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 10 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 fourth 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, JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest 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!
Special Needs Coordinator / 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 five summers and this year will be Vicki’s 31st 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.
Vicki has a strong passion for working with our special needs campers. That passion and commitment has led her to assume her new role as the Special Needs Coordinator for our Boynton Beach branch.
Yeladim Camp Director
The Glantz Early Childhood Learning Center has been fortunate to have Jodie Block as its Programming Director since the 2017/18 school year. Jodie was appointed to the position of Director of Camp Shalom in 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!