Meet the Camp Staff
Dave Rosenfeld—Director of Youth and Teens 

Dave has been a member of the OFJCC family for nearly 10 years and has been lucky enough to support and experience the thrill of J-Camp ever since the summer of 2011. He has more than 25 years of experience working with children, knowing from an early age that's what he wanted to do with his professional life.

 

Dave and his wife live in a popular little town in the South Bay with a house full of kids, pets and snacks to keep them young. He loves to be active, and then, after being active, really loves being inactive. Dave is still energized from last summers' increased focus on the traditional camp experience and is excited to keep the momentum going during the summer of 2020.


OFJCC Palo Alto JCCRebecca Bigman—Camp Director

Rebecca is thrilled to have recently joined the OFJCC J-Camp team! After more than six summers in leadership roles at camps and six years working in the Union for Reform Judaism youth department, she is excited to bring her passion for Jewish camping and ruach (spirit) to the OFJCC.

 

You can frequently find Rebecca singing, dancing or cheering around camp. She comes to California after living in New York City for the last eight years and spending the last two months teaching skiing in Colorado. In her free time, she loves to play with her dog Oreo and go on lots of active adventures like hiking, biking, skiing and water sports. She also loves to dance and sing, especially Disney tunes! 


Salina Barnette—Assistant Camp Director

Salina is back for her ninth summer at J-Camp! She has worked in a variety of positions in camp before she became the Assistant Camp Director back in 2014. She is involved in many aspects of camp including staff training, planning for All Camp Events, and working with instructors; you can find her in AM Care at the beginning of camp or enjoying the view of the campers passing by her office.

In her down time, Salina enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and their big German Shepherd puppy Barley.


Sachiko Martinez—Administrative Assistant

Sachi has been a part of the J-Camp team since summer 2015. She started camp as the Art Specialist; this will be her fourth summer as the administrative assistant.

In her free time, she enjoys crafting, hanging out with her golden doodle Momo and spending time with her family. 


AJ Pajarillo
AJ is currently in his 5th summer with J-Camp! He started as a Head Counselor for a variety of traditional and special focus camps prior to becoming our J-Camp Program Assistant in the summer of 2018. He helps make sure all of the camp staff and camper groups have the necessary supplies to get through our fun-filled camp days!

Outside of camp, AJ enjoys traveling, photography/videography and double platinum international pop group Danity Kane. AJ also coaches/dances on competitive hip hop dance teams.


Andrea Medina
Andrea has been a part of the J-Camp team since 2017; this will be her fourth summer here. She has been part of different camps with J-Camp throughout the years prior to becoming the Unit Leader for the Tova group.

During the school year, she is a Club J teacher; you can find her teaching chugim classes such as game shows and cooking. In her free time, Andrea enjoys going to Disneyland, spending time with family and friends, trying new foods and hanging out with her dog Rocco.
 


Ashleigh Parker
Ashleigh started as a teacher with the Club J program over a year ago and became a Tova counselor with J-Camp last year. She has experience working with children from various school programs around the Bay Area that she has been involved with for several years. Ashleigh is currently attending San Jose State University in pursuit of her bachelor's degree and teaching credentials. Her favorite camp activity is making lanyards.


 

Anthony Huizar
Anthony has been with J-Camp as a Sababa counselor and Club J for the past two years. He enjoys teaching a variety of chugim and elective classes that involve plants, such as: soil biology, plant nutrition and nutritional science. Fitness training and health have played a huge role in his life giving him the tools to help reconnect children with forms of life. Developing a regenerative farm that results in the highest quality crop that heals people has been his goal in life. Anthony also enjoys spending time with his dogs Mr. Boo and Mr. Nice Guy.


Alexia Garcia
Alexia has been part of the J-Camp team since 2018 and is going on her third summer!.She has worked with different age groups throughout her years and spent last summer with the Tova camp. You can also find her at Club J as a teacher throughout the school year. In her spare time, she likes to read and spend time with her friends and family. She's excited for the 2020 summer!


Bayleigh Parker
This is Bayleigh's first year working at J-Camp but she is no stranger to camp as she also works year-round with the School Break Camps as well as Club J. She is currently enrolled at Ohlone Community College, majoring in English and minoring in American Sign Language. She plans on becoming an ASL interpreter after she graduates. When she isn't at work or school, Bayleigh enjoys spending time with her two-year-old sister Quinn.


Braylen Nivera
Aloha families! Braylen is back for her third summer at J-Camp. She stepped into a leadership role last year as the PM Coordinator and has had a chance to be a part of our staff training, camp planning and implementation of new systems. You can definitely find her at the BBQ station every Fun Friday and at the pick-up table during PM Care in the afternoon.

In her down time, she enjoys creating handmade gifts, as well as Tahitian dancing and working out. She looks forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new campers to create another successful summer filled with lots of fun memories and making lifetime friendships.


Cory Barnette
Cory has been part of the J-Camp team since the summer of 2013 in various roles in both traditional and special focus camps. This past summer he spent his time with the K'tonton campers. He has also worked with Club J as a teacher for the past seven years.

 

Cory loves to keep the kids active and teach sports. This summer he is most looking forward to meeting all the new children and helping them get acclimated at camp!


Daniel DeVargas

Daniel has been with J-Camp since 2014, in positions ranging from Sports Specialist to Camp Coordinator. For the past two years, he has worked directly with our older campers in Kohavim. Daniel has taken our teen groups to various places such as Southern California, San Francisco, camping and many other sites around the Bay Area. He is also one of the representatives of our Palo Alto Maccabi Sports Team.

On campus, you can find him singing along with the younger kids or guiding parents to the right locations. He is passionate about our Camp, and is looking forward to the upcoming summer!


Desiree Nunez
Desiree has been a part of the J-Camp team since last year as a Tova camp counselor. Her favorite camp song is "There was a Great Big Moose". She is also a teacher year round for the Club J after-school program and works with the yearbook chugim. Desiree is currently working on her bachelor's degree at San Jose State University. She loves spending her free time with family and friends.


Elena Luna
Elena has been with the J-Camp team since summer 2013. This is going to be her eighth summer with us. She started with Kefli as a counselor and head counselor, transitioning to the Unit Leader of the K’tonton group. She is very passionate about working with children, especially the kinders. Some of her favorite things to do with children are creating fun art projects and reading stories. In her spare time Elena likes to go exploring and spending time with her loved ones.


Eryn Alvey
Eryn is beyond excited to be working at the OFJCC as a member of the J-Camp administrative team and is looking forward to meeting all the campers and families! Coming from corporate America, this is a much-needed switch of energy and purpose for her.

Eryn has spent the majority of her life on stage performing with musical theater companies such as CMTSJ, AMTSJ, TheaterWorks, Broadway by the Bay and Theater in the Mountains. When not at the OFJCC, Eryn spends her time with her family, Maya (8), Jameson (8), Cody (5) and her boyfriend, Ross. Eryn loves to cook, read, sing, dance, attend Torah study and exercise.
 


Felipe Sosa
This is Felipe's third year at J-Camp and he is excited to meet new friends! Felipe currently attends De Anza College, and enjoys making music as well as playing sports such as soccer and badminton. His favorite camp song is "Dead Moose" and he looks forward to J-CAMP 2020!


Harper Rose
Harper has been with J-Camp for the last six summer with various age groups and camps. He is currently working with Club J as a teacher during the school year. He enjoys traveling, hiking and other outdoor activities. Other things that spark joy for him are music or getting pho. Harper loves getting to meet the new campers that come every summer. It is really fun for him to bond through camp activities, and he especially loves accompanying them on field trips. He looks forward to the upcoming summer!
 


Jennifer Moran
Jennifer has been part of the J-Camp team since 2015. She stared as a camp counselor with K'tonton and moved up to the Tova camp this past summer. This year she became a Club J teacher at our Sand Hill location. In her free time, she likes to go hiking with her dogs and spending time with her friends and family.
 


Jonathan Wardwell
Jonathan has been working at J-Camp since the summer of 2017. He started as a camp counselor with the Kesher group and was the Unit Leader last summer. He looks forward to this coming summer with all of the incoming Kesher campers as well as the returning ones.

 

Jonathan just graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor's degree in Child and Adolescent Development. In his free time, he likes to play with his puppy Coco and hang out at home.
 


Jorge Barajas
Jorge is entering his seventh summer with J-Camp. He has played many roles such as counselor for Sababa and Camp Coordinator for the last two summers. His favorite part of camp is the Friday BBQ'S, where he is the "Master Griller" and he gets to see all the campers with smiles on their faces. This summer he is looking forward to see the continued growth of J-Camp and working with all the campers on making it the best summer yet. During the school year you can find him as a Club-J teacher at the OFJCC location. In his free time, Jorge enjoys all things sports and being with family and friends.
 


Josh Pu
Josh has been a part of the J-Camp team since 2012 working with various camps including teaching basketball in our special focus camps. He is also a Club J teacher and teaches many electives such as dance, magic and singing! He is the ultimate entertainer and loves to put on amazing shows as well as discover and help develop new talents.


Keren Erlich
Keren is returning for her second summer at J-Camp. Last year, she was the unit leader for Tayasim, J-Camp's very special Hebrew Immersion Camp. She worked with staff from Israel to create fun and unique camp experiences completely in Hebrew!

 

When Keren has some free time, she enjoys watching superhero TV shows and movies, working on a variety of crafts and hanging out with her family, friends and fluffy dog Milky.


LeAnn Nelson
This is LeAnn's first summer with J-Camp. She is currently studying child development and plans to be an elementary school teacher. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends and traveling. She's super excited for the upcoming year!


Maritza Ochoa
Maritza has been working with J-camp for four years with the K'tonton and Tova camps. She is currently attending San Francisco State University, studying child and adolescent development as well as Spanish language and literature. She likes to hike and spend time with her dogs, as well as work on DIY projects.


Pedro Cortez-Mclaughlin
Pedro has been with J-camp since 2012 right after he graduated from high school. He took a couple of years off, returning in 2015 and has been with us ever since. He has worked a multitude of positions including a camp counselor for both the camp and PM Care, a sports specialist, music specialist and a head counselor. Pedro also has been our leader of camp songs and Shabbat for the last couple of years.

 

Pedro has a bachelor's degree in psychology and will finish his master's degree in counseling psychology this summer. His work and passion is supporting others; he has the privilege of helping others through his work at the OFJCC. Some of his passions include playing the guitar, playing soccer and other sports. He also loves to play video games which give him talking points with the kids as well. For this coming summer, his hope is to support the summer camp to the best of his ability and to make it an incredibly fun summer!


Rachel Aichele
Rachel is pumped up for her second summer with J-Camp. Last summer, she planned all of the Fun Friday events and spirit days and occasionally sang a song or two at Chavurah in the mornings. You can find her untangling hoses, testing out bounce houses and practicing minute to win it competitions that she plans for the staff. Outside of camp she loves to garden, go on road trips and spend time with her friends in Santa Cruz.


Rachel Hisada
This is Rachel's first year at the OFJCC and is eager to share her love of nature, art and history with campers this summer in a fun and creative way. Rachel earned her teaching credential and master's degree in education at the University of Redlands and graduated with a BA in Medieval Art and Culture at Evergreen State College. She enjoys hiking, drawing, crafting and caring for her pet rabbit, Wasabi.


Rosemary Gomez

Rosemary has been with J-Camp for a little less than a year and has worked with our younger camper groups of Kinder and 1st grade. Her favorite camp activity is going on field trips and singing "There was a Great Big Moose."

 

Rosemary attended UC Davis and graduated in 2018; her future career goal is to become an elementary school teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys taking trips to her hometown in Downtown Los Angeles to visit family and friends.

 


Sammy Powers
Samantha is going into her second year with J-Camp. She is currently attending De Anza College, majoring in nursing. Some of her favorite things to do involve drawing and spending time with her nieces. Something Samantha is looking forward to is seeing some new and old summer campers this year!