Camp Staff

Full Time Camp Staff

Mindye Goldberg Mannel, Youth and Camp Director

Mindye Goldberg Mannel is our Director of Camp, Youth and Family Programming. She has come full circle with our camp programs. As a child, she attended Camp Rickaree at the Louisville J, as a teen/college student she worked as a counselor and unit head. Her two children went to Camp J and now she’s the Director. Camp J is just in her blood. She is very excited for her first summer as Camp Director and can’t wait to see all the smiling faces.

Mary Kate Smith, Assistant Camp Director of Programming

Meet Mary-Kate Smith, our Assistant Camp Director of Programming! Mary-Kate has been with Camp J for 4 years and loves working with her awesome team. “I can’t wait to see all the campers and watch them grow and learn over the summer!”

Mary Dooley, Camp Registrar & Youth Assistant

Meet Mary Dooley! This will be Mary’s 16th summer as The J’s Camp & Program Administrative Assistant and Registrar. She has been able to watch and share in the growth of hundreds of campers and staff every year, which has brought much joy to her life. “I love what I do and look forward to another awesome summer!”

Kari Semel, Assistant Camp Director of Camp Life

Meet Kari Semel, our Assistant Camp Director of Camp Life! This is Kari’s first summer with Camp J, but her 19th summer going to summer camp! “I’m so excited to meet all of the campers and get their help improving my gaga skills!”

Norma Cahen, Early Learning Center Director

Meet Norma Cahen, our Early Learning Center Director! She has been with the J since February 2015 after enjoying an over 40 year career in the field of Early Childhood Education. Summer camp is always the opportunity for our young campers to enjoy themes and water activities in a relaxed atmosphere.  For the summer of 2017 we are going traveling to dinosaur days, pirates, America, Israel, nursery rhymes and the land of dragons!  We will paint, enjoy a sock hop, make mud pies, have a late night with Dr Seuss, decorate our own cars and pull up to the drive-in!  Every day we begin with the whole camp at SingUP where we enjoy different songs.  From SingUP we branch out to swim lessons, wading pool, dance studio or to our cabin to enjoy stories and arts and crafts.


Our dedicated and responsible camp counselors are carefully selected for their skills, experience and interest in working with children.They receive extensive training prior to the summer and ongoing supervision during the summer to ensure they provide the highest quality care.They are trained in creative programming, group dynamics, child development, conflict resolution, safety procedures and more. Two Israeli Shlichim (counselors from Israel) will be at camp all summer infusing Israeli culture into The J Camp.


Your Family Can Make a Difference!

Your family has an opportunity to be part of a wonderful and unique experience. Campers enrolled in our day camps are fortunate to experience the joy of Israel with our Shlichim (staff from Israel). They infuse our day camp programs with Israeli music, dancing, sports, food, language, trends and the inside scoop on Israeli life! Personalize the experience for your entire family by hosting one of our Shlichim for a two week period. For more information, please contact any of the year-round staff.


  • Erica Brady, Chair
  • Keren Benabou
  • Judith Danovitch
  • Kat Gallagher
  • Lauren Hasselbacher
  • Andrew & Ali Ignatow
  • Charisse Levine
  • Cyndy Lewis
  • Cristie Newkirk
  • Nic Noles
  • Kristen Yoffe