Meet the Camp Staff
Sachiko Martinez—Department Coordinator

Sachi has been a part of the J-Camp team since summer 2015. She started camp as the Art Specialist creating fun arts and crafts projects for campers. You can now find her in the camp office as the Department Coordinator, connecting with all our camp families. This will be her seventh summer with J-Camp.

In her free time, she enjoys crafting and reading, but most of all being a new mom to her daughter Kayden, born in June 2020.


Alexis Harris—Traditional Camp Counselor


This will be Alexis' first summer with J-Camp; she currently works year-round on campus with the Club J afterschool program. She is a recent San Jose State University graduate, Class of 2020 with a degree in communications. She is no stranger to the camp world; Alexis has spent her summers running basketball camps for grades Kindergarten through 5th. She is most excited to be active with the kids this summer!


Ashleigh Parker—Traditional Camp Counselor

Ashleigh started as a teacher with the Club J program in 2018 and as counselor with J-Camp the following year. She has several years of experience working with children from various school programs around the Bay Area. Ashleigh is currently attending San Jose State University in pursuit of her bachelor's degree and teaching credential. Her favorite camp activity is making lanyards.

 


Bayleigh Parker—Traditional Camp Counselor

This is Bayleigh's second year working at J-Camp but she is no stranger to camp as she also works year-round with the School Break Camps as well as Club J. She is currently enrolled at Ohlone Community College, majoring in Interpretation and minoring in English. She plans to transfer to CSUN next year to complete her education. A new hobby that she has picked up recently is cooking and baking, which she enjoys doing for her family.


Bernice Naranjo—Traditional Camp Counselor


This will be Bernice's first summer with J-Camp but she has been part of the OFJCC family for a couple of years. She recently worked with children from the community at the Cove and started the school year with Club-J. Before coming to the OFJCC, Bernice worked as a nanny, childcare assistant and volunteered with different youth groups throughout the Bay Area. She is very passionate about making sure all children are smiling! In her free time, she loves to go on long walks, read and write.



OFJCC Palo Alto JCCDe'Aushanay Smith— Traditional Camp Counselor


This will be Dede's first year working at J-Camp; she is currently a teacher with the Club J afterschool program. She is very excited to bring her active personality to the J-Camp team. Being a mother of her 4-year-old daughter has motivated her to have a love for learning and sense of humor. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones, cracking jokes and fashion.


Desiree Nunez—Traditional Camp Counselor

Desiree has been a part of the J-Camp team for three years as a camp counselor. Her favorite camp song is There was a Great Big Moose. She is also a teacher year-round for the Club J afterschool program and works with the yearbook chugim (elective class). Desiree is currently working on her bachelor's degree at San Jose State University. She loves spending her free time with family and friends.


Eitan Smolyar—Tayasim Camp Counselor

 

Eitan joined the OFJCC last summer with J-Camp as a Tayasim counselor, and then joined the Club J afterschool program as a teacher assistant. In his free time, he likes to play sports with his little brothers and do stunts on his stunt-scooter at the skate park.

Eitan is in his first year of engineering studies at Foothill Community College. He is originally from Israel and is very eager to spend another summer with old and new campers, exposing them to the Israeli culture and strengthening their Hebrew skills in our Tayasim Hebrew immersion camp.


Erel Kranz—Tayasim Camp Counselor


Erel joined the OFJCC as a preschool summer counselor for two summers before joining the J-Camp Tayasim program last year. He currently works in Club J and is very excited for summer 2021. Originally from Israel, Erel likes being in nature, sports and spending time with his two younger sisters. Last year, he participated in a six-month gap year program ("Mechina") in Israel, in which he volunteered, helped the community, learned more about Israel and lived on a kibbutz. Currently, he is studying political science at Foothill Community College. He is very excited to spend another summer with new and returning campers, strengthening their Hebrew skills, exposing them to Israeli culture in our Tayasim Hebrew immersion camp, and most importantly making sure everyone has a great, unforgettable summer.

Ivy Gates—Traditional Camp Counselor


Ivy has been part of the J-camp team since 2018 as a camp counselor for our campers entering kindergarten. She started as a Club J teacher for the previous Sand Hill location before moving over to the OFJCC location. Ivy likes to spend her free time with friends and family.

 


Jennifer Moran—Traditional Camp Counselor

Jennifer has been part of the J-Camp team since 2015. She started as a camp counselor with the kindergarten camps and has spent time with kids of all ages at camp. Jennifer also works year-round with the Club J Afterschool Program at the OFJCC and at our previous Sand Hill location. In her free time, she likes to go hiking with her dogs and spend time with her friends and family.
 


Josh Pu—Traditional Camp Counselor

Josh has been a part of the J-Camp team since 2012 working with various camps including teaching basketball in our special focus camps. He is also a Club J teacher and teaches many electives such as dance, magic and singing! He is the ultimate entertainer and loves to put on amazing shows as well as discover and help develop new talents.


Rachel Hisada—Traditional Camp Counselor

Rachel has entered her second year as a J-Camp counselor and Club J teacher. She graduated from  Evergreen State College with a BA in Medieval Art and Culture and earned her teaching credential and master's degree in education at the University of Redlands. Her favorite activity to do with campers is arts and crafts. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, hiking and caring for her pet rabbit.


Sammy Powers—Traditional Camp Counselor

Samantha is going into her third year with J-Camp. She is currently attending De Anza College, majoring in nursing. Some of her favorite things to do involve drawing and spending time with her nieces. Something Samantha is looking forward to is seeing some new and old summer campers this year.


Steven Salazar—Traditional Camp Counselor

 

Steven will be joining J-Camp for the first time this summer and is currently in his first-year in the Club J afterschool program as teacher. He has been an avid dancer since the age of seven and has pursued his passion throughout his school years. Steven graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Dance emphasizing Jose Limon's modern style. He loves to teach all the different dance styles he's learned throughout his professional career. He is an entertainer at heart, working and performing in shows in places such as California's Great America. Steven enjoys drawing, painting, singing and photography in his spare time. He is very excited to have fun with the kids, but more importantly, Steven looks forward to inspiring kids every day!