Our Camp Directors & Staff

Camp At The MIYJCC Building

Mid-Island Day Camp

Camp Adler For Special Needs

Melanie Witkes
Vice President, Youth and Family Engagement

As a long-time member of the Mid-Island Y JCC, Melanie is thrilled to have the opportunity to be apart of the Early Childhood Center’s continued growth and success. Melanie will be offering new programming and opportunities while maintaining a warm and loving atmosphere for our early childhood students and campers.

Josh Henkel

Josh Henkel
Camp Director

Josh has worked at the Mid-Island Y JCC Summer Camp since 1994. This summer will be his eleventh summer as Camp Director. His extensive experience and innovative programming are what makes our summer camps a place that will enrich the lives of your children and give them an amazing summer camp experience.

Sharon Hanover

Sharon Hanover
Director, Adler Center For Special Needs

Sharon obtained a Master’s degree in Social Work and has more than 15 years of experience working with young children through adults with special needs. Her extensive experience includes day camps, social skills building programs as well as program development and curriculum.

Shannon Alfau

Shannon Alfau
Early Childhood Camp Director

Shannon has a BA in Early Childhood Education. She also has over 15 years of experience working with children from 18 months through 5th grade. She started working at the JCC in Second Home Daycare and has taught in our Pre-k program.

Gayle Meigel

Gayle Meigel
Associate Camp Director

Gayle holds a Master’s in Education with a specialization in Counseling from Hofstra University. She has been a part of the Jewish Camping world and the Mid-Island Day Camp family since she was a camper and has almost a decade of Assistant Director experience. Her Mid-Island home is where she came into her own as a CIT, staff member, Asst. Director, and now as an Associate Director. Each summer she aims to give children and staff the type of safe and fun summer experience that was so meaningful to her in her own life.

Stephanie Ozner

Stephanie Ozner
Camp Adler Assistant Director

Stephanie has her Masters in Social Work and has a lot of experience working with teenagers, the special needs population, and in summer camps. She will be supervising all teen services including leadership, community service, and social programming.

Jean Goldstein

Jean Goldstein
Supervisor of Early Childhood and Youth Programs

Jean has been a part of the JCC family for the past 14 years. She has a BA in communications, and a CDA in Infant/Toddler Development. Both of her sons been JCC preschoolers, and are now Second-Home Daycare and Camp staff members. Jean has been one of our Early Childhood classroom teachers for the past 11 years, and has taught in every EC age group.

Neal Rosenberg

Neal Rosenberg
Assistant Director, Teen Programs and Travel Camps

Neal is our Teen Program Supervisor in the Youth and Camp Department. He brings extensive knowledge and experience working within the youth and camp environment, having worked in summer camps for over a decade. Neal will be supervising all teen services, outreach and programming.

Rebecca Katz

Rebecca Katz
Family Engagement/Enrollment Coordinator

Rebecca has an MA in Elementary Education, and holds her N-6th NYS certification. She also has over 20 years of experience working with children from birth through to high school. Rebecca is a long-standing teacher in our Early Childhood Center, and has served as an inclusion supervisor for Camp Adler for the past 7 years. She is looking forward to an exciting summer as the EC Preschool Camp Supervisor.

Nikkie Schriber

Nikki Schreiber
Camp Program Supervisor

Nikki is our camp program supervisor. She holds a teaching degree from The University of Tampa with a master degree in Childhood STEM. Camp has always been a huge part of Nikki’s life since she can remember. She said that joining the Mid Island Day Camp family in 2018 was one of the best decisions she has ever made. Her love of camp shows through in her work every day and she wants to make sure that every camper loves camp just as much as she does.

Ariel Nelson

Ariel Nelson
Office Coordinator

Ariel graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Marketing and Music. She has worked with children in a variety of settings over the past 20 years, primarily in pre-schools, after school programs, and private music schools.