Rabbi Erin Mason
Rabbi Erin Mason has been passionate about Jewish camp ever since her first summer as a camper at GFC age 10. She fully believes in the power of Jewish camp to inspire a love of Judaism, allow campers and staff alike to believe in themselves, and to become their best selves.
In addition to starting her career here at GFC as an assistant director and NFTY-TOR advisor, Rabbi Erin has also been part of the director teams at URJ Camp Newman in Northern California and Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu, California. Ordained from the Los Angeles campus of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, she was in the first class of the Mandel Fellowship for rabbinic-education students, where she explored what it means to create, implement, and sustain Jewish institutional visioning and change. Rabbi Erin also earned a master’s degree in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR. She holds an undergraduate degree in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin.
Rabbi Erin lives in her native Houston with her husband, Mike, three children, Zachary, Eliza, and Aviva, and their dog, Barney.
Director of Advancement
Larry Nathan is the Director of Advancement at URJ Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, Texas. He is a member of the camp’s senior leadership with primary responsibility for fundraising and institutional support. During the summer, Larry oversees Camp Care, a team of professionals dedicated to the mental, emotional, and social health of GFC’s campers and staff.
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 in the UAHC South West Regional Office as Regional Director of NFTY-Southern California.
Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Larry received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and master’s degrees in Jewish Communal Service and Social Work from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and the University of Southern California, respectively.
He is a former co-chair of SJCS Alumni Association and vice chair of the HUC-JIR Council of Alumni Association. Larry has also served on the boards of several Jewish organizations including the Jewish Federation of San Antonio, URJ Eisner Camp and the Jewish Communal Service Association.
Larry and his wife, Rabbi Mara Nathan, live in San Antonio with their children, Isaac, Solly and Miriam.
Linda Matthews is the Business Manager at Greene Family Camp. Linda joined Greene in 2017 and is based out of camp through out the year. She serves as registrar for summer and year-round programs , handles camp accounts, and financial administration. Linda has worked in both education and finance and worked at a local accounting firm for several years before joining Greene. Linda holds a business degree from the University of Louisiana.
While not a camp, Linda enjoys time with her family and traveling around Texas trying new BBQ restaurants (she completed the Texas Monthly TOP 50 BBQ challenge). She loves her time at camp and enjoys being part of Greene Family Camp!
Jared is originally from Congregation Beth Israel in Houston and has been coming to Greene since 2008. After being a Bonim counselor (and having many ice cream sundaes made on his head at evening programs) and farm specialist for two years, he was the farm and logistics director and eventually decided to make camp his full-time job. When he is not at camp, he loves staying busy at home in Dallas with friends and his dog, Stella. His favorite thing about camp is the sunset over the lake and getting to be part of the magic that helps to make camp the fun and magical place where you get to be whoever you are and know you’ll always have friends by your side.
McKenzie Sigle grew up in Allen, TX and joined the GFC family in 2004 as a Bonim camper. Falling in love with the Jewish community created at camp, McKenzie continued her GFC journey as a camper, counselor, and Bonim & Shorashim Unit Head. Joining the full-time team as an Assistant Director in May 2018, McKenzie has been thrilled to create camp magic all year long!
McKenzie graduated from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!) with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. During her time in Lawrence, she was a leader in the Jewish community as a Development Intern for KU Hillel and Religious School Director for the Lawrence Jewish Community Congregation. Now residing in Houston, McKenzie enjoys exploring Houston’s parks, finding the best vegetarian dishes, and spending time all around the Houston Jewish community.
Melissa Essler is an Assistant Director at URJ Greene Family Camp. She focuses on the education program, faculty, and family engagement. At camp, you can often find her in her favorite spots, the lake and the pool!
Before joining the camp team, her career in education allowed her to gain experience as a public school educator, a special education teacher, a curriculum coordinator, and a school director. She also taught religious school at her congregation, Adat Chaverim, for five years. In the virtual space, she has taught online and holds a certificate in Remote Learning Education. She is a Florida native who attended the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) and the University of North Florida for her masters. She lives in Frisco with her two kids, who are both GFC campers, her husband, and her dogs.
Born in Plano, TX, Ethan began working with Jewish youth at his home congregation of Adat Chaverim and as a camp counselor at Camp Chai at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas. After graduating from Southwestern University with a degree in Sociology, Ethan worked in the Dallas Jewish community for a variety of organizations, including at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Akiba-Yavneh Academy, and BBYO. In 2014 he moved to Cherry Hill, NJ where he worked as the Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Emanuel. In 2016, Ethan completed Hebrew Union College’s certificate program for Jewish Education Specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults and returned to home Texas to be an assistant director at Greene.
As an assistant director Ethan has supported a variety of summer and year-round programs, including serving as the regional director of NFTY’s Texas-Oklahoma Region. When not at GFC you can find Ethan working on a new Lego project, watching baseball, or enjoying a board or video game with friends.
Assistant Director - Marketing and Communications
Michaela Rollins is the Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications at Greene Family Camp. During the year, she is based out of Dallas and is responsible for all of GFC’s graphic design, social media engagement, and communications strategies. Over the summer, she works with the photography and videography specialists to share all of the magic happening on camp with the greater camp community.
Before working full time for GFC, Michaela spent many summers as a summer staff member in Bruceville. Most notably, she spent 3 summers as the Avodah Unit Head, helping to train the next generation of GFC staff members. Michaela has also worked as a painting instructor, the youth group director at Temple Shalom in Dallas, the Youth Communications Strategist at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, and a User Experience Researcher at HCL Technologies.
Michaela holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art History and Psychology from Indiana University, as well as a Master’s degree in Design and Innovation and a certificate in Graphic Design from SMU.