Meet Our Year-Round Staff
Jim Mittenthal, MSW – 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’s degrees in Architecture and Sociology from the University of Florida and a master’s 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’s 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 were, of course, CBM campers and staff members.
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 bachelor’s 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 preschool at the MJCCA’s Sunshine School. He has served on the MJCCA’s Executive Board and Advisory Board and has chaired the Membership Committee and Erwin Zaban Leadership Development Committee. At Camp Barney, Michael is responsible for transportation, facilities, systems, technology, purchasing, and the sports program, while also playing a role in the Staff In Training program. 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 and Max, who are on the summer staff at Camp Barney, and Evie, who is a camper 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 logistics. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Don graduated from Auburn University in 1980 and moved to the Atlanta area in 1986, where he began working for the accounting department at 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 Denver, Colorado.
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.
Emily Shapiro – Chalutzim Director
Emily first attended Camp Barney in 2008. Since then, she’s gone from camper to staff member, spending four summers as a counselor in our Chalutzim unit and working for several years as our Cabin 20 Job Coach. 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. Emily joined the Camp Barney team after working as the Assistant Director of the MJCCA’s Blonder Family Department for Special Needs. Her previous experience includes group and individual therapy for children with developmental disabilities and social and recreational programming for teens and young adults with a wide range of disabilities. At Camp Barney, Emily oversees our Chalutzim program, structures our Cabin 20 vocational program, and works closely with campers who need additional support or accommodations to enhance their experience at camp.
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 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.
Lisa Light – Administrative Assistant
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.
Lynn Light – Administrative Assistant
Lynn was born and raised in Atlanta and attended Camp Barney as a camper and worked as a staff member while in college. Lynn spent two years at the University of Georgia 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, also a native Atlantan, and they have two children, Lindsey Light Kuniansky, a Camp Barney camper for seven summers and a staff member for six years, and Andrew, a Camp Barney camper for three years and a staff member for five years. Both Lindsey and Andrew married Camp Barney alumni and have five sons between them…all future Camp Barney campers.