Meet Our Year-Round Staff
CBM Director to be hired by year-end 2022!
Dave Weinberg – Associate 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 bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and History from New College of Florida in Sarasota. In his role as associate 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 essential elements of camp operation, scheduling, ACA compliance and accreditation, and technology.
Emily Shapiro – Assistant Director, Camper Experience
Emily first attended Camp Barney in 2008. Since then, she’s gone from camper to staff member, spending summers working with our Chalutzim unit and staff members who graduated into our vocational program. She earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Clinical Social Work with an emphasis in Disability Studies from the University of Georgia. In 2018, Emily joined the Camp Barney team as our Inclusion Director, and worked over the past several years to create our Community Care program. In her role as Assistant Director, Emily works closely with parents/guardians throughout the year to help ensure that our campers have impactful and positive experiences at CBM. She supervises all staff working with our units (age groups), and both our Inclusion and Community Care Directors to support consistent communication and collaboration amongst the team.
Josh Orphanidys – Assistant Director, Specialty Areas
Josh Orphanidys (pronounced Or-fan-ee-dees) believes in the power of personal and community transformation through the connections, interactions, introspection, and fun had at camp. As the Specialty Areas Director, Josh ensures a safe, fun, and engaging atmosphere throughout all specialized activities at CBM. He previously served as Program Director in 2015 and Waterfront Director in 2013-2014. Josh holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Eckerd College and an M.S. in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College. He has worked nationally and internationally with at-risk populations and
experiential and outdoor education. He lives in Atlanta with his girlfriend, Tania, and their cat, Pedro. Josh enjoys hiking, caving, climbing, gardening, traveling, reading, and theatrical performances of puns. Well, actually, he just likes a good play on words.
Rachel Salba – Business Director
Rachel has been an integral part of the MJCCA since 2011. She joined the Camp Barney team as Administrative Director in 2019 and oversees registration and several other administrative functions. Rachel also supervises the MJCCA registration team and is Director of Business Operations for MJCCA Preschools. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Rachel moved to Atlanta in 2006. She and her husband, Ben, have two young children, Eli and Gabe, who can’t wait to become Camp Barney campers.
Debbie Medintz Jacobs – Community Engagement Director
Debbie has worked in the CBM summer office since 2008 but spent much of her camp career as a camper and staff member from 1985-1997. Her roles at CBM included JIT Rover, counselor, unit head, and ultimately program director. Debbie is a graduate of the Erwin Zaban Leadership Development Committee and has served on the CBM Camp Committee for several years. Debbie holds a B.S. from University of Alabama. A proud 3rd generation Atlantan, Debbie is the granddaughter of camp namesake Barney Medintz. She is married to Ryan and they have two sons, Harris, who attends U of Wisconsin and Justin, who attends UGA. Both boys grew up going to CBM!
Bobby Newman – Inclusion Director
Bobby has been a part of the Camp Barney Medintz community since 2006. After his camper years, Bobby went on to be a counselor, unit head, and most recently, supervised our Teen Village, JIT, and Chalutzim units. His past experience includes recreational and vocational programming for adults with developmental disabilities, and he has played an integral role in supporting our campers and staff with special needs. Bobby earned his Bachelor’s degree from New York University, where he studied psychology and child and adolescent mental health studies. In his current role, Bobby oversees inclusion support for campers and staff, including our Chalutzim program and vocational program for graduated campers.
Mark Balser – Special Projects
Mark has been on the year-round Camp Barney team in various capacities since 1994, though he first became part of the family in 1968 as a camper and later a summer staff member. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas. When he is not helping coordinate logistics for CBM, he is the Business Manager for Saul Nurseries. Mark loves seeing the impact that Camp Barney has on generations of campers and families.
Lisa Light – Office Manager
Lisa has worked in our Atlanta office since 2001, handling all our paperwork, forms, and phone calls from parents, staff, and others. A former member of the MJCCA’s Executive Board and a graduate of the Erwin Zaban Leadership Development Committee, Lisa became involved with Camp Barney by being a member of the CBM Committee. 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 was born and raised in Atlanta and is married to Mark. They have two daughters, Lauren, a Camp Barney camper for eight summers and a staff member for three summers who is now practicing law in Atlanta, and Megan, a Camp Barney camper for eight summers who is now working at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
Fran Harrell – Registrar and Travel Administrator
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 Camp Barney campers and staff members, and keeping alumni up to date on CBM news and events. In 2010, she stepped into the role of Travel Coordinator, helping to make sure all 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. Fran is married to Edward, and they have one child, Eddie.