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. Send Loui an email!
Rabbi Erin Mason, Director
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. Send Andrew an email!
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. Send Larry an email!
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. Send Ethan an email!
McKenzie Sigle, Assistant Director
McKenzie Sigle joined the GFC full time team in May 2018. McKenzie has been at GFC for 14 summers, as a camper, staff member and Bonim/Shorashim Unit Head. She was also an Olim and Cornerstone Fellow. McKenzie’s portfolio focuses around staffing – making sure our staff are happy and prepared and engaged for our work. McKenzie graduated from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!) in May of 2018. She was Religious School Director for the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation for one year where she planned Judaic and Hebrew curriculum for grades 2-6 and supervised a team of teachers. She student taught at Kansas City public schools in kindergarten and fourth grade classrooms. McKenzie was a Student Ambassador for the University of Kansas where she provided custom walking tours to prospective students, and worked to increase enrollment at the University of Kansas. McKenzie has been a Biennial Ambassador for the URJ Biennial 2017, as well as a NFTY Convention Fellow where she focused on youth professional education. McKenzie is originally from Allen, TX and now living in Houston, TX. She is looking forward to getting to know the Houston Jewish community, trying out new activities like running, and enjoying all Greene has to offer year round. Send McKenzie an email!
Michaela Rollins, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications
Melissa Essler, Assistant Director
Jared Pickett, Operations Manager
Linda Matthews, Business Administrator
Send Linda an email!
Maintenance and Housekeeping
Andres Vasquez, Maintenance
Francisca Martinez, Head Housekeeper