Rabbi Ilana Mills, Camp Director
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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, having worked at four of the URJ summer camps, worked for the Religious Action Center, served as a NFTY regional advisor and was on NFTY North American board a hundred years ago. Rabbi Ilana served as a congregational rabbi in Paradise Valley, AZ after being ordained from HUC-JIR for four years. At her congregation, she spear-headed creating a new high school program and innovative programming for the religious school.
Rabbi Ilana grew up in Sherman Oaks, CA, but moved East for college. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Franklin and Marshall College. She received her Masters in Hebrew Letters, Masters in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR. Rabbi Ilana currently lives in Sacramento with her husband and three kids. She loves to hike, ride bikes and cook. Nothing is sweeter to her than leading services in her hiking boots with over 200 campers and staff.
Heidi Love, Business Manager
Heidi has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 20 years and has been with the URJ since 2005, starting as the registrar for Camp Atid, Camp Kalsman’s predecessor.
She has many years of experience in camp and workshop registration, database management, bookkeeping, development assistance and volunteer coordination. Heidi has worked for non-profit groups such as Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, dragon-boating, gardening, reading, learning, hiking, bicycling, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Sarah Rosemont, Assistant Director
Sarah has been spending her summers at Camp Kalsman since its opening in 2007. After many years as a camper, counselor in training, counselor, and Unit Head, she came to understand firsthand how Jewish overnight camp can change someone’s life for the better. She is so happy to continue fostering her love and passion for Jewish camping, and make it so other children can have the same experiences she was lucky enough to grow up with.
Sarah grew up as a member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle. She was an active participant and regional board member for NFTY-Northwest, and spent one incredible summer on a NFTY in Israel trip. Sarah attended the University of Washington, where she received a double degree in Psychology and Communication, and was an intern at UW Hillel. In her free time, she loves to run, hike, play guitar, and watch her younger brother play baseball.
Jena Whitesman, Assistant Director
Jena is no stranger to URJ camps having grown up at URJ Camp Coleman in Georgia each summer since she was eight years old! After many years as a camper and staff member, she is thrilled to join the Kalsman team in the Pacific Northwest to help the next generation of campers have the time of their lives just like she did. She believes camp is a wonderful place to grow, connect to nature, discover passions, and be a part of a supportive and welcoming community.
Jena grew up in Fort Myers, Florida as a member of congregation Temple Beth El. She attended The Florida State University where she received a degree in International Affairs & Social Entrepreneurship with a minor in Theatre. Jena enjoys hiking, cooking, board game nights, and attending local performances of all types!
Steve Head, Caretaker