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Rachael Speck

Director J&R Day Camp, Squirrel Hill Specialty Camps, Yalla Balagan Travel Camp and Division Director, Children, Youth and Family

A camp professional with 10 years of extensive leadership experience, Rachael leads both the Squirrel Hill and South Hills JCC branches in those specific programmatic areas. Rachael’s long-term commitment to serving children, youth and teens is noteworthy. She grew up at EKC as a camper and seasonal staff member, has worked as an educator in the JCC’s Early Childhood Development Center, and as a Program Coordinator in the Children & Family Division. Rachael also worked in the Young Adult Division at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh before returning to EKC as the Assistant Director. While at EKC, Rachael created and implemented numerous program initiatives and has led strategic efforts in camper recruitment, camper care, communication/marketing, and staff training programs. She is a graduate of Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Professional Leadership program.

Rachael Speck, 412-697-3537 Summer: 412-829-7707


Kathryn Whitlatch

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.

Katie Whitlatch, 412-697-3540 Summer: 412-829-7707  

Jamie Scott

Jamie Scott

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, 



Kathy Wayne

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.

Kathy Wayne, 412-339-5414

Directors-Jason Haber

Jason Haber

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.  

Jason Haber,  412-278-1782

Directors-Francine Cicco

Francine Cicco

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.

Francine Cicco, 412-446-4775

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Liza Baron

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.

Liza Baron, 412-697-3530

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