Staff - JCC DayCamps

Camp Staff

Our counselors and supervisory staff focus on the growth and development of each child at camp. The camp directors are available throughout the summer to answer any questions you have about your child’s experience.

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Camp Director(s)

Lewis Sohinki
J&R Day Camps, Squirrel Hill Specialty Camps, Noar and Bogrim Travel Camp -- Director

Lewis has served as director at Camp Northland, outside of Toronto, and previously served for four summers as the director of B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in the Poconos. Lewis, the product of two seasoned JCC professionals, serves on the Executive Leadership Institute of the Foundation for Jewish Camp. 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.

[email protected] | 412-697-3537 | Summer

Jason Haber
-- Department Director

Jason Haber is the Department Director of Children, Youth and Family Services, including Day Camp for the South Hills Branch. Jason grew up in Mt. Lebanon and attended Washington and Jefferson College where he earned his B.A. in Child Development and Education.  Jason has worked at JCC camps for six summers, including four summers as a counselor at the JCC South Hills and two as a Unit Head at J&R Day camp in Monroeville.  He worked for Pace School in an Applied Behavioral Analysis Classroom for one year as a Behavioral Management Assistant. He also worked as a Math Teacher for Imagine Learning during the school year for three years.  Jason will bring experience and enthusiasm to this position as he works to make sure every day is a special experience for you and your family.

[email protected] | 412-278-1782 | Summer

Francine Cicco
-- Administrative Services Manager

Francine Cicco is the Administrative Services Manager for the JCC’s South Hills Branch.  She recently celebrated her 20th anniversary at the JCC.  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.

[email protected] | 412-446-4775 | Summer

Kathryn Whitlatch
Assistant Director of the Children, Youth & Family Division and J&R Day Camp -- Assistant Director

Katie is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a Professional Certification in Secondary Social Studies from the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Katie is eager to jump into the day-to-day goings on and to more broadly share her enthusiasm, creativity and commitment with the JCC and the entire Greater Pittsburgh community.

[email protected] | 412-697-3540 | Summer

Abby Blackmon
Program Coordinator for the Children, Youth and Family Department and J&R Day Camp -- Program Coordinator

Abby Blackmon serves as the Program Coordinator for the Children, Youth and Family Department and J&R Day Camp. Originally from Rochester, NY, Abby attended Duquesne University where she received her B.S. in Social Studies Secondary Education in 2016. Abby has worked at J&R for the past four summers and she is so excited to be returning for her fifth! Previously, Abby has worked as a counselor at both J&R and Noar and Bogrim Travel Camp as well as spending the last two summers as a Unit Leader at J&R. During the school year, Abby assists to coordinate the Clubhouse After School Program where she creates and organizes the daily activities and schedules. She cannot wait to help create a summer that your child will never forget!

[email protected] | 412-697-3534 | Summer412-829-7707

Liza Baron
Early Childhood Development Center (Camps K'Ton Ton and Yeladim)
-- Squirrel Hill Director

With 15 years of JCC professional experience, Liza Baron is the Director of Early Childhood Development. 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.

[email protected] | (412)697-3530 | Summer

Kathy Wayne
Performing Arts Camp -- Squirrel Hill Director

Kathy Wayne, JCC Dance Director, is 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.

[email protected] | (412)339-5414 | Summer

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