at the Louisville JCC. Melissa holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education and a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis on emotional and behavior disorders, both from Vanderbilt University. Melissa is married to her husband, John, and has three children, her son, 9, and twin 5-year-old daughters who will experience their third magical summer at JCC summer camps together this year.

✉ MelissaY@orlandojcc.org • 407-645-0923 x264

Jodi Alter

Jodi Alter
Camp J Junior Assistant Director

Jodi has been at the JCC since 1999, during which time she has worked as a team supervisor, assistant director, and camp director for the preschool. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, teaching Kindergarten for eight years and working in administration at various preschools. She is originally from New York, but moved to Florida for the weather in 1985. She has a teenager, Matthew, who attended the J from the time he was an infant, through the Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center and Camp J.

✉ JodiA@orlandojcc.org • 407-621-4070

Administration

Samantha Taylor
JCC Board of Directors, Vice President of Youth and Camp

Samantha Taylor is the mother of three Camp J campers. Her high schooler started off having a rough time adjusting to sleepovers, and with the loving patience of Camp Director Kacie, over the years, has become a sleepover enthusiast. Her middle schooler started Tayarim last year and the week-long trips were life changing for him- giving him a sense of independence and self-reliance. He has made friends at camp that he sees throughout the year. He cannot wait for June, so he can get back to camp. Her youngest, transitioned to Camp J last year, from Camp J Junior, and can’t wait to be in “big kid camp.” In total the Taylor children have attended 18 summers at Camp J, and look forward to many, many more.

Security

Jake Silverman
Campus Security Director

Jake oversees the overall security and emergency management preparedness of the JCC campus. He brings to the job more than 30 years of experience with the Orlando Police Department. Most recently he served supervisory roles at the Orlando International Airport in the Airport Police Division. Prior to his last assignment, Jake was assigned to the Fugitive Investigative Unit where he served seventeen years and was a Special Deputy United States Marshall Service in Florida/Caribbean Fugitive Task Force. Jake holds a Master’s Degree from American Military University in Homeland Security – Emergency Disaster Management and has attained varying specialized law enforcement certifications in Vulnerability/Threat Assessment, Counter-Terrorism, and Emergency Management through DHS and FEMA. Jake and his family have been Orlando residents since 1989.

security@jfgo.org