Director of Children, Youth, Teen & Camping
Halle was hired by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus (JCC) in 2007. Since joining the JCC staff, she has served as an Early Childhood teacher, Judaics Specialist, Communiteen Director, Mother’s Circle Facilitator, Birthday Party Coordinator and Camp Counselor. She was promoted to the Director of Children, Youth and Camping in 2010 and is also the Special Needs Coordinator. Halle has developed successful youth programming in Central Ohio Columbus for over eleven years and is very excited to bring her vast experience to the JCC’s Camp Program and to ensure she makes your child’s summer the most memorable camping experience ever.
Tasha is a graduate of Brookhaven High School, The Ohio State School of Cosmetology and the Heritage College where she majored in Hospital Management and Administration. Tasha has over 15 years of great customer service and 1 year of working in the JCC’s early childhood program. She is a very enthusiastic person who hopes to bring her enthusiasm and extensive customer service knowledge and skills to the Children, Youth and Camping Department.
Camp Chaverim Director
Kaley is back for her 7th summer with the JCC Summer Camps! Kaley loves working with kids and has lots of experience with the summer camp environment and the JCC. Kaley spent her summers as a child at the JCC summer camps as well as attended pre-school here! She is a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in Child and Family Studies. Kaley is currently the children’s coordinator and directs Kaleidoscope, the after school program, during the school year. Kaley can’t wait to have another great summer at Camp Chaverim!
Camp Ora Director
614-231-2731 ext 363
Shara has worked at the JCC for over ten years and is currently the Early Intervention Specialist for all three Early Childhood sites. She has been the Camp Ora Director since 2009. In previous summers she directed Camp Chaverim. Shara received her Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2003 and is also a licensed social worker.
Camp Arye Director
Austen is returning to the JCC camp Arye for her 3rd summer. Austen graduated from Ohio State University in 2013 with a B.A. degree in Psychology and Disability Studies. Currently she works in a classroom serving individuals with multiple disabilities throughout the school year. In addition to that, she is attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University in their Intervention Specialist Master’s program and will graduate this spring, May 2016. However, Austen’s favorite time of year is summer because she gets to spend it at CAMP! She cannot wait to spend yet another wonderful summer here at Camp Arye.
Camp Arye Hoover Site Director
Karen is back for her 5th summer at the JCC. Karen has worked as a counselor at Camp Yeladim, Camp Ora, and Camp Arye. Karen earned her bachelors degree in sociology from Wright State University and her masters in special education from Grand Canyon University. During the school year, Karen works for the Westerville City School District in the special education department. Karen is excited for another great summer at the JCC!
Camp Hoover Director
Mark has spent his lifetime in and around the JCC and our Summer Camp Program. First as a camper, then as a Counselor in Training (CIT) and finally as a Music Specialist. Mark grew up in Bexley and graduated from Indiana University, where he studied Elementary Education, Music and Recreation. During the school year, Mark is BBYO City Director. In his spare time, he enjoys creating music, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with friends. Mark is very exciting to bring his enthusiasm and passion for the great outdoors and camping to all campers at Camp Hoover.
Camp Hoover Assistant Director
Nancy grew up in Columbus, Ohio – specifically the JCC. She credits the JCC and the JCC summer camp as the place where she learned almost all of her life skills. Swimming, campfire building, horseback riding, small craft boating, tent camping, bird watching, fishing, tennis, synchronized swimming, diving, ballet, gymnastics, sewing (really) bowling, jewelry making, pottery, cooking, copper enameling, and of course, Hebrew lessons and BBG youth group. Nancy received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the Ohio State University. She is married to Danny Rosen and has 2 grown children, Ben and Louie – both former JCC campers and counselors.
Camp Yeladim New Albany Director
Sheri is currently employed as the New Albany preschool director.
Camp Yeladim North Director
Ellen has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 35 years. She is the Site Director of the JCC North Preschool. She was instrumental in the creation of our Infant/Toddler program and was involved both as a supervisor and a teacher within the JCC’s Early Childhood Program. Ellen is not the only member of her family involved with the Center; all four of her children attended the Early Childhood Program, Summer Camp, and BBYO. Ellen comes to us with many years of experience working with children and the Columbus Jewish community, as well as a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Cincinnati. She has a wealth of experience in both administrative and classroom work and is excited to bring her innovation and creativity to the JCC Summer Camps.
Camp Yeladim East Director
Leslie has a BS in Family Relations and Human Development from The Ohio State University, and over 26 years experience working with young children. She even attended the JCC Camps as a youngster, and all three of her children were campers as well! During the school year, Leslie teaches 2 year old half day preschoolers and supervises the Infant/Toddler Program. Leslie is very excited to spend another summer directing Camp Yeladim.