JCC Summer Camps Leadership

Administration

Robby Etzkin

Robby Etzkin
Executive Director

Previous to returning to The Roth Family JCC in his current role, Robby was the Director of JCC Summer Camps in Austin, Texas, where his camps won two national awards in six years and enrollment finished at near 1,200 campers in 2012. While completing his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and master’s in adolescent development at the University of Florida, Robby worked for five summers here at Camp J—as a Sports Camp Counselor for two summers, and Tayarim Head Counselor for three summers. Robby also graduated from our very own Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center, attended camp and after school as a child, and had his 10th birthday party here at the J. Between receiving his master’s degree and his trip out west to Austin, Robby was the Director of the Weinstein JCC’s 114-acre Camp Hilbert in Richmond, VA for three years. Throughout the year, Robby is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the entire JCC, but is always most excited about camp!

✉ RobbyE@orlandojcc.org • 407-621-4031

Kacie Zemel

Kacie Zemel
Youth and Camp Director

This will be Kacie’s seventh summer at Camp J, and her second summer as the The Roth Family JCC’s Youth & Camp Director. 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

Camp J

Amanda Dennis

Amanda Dennis
Camp J Office Manager

Amanda joined The Roth Family JCC in December 2014 and is excited for her fifth summer with Camp J. Growing up, she attended Camp Shalom in Ocala both as a camper and counselor-in-training (CIT), which has provided her with a strong camp background. After earning a degree in psychology from UCF, she spent six years working at Universal Studios and Blue Man Group Orlando, where she interacted daily with children and families from around the world. With an administrative background and an enthusiasm for making sure Camp J is the best that it can be, she can’t wait for this summer!

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

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

This will be Chelsea’s fifth 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

Jessica Corcoran
Camp J Tayarim Coordinator (6th-9th grades)

Jessica will be returning for her sixth summer at Camp J and is excited to be starting the role of Tayarim Coordinator. Jessica graduated from UCF with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Jessica is currently a first grade teacher at Bear Lake Elementary, where she has been teaching for three years. Jessica is most looking forward to reuniting with old campers and creating exciting new memories.

✉ Tayarim@orlandojcc.org

Stephanie Brauner
Camp J Inclusion Coordinator & LIT Coordinator

This summer will be Stephanie’s third summer at Camp J. She is thrilled to be returning and honored to be a part of the leadership team. While this is Stephanie’s third summer with us at Camp J, she was previously a counselor at a Jewish camp in New Jersey for 7 years, as well as a counselor for BBYO’s Passport to Israel. Stephanie has a master’s degree in special education and has been teaching in New York and Florida for 14 years. During the school year, Stephanie is the ESE Staffing Specialist at Laureate Park Elementary School. Stephanie and her husband, Seth are the proud parents of Jeremy and Zachary, who also love being a part of the Camp J family. Her favorite part of camp is watching campers try new and exciting things each day. Stephanie is most looking forward to Israel Day. She is excited to expand our Leaders-in-Training program and help develop teens’ leadership skills at camp. Stephanie is also committed to helping to build an inclusive camp so all campers can thrive at Camp J and have the best summer experience.

✉ StephanieB@orlandojcc.org

Hillary Brook
Theatre South

Hillary is the proud executive director of Theatre South Playhouse and a full time performer at various Orlando area venues and stages. Her New York credits include Tony & Tina’s Wedding, Bat Boy, The Musical, and Carmen and La Boheme at The Metropolitan Opera. Regionally, Hillary has appeared as Annie Oakley in Theatre Winter Haven’s Annie Get Your Gun, The Little Mermaid in the Orlando debut of Disnechanted, Trina in Falsettoland, Eponine and Fantine in concert versions of Les Miserables, Squeaky in Assassins, Dusty and Janice in Beehive! and far too many productions of Godspell. Some of her film and TV credits include Law and Order, Sex and The City, and Keeping The Faith. A Disney girl for the past 17 years , Hillary is proud to still be singing with her friends in the Big Blue World. Love and thank you to my friends, staff and supporters, especially Lilly and Jake.

theatresouthmaitland@orlandojcc.org 

Aquatics

Alec Rukosuev

Tara Harris
Director of Sports, Fitness, and Aquatics

Tara is a longtime board member and parent here at the JCC. For more than a decade, Tara has worked tirelessly 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. This will be Tara’s third summer working in Aquatics and second summer overseeing Camp J swim. Since starting as the Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Director, back in November 2017, Tara has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of the swim program, along with youth sports.

✉ TaraH@orlandojcc.org • 407-621-4019

Camp J Junior

Carol McNally

Melissa Youngblood
Director, Richard S. Adler Early Childhood Learning Center

Melissa is excited for her second 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, 8, and twin 4-year-old daughters who will experience their second magical summer at JCC summer camps together this year.

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

Jodi Alter

Jodi Alter
Camp J Junior 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

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