Meet our Camp staff – Levin JCC

Year-round Staff

Jillian Lea, MAAA, Youth and Camp Manager or 919-354-4948
Jillian is a native North Carolinian who spent many summers as a camper and counselor before growing up to become a Camp Manager! This is her 3rd summer at Camp Shelanu. Jillian loves Camp because every day presents opportunities to guide kids as they move through this complicated world as they practice values such as kindness, compassion
and helping others, and develop 21st-century skills like teamwork and creative problem-solving. In her free time, Jillian enjoys making things, bowling, playing ukulele, and hanging out in savasana with her cat, Devo.

Madeline Seltman, MSW, Director of Engagement or 919-354-4938
Madeline has worked at the JCC since 2010 and oversees kids and adults programming, family programs and events, childcare, and programs for people with special needs. She has two kiddos, a Lerner School preschooler and rising kinder-gardener. Madeline is the main contact for inclusion program year round.


Leadership staff

Abbie, Assistant Camp Manager
Abbie is a proud preschool teacher at The Lerner School and has taught specialty camps at Camp Shelanu for several summers. She attended Camp Shalom, Camp Barney Goodman, and Camp Interlaken JCC and worked at camps during her college summers. She loves her kids, her dogs, swimming, indoor bike dancing, and big messy art projects!

Nikki, Camper Care Coordinator
Nikki is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and recently graduated with her MSW from UNC, completing a fellowship at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. She serves as adviser for the Judea Reform Congregation youth group, DRTY, and works with the Arc of the Triangle. In her free time, Nikki loves to read, stand up paddleboard and hike!

Jen, Inclusion consultant, is back with us for the third year. She in a Speech and Language Pathologist in private practice and specializes in Social Thinking. She also has two kids.


Kieran, Program Coordinator
Kieran is back for their third summer at Camp Shelanu! This summer as program coordinator, Kieran is especially excited to work on planning so many of the fun activities at camp and starting the camp day off with energy and excitement during Boker Tov. When they’re not at camp, they
enjoy reading, being with friends, and going on walks with their dog, Zane.


Israeli Staff – Shlichim

Noga, Art Specialist




 Shelly, Dance and TAG Specialist



 Maya, General Counselor



Tzlil, Drama and Israeli Culture


2018 Counselors – Stay tuned as we add our new staff!

Josh is double majoring in Psychology and Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and will be a junior this fall (and has yet to be converted into a UNC fan; the Duke loyalty is strong).


Dorian 2016

Dorian will be attending Bryn Mawr College in the fall, and she is interested in studying acting, journalism, and gender issues! She is very involved in theatre and she’s a competitive jump roper!  It’s her third summer working at Camp Shelanu!


JenJenny is a rising senior at East Chapel Hill High School. She is excited to be back for a second year as a Shelanu counselor! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her wonderful friends in cute cafes, going to as many concerts as humanly possibly, and relaxing with her cuddly cat, Butter.

Shir is excited to return to Camp Shelanu for the second time as a counselor! He is a recent high school graduate, and will be heading to Portland in the fall to study at Reed College. Shir loves musical theater and his pet gecko, Polly.




Priya is in her second year working as a counselor. She is a rising senior at Durham School of the Arts, where her focus is chorus. She is so excited to share another summer with everyone at Camp Shelanu!


Carolina is a native Floridian. She’s a rising sophomore at Meredith College and will be pursuing a major in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. She enjoys going to music festivals and discovering new food trucks downtown. She makes amazing french toast.


Emma is a rising junior at Voyager Academy High School. Her favorite subject in school is Science. Outside of school, she loves to go out to eat with friends and spend time with family.


Hannah E is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She hopes to become an elementary teacher. She enjoys art, spending time with friends, and watching UNC basketball!


Taylor has been working in camps in North Carolina for the past 3 years, and before that she worked at a Hebrew School in Massachusetts. She goes to Panther Creek HS and her favorite subjects are math and science. In college she hopes to study astronomy and/or planetary science. Her hobbies include basketball, reading, and spending time with friends and family.