Meet Our Staff
Leah Zigmond was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!) and recently moved to Phoenix after spending 6 years in Atlanta, Georgia while serving as Associate Director and Interim Executive Director of Camp Judaea and, previously, Assistant Director of Camp Ramah Darom.
Prior to Atlanta, Leah spent 13 years living and working on Kibbutz Lotan in Israel’s Southern Arava Desert. Much of this time was spent in Lotan’s Center for Creative Ecology including six years as the Center’s Director of Education and Associate Director of the Living Routes semester abroad programs in Israel.
When she’s not at camp Leah loves hiking, reading, doing yoga, and hanging out with her two boys, Yaniv and Amit, and her husband Simon. Email Leah
Shalom! I became the Assistant Director of Camp Daisy and Harry Stein in September of 2014. I was a camper at Camp Charles Pearlstein from 2004 to 2007 and have been a summer staff member since 2008, serving as a General Counselor, Rocks and Ropes Specialist, Unit Head and Summer Administrator.
I grew up as a member of Temple Emanuel in Tempe, graduated from the University of Arizona in December 2012 with a degree in psychology and worked as an intern with Camp Adventure on a Navy Base in Key West, FL, and most recently for the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) in Phoenix as a Clinical Interventionist.
I currently reside in Scottsdale. My interests include running, yoga, reading and anything related to the Arizona Wildcats. Bear Down!! Email Maryn >
Jon oversees our rentals and retreats and supervises the maintenance and food service for camp. He has been involved in Jewish Summer camping for most of the last 40 years, spending 35 summers at camps in Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New York. A past counselor and Director of the former Camp Charles Pearlstein, he returned in 2013 to live on-site at Camp Stein year round. After almost 20 years as a camp director, Jon started his own camp food service business, working with camps in the Pennsylvania and New York for the past several summers. Jon decided to return to his roots here at Camp Stein and lives at camp with his wife Martha and their dog Lucy. Email Jon>
Sara is a recent Phoenix transplant from Southern California. She studied City and Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, on the central coast of California. She has held many leadership roles not only in the college, but in the community as well. She comes with over 15 years of volunteer and work experience with Jewish youth and community members. She grew up attending Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, California. She has been a part of a few other synagogues as she relocated from Aliso Viejo to San Luis Obispo. She attended Jewish youth group and Jewish leadership camp weekends from 2001-2006. She then followed her passion and became a youth adviser for Jewish youth groups in Mission Viejo and then San Luis Obispo from 2006-2012.
She currently lives in Phoenix. Her parents live in Southern California and she has two brothers, one in Phoenix and one in California. She has a perfect little nephew in Phoenix who was just born in 2016. She loves running, traveling, working out, attending sporting events, and spending time with family.