Amy Smyler McFarland
Amy holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a focus on Organizational Design. She served as the NFTY-STR Regional Advisor from 2001-2003 and served as the Assistant Director of Camp Coleman from 2001-2008. Amy returned to Coleman in 2015 as the Associate Director after spending 7 years working as an independent leadership coach and consultant which allowed her to experience over 50 non-profit summer camps in action. Having seen, experienced and even created best practices in camping, Amy leads Coleman with a passion for helping young people be their best selves and a love and commitment to Reform Jewish life. 9 months of the year, she lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her daughter, Mikayla.
From Cleveland to Denver, Boulder to Atlanta, Adam has worked to engage and inspire Jewish teens across the county. His experience includes song leading in many settings, running retreats and trips, and serving in multiple leadership positions in several summer camps. Prior to joining the Coleman/NFTY team, Adam served for 8 years as the founder and director of Adamah Adventures. During that time, he and his wife also worked as the youth directors of Congregation Dor Tamid and Temple Beth Tikvah. Adam began his role with the URJ in 2016 and has helped reinvent the Machon Program, strengthen the programming in NFTY-SAR, enhance the fundraising capacity of Camp Jenny, and launch the Atlanta Kesher Teen Engagement Fellowship.
Adam earned an MBA from Georgia State University in 2013. His hobbies include traveling, cooking, hiking, skiing, and reading a good book. He and his wife Bobbee live in Roswell, GA with their sons Jonathan and Zachary.
No stranger to Coleman, Lindsey spent 11 years as a camper and 4 years on summer staff before joining the year-round team in April 2019. Lindsey was a counselor in 2015-2016, a Programmer in 2017, and the Staff Engagement Coordinator in 2018. She is from Plantation, Florida and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors Degree in Family and Child Sciences and minor in Entrepreneurship in May 2019. During her last semester, Lindsey was the Engagement and Recruitment Intern at Coleman. She has been passionate about camping all of her life and strives to make a difference in the life of every camper and staff member. She currently lives on a farm in Ball Ground, GA with her new husband (they are a camp couple!).
Having only been a camper one time, in Chalutzim (15 years old), Justin has since been trying to make up for lost time. He joined the Coleman staff as a rising freshman in college in 2004, and hasn’t missed a summer since. He was a counselor for 5 years, a unit head for 10, and even had a quick stint as the dining room manager! Justin most recently served as the Head Counselor, supervising the unit head team.
Justin is a Colemanite through and through. In fact, he not only met his wife, Molly, as staff members at camp, but even got engaged AND married at Camp Coleman. Now each summer, Justin, Molly, and their 2 sons, Jonah and Max, get to experience all the love of the Coleman community. In his position as Assistant Director, Justin looks forward to sharing his passion for camp and supporting our staff and campers. Justin lives in Tampa, FL with his family, where they enjoy thinking about camp.
Community Care and Office Manager
Camp Coleman has been a part of Lauren’s life since she was a camper in the Junior Unit in 1974. Since then she has held positions and roles at Coleman including CIT, counselor, assistant unit head, aquatics director, and transportation director. Lauren began working full-time as Coleman’s Office Manager in 2011 after working at the Davis Academy in Atlanta for 15 years. Lauren and her husband Todd “he who comes on weekends” Gordon live in Johns Creek with their 4 daughters who are also Coleman campers.
From camper to staff, Jessie Schwartzman has spent every summer at Camp Coleman since 2008! She is an engagement professional and is excited to take on year two of a brand-new combined position with the URJ and JumpSpark. She is a 2019 graduate of Florida State University’s school of communications and is excited to be working thriving Atlanta Jewish Community.
From camp to different youth organizations, Jessie’s true passion lies in learning the fascinating stories of today’s Jewish teens, and she’s very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the change that is youth engagement. In her Engagement Coordinator role, Jessie will be meeting with community members to learn new ways to engage Jewish teens. She also launched a new URJ teen fellowship program funded by a JumpSpark Spark Grant that allows teens to learn important peer to peer engagement skills.
Beth has been apart of the Coleman community for a long time, whether that be as a staff member or as a parent. She is so excited about the opportunity to bring my passion and innovation to Camp Coleman as the Programming Director. It may seem like the Programming Director wears many hats, but it is actually one hat that finds a way to balance the educational and recreational, the silly and the serious, the active and reflective that result in campers experiencing joyful Judaism and wonderful summers. She looks forward to building on all of the amazing programs that Coleman has in place, while also helping to shape the future of where Coleman programming is going.
She is an accomplished teacher with experience in early childhood, elementary, and middle schools, Beth currently teaches at Tritt Elementary School in Cobb County Georgia since 2015. Whether in her public school, at religious school, or while she was on staff at Coleman, Beth is known for creating experiences that are highly engaging for the campers—some that aim to be 100% fun and others that also have content beyond the fun. She is so excited to be apart to our year-round Coleman team!
Coleman Quest Program Coordinator
Judy first joined the Coleman community as a SEFTYite in 1990. She has since been involved with camp in many ways, including counselor, Song leader, and faculty, and most recently supports Coleman’s year-round programming as a Challenge Course Facilitator. Judy is excited to be joining Coleman’s staff as the Program Leader for Coleman Quest and can’t wait to kick off this new specialty camp for the Summer of 2022. She brings to the Coleman family her love of the outdoors, her extensive training in experiential education, and a passion for working with teens.
Judy has a Master’s of Science in Curriculum and Instruction and has worked in education for more than 20 years. In the off-season, she is the Assistant Head of School at The GLOBE Academy in Atlanta, GA. Judy lives in Dunwoody with her husband and 3 children and enjoys hiking and spending time outside.