Our dynamic team of camp staff work hard

to make every day…


Year Round Staff Team
  • Alanna Steinberg – Camp Director
  • Becky Metzger – Assistant Camp Director
  • Jamie Kupperman – Program Director
  • Melissa Horton – Program Coordinator
  • Lauren Paniccia – Camp Registrar
Senior Staff Team
  • Chunteau Abney – Inclusion Coordinator
  • Andrea Cook – Nurse
  • Jason Filep – Tzahov Unit Head
  • Stephanie Johnson – Aquatics Director
  • Rachel Koenig – Road Rulz Unit Head
  • Amanda McPherson – Yeladim Unit Head
  • Alanna Schwartz – Road Rulz Assistant Unit Head
  • Hillary Stein – Sababa Unit Head
  • Melo Taylor – Gadol Unit Head
  • Ellie Willoughby – Special Services Director
  • Sara Wasserman – K’ton Unit Head

Read their bios

We’re Hiring!

  • Counselors in Training (CITs)
  • Junior Counselors (entering 11th & 12th grade in Fall 2020)
  • Senior Counselors (Graduating High School Spring 2020 or older)
  • Sports Specialists
  • Ropes Course Specialist
  • Nature Specialist
  • Storytime Specialist
  • Cooking Specialist

According to New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development: Employees at summer camps, conferences, and retreats operated by any nonprofit or religious corporation or association are exempt from minimum and overtime rates during the months of June, July, August, and September.

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Top 5 Reasons Why YOU Should Work at Camp:
  1. Develop leadership skills through real life experiences
  2. Learn to be a team player
  3. Become a problem-solving expert
  4. Build confidence in yourself and in others
  5. Embrace your goofiness to the fullest!

Our dynamic team of camp staff work hard to make every day… THE BEST DAY!!!

Many of our staff are former campers and bring with them the spirit, passion and love for Camp Ruach that their counselors instilled in them.

Each summer, we find the best of the best for their position. All staff are interviewed, receive background checks, and provide references.

Once they are hired, they continue the process through staff training before camp begins and continue staff training throughout the summer.

Camp Ruach’s specialists are adults who develop curriculum and programs in their specialty. They are each trained in their specialty area ranging from culinary arts, to musical theater to athletic coaches and are committed to ensuring your child has new experiences in a safe, fun environment.

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Staff Bios

CHUNTEAU ABNEY, Inclusion Coordinator

Chunteau is a Special Education Teacher during the year and is joining us for her 2nd summer at Camp Ruach. She is very excited to be back and is looking forward to bringing her soon to be new baby to camp with her this summer. She absolutely loves working with her inclusion campers and staff and is looking forward to spending another summer with them and their families. Dancing is truly one of her greatest passions and has danced for over 16 years at a dance academy.

  • Favorite Camp Food:  Rita’s
  • Favorite Camp Theme:  Color Me Crazy
  • Favorite Camp Activity:  Swimming/ Tie Dye


JASON FILEP, Tzahov Unit Head

Jason is excited to be spending his 6th summer here at Camp Ruach, and his 3rd as Tzahov Unit Head. During the off season he is a teacher, ice hockey coach, & lacrosse official. He loves spending time with his 2 children, also Camp Ruach campers, and going to the beach as often as possible.

  • Favorite Camp Food:  Burgers
  • Favorite Camp Theme:  Beach
  • Favorite Camp Activity:  Trips



This will be Amanda’s 2nd year at Camp Ruach and she couldn’t be more excited! During the off season, she is a 2nd grade teacher as well as a Cheerleading Coach. She has a 2 years old son and will soon be welcoming her second in a few months. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies and is a wiz at jigsaw puzzles. Amanda is looking forward to welcoming all of her Yeladim campers, families, and staff!

  • Favorite Camp Food:  Mac & Cheese/Rita’s
  • Favorite Camp Theme:  Color Me Crazy
  • Favorite Camp Activity:  Cooking & Crafts


HILLARY STEIN, Sababa Unit Head

Hillary has grown up at Camp Ruach from her days as a camper, to counselor, and now is entering her 4th summer as Senior Staff! She is a High School Theater Teacher during the year & loves singing and spending time with her cat! Hillary is known to have a dress for every occasion and theme, which we are sure you will enjoy seeing this summer.

  • Favorite Camp Food:  S’mores
  • Favorite Camp Theme:  Island
  • Favorite Camp Activity:  All Trips/Swimming


MELO TAYLOR, Gadol Unit Head

This is Melo’s 2nd year at Camp Ruach. During the year she is the Youth & Teen Director here at the JCC directing JCrew Afterschool Program and running vacation camps, our youth theater program, and enrichment classes. With 10 years of experience in the camping world, she has a lot to bring to camp.  Music is one of her passions. Whether it be playing guitar, singing, rocking out to music, or making up her own lyrics to popular songs, music is a huge part of her life. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking & knitting.

  • Favorite Camp Food:  Rita’s
  • Favorite Camp Theme:  I Love 80’s
  • Favorite Camp Activity:  Swimming



Sara is very excited to be joining us for her 2nd summer at Camp Ruach.  Working in the off season as our Preschool Director, the transition to K’ton Unit Head is a seamless one.  Running the preschool and raising her two children keep her extremely busy, but in her free moments Sara really enjoys knitting, cross stitch, & reading.  It may be a surprise to most of you, but last summer was the first time Sara ever owned shorts as an adult.

  • Favorite Camp Food:  Rita’s Oreo
  • Favorite Camp Theme:  Rainbows
  • Favorite Camp Activity:  Wacky Games


ELLIE WILLOUGHBY, Special Services Director

Ellie is the Director of Special Services year-round here at the JCC and has been a part of the camp team for 3 years, since joining the JCC family. She loves being out at camp working with our inclusion campers and our JCares Interns and is most often spotted by the pool or helping prepare and serve lunch. In her spare time, you may find her DJing, sailing or making candles and soaps. She is also an avid shoe collector and has over 500 pairs of shoes in her personal collection.

  • Favorite Camp Food:  Hot Dogs, Cotton Candy, S’mores, & Rita’s
  • Favorite Camp Theme:  Superheroes & Mix Match
  • Favorite Camp Activity:  Swimming & Wrapping Hot Dogs