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.
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.
Lindsey Davis, Assistant Director
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 graduates 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.
From Cleveland to Denver, Boulder to Atlanta, Adam has worked to engage and inspire Jewish teens across the county. His experience includes songleading 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.
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.
Julie Marsh currently resides in Palm Beach County Florida, where she is beginning her 9th year as the Regional Advisor of NFTY-STR. Before working for NFTY she was a local temple youth group advisor for 5 years in NFTY-GER and 10 years in NFTY-STR. She spends her time working together with Youth Professionals, Clergy, Temple Professionals and lay leaders to find meaningful ways to engage teens. When she is not encouraging youth to be leaders, Julie enjoys painting, spending time with her daughter Kiley, husband Lee & her friends & family.
Beth Blick, Program Director
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!