The staff at Camp Shalom is the best around! There's no question that there is a direct correlation between the quality of our staff and the quality of the experience for the campers. Each staff member is highly screened by the Camp Director and must pass a background check prior to being hired. All staff members go through a week long intensive staff orientation, weekly staff meetings and staff evaluations throughout the summer. All senior counselors, unit heads, and specialists are professionals who have the experience and maturity to make camp fun while keeping Camp Shalom both emotionally and physically safe.
Wendy Stahl has over 20 years of Jewish communal experience. Wendy has spent over a decade in the JCC field in Sarasota, FL, Orange County, California & Memphis Tennessee. For 7 years, she held the position of the Director of the Jewish Teen Initiative at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. Wendy and her husband Geoff have spent the last 9 years making a home in Boynton Beach with their 3 daughters - Madison, Mackenzie & Sydney. In her free time, Wendy enjoys spending time with her family and friends and staying involved in our Jewish community.
Assistant Camp Director
With over ten years of teaching experience, as well as a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida, and two young kids of her own, Amy Gordon has spent over a decade preparing for this role. Entering her third summer at Camp Shalom, Amy can be found every morning dancing in the carpool line, wearing an over the top costume for dress up days or building camp spirit. Throughout the school year, Amy is in charge of family events, Maccabi and community outreach programs through her JCC Cares program. Her goal is to develop fun family programs that instill values, Jewish learning and the idea that the one act of kindness can make a difference!
Camp Logistics Coordinator
Vicki Ward graduated from SUNY Plattsburg with a degree in psychology. Vicki is a Children’s Coordinator who during the school year runs the JCC afterschool program, Club J. During the summer she acts as the Camp Logistics Coordinator and a Unit Head. She has been with Camp Shalom for the past four summers and this year will be Vicki’s 30th summer spent at camp. Her passion for camp is unlike any other and she has an extensive sleepaway camp background that she brings to Camp Shalom to make camp feel like home away from home.
Yeladim Camp Director
The Glantz Early Childhood Learning Center has been fortunate to have Jodie Block as its Programming Director for the 2017/18 school year. Jodie has recently been appointed to the position of Director of Camp Shalom for 2018. She has been an early childhood educator at the Boynton Beach JCC for the past 13 years working with infants up to pre-k age children in both preschool and camp. Her teaching experience, in addition to raising three sons, has given her the knowledge and insight into meeting the needs of young children. She has a BS Degree in Social Science from Stony Brook University where she specialized in Child Development.
Jodie has always been passionate about her work. She loves watching children learn and has been instrumental in motivating them through her creative talents. She has always exuded the warmth and love necessary for children to feel secure and be successful. Jodie has been bringing these attributes into her leadership role as Director of Programming and will be doing the same in her Director position this summer. Campers enrolled in the program can expect an exciting nine weeks of engaging activities, specialists and camp-wide presentations. Jodie is looking forward to making it a summer filled with lots of fun and adventure!
Sports and Recreation Director
Calvin has had a long standing history with basketball. Falling in love with the sport, he played in middle school all the way through college. Additionally, after graduating college at University of Delaware with an athletic scholarship, he attended Camp Weequahic in Upstate New York where he was the Sports League Director. This was when Calvin realized he wanted pursue his love of basketball and working with children sports camp programs. For multiple years, Calvin has worked in the Palm Beach School District as a coach, administrative assistant, and working with various sports programs such as Volleyball, Football, Basketball and Soccer. He is excited to share his knowledge and passion for athletics with Camp Shalom. He loves being able to watch children gain self-confidence and skill development through practices, drills and games.
Camp Tikvah/Shining Stars Director
Boynton Beach & Palm Beach Gardens
Mindi Markovitz is looking forward to her second summer at Camp Shalom. She and her family moved from New Jersey about three years ago and she began working at the Mandel JCC in October 2016. Receiving both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Elementary and Special education, she taught for over 13 years, both in the classroom and out. She also ran and developed a variety of afterschool programs and tutored individual students. This is her sixteenth year as a professional in the Special Needs community and she is as excited today as she was in her first year.
Her ultimate goal for an effective camp for those with special needs is for participants to have a sense of belonging. Mindi hopes that she and the JCC family are able to provide meaningful connections and opportunities for those with special needs, their families, and the community as a whole.