Meet Our Year Round Staff
Jim Mittenthal, Director
Jim is committed to creating an exciting adventure in a loving Jewish environment where children can discover, play, and grow. His summer camping experience has spanned more than 30 years as camper, counselor, waterfront director, unit head (at Camp Barney!), program director, and six years as the director of another JCC summer camp in Colorado. Jim holds Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Sociology from the University of Florida and a Master Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver. For more than a decade, Jim maintained a private practice specializing in Psychotherapy with children and families while also consulting to Children’s Museums throughout the United States. Jim has been the Director of Camp Barney Medintz since 1992.
Susan Berger, Associate Director
Susan began traveling from Miami at age 11 to attend Camp Barney. She graduated from camper to staffer and spent four summers on Horseback Riding staff, was the head of horseback, and was the JIT unit head in her last summer as a staff member before returning to Camp Barney in 2007 as an Assistant Director. Susan’s responsibilities include camper and staff recruitment, coordinating pre- and post- Camp events, supervision and mentoring of head staff, as well as family and staff retention and professional development. Susan has a Bachelor Degree from the University of Florida and came to Camp Barney after having been the Marketing Manager of Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta and a Trainer in the Volunteer Department of the Georgia Aquarium. Susan is married to Eddie, an Atlanta dentist, and they have three children, Sophie, Maddy, and Winston, who are, of course, CBM campers and staffers.
Dave Weinberg, Assistant Director
Dave spent over a decade traveling from Sarasota, Florida to work at Camp Barney before joining our year-round team in 2015. Dave’s experience at Camp Barney includes several summers as a member of our Naturecrafts Staff, two summers as the Naturecrafts Director, three summers as a Program Director, and one summer as Director of our Staff In Training Program. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and History from New College of Florida in Sarasota. In his role as Assistant Director, Dave combines his passion for working with kids in the great outdoors with his background in computer science and logistics. At Camp Barney, Dave is responsible for outdoor and wilderness programming, supervision of outdoor specialty areas, trips standards & compliance, scheduling systems, vendor management, ACA accreditation, and technology.
Michael Drucker, Operations Director
Michael began working as our Operations Director in 2015, but has been an active member of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta since his children attended the Sunshine School. He has served on the Center’s Executive Board and Advisory Board, and has chaired the Membership Committee and Erwin Zaban Leadership Development Committee. Michael is responsible for transportation, facilities, systems, technology and purchasing at Camp Barney. Prior to joining Camp Barney, Michael worked as in-house counsel for IMG, a global sports marketing company. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. He was the Head Student Manager for the University of Michigan Men’s Basketball National Championship team in 1989. Michael is married to Laura and they have three children, Sam, Max and Evie, who are all campers at Camp Barney.
Don Leslie, Administrative Director
Don is our Administrative Director. He was our Operations Director from 2007 to 2015, overseeing facilities, transportation, and numerous other logistical elements. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Don graduated from Auburn University in 1980 and moved to the Atlanta area in 1986, when he began working for the accounting department of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Don has two children, Lauren, who lives in Palmetto Bay, Florida with her husband and daughter, and Jamie, who lives in Woodstock, Georgia.
Alan Barney, Food Service Director and Registrar
Alan has been our Food Service Director and Registrar since 2007. He oversees and manages more than 3,000 meals each day! He ensures the kitchen is kosher and works closely with campers, staff, and families to monitor all food allergies and dietary restrictions. Originally from Los Angeles, California, Alan graduated from California State University – Northridge in 1981 and moved to the Atlanta area in 1994 with his wife, Toni, and his two children, Elizabeth and Sam. Alan has worked in food service management for more than 25 years. In addition to being our Food Service Director, Alan also serves as our Registrar, helping families to sign up for Camp and managing our waiting list and space availability.
Fran Harrell, Alumni and Travel Coordinator
Fran attended Jewish day camp as a child in Savannah, GA and spent one summer at Camp Barney. She began working at Camp Barney Medintz in 2008 as the Alumni Coordinator, organizing alumni events, maintaining contact information of former CBM campers and staff members, and keeping alumni up-to-date on Camp news and events. In 2010, she stepped into the role of Travel Coordinator, helping to make sure all of our campers and their luggage make it safely to and from Camp every summer. Fran attended the University of Maryland for her undergraduate studies and holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. She lives with her husband Edward and their son Eddie in Atlanta.
Lisa Light, Administrative Assistant
Lisa has worked in our Atlanta office since 2001, handling all of our paperwork, forms, and phone calls from parents, staff, and others. Lisa attended Camp Barney as a camper for four summers from 1969-1972. Lisa graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Social Work. She is married to Mark Light and they have two daughters, Lauren, a Camp Barney camper for 8 years and staff member for 3 years, and Megan, a CBM camper for 8 years.
Lynn Light, Administrative Assistant
Lynn was born and raised in Atlanta, and she attended Camp Barney as a camper and worked as a staff member while in college. Lynn spent two years at UGA before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Georgia State University. Lynn works in our Atlanta office and is responsible for helping families organize their payment plans for Camp. Lynn is married to William Light, also a native Atlantan, and they have two children, Lindsey Light Kuniansky and Andrew Light.