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Brian Mitchell, Director

Hello Camp Stein Community! I officially became the Director of Camp Daisy and Harry Stein in February 2013. I am Brian Pica native of St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up as a camper and counselor growing up at Camp Sabra in the Lake of the Ozarks. A graduate of the University of Indiana at Bloomington, I have spent the majority of my adult life as a Jewish professional.

Prior to becoming the Camp Director, I was the Director of the University of Missouri Hillel at Columbia. I also spent five years (2006-2011) as the full time Senior Assistant Director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA.

I currently reside in Scottsdale, and my parents live in St. Louis. I have one sister, a brother-in-law, a niece and nephew who live in Olathe, Kansas.  I love running, travel and all things related to sports, especially the St. Louis Cardinals! Email Brian >

Maryn Gordon, Assistant DirectorMaryn

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 Levin, Operations Directorbio pic

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 Schack, Business and Communications sara-picManager

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.