Meet Our Full-Time Staff

Program - Judaics

Testimonials from our CMC Families

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-avatarBuddy 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.

You can email Buddy at buddy@campmountainchai.com

 

Dan Baer – Camp Director

Dan joins the Camp Mountain Chai community after 2 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 was a participant in the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program and a member of the JCC Association’s Merrin Teen Professional Fellows. Dan grew up in Akron, OH where he began his career in camping as a lifeguard, Pool Director, and Assistant Program Director at Hiram House Camp.

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 been a part of his life since growing up at JCC preschool and continuing through his active involvement with Hillel in college. Dan enjoys travelling, playing soccer, skiing, hiking, and rooting on his hometown sports teams.

You can email Dan at dan@campmountainchai.com

 

Rachel Shyloski – Assistant Camp Director

Tachel bio picSince 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 rshyloski@campmountainchai.com

 

Samantha Hoffman – Communications Director and Judaics Educator

Samantha joins the Camp Mountain Chai mishpacha (family) after spending the last 2 years as the Director of Youth Activities at Congregation Beth Am in San Diego. Before that she was the Associate Director of Jewish Student Life at The Weber School in Atlanta, GA. Born and raised in Orange County, just an hour up the 5 freeway, Samantha attended the JCC Summer Day Camp in Irvine growing up.

Samantha holds a B.A. in Modern Judaic Studies from California State University, Northridge and a Masters in Jewish Education with an Emphasis on Experiential Education from Hebrew College in Boston.

Samantha loves campfires, songs sessions and musical theater. She is an avid fan of Yankees Baseball, Clippers Basketball and the New York Giants. Although, as long as sports are being played, she’s down to watch. She’s excited to join the CMC community and spend her first summer us!

You can email Samantha at samantha@campmountainchai.com