Monthly Archives:May 2014

Staff Spotlight: Jennifer O’Hara

Posted by May 19, 2014 • Share:

Jennifer O’Hara currently works as an Athletic Trainer for Saint Mary’s College, a Division 1 school in California. Preiviously, she was an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Menlo College where her primary responsibilities were coverage of Men’s basketball and Women’s basketball as well as Volleyball.

atc jennJennifer is a 2008 graduate of University of California, Davis with a degree in Exercise Biology, in 2009 she started her graduate work at the University of Hawaii, working with football and women’s volleyball.  She completed her graduate work at Bridgewater State University, working with men’s soccer, wrestling, as well as swimming and diving.   Jennifer comes to Menlo College from the University of the Pacific, where she spent a year working primarily with off-season baseball, off-season women’s soccer and volleyball.  Having worked across California at various summer camps, Jennifer brings extensive youth summer camp experience to JCC Maccabi Sports Camp.



Staff Spotlight: Maya Mill

Posted by May 16, 2014 • Share:

Maya Mill will be a Counselor, working with Tennis program, and helping with photography and Israeli programming!

105Maya is coming to camp from Israel. She was born and raised in Rishon LeZion, a suburb of Tel Aviv. Maya recently finished her two years of service in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as a human resources manager for high ranking officers.  Maya won the excellence award of her department two years in a row.  Before her military service Maya majored in architectural design in her high school and played tennis for three years.

She loves to travel internationally and has been to Europe and North America several times. Maya is  thrilled to start camp and she hopes she could introduce the campers to Israeli culture. Maya enjoys cooking, photography, and going to the gym.


Staff Spotlight: Veronica Pryzbylo

Posted by May 13, 2014 • Share:

Veronica will be our Camp Nurse for all 3 sessions this summer!

Veronica was born and raised in northern Wisconsin where her summers mainly consisted of anything and everything to do with the outdoors. All throughout high school she was very involved with athletics including softball, volleyball, and cross country. Often times she would spend her summer volunteering at sports camps for younger children.

VP-PhotoShe currently lives in Milwaukee, WI where she works as a nurse at Froedtert Hospital.  At Froedtert she mainly works with post-op surgical oncology patients where she cares for them at the very beginning of their road to recovery. Before starting her career as a nurse, she attended nursing school at Alverno College, which is a private women’s College. One of her accomplishments at Alverno included being an active member in the Alverno College Student Nurses Association.  She was also accepted to do an internship at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin where she worked mainly with trauma patients (and saw lots of broken bones!)  She really enjoyed her time at Alverno which has given her the tools to be a successful nurse and also shaped her into the driven person she is today.

In her free time she enjoys cooking, running, playing violin, and snowboarding.  Veronica is very excited to be joining the rest of the staff at the camp this summer! She hopes that as a team we will create a great experience for all of the campers.

Staff Spotlight: Adam Feinberg

Posted by May 13, 2014 • Share:

Adam will be a Counselor-Coach working with the basketball program during Session 1.

Adam Feinberg is extremely excited to be a counselor/coach at this year’s JCC Maccabi Sports Camp. Adam was born and raised in San Mateo, CA and will be an incoming Junior at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. At UPS, Adam plays on the Men’s basketball team, and helped lead them to a Northwest Conference championship appearance this past year.

Adam Feinberg picOff the court, he has been an active member at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, CA, where he became a Bar Mitzvah in January of 2006. With members of his Bar/Bat Mitzvah, he spent his childhood summers at Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, CA to embrace his faith while taking part in sports of all kinds.

Adam can’t wait to meet the campers this year to help improve their game on the court while applying Jewish morals and values to everyday life.




Staff Spotlight: Alexandra Liese

Posted by May 13, 2014 • Share:

Alex will be a Counselor-Coach working with our soccer program this summer!

Alex grew up in Massapequa, New York on Long Island. She just graduated from Ithaca College in upstate New York with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Nutrition Health Promotion. In her four years as a defender for the Ithaca Bombers Women’s soccer team, the Bombers made four NCAA appearances, including trips to the elite eight and final four.

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Growing up, Alex was surrounded by the world of soccer. She played at a primer level and traveled up and down the East Coast for games and tournaments. Alex has also been a referee since she was 15 years old. If she wasn’t playing on the field herself you could surely find her running up and down officiating a match. From the ages of 13 to 16, Alex attended the JCC Maccabi Games where she won a gold medal for her JCC. As part of her high school varsity team, she lettered three times.

In college, Alex was able to travel with her team to Costa Rica and Argentina. In both countries they played local teams and were immersed in new cultures and soccer lifestyles. Separate from her team travels, Alex studied abroad in Australia and from there visited New Zealand. In the summer of 2013 she traveled to Israel.

Alex Liese photoAlex would rather be outside, being active, than indoors. She lives a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy (often cooking up new, tasty dishes), resistance training, and running. She hopes to educate children on the importance of including all of these in activities in their lives. Alex plans on going to graduate school for exercise physiology or public health.