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A million, trillion, gazillion thanks for a SPECTACULAR experience for my kids. You and your staff are beyond compare! Despite their homesickness, both of my kids cannot stop talking about the fantastic time they had at CMC!
I am so terribly grateful for your ongoing support (even with my annoying emails) and the all assistance we received. My children would NEVER have been able to have this experience without you! Thanks, thanks, thanks to EVERYONE for making our first overnight camp experience EPIC! Alexis' camper blanket is already on display in our living room.
- Camp Parent, San Diego
Buddy Voit – Executive Director
Buddy joined the staff of Camp Mountain Chai in September, 2017. After six years on the CMC’s board of directors and more than 35 years in business in the private sector, this once in a lifetime opportunity to combine his passion for Jewish overnight camping with his business experience was a dream come true. Buddy’s involvement in the Jewish community can be traced back to his summers spent as a camper, counselor, and song leader. As treasurer of the board of directors, Buddy had been actively involved with the operation of the camp and the year-round retreat center and had already established working relationships with the staff prior to becoming the executive director. His years in the business community as CFO of several regional and national companies brings a wealth of experience that will benefit the camp. Buddy is keenly aware of the effect that camp can have on a child. “To say that camp informed and continues to inform my life cannot be overstated. It created a foundation of Jewish values and experience that I have been building on for over 50 years. I am very excited about meeting our new and returning campers. I can’t wait to see them create their own foundation from which they will build their Jewish lives.”
Buddy is married to Diane Voit and has three children (all of whom attended Jewish overnight camp). He loves to travel and cook (he is an accomplished Sushi chef). He has been active in the San Diego Jewish community and his Synagogue where you can find him most Friday nights playing with the Chai band at Shabbat services.
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Dan Baer – Camp Director
Dan is entering his 5th year as the Camp Director of Camp Mountain Chai after 3 years as the Camp Operations Officer at Camp Inc. Business Academy in Denver, CO and 5 years as the Associate Director of Camp Interlaken JCC in Milwaukee, WI. Dan participated in the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Lekhu Lakhem Fellowship and Yitro Leadership Program and was a JCC Association Merrin Teen Professional Fellow. Dan grew up in Akron, OH where he began his career in camping as a lifeguard.
Dan holds a degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. He has always had a passion for both working with children and summer camp. Jewish community has always been a part of his life, including growing up at JCC preschool, attending day school, and staying actively involved in BBYO and Hillel. Dan’s love for travel has carried him to all 50 states. He also enjoys playing soccer, skiing, hiking, and rooting on his hometown sports teams.
You can email Dan at email@example.com
Rachel Shyloski, MSW – Associate Camp Director
Since 2009, Rachel Shyloski has been involved with Camp Mountain Chai as both a Unit Leader (’09-’13) and Director of Camper Care (’14). Her patience and ability to empathize have always been true to her nature. Rachel is a naturalist and humanist at heart. Her love of nature coupled with her desire to educate others about the natural world has given Rachel a unique perspective on how to build that same respect for one another within our Camp community.
Rachel comes to Camp Mountain Chai all the way from North Carolina. Her desire to further understand human nature combined with a lifelong passion to work with people, led her to UNC-Asheville where she obtained a BA in Psychology. Her desire to help others, led her to pursue a Masters in Social Work, which she obtained in 2014 at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Rachel brings a wide range of skills, knowledge and trained experiences to our camp family.
Rachel is an avid bird watcher and outdoors woman. Many of her friends would describe her as helplessly compassionate, terminally funny, and devastatingly kind. Her desire to share camp with others, and her experience in Jewish summer camps have allowed Rachel a unique opportunity to serve CMC in a very special way. Rachel looks forward to the future with open eyes and a desire to be of service to her fellows.
You can email Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth “B.Cap” Caplan – Program Director
Beth (B.Cap) has been part of the Camp Mountain Chai community since 2011. Over the past eight summers, she has held several positions including Senior Counselor, Head of Arts, Cornerstone Liason, Social Media Coordinator and our summer Program Director.
Beth considers herself a lifelong “happy camper” having begun her camping career at the age of nine at URJ Camp George in Parry Sound, Ontario. With over eighteen years of camp experience, Beth is someone who strongly believes in the unforgettable memories, creative programming, lifelong friendships and the magic that Jewish summer camp has to offer.
From the great country that birthed Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes and Drake, Beth comes to Camp Mountain Chai all the way from Toronto, Ontario. She holds a degree in Media Studies, specializing in Public Relations, from the University of Guelph-Humber. She recently completed her Post-Graduate Certificate in Social Media Marketing.
When Beth isn’t spending her time way up the tall green mountain, she enjoys cardio funk dancing, taking long road trips, visiting National Parks, playing guitar and photography. Beth is extremely excited to join Camp Mountain Chai’s full-time team and looks forward to fulfilling her dream of serving a community that she so deeply cares about.
You can email Beth at email@example.com
David Edwards – Camp Registrar and Office Manager
After graduating from a vocational high school, where he studied Culinary Arts, David attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a BS in Business Management and Human Resources. He worked his way through college cooking in restaurants and different positions in the food service industry. After moving to Encinitas, CA in 2011, David continued his studies in food science and worked in the agricultural industry managing an organic fruit farm.
Since living in San Diego, David has become an avid surfer (gaining him the nickname, Big Wave Dave) and has developed his passion for healthy food and lifestyle choices. David will bring a great sense of humor and more kindness and caring to the already loving family at Camp Mountain Chai.
You can email David at DavidE@campmountainchai.com