Genna Singer joined the staff at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan in June 2002, assisting the day camp director during the first summer of camp. Genna grew up attending day camp and overnight camp, and worked as a staff member in overnight camp for five years. In September 2002, Genna became the director of After School Programs at the JCC, while maintaining an active role in the summer camps as well. In September 2006, Genna became the director of camps. She developed our outdoor camp, the Day Camp @ Pearl River, while also maintaining our programs at the JCC: the Day Camp @ the JCC and Summer Stock Theater Camp. In 2016, Genna’s dream of opening a camp on our very own property was realized as she opened Camp Settoga. Genna was most excited to watch our camp traditions and amazing programming come alive at Camp Settoga. Genna combines a love of children, a passion for camp, and a desire to help families find their place at the JCC as she plans for the summer. Whether visiting the pool deck on the 6th floor, baking challah on the campfire, or wandering in and out of classrooms on the 2nd floor, Genna marvels as each child finds a new bit of his/herself at the JCC Summer Camps. Genna has recently been elected to serve on the American Camp Association, New York/New Jersey board.
DIRECTOR, CAMP SETTOGA
Adam began working at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan in 2009 as a floating teacher in the nursery school, a coach for afterschool sports, and a coach at our camp in Pearl River. He has spent nearly every summer of his life as a camper, counselor, specialist, or director at a variety of camps across the country and feels at home in the camp environment. He is currently a head teacher in the nursery school and an emeritus member of the school's Leadership Team. He received his M.S.T. in early childhood general and special education from The Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. In 2017, Adam received the Robert M. Sherman Young Pioneers Award from the Jewsh Education Project, which recognizes educators who push the boundaries of Jewish education. Adam believes that children are capable, and creators of their own knowledge, and that community is at the heart of what we do both as early childhood educators and members of a day camp staff.
Director of Camper and Staff Care
Kerin Robins has been part of the JCC community for over 10 years. From teaching in our pre-nursery 2s Together program to spending her summers at Camp Settoga, Kerin has spent the past decade watching JCC children and families grow from year to year. During the off season, she is the Program Manager for The Bert and Sandra Wasserman Center for Family Life. Before coming to the JCC, Kerin spent five summers as a lead counselor at NYU’s Child Study Center Summer Program for Kids, a therapeutic program for children with behavioral and learning challenges. With a background in psychology and special education, Kerin believes strongly in meeting every child at their level and encouraging growth through a positive lens. Kerin is passionate about building relationships, connections, and community wherever she goes and knows that every new person we meet provides an opportunity to learn something new. She has always been her best self at camp and works everyday to create that same caring, supportive, encouraging environment for campers, staff members, and camp families. At camp, you can often find Kerin joking and laughing with campers, checking out the frog pond, or singing any and all types of songs.
Mary Gipe began working for the Marlene Meyerson JCC in February 2020, when she joined the Camps Department as Assistant Director of Camps-Programming. Mary’s passion for camps began in the summer of 2015, when she began working for the 92nd Street Y Camps, as a counselor, going on to become programming head counselor, then musical theater program director. She became the arts and education coordinator at the JCC of Greater Baltimore in 2018, working in camps and after-school programming, Mary received her BFA in musical theater from Western Carolina University in 2018 and she strives to intertwine her love for performance with program development and education. She is overjoyed to be a part of such a dedicated team of “camp people” just like herself.
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