Meet the Team
MIKEY LATNER: FOUNDER/ DIRECTOR of Project:Camp
With nearly a decade of experience as a camp professional from coast to coast, Mikey has deep knowledge of how to build and run all things camp. He is obsessed with understanding and improving upon the systems on which summer camps run. He founded Project:Camp with the goal of bringing together a team of deeply experienced professionals from summer camps, nonprofits and the business world to help camps solve some of their most pressing issues in innovative, efficient ways.
Mikey has worked in nearly every aspect of a camp ecosystem: he has extensive experience working with campers, managing and recruiting seasonal and full-time staff, developing and running programs, and overseeing facilities.
No job is ever too big or too small, from managing projects and adding accountability to year-round staff, to creating ACA-compliant emergency protocols, Mikey’s love of camp runs deep. He even married his beautiful wife Sasha at the summer camp where they met as campers.
OZZIE BARON - INNOVATION AND STRATEGIC PLANNING
Ozzie is passionate about helping camps dream up and implement new initiatives, programs and tools as effectively and efficiently as possible. He also loves helping year-round staff implement effective, innovative practices to save money, energy and time. Ozzie’s plug-in to the for-profit sector gives him access to the newest pieces of technology and management practice. As a die-hard camp kid (a Gold Star at Geneva Glen Camp, just saying) he is equipped to translate those innovations to the camp world. Previously, Ozzie has worked in various and sundry capacities for startups in New York City, he was a creative on a cartoon show that aired on Nick Jr, and was a college admissions officer. Ozzie lives in Nashville, where he really enjoys the biscuits, and is learning to love country music.
RACHEL DUBOWE - INCLUSION AND SPECIAL NEEDS EXPERT
Rachel believes heavily in the power of creating inclusive and accessible camp communities. With nearly a decade of experience as a camp professional, Rachel specializes in working with campers and staff with a range of developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. She has led inclusion trainings for staff to equip them with the knowledge and tools to work with all types of campers. She prides herself on her ability to ensure that every camper and staff member are set up for success, happiness and safety in their camp environment. Rachel has a BS in Human Development from UC Davis, and a masters in experiential education and Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College.
DARROW FELDSTEIN - OUTDOOR EDUCATION AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Darrow’s passion for understanding the natural world has taken him all around the globe to immerse himself in deep, wild places. Darrow is inspired to create opportunities for children and adults to experience and enjoy the natural world while connecting to others. He has taught at a variety of nature education programs including the Natural History Field Quarter and Wilderness Orientation program at UC Santa Cruz. He has also worked as an assistant reserve steward for the UCSC Upper Campus Natural Reserve, as a natural history and nature awareness instructor for an alternative elementary school, and has spent his time working in Yosemite National Park as a field biologist studying the alpine habitats of Sierra Bighorn Sheep and American Pikas and the populations of California Spotted Owls and Great Gray Owls. Darrow holds a BA in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, with a concentration in natural history and education.
LOAL ISAACS - CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND FUNDRAISING
Loal Isaacs is a lifelong Jewish educator, and a seasoned fundraiser. He has led philanthropic efforts at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, and has held several leadership positions including the Director of New Initiatives & Retreats at URJ Camp Newman, the Director of YouthFirst Programs at Jewish Family and Children's Services, and the Program Director at the Center of Jewish Living and Learning at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay. He spent the first 13 years of his career working directly with Jewish teens, creating dozens of lesson plans and developing curricula on a wide variety of topics, teaching thousands of teens and training hundreds of Jewish Youth Professionals.
ALEX ROGERS - OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY, INNOVATIVE SYSTEMS
Alex has worked in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, helping organizations fulfill their vision by building systems that help serve their community in new and innovative ways. He brings a decade of experience in systems development and implementation, event planning, youth engagement and management.
Alex is an operations specialist, with an incredible eye for detail and project management. Previously, Alex worked with the Union for Reform Judaism’s youth programs focusing on operations and new program development. He is also a Jeremiah Fellowship alum with Bend the Arc, and a certified yoga instructor.
RABBI TODD SILVERMAN - EDUCATION AND RELIGIOUS PROGRAMMING
Todd was ordained as rabbi by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. Prior to attending rabbinical school, he taught 1st and 4th grades at Brawerman Elementary School in West Los Angeles, and worked as a residence counselor for a non-profit providing in-home services to individuals with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. He spent a year as the educational intern at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, helping train and supervise teachers. An ardent fan of summer camps, Rabbi Todd has spent over a decade in various capacities at camps on both coasts, including Unit Head, Counselor-In-Training director, and Camp Educator.
LAIKA - SENIOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
Laika is excited for the opportunity to roam camps all over the country. She specializes in chasing squirrels, comforting sad campers, and eating dropped hotdogs. She naps more than most other members of the Project:Camp team.