Our caring, professional staff members, many of whom were once campers themselves, demonstrate a talent and enthusiasm for working with children, exercise sound judgment and exhibit a strong commitment to Judaism and the Jewish People. The camp staff works hand-in-hand with Rabbis and Educators of the Reform Movement to ensure a well-rounded camp program.
Additionally, you can check out our summer staff preview here!
Bobby Harris, M.Ed. Director
Bobby Harris is the Director of Youth and Camping Services for the Southeast Region of the URJ, and a Certified Camp Director from the American Camping Association. Bobby has been the Director of Camp Coleman since 1992 and has directed camps since 1986.
Amy Smyler McFarland, Associate Director
Amy holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a focus on Organizational Design, has been a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator and is a sought out workshop facilitator for national conferences. She was the NFTY-STR Regional Advisor from 2001-2003 and served as the Assistant Director of Camp Coleman from 2001-2008. Amy has spent the last 7 years working as an independent leadership coach and consultant which has allowed her to experience over 50 non-profit summer camps in action. Having seen and experienced best practices in camping, Amy has returned to Camp Coleman to bring back all that she has learned. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her daughter, Mikayla during the school year.
Alex Glass, Assistant Director
Alex joined Camp Coleman in June 2011 after completing a two-year Education Fellowship at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life where she worked with synagogue religious schools across the South. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Hebrew and Jewish studies. Alex has worked at a variety Jewish camps through the Bureau of Jewish Education, the JCC, and the URJ. In addition to working full-time at Coleman, Alex is in the part-time evening program at Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business earning a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Behavior.
Lauren Gordon, 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.