Outside our programming team of counselors, specialists, and unit heads, CYJ-Texas relies on a huge operations team. The summer simply wouldn’t be possible without our 24-hour medical staff, Camper Care team, logistics, communications, food services, and maintenance, (you guys rock!).
To learn more about the camp nerds who run camp year-round, check out our staff bios below!
Meet Our Executive Staff
Since coming on as Director in 1998, Frank has overseen significant growth at Camp Young Judaea-Texas and its Retreat Center in Wimberley, TX. He considers the Jewish camp experience a life-changing opportunity, a unique setting to learn and grow in life’s most important areas—in character, in health, and in relationship. He’s committed to providing that experience with excellence, by emphasizing a mix of community, Zionism, Judaism, and—in true Texas tradition—cattle rustling!
Prior to CYJ-TX, Frank worked for Camp Tel-Yehuda, Taco Bell Corp, and Trails End Camp. While serving as Camp Director (and chief bottle-washer), Frank and his wife Simone, have grown their family with their children Elan, Jacob, and Rebecca and their dog, Coco.
He was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. During the summers, Michael would travel up to URJ Camp George in Ontario, Canada. Over the years, he was a camper, CIT, Sailing and Water-skiing specialist, and Waterfront Director.
Michael graduated in 2012 from the University of Arizona with a degree in Elementary Education. After graduation, Michael helped to open Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink in downtown Tucson. He acted as manager, working to ensure guest satisfaction.
During the year, you’ll find Michael traveling all over Texas, promoting camp, visiting families, and recruiting campers and staff.
See you this summer!
Jennifer first joined our staff part-time as our bookkeeper in 2014. Since then, she has taken on more responsibility and become a full-time employee. In addition to being the bookkeeper, she also serves as the primary contact for our camp parents, handling registrations, forms, scholarships, and more. She also has a hand in much of the camp-related communications that come from our office, including emails, newsletters, Facebook and blog posts, and other marketing materials.
Jennifer grew up in Houston and then went east to the University of Pennsylvania for school. After a decade in Philly, she returned back home to stay. She has done a variety of jobs in the accounting, auditing, and management consulting area and has enjoyed applying those business and communications skills to camp. Jennifer and her husband, Doug, have 2 CYJ campers, Zachary and Jacob, who enjoy ignoring their mom when they see her at camp.
Tori graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Community and Nonprofit Leadership. She spent her summers at CYJ as a camper, counselor, merakezet and is thrilled to be joining the full-time team as a Development Associate.
In her free time, Tori loves traveling, reading, and spending time out on the water.
Tori feels extremely fortunate to work for an organization that had such a special place in her childhood and is excited to see what the future holds.
Lauren Laderman has been a part of the CYJ community since 2001 and started working full time for CYJ-Texas in 2017. She spent her summers at CYJ as a camper, counselor, and merakezet and is excited to continue her CYJ journey full time.
Lauren grew up in Houston, Texas and was an active member of the Jewish community. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Business Management. She also attended Young Judaea Year Course in Israel- a 9-month gap year program in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Lauren is the Assistant Director of programs. She oversees the planning and facilitating all CYJ retreats. She is also the Israel Programs Recruiter and you can find her all around Texas recruiting for Year Course, Machon and several other Israel programs through Young Judaea.
Iris has been part of the CYJ family since her first summer as a camper in 2005. Since then, she has spent most of her summers at camp as a camper, counselor, unit head, and education director before joining the full-time team in 2018.
Jessica is originally from Orlando, FL and has spent most of her life in the South.
She recently graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology and began working full time for CYJ in the fall of 2018.
Jessica has been a part of the CYJ family since she was 8 years old. She has spent most of her summers at CYJ either as a camper, counselor, ropes specialist, or unit head. She is so excited to join the full-time staff as the Event Coordinator for the Retreat Center.
Jessica treasures all the time she has spent at CYJ. She believes that camp can be a transformative place for people from all backgrounds, and is excited for the opportunity to create memorable experiences for all who come through camp.
Patty was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended a summer camp in North Carolina through middle school.
As she got older, she began spending her summers volunteering with children in Atlanta and underdeveloped communities in Ecuador and Bali. Patty studied Kinesiology at San Diego State University and thrives off of providing her services to better educate healthy habits and staying active.
Patty works full time as the Director of Sales and Customer Success for the CYJ Retreat and Conference Center. Being a part of the CYJ Retreat Center is more than just a career to Patty. She is passionate about working with various groups and promoting an active lifestyle. She finds CYJ to be a home away from home and a place where people of all backgrounds can enjoy transformative experiences. She takes pride in working for the CYJ Retreat Center and being able to provide memorable moments for all that enter the gates.