DIRECTORS / STAFF
Director of J&R Day Camp, Director of JCC Day Camps, Director of Children, Youth and Family Division
Rachael grew up in JCC camps both as a camper at the Harrisburg JCC Day Camp and as a camper, seasonal staff member and most recently the Associate Director at Emma Kaufmann Camp, the Pittsburgh JCC’s overnight camp. In between, she worked as an educator in the JCC’s Early Childhood Development Center, spent time as a program-coordinator for the Clubhouse after-school program and led the Young Adult Division at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. Rachael holds degrees from Indiana University in both journalism and sociology and is a graduate of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Professional Leadership program. In her role at the JCC, Rachael oversees all JCC Day Camps, children and family programming and is the director of J&R Day Camp in Monroeville. Rachael lives in Greenfield with her husband Alex and two sons, Dylan and Parker.
Department Director of Children/Youth/Family Division & Specialty Camps Director
Jamie, a Pittsburgh native and JCC lifer, attended Clubhouse, J&R Day Camp, Noar and Bogrim, and Emma Kaufmann Camp. She’s been a Clubhouse counselor and for seven summers, a staff member of EKC. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies. After college, she was a member of the Royal Caribbean International Youth Staff, interacting with children of all ages from all over the world, planning and leading activities around the ship.
Jamie Scott, 412-697-3520, firstname.lastname@example.org
JCC Dance Director and Director, Squirrel Hill Performing Arts Camp
Kathy’s skill, creativity and care have inspired kids in dance and musical theater at the JCC, where she is a long-time director of the year-round JCC School of Dance program, Performing Arts Camp and the annual Middle School Musical. A graduate of Point Park College with a B.A. in dance, her professional credits include Tokyo Disneyland, Caesar’s Atlantic City and many productions with the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
Business Manager of JCC Day Camps and Children, Youth and Family Division
Jordan is incredibly excited to be joining the Children, Youth and Family team as the Business Manager. He grew up right down the street in Squirrel Hill and has been a part of the JCC and Pittsburgh Jewish community for as long as he can remember. As both a J&R Day Camp and Clubhouse participant in his youth, Jordan is looking forward to giving back to the programs that provided such fond memories for him. In addition to J&R Day Camp, Jordan spent 9 summers as camper and staff member at Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, IN. Jordan is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. After college, he worked as an audit associate at both large and mid-size firms in Washington, D.C. and New York City. His combination of professional experience in the business/finance sector, as well as the camp setting, will provide a well-rounded support structure for the Children, Youth and Family division. Jordan now lives in Greenfield with his significant other, Kelly, and their three cats: Michelle, Salem and Benjamin (Jordan is willing and able to provide photographic evidence of their cuteness/cuddliness upon request).
South Hills Day Camps Director and Director of Children and Family Services
Emma will lead the South Hills JCC in providing high-quality, impactful programming for the youngest members of our South Hills community and their families.
Deeply connected to the JCC movement and her local Jewish community, Emma has spent the majority of her life to this point participating in or professionally supporting a wide variety of JCC programs, including having attended J&R Day Camp in Monroeville and J Day Camps of the Mandel JCC in Cleveland, Ohio. Over the past three years, Emma has worked as a Group Supervisor in our Clubhouse afterschool program, a Program Coordinator in our Children, Youth and Family Division where she planned Kids Nite Out, JDays and birthday parties, and as the Assistant Director of the Mandel JCC’s Performing Arts Camp. Emma is currently working as a School Day Engagement Coordinator to support the virtual learning of kindergarten and first grade students in our Squirrel Hill All Day at the J program. Emma is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her degree in psychology and holds certificates in nonprofit-management and Jewish studies.
JCC Inclusion Consultant
Aprilynn (April) Artz, LPC is the JCC’s inclusion consultant. April has a private counseling and consultation practice; Connection Counseling & Consultation Inc. and provides behavioral consultation services, Positive Behavior Support modeling and training to JCC’s early childhood program, after school program, and J&R and South Hills Day Camp. April is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who earned her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University.
April has been working with children and their families since 2001 in varying capacities. Her first experience in the helping profession began at Pressley Ridge in what was then called BHRS or wraparound. April worked for over 6 years as a Therapeutic Staff Support, Behavior Specialist Consultant and Mobile Therapist, and through that work, learned a tremendous amount about how to support children in their homes, schools, and communities. Working at Pressley Ridge helped April recognize she wanted to continue to help those who are neurodiverse, and so she then entered the Master’s of Counseling program at Carlow University. She has many years of experience related to designing curriculum for, and running, play-based and therapeutic social skills groups for children on the autism spectrum at both Pressley Ridge and The Watson Institute.
She also worked for several years at WPIC’s Merck Outpatient clinic where she conducted outpatient therapy, started social skills groups, and learned how to diagnose autism via the ADOS. For the past 10 years she was the Director Quest Camp. Quest Camp served youth ages 6-18 with invisible disabilities like ADHD, Autism, OCD, etc.
April is excited to be at camp this summer, to spread Positive Behavior Support approaches far and wide, and to continue to advocate for the neurodiverse population.
Administrative Services Manager for the South Hills JCC
Fran recently celebrated her 20th anniversary at the JCC, and she embraces each day at the JCC with the same passion as on her first day. This past summer, she jumped in with both feet (and everything else) and acted as Assistant Camp Director. Francine manages a diverse portfolio of duties including registrar for the South Hills JCC Day Camp and Early Childhood Development Center, children’s programming, and assorted administrative issues. Francine is the mother of two children, Justin and Jamie, who have spent their lives at the JCC, too.