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.
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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.
Molly Levy, Program Director
Molly is no stranger to spending her summers at Coleman, as it is a mere twenty-minute drive from her hometown of Gainesville, Georgia. Growing up as the only Jewish student in her school, she spent her summers at Coleman and was immersed in Judaism and began her path towards becoming a Jewish Educator. After receiving a degree in English and teaching certification in English education from the University of Georgia, Molly moved to Jackson, Mississippi to serve as an Education Fellow at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. In 2015 Molly received her Masters in Jewish Education and Jewish Communal Service at Towson University. Molly has been an Education Director at Temple Emanuel in North Carolina and Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, DC and received the title of Reform Jewish Educator (RJE) in 2016.
Molly has been on staff at Camp Coleman for four years in many roles and is excited to take on the role of Program Director. Her role is a shared position with Temple Judea in Miami, FL where she serves as the Experiential Education Director. Not only is camp down the road from her hometown, it is also where she met her husband, Justin, and was married there in October 2015. Coleman is more than a place to work for Molly, it is a place where she spends time with her friends, family, and colleagues. When she is not at camp, Molly lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, Justin, and their son, Jonah.