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Buddy Voit – Executive Director

Buddy joined the staff of Camp Mountain Chai in September, 2017. After six years on the CMC’s board of directors and more than 35 years in business in the private sector, this once in a lifetime opportunity to combine his passion for Jewish overnight camping with his business experience was a dream come true. Buddy’s involvement in the Jewish community can be traced back to his summers spent as a camper, counselor, and song leader. As treasurer of the board of directors, Buddy had been actively involved with the operation of the camp and the year-round retreat center and had already established working relationships with the staff prior to becoming the executive director. His years in the business community as CFO of several regional and national companies brings a wealth of experience that will benefit the camp. Buddy is keenly aware of the effect that camp can have on a child. “To say that camp informed and continues to inform my life cannot be overstated. It created a foundation of Jewish values and experience that I have been building on for over 50 years. I am very excited about meeting our new and returning campers. I can’t wait to see them create their own foundation from which they will build their Jewish lives.”

Buddy is married to Diane Voit and has three children (all of whom attended Jewish overnight camp). He loves to travel and cook (he is an accomplished Sushi chef). He has been active in the San Diego Jewish community and his Synagogue where you can find him most Friday nights playing with the Chai band at Shabbat services.

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Dan Baer – Camp Director

Dan joined the Camp Mountain Chai team in 2016 after 2 years as the Camp Operations Officer at Camp Inc. Business Academy in Denver, CO and 5 years as the Associate Director of Camp Interlaken JCC in Milwaukee, WI. Dan was a participant in the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program and Lekhu Lakehm Fellowship and was JCCA Merrin Teen Professional Fellow. 

Dan holds a degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. He has always had a passion for both working with children and summer camp. Growing up in Akron, OH, Jewish community has been a part of his life since growing up at JCC preschool and continuing through his active involvement with Hillel in college. Dan enjoys travelling, playing soccer, skiing, hiking, and rooting on his hometown sports teams.

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Rachel Shyloski, MSW – Associate Camp Director

Since 2009, Rachel Shyloski has been involved with Camp Mountain Chai as both a Unit Leader (’09-’13) and Director of Camper Care (’14). Her patience and ability to empathize have always been true to her nature. Rachel is a naturalist and humanist at heart. Her love of nature coupled with her desire to educate others about the natural world has given Rachel a unique perspective on how to build that same respect for one another within our Camp community.

Rachel comes to Camp Mountain Chai all the way from North Carolina. Her desire to further understand human nature combined with a lifelong passion to work with people, led her to UNC-Asheville where she obtained a BA in Psychology. Her desire to help others, led her to pursue a Masters in Social Work, which she obtained in 2014 at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Rachel brings a wide range of skills, knowledge and trained experiences to our camp family.

Rachel is an avid bird watcher and outdoors woman. Many of her friends would describe her as helplessly compassionate, terminally funny, and devastatingly kind. Her desire to share camp with others, and her experience in Jewish summer camps have allowed Rachel a unique opportunity to serve CMC in a very special way. Rachel looks forward to the future with open eyes and a desire to be of service to her fellows.

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Beth “B.Cap” Caplan – Program Director

Beth (B.Cap) has been part of the Camp Mountain Chai community since 2011. Over the past eight summers, she has held several positions including Senior Counselor, Head of Arts, Cornerstone Liason, Social Media Coordinator and our summer Program Director.

Beth considers herself a lifelong “happy camper” having begun her camping career at the age of nine at URJ Camp George in Parry Sound, Ontario. With over eighteen years of camp experience, Beth is someone who strongly believes in the unforgettable memories, creative programming, lifelong friendships and the magic that Jewish summer camp has to offer.

From the great country that birthed Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes and Drake, Beth comes to Camp Mountain Chai all the way from Toronto, Ontario. She holds a degree in Media Studies, specializing in Public Relations, from the University of Guelph-Humber. She recently completed her Post-Graduate Certificate in Social Media Marketing.

When Beth isn’t spending her time way up the tall green mountain, she enjoys cardio funk dancing, taking long road trips, visiting National Parks, playing guitar and photography. Beth is extremely excited to join Camp Mountain Chai’s full-time team and looks forward to fulfilling her dream of serving a community that she so deeply cares about.

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Kelly Rideaux– Director of Finance and Human Resources

Shortly after moving to San Diego from Seattle, Kelly joined the CMC team, bringing with her over 15 years of accounting and human resource experience. What began as a part-time bookkeeping position with the camp (our first in-house bookkeeper, actually), grew to full-time in no-time.

Kelly is now responsible for the camp’s financial management, reporting, and yearly audits, as well as all aspects of employee resource management. Having previously worked in small to mid-sized accounting, engineering and legal firms, wearing many hats is nothing new to Kelly. In her role with the CMC team she is particularly thankful for the opportunity to expand on her experience by working to develop and enhance the company culture.

Kelly was raised by an original urban farmer and at one-point pursued a degree in Landscape Architecture, although she clearly changed course. She is none the less thrilled to be part of a non-profit organization based in the great outdoors where children are given the opportunity to nurture their love of nature. Kelly lives with her husband and her two daughters and spends her free time playing in her backyard vegetable garden and planning scuba diving adventures.

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David Edwards – Camp Registrar and Office Manager

After graduating from a vocational high school, where he studied Culinary Arts, David attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a BS in Business Management and Human Resources.  He worked his way through college cooking in restaurants and different positions in the food service industry.  After moving to Encinitas, CA in 2011, David continued his studies in food science and worked in the agricultural industry managing an organic fruit farm.

Since living in San Diego, David has become an avid surfer (gaining him the nickname, Big Wave Dave) and has developed his passion for healthy food and lifestyle choices.  David will bring a great sense of humor and more kindness and caring to the already loving family at Camp Mountain Chai.

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