Meet our Year-Round Staff
Loui Dobin, Executive Director of URJ Greene Family Camp
Loui Dobin has been the director of the URJ Greene Family Camp since 1978. Prior to his arrival in Texas, Loui attended New York University. He was the regional president of the Long Island Federation of Temple Youth and the Treasurer of the national organization.
As a musician, Loui was one of the founding members of the Jewish musical group Kol B’seder, and participated in a number of recording projects. He is also a composer, song leader and performer.
He has also found time to become a licensed pilot and emergency medical technician. Loui lives in Temple, Texas with his wife Sheila, a geneticist, and his dog Shayna, a “Chusky” (Chow-Husky mix).Loui and Sheila are the proud parents of Jonathan and Zachary, both longtime campers and staff members at Greene.
Stefani Rozen, Summer Camp Director
Stefani Rozen began working at Greene as an assistant director in 2007. She spent many previous summers at GFC as a camper, counselor, tennis specialist, and a member of the summer leadership team as Sports Director. Growing up, she was an active member of NFTY’s Texas-Oklahoma region during her high school years, and continued to staff year-round programs throughout college.
Before returning to GFC full time, Stefani attended the University of Texas (Hook ‘em Horns!), earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Jewish Studies with a minor in History. Following school, she spent time traveling in Australia and New Zealand, returning to the United States to work at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, DC. There, she spent three years as the conference planner coordinating teen social action seminars and congregational visits to Washington, DC.
As an assistant director, Stefani was invited to participate in the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program. This program brings assistant directors from a variety of Jewish residential camps together to learn how to build and sustain Jewish camp communities. More recently, Stefani completed a Master’s degree in Camp Administration and Leadership through Touro University.
In her free time, Stefani enjoys traveling, vacationing with friends, and bicycling. She also loves spending time with her family, and of course her miniature goldendoodle, Lolli. Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, Stefani now resides in Houston.
Rabbi Andrew Terkel, Director of Year Round Programs
Rabbi Andrew Terkel is a long-time GFC camper and staff member. He grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and at Temple Israel in Tulsa. As a teenager, he was the President of NFTY’s Texas-Oklahoma Region. After receiving his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas, Andrew was a fellow with the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL). Through the fellowship, he worked with communities across the South big and small, many with limited professional Jewish resources, to ensure that all Jewish children in the Southern region had access to an excellent Jewish education, no matter where they lived.
After completing his fellowship, he went on to study for the rabbinate at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. While at HUC, he was the song leader at the URJ Kutz Camp in NY and served a number of synagogues throughout the Los Angeles area.
Rabbi Terkel comes to us from Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim in Charleston, South Carolina. He has been the assistant rabbi and has been responsible for their educational and youth programs, along with his other rabbinic responsibilities. During that time he was also the Regional Rabbinic Advisor for NFTY-SAR, the NFTY region in his area.
His wife Hannah, an incredible Jewish educator in her own right, is an alumna of URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Camp in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Their one-year-old son Avi will be a GFC camper in a few short years.
Larry Nathan, Director of Development and New Initiatives
Larry Nathan is the Director of Advancement at URJ Greene Family Camp. Prior to joining GFC, Larry served as Assistant Regional Director and Campaign Director of UJA-Federation of New York’s Westchester Division. He also worked as Campaign Director of the organization’s Wall Street and Financial Services Division. Larry began his career as the Regional Director of NFTY-Southern California and before that, as a unit head and specialist at GFC.
Born and raised in Galveston, Larry received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and master’s degrees from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and the University of Southern California.
Larry is a member of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio’s Board of Directors, as well as its Planning and Allocations Committee. He and his wife Mara, Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth-El, have two campers and a camper-to-be, Isaac, Solomon, and Miriam.
Jessica Dangott, Senior Assistant Director
Jessica Dangott joined GFC as an assistant director in April 2014.
She spent many summers at GFC as a camper, bunk counselor, and assistant unit head, followed by the past four summers as a member of the education staff. Though only a member of NFTY’s Texas-Oklahoma Region in her final year of high school, it was a year full of wonderful Jewish experiences and new Jewish friendships.
Jessica earned a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology in 2014 from Texas A&M University, accompanied by a Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. During her undergraduate career at Trinity University, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, focusing geographically in the Middle East with a minor in Religion.
As a veteran of GFC, Jessica is honored and beyond excited to continue working with this sensational camp that enriches the lives of so many. Jessica treasures time with friends and loved ones, enjoys meeting new people and learning their life stories, loves to be outdoors and to soak up some Vitamin D, and looks forward to getting back to her leisure reading!
Michele Ozer, Assistant Director
Michele Ozer joined Greene Family Camp as Assistant Director with portfolio focused on Marketing and Communications full-time in June 2015.
Michele graduated from University of Pennsylvania in May 2015 with a degree in Communications and Public Service and a minor in Fine Arts. Prior to working at Greene Family Camp, she has had communications and design internships with Gaskill Strategies in Memphis, TN and Braithwaite Communication in Philadelphia, PA. She was also an editor for three years at her college paper, The Daily Pennsylvanian.
Though Michele didn’t grow up at Greene, she attended camp at Pinemere Camp and French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts, and worked at URJ Camp Harlam in the Poconos as a drama specialist, cabin counselor and Cornerstone Fellow throughout college.
Though she has lived all her life in Philadelphia, she is now located in Austin, TX. In her free time, she enjoys playing the oboe, running all over Austin, trying new restaurants, and declaring her (often unpopular) love of Philadelphia sports teams.
Mindy Michaels, Assistant Director/NFTY-TOR Regional Director
Mindy Michaels is the NFTY TOR Director and an Assistant Director for year round programs. When not at camp and traveling to NFTY events, you can find Mindy in Austin, TX.
Mindy grew up in the greater Houston area and spent her summers at Greene Family Camp. She was an active participant in NFTY and served as NFTY-TOR President her senior year in high school. At Greene Family Camp, Mindy was a counselor, assistant challenge course director and facilitator, Israel Education Fellow, and Cornerstone Fellow.
Mindy graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, DC with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies. She was Phi Beta Kappa, an Honors Program scholar, studied abroad at Haifa University, and immersed herself in the Hebrew language at the Brandeis University-Middlebury College language program. Since graduation, Mindy has worked at the Institute for International Education, planning programs and working as a Program Officer for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program. She has also worked for congregations large and small in both the Washington, DC area and in Texas. Mindy has focused her youth work with teens and is so excited to engage with Texas and Oklahoma’s NFTY-ites.
When Mindy is not at NFTY events helping to protect Toro, TOR’s beloved mascot, you can find her exploring jogging trails, farmer’s markets, and yoga studios in Austin.
Emily Caulfield, Assistant Director
Emily Caulfield is a long-time Houstonian with family still based in Houston. She was a GFC camper, staff member, Waterfront Director, and this summer, our Shoftim Unit Head. As a teenager, she was Programming Vice President of NFTY’s Texas Oklahoma Region where she led alongside our new Director of Year Programs, Rabbi Andrew Terkel.
Emily has also had her hands in other URJ camps and programs: she worked as a staff member at Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY and at Olin-Sang Ruby Union Institute in Oconomowoc, WI. She also led a URJ Mitzvah Corps trip through the South sponsored by Henry S. Jacobs Camp, and led multiple Kesher Birthright Israel trips.
Emily attended University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!), and worked as Director of Youth and Informal Education at Temple Chai in Chicago following college. Most recently, she ran Levy Funeral Directors, the Jewish Funeral Home in Bellaire, TX. In this position, she was a support for our Houston Jewish community during their toughest life cycle events. As leader of Levy Funeral Directors, she worked with all of the clergy in our Houston region.
Emily Caulfield’s portfolio is focused on our year round programs, though like all of our Assistant Directors, is involved in all parts of our GFC program.
Ethan Lane-Miller, Assistant Director
Ethan is a native Texan who grew up at Adat Chaverim in Plano, TX. He attended Southwestern University before returning home to Plano where he took on all sorts of roles in Dallas Jewish life: he was a NFTY advisor for Adat Chaverim, a substitute teacher and assistant at Akiba and Yavneh Academy of Dallas, a Dallas Connect Program Assoiciate through BBYO, and all sorts of positions at the JCC of Dallas.
While Ethan did not attend GFC, he was a staff member and Program Director at Camp Chai, a JCC Day Camp in Dallas, and most recently was an Assistant Director of the Counselor in Training program for the JCC camps at Medford.
Previously, Ethan was the Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, NJ, where he advised their Elementary, Junior and Senior Youth Groups (including one that is a member of NFTY-PAR), ran their Religious School, helped teens plan and supervise teen High Holiday services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and worked with Temple Emanuel’s Mental Health and Wellness task-force where he discusses mental health topics with teens. He even helps keep alumni engaged through their College Connection program.
Ethan is very passionate about year-round youth engagement, and brings an enthusiastic outside perspective to the role. He will be working with many of our communities and congregations in Dallas on year-round youth engagement, while also having a hand in our summer program. In addition, Ethan will be responsible for several of our year-round programs.
Sean Passes, Operations Manager
Sean started his journey with Greene in an unlikely place… Israel. Utilizing a gift from Congregation Beth Israel in Austin for Becoming a Bar Mitzvah, he joined Garin Greene in the summer of 2000. The incredible experience brought him back to camp the following summer to join the Avodah program. Over the years, Sean has worked with kids of all ages, and has had many different roles at camp: Bonim counselor, Kohanim counselor, Melachim counselor, Kibbutz counselor, Avodah counselor, Life guard, Waterfront director, Ropes course director, Adventure director, Summer Assistant Director, the list goes on!
Now, Sean Passes joins Greene as operations manager in May 2016. Sean lives on camp and is in charge of the year round operations of camp. This includes all of the support departments and staff, off summer retreats and security.
Linda Matthews, Business Administrator
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Rose Allbright, Office Manager/Registrar
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Maintenance and Housekeeping
Andres Vasquez, Maintenance
Francisca Martinez, Head Housekeeper