The Camp Stein Summer 2018/5778 Staff
Caroline Carriere – General Counselor
My name is Caroline and I’m from Scottsdale, AZ.I am currently studying Family and Human Development at ASU and have just finished my freshman year! I was a camper at Camp Stein from 2009-2015 and am excited to be returning for a summer on staff!
Annie Rosenthal – General Counselor
Hey everyone! I’m so excited to be back at camp this summer for my 11th year. I’m graduating from Pinnacle High School this year and will be attending the University of Arizona in the fall. I love playing sports, making art projects, and hanging out with all my campers. See you all there this summer!
Michael Khachaturian – Outdoor Adventure Specialist
I’m Michael, an Israeli, currently i’m serving in the IDF infantry but I will finish just in time for camp! I like playing and listening to music, I play mostly bass guitar and it’s a very important part of my life. I’m really excited for the summer because it’s a great chance to take a break from all the stress in our lives and just be happy for two months. I’m looking forward to meet you all at camp!
Rachel Kirby – Media Specialist
I am Rachel Kirby & I am from a small coastal town in the North East of England called Hartlepool! I am 18 years old and love to go on adventures, to capture new memories, to make new friends & try to make the most out of the day. I’m excited for summer to meet everyone & create the best summer I’ve ever had with (hopefully) new best friends for life
Jacob Abraham – General Counselor
I am so excited to be a counselor at Camp Stein this summer. I’ve spent many summers at camp as a camper, and am excited for my first summer on staff. After many magical years, I am excited to hep create that magic for this year.
I currently live in Tempe, Arizona and will be a freshman at Barrett the Honors College at ASU next year studying Computer Science.
Sam Adler – General Counselor
I am very excited to be back at camp this summer. I was a camper at Camp Charles Pearlstein for four years and this is my second year returning as a staff member. During the school year I am a sophomore at NAU working on my Visual Communications major and my Chinese minor. I like to spend my free time doing activities like photography, making art, collecting sneakers, riding longboards, and playing lacrosse. I am looking forward to all the fun activities that are planned for this summer! 🙂
Aubrey Davis – General Counselor
Hi! My name is Aubrey Davis and I’m a Classics and Anthropology major at the University of Arizona, where I will begin a job at the Office of Admissions this fall semester. I’m from Chandler, Arizona, and this will be my second year working at camp, my fourth in total! I can’t wait to make new friends and memories and have a meaningful Jewish experience this summer.
Jake Blackstone – General Counselor
Hey! My name is Jake, and I’m so excited to finally be a counselor at Camp Stein this summer! I am from Scottsdale, AZ and am graduating from Chaparral High School. I will also be attending ASU Barrett Honors College at the Polytechnic campus in August and majoring in Software Engineering. I love travelling, drinking coffee (and lots of it), playing guitar, nature walks, Judaism, and hanging with friends! I’ve been a camper for the past 6 years, and can’t imagine being anywhere else but here for the summer. Camp is truly my second home, and I’m super excited to give campers the same joy and magic I’ve been experiencing since 2012!
My name is Erik Rendelman, and I am so excited to be returning to camp for my twelfth summer! I am 27 years old from Phoenix, Arizona. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s degree in Eementary and Special Education, and work full-time at Congregation Beth Israel as a Jewish Educator. I enjoy hiking, playing music, traveling, and waiting for new Star Wars movies to release.
I have previously worked at camp as a CIT, counselor, specialist, Rishonim and LTP Unit Head, and Program Director. This summer I will be leading the Big Trip in Israel, and will serve as the Ozrim Director for second session. I can’t wait to see you all up in the Prescott pines!
Rachel Monheit – General Counselor
Hey friends! My name is Rachel and I am beyond excited to be a counselor this year at Camp Stein. This will be my 11th summer here and I just can’t wait! I’m from Scottsdale, Arizona, and I am graduating from Pinnacle High School and will attend The University of Arizona in the fall. I love to bake, play outdoors, swim, and dance! Camp Stein for me is a home away from home and I hope that this summer I can help others see it too! Camp is so special and I am so excited for this awesome summer at Camp Stein to start!
Michal Ben Ami – General Counselor
Hey everyone! My name is Michal Ben Ami and I’m from Haifa, Israel.
I’m 22 years old and a few months ago I finished my military service as a bootcamp platoon leader. I currently study for my university entrance exam and work at a restaurant. As a former scouts leader and an elementary school English tutor, l have always loved working with kids, and I’m looking forward to be a part of camp this summer!
Pearlette Carter – Camp Nurse
I was born and raised in New Orleans and I now reside in a little Cajun town about 45 minutes away from there where I live with my daughter Rachel, a senior in high school, and my husband Alfred. I have a grown son AJ who actually lives in the Phoenix area. I am employed as a school nurse for the past 7 years. I previously worked for many years
as a bedside nurse and nursing instructor. When the kids came along I sought employment as a school nurse to afford me more time with my children. It sort of gave me a” best of both worlds” experience. While I really missed the bedside experience, my job as a school nurse is very rewarding. I have learned and grown so much. I really have enjoyed my career over the years. My clinical experience in both areas clearly lends itself to camp nursing. I worked last year as a camp nurse in upstate New York last summer and I had a great experience I was taking the place of a nurse who is returning this summer. I have to say I think I’m hooked on camp nursing. I really love working with young people and in spite of all the fun and games camp nursing offers, I take my job as a camp nurse very seriously. I am really looking forward to working at Camp Stein this summer.
Pearlette Carter, RN
Ethan Kahn – Sports Specialist
Hey my name is Ethan Kahn (Also Known as Rabbis son) and I will be one of the sports specialist at camp this summer! I am a Freshmen at Northern Arizona University. I am also one of the men’s basketball managers at NAU. In my free time I like to chill with friends and of course…FORTNITE. Camp is an amazing place no doubt and I can’t wait to be on the staff this summer.
Lindsay Schawelson – General Counselor
Hi everyone! My name is Lindsay Schawelson and I am so excited to be back at camp for my 9th summer! I’m from Scottsdale, Arizona and will be going to American University this fall! I am so excited to be back at camp this summer for my first year on staff! I remember checking the staff preview page every year before I went up and it’s crazy to think that now I’ll be on it! My favorite summer memories were always up at camp hanging out and going on adventures with my best friends. When I’m not at camp I love hanging out with my friends, volunteering, and dancing. I cannot wait to meet all of you and have the best summer yet!
Conor Falls – Lifeguard Specialist
I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland but then I moved to Donegal in Ireland and I am now living in Dublin for college. I am studying economics and french. When I’m not at camp I like watching sports such as soccer, rugby and ice hockey. I am looking forward summer because there are no camps like this in Ireland and it’s something I’ve wanted to go to one for a long time
Anat Schure – Camper Care
Shalom! My name is Anat and I’m so excited to experience Camp Stein for the very first time! I was born in Haifa, Israel and moved to Arizona when I was about six months old. Although I never attended sleep away camp as a child (boo!!!), I did get to visit my family in Israel quite often (yay!!!). I am married to Adam who’s a veterinarian and owner of Lookout Mountain Veterinary Clinic in Phoenix. We have two children who will both attend camp as well! Ayden, my 13 year old daughter, has been to Camp Stein twice. My son Arik, who’s 8 years old, will be a newbie at Camp Stein this year. All three of us are very excited for this summer. In fact, my daughter’s love for camp as well as my own passion for Hebrew and the Jewish culture, inspired my decision to work for Camp Stein. I can’t wait to be in the Prescott pines around a fun Jewish community, watching children enjoy themselves, and campfires with s’mores. Plus, Shabbat in the outdoors is something that I’m really looking forward to. Outside of camp, I’m a licensed professional counselor for the State of Arizona. I have worked with children throughout the Cave Creek Unified School District who struggle with mental health, social skills, etc. When I’m not working, I’m a mommy schlepping my kids to extracurricular activities, volunteering and having fun at Temple Kol Ami in Scottsdale and hanging with my husband, family and friends. I’m excited for camp so I can share my love for Judaism and also be available for those campers who may need some extra (professional) TLC. To all the parents sending your children to camp, thank you for giving them this experience and I’m looking forward to meeting them. To all the children…get ready to have an amazing time at Camp Stein!!
Ben Kahn – Overnight Tripping Director
I am beyond thrilled to return for my 7th summer at Camp Stein and 2nd as the overnight trip director. I was raised in Phoenix and earned my college degree from Arizona State University. When not at camp, I spend the rest of the year teaching science at Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School. It is my privilege to once again be included in what will be a phenomenal staff and receive the opportunity to help make this the most fun, rewarding, and memorable experience for everyone we are proud to welcome into the Stein community. I look forward to yet another summer packed with excitement!
Lluis Plaza Chacon – Outdoor Adventure Specialist
Hey!!! I’m Lluís and i’m from Barcelona in Catalonia. I’m studying technical for automation and robotic industrial. In free time I play handball in the first national team of a city near Barcelona. My hobbies during my free time are: climbing, playing violin and the guitar, trekking the mountains league in Spain and I like go climbing and share many time with boy scouts to the mountain. I am looking forward to go to the camp because since i was a child i use to do a learning experience during the summer and in this case, i am sure, that it will be a big challenge and rewarding experience. I am happy to do my bit in the camp and make one of the best experience for the camps child’s life.
Amanda Brooks – Programming Director
My name is Amanda Brooks and I am so excited to be the program director for the 4th summer in a row. A little about myself. I moved to Arizona about ten years ago from Ohio. I graduated from The Ohio State University (GO BUCKS!) with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. Soon after, I received a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University in school leadership. Education is my world. I am currently teaching high school in the Paradise Valley School District and I am loving every minute. My true passion in life is Jewish education. I have taught religious school for many years and have worked at a few different Jewish summer camps. I am so excited to once again be apart of the Camp Stein Family and look forward to having a great summer!
Lucia Pellicer – Dance Specialist
Hi! My name is Lucia and I am from Valencia, Spain. I love dancing, singing and playing music. I consider myself as an arts person! When I’m not at camp I really enjoy spending time with my friends and family, playing the guitar and the piano, reading, travelling…
I am really looking forward to start camp and have one of the best experiences in my life. I can’t wait to teach kids how to express what they feel through music in the funniest way I can. I hope this becomes a summer we’ll never forget!
Jake Cohen – General Counselor
I’m from a little settlement north east of Jerusalem (not much to say about the place) i like to play on the guitar, hike and work. Camp is where you meet the most extraordinary people and create long lasting memories and friendships
Ruben Molanus – Sports Specialist
My name is Ruben Molanus, I’m 20 years old. I live near Groningen, in The Netherlands. Up till last November I went to university, where I studied nursing. Nowadays I work for a webshop called The Alpha Men, where we sell grooming products for men. I’m planning to study psychology next year. I played all kinds of sports my entire life, but mostly soccer. When I was studying in Groningen I also had acting lessons, which I loved. I’m really interested in film, acting and everything that comes with that. But just hanging out with great people is something that I love as well (of course)! I’m really excited to meet new people, be in a different environment, visit new places, help the people at the camp have a great time and to improve myself in many aspects. Being outdoors for the most part of the day is also something that really excites me.
Aaron Chivrall – Mountain Biking Specialist
I’m from Kent in England, whilst not at camp I study mechanical engineering at university, enjoy working on my cars and riding my bike, hanging out with friends and just exploring, I’m excited to come to camp and teach something I enjoy, travel meet new people and just be somewhere new!
Abby Adelman – General Counselor
Hi, I’m Abby and I’m super excited for my 13th summer at camp and 2nd summer on staff! I am an Arizona native but, am currently a Freshman at the University of Washington in Seattle, studying physiology and bioethics. My hobbies include skiing, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and soaking up every second of Seattle sun. I’m super excited for Maccabiah, stargazing, and meeting all of you!
Tom Feldman – Horseback Riding Specialist
I was born, living and grew up in Moshav Kfar Ahim. From a young age I loved nature and animals, especially horses and dogs. I love sports and I played professional basketball from a young age for many years.In my military service I was in the air force. In preparation for the camp, I am particularly excited to meet all the staff and campers. I know it will be an amazing experience and I can’t wait!
Shira Khotim – General Counselor
Hi everyone! My name is Shira Khotim and this will be my second year on staff! I am an incoming sophomore at the University of Arizona studying Special Education and Rehabilitation and minoring in Family Studies and Human Development. I attended an arts school for middle school and high school so I absolutely love doing anything musical. In my free time I also love hanging out with friends and family, traveling, and hiking. I am thrilled to work at camp this summer. I am sure that this summer is going to be a summer full of amazing times and I can not wait to be a part of it. See you all there!
Alice Jones – Tennis Specialist
Kia Ora, Alice here!!
I originally hail from New Zealand, but am currently studying Arts and Commerce at the University of British Columbia in Canada. I’m super excited to be teaching tennis this year and even more excited because this is my first summer at Camp Stein!! In my spare time, I like to do as much travelling as possible (I’m actually writing this bio from a hotel room in Lake Tahoe right now) and particularly enjoy hiking with my friends. I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone at camp and hearing all about the adventures you want to go on one day.. I hope we can all learn a lot from each other and have a tu meke (awesome) time this summer 🙂
Jonathan Falco – Activities Director
Hey all! My name is Jonathan Falco and I’m so excited to join the Camp Stein community for the first time this Summer 2018! I’m 26 years old from New York, NY and received my BA in Jewish Studies from Emory University back in 2014. I love traveling, meeting new people, and I’m always up for an adventure!
As a second-year rabbinical student at HUC, I’m thrilled to serve as the Activities Director here at camp helping to make Judaism come alive throughout the summer. As a former URJ Eisner camper, I can’t wait to jump back into the camp mindset here in Prescott, AZ!
Rhea Rodillas – Media Specialist
Hi! My name is Rhea. I grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but I originally come from the Philippines, so I consider both countries my home. I’m studying Psychology in Dublin City University and will be graduating this year. I am very passionate about all things artsy where I can express my creativity, whether that’s through dancing, singing, photography, drawing and painting, and even acting! I’m definitely more of an arts person rather than a sports person, but I wouldn’t say my sports skills are too shabby!
I am super excited to be working at Camp Stein and to experience what American camp life is like, because there’s no equivalent in Ireland. I’m looking forward to meeting a great bunch of staff and campers, and to make lasting memories of what may just be the best summer yet!!
Jake Siet – General Counselor
Hey everyone! My name is Jake and I’m so glad to be back for another great summer at camp! I am currently enrolled as a Mechanical Engineering major at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, just down the road! While I’m not in classes, I enjoy mountain biking the various trails Prescott has to offer. I can’t wait for my 10th summer at Camp Stein to start, I’m already excited for some Shabbat salad!
Sarah Tuttleman – General Counselor
I was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. When I’m not kickin it at camp, I go to Pinnacle High School. I spend my weekends with friends that I have known my whole life. When I’m not at school or chilling with friends, I grab my computer and write stories about anything that comes to mind. I love camp because I feel as though I can truly be myself, and everyone treats me like family. I am excited for this summer because this is my first year of being a camp counselor, plus I have never been at camp for second session which means that I will be witnessing Maccabiah for the first time
Skyler Krismann – General Counselor
Hi! I’m Skyler and this will be my eighth summer at camp and third on staff! I’m a rising junior nursing student at the University of Delaware, with hopes for a career in pediatrics. When not at camp or studying, I spend my time traveling, volunteering, and spending time with my best friends. I am so excited to come back to camp to make sure that my campers have amazing experiences and love camp as much as I do!
Nitsan Peled – General Counselor
Im Nitsan Peled and I am 21 years old. I live in Rehovot which is half an hour drive from Tel Aviv. At the end of last January finished my military service and after few weeks of preparing I started a very big adventure. Hiking ” shvil israel ” – the national Israel trail for about 2 months. I was thinking a lot about camp while the trail , about the kids and the experiences that we will have. I was happy to hear about the connection that the camp has to Israel. I’m waiting and exited to meet everybody and have good time together
Sam McRae – Arts and Crafts Specialist
Hello! My name is Samantha but you can call me Sam! I am so excited to be apart of camp this summer and bring creative fun to all the campers! I am from Chandler, Arizona and I am currently getting my Associates of Arts through Chandler Gilbert Community College. I plan on transferring to ASU to major in Secondary Education to become a High School Art or English teacher. In my free time I like to paint, listen to music and read poetry books. I enjoy being out doors, traveling, and adventuring in new environments any chance I can get! I can’t wait to see what this summer holds with everyone apart of Camp Stein!
Hannah Miller – General Counselor
Hi everyone! My name is Hannah Miller and I am general counselor this year. Currently I go to community college getting my Associates in Arts and I will be transferring to ASU in the Spring (forks up!) This will be my second year on staff and I’m super excited to come back to camp and do it all over again! Some of my favorite things include: sports, Dutch Bros, photography, painting, jam sessions with friends, and traveling. I’m looking forward to meeting you all! This summer is going to be awesome ( :
Corryn Zylstra – General Counselor
My name is Corryn Zylstra and I am a graduate from Basha High School! I will be attending Colorado State University in the fall for Wildlife Biology with the intention of pursuing veterinary medicine. I love doing improv, writing, and photography and was very involved in the theatre in high school. This will be my ninth summer at Camp Stein. I’m absolutely ecstatic to be on the staff and look forward to getting to know my kids!!
Jennifer Walker – Inclusion Coordinator
Hi everyone! I am excited to be back at Camp Daisy and Harry Stein for my 8th summer!I I live in Scottsdale, AZ and love spending my summers up at camp in Prescott! In the past 8 years, i have been a counselor, Rishonim Unit Head, Bonim Unit Head, Ozrim Director, Logistics Coordinator and most recently last summer, I lead the Big Trip in Israel! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being outside, and playing with dogs. I recently completed my Master’s Degree in Social Work at Arizona State University and am excited for my next adventure!