DIRECTORS / STAFF
Director J&R Day Camp, Squirrel Hill Specialty Camps, Noar and Bogrim Travel Camp and Division Director, Children, Youth and Family
Lewis has been bringing his unique energy and enthusiasm to J&R for three years. He came to us after serving as director at Camp Northland, outside of Toronto, for three years and before that, for six years as the director of B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in the Poconos. Lewis, the product of two seasoned JCC professionals, has benefited from leadership opportunities through the Foundation for Jewish Camp including the Executive Leadership Institute. He has worked as youth counselor in the Reform movement, the Baltimore Council BBYO director, and the Teen Services Supervisor at the JCC of Houston. He earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Jewish Communal Service from Baltimore Hebrew University. He loves creating “ah ha moments” and community events for everyone!
Assistant Director of the Children, Youth & Family Division and J&R Day Camp
Katie brings creativity, responsibility and care to each and every person she interacts with.
She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Professional Certification in Secondary Social Studies from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. She is eager to jump into the day-to-day goings on and to share her enthusiasm, creativity and commitment with the JCC and the community.
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.
Department Director, Children, Youth and Family Services, including Day Camp for the South Hills JCC
Jason, who this past school year made his mark with over-the-top fun J Days, is excited to be leading South Hills Day Camps this summer. He’s been around JCC camps for many years, including four summers as a counselor at the JCC South Hills and two summers as a Unit Head at J&R Day camp in Monroeville. He grew up in Mt. Lebanon and earned his B.A. Washington and Jefferson College, where he earned his B.A. in Child Development and Education. He worked for Pace School in an Applied Behavioral Analysis Classroom for one year as a Behavioral Management Assistant, and as a Math Teacher for Imagine Learning during the school year for three years.
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.
Director, Squirrel Hill Early Childhood Development Center and Camps K’Ton Ton and Yeladim
Liza Baron has 15 years of JCC professional experience. Before coming to the JCC in 2000, Liza worked with children in therapeutic foster care. She has a degree in Family and Community Services from the University of Delaware and an M.S.W. from the University of Pittsburgh.