Rabbi Ilana Mills
Rabbi Ilana Mills joined the Kalsman team after spending three summers in senior leadership roles at Kalsman. She brings a passion for camp and learning everywhere she goes. Rabbi Ilana is a true product of the Union for Reform Judaism.
Sarah “Smoody” Moody
Sarah Moody (known as Smoody) returns to the Kalsman professional team as Associate Director! Smoody was Kalsman’s Assistant Director from 2013-2015 and this summer is serving as our Director of Jewish Life. Her experience, energy and vision of the future of camp made it clear that Sarah is the right partner for Kalsman’s growth and development. Sarah’s portfolio will include growing our current offerings to create a larger impact, partnering with local Jewish communities and continuing the high-quality programming for which Kalsman is known.
Jessica is very excited to be joining the full time Camp Kalsman staff as an Assistant Director. She has attended camp each summer since its inaugural summer of 2007, first as a camper, then as staff member and most recently on the leadership team. Camp has shaped her into the person she is today, and she could not be more excited to be able to show her love and passion for camp all year long.
Kim Press joined the Kalsman team as the West Coast Registrar in 2021 having worked for URJ Camp Newman since 2016. Kim and her husband Marc live in San Rafael and are very active members of Congregation Rodef Sholom. When Kim isn’t busy answering parent questions about registration, scholarships, and all things camp-related, she likes to run, row, bake, and read.
Director of Development
Originally from the Bay Area, Ariel is thrilled to be back home and joining the URJ West Prior to this role, she worked a fundraising and marketing consultant for organizations focused on social impact, including non-profits, tech companies, and think tanks. Before that, she spent 5 years at BBYO working in fundraising and community engagement throughout the West Coast. She continue to be inspired by the URJ West Camp community.
Director, Marketing & Communications
Rachel has been a part of the URJ West Camps team since 2016, as the Associate Director for 6 Points Sports – CA as well as for Camp Newman. She is excited to now be supporting both West Coast camps: Kalsman and Newman as the Director of Marketing and Communications. Rachel earned Masters in Jewish Non-Profit Management along with a Masters in Public Administration from USC and following graduate school, worked for BJE: Builders of Jewish Education and American Jewish Committee (AJC) in Los Angeles.
Lisa Kama began her journey with the URJ West Camps at Camp Newman in the summer of 2015, when she first came to camp to volunteer for a few weeks in the Welcome Center. As the years went by, she began spending more and more time at camp, until she joined the year-round team in the fall of 2021 as Administrator. Lisa grew up attending Jewish summer camps and never quite got enough of it, so being back at camp feels like the perfect fit.
A former camper and counselor at Camp Newman, Casey is thrilled to be joining the West Coast team to support both Camp Newman and Camp Kalsman as the Business Manager. Prior to this role, Casey was a high school counselor and math teacher. She is passionate about building confidence and resilience in young adults – something that so many campers gain from their summer experiences.
Jackie is thrilled to be joining the full time Kalsman team as the Development Manager. Jackie has been part of the Kalsman community since 2011 as a camper, counselor, and most recently on the leadership team. She loves being outside, meeting new friends, and doing anything art related. Jackie loves hearing about camper’s experiences and why they love camp.