Brian Mitchell, Director
A spirited St. Louis Cardinals fan, Brian was born and raised in St. Louis, MO. After spending many summers as a youth at JCC Sports Day Camp, Brian began attending Camp Sabra, the St. Louis JCC’s overnight summer camp. He played basketball, tennis and ran cross country in high school, while also serving as the high school mascot his senior year.
Brian attended Indiana University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism. He was a very active member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, where he participated in many intramurals and served as his chapter’s sports chair and vice-president. Post college, Brian worked as the full time Assistant Director for Camp Sabra, before spending one year as a Youth Staff member on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines cruise ships. But, ultimately, overnight Jewish summer camping brought Brian back to dry land. He served as the Senior Assistant Director of URJ Crane Lake Crane Lake camp for 6 years, before becoming the Director of Congregation Beth Israel of Scottsdale’s Camp Daisy and Harry Stein for 5 wonderful years.
Brian is a graduate of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Fellowship and Lekhu Lakhem cohort for full time camp professionals and is an American Camp Association Associate Standards Visitor. But sports are his true passion, and when he is not watching sports, Brian is an avid runner who has completed more than 10 half marathons and 1 full marathon. Besides his love of anything related to St. Louis Cardinals baseball, he follows the University of Missouri Tigers, and is a proud Hooiser, an alum of Indiana University.
Rachel Slaton, Associate Director
Born and raised in Austin, TX, Rachel grew up rushing back and forth between activities at Congregation Beth Israel and practices for gymnastics, volleyball, basketball and softball. Although she made an exception for NFTY in Israel, her competitive schedule kept her busy during the summers. This gave rise to her current passion for providing serious Jewish athletes the opportunity to train at a high level while also experiencing the magic of Jewish summer camp.
After four years as the starting setter at Dripping Springs High School, Rachel played libero and defensive specialist at Southwestern University where she also served as the Assistant Coach for the 2008-2009 season. Rachel has coached club volleyball for girls aged 11-16 for the past 14 years and currently coaches for Sunshine Volleyball Club.
Rachel caught the camp bug in 2003 as a madricha (counselor) at URJ Camp Swig where she experienced her first-ever summer at camp. She spent the following three summers at Camp Newman as a Rosh (Unit Head) and then as the Avodah Director. After college and prior to moving to LA for graduate school, Rachel worked at Camp Young Judaea-TX as the Head of Specialists and Area Supervisor for year-round programming where she helped pilot a specialty soccer camp.
Rachel received her Bachelors in International Studies and a double-Masters in Jewish Nonprofit Management and Public Administration from HUC’s Zelikow School and the University of Southern California, respectively. Rachel is a die-hard Texas Longhorn fan and loves (among other things) playing disc golf with her husband Rich (who she met at URJ Camp Swig) and their dog Boone.