Meet Our Staff
Bob joined the Mandel JCC family in May of 2019. He serves as the Children, Youth, and Teen Program Manger overseeing such programs as J-Kids Club and other related aspects regarding youth programming. Bob brings a wealth of multi-faceted programming experience and knowledge as well as educational expertise to The J.
Most recently Bob worked as a curriculum and instruction specialist for a non-profit organization responsible for serving Cleveland Metro Schools and the surrounding area districts. Prior to that, for the last 20 years Bob has worked as a teacher and administrator in both public and private school settings in both Ohio and Connecticut. He started his career working for the Jewish Community Center in Fairfield County, CT as the Youth Program Director. Bob has served as a lead/head teacher, an administrator/coordinator for school initiatives and programs. In addition, he was also a classroom teacher for grades kindergarten through seventh.
Yolanda has served in the role of Administrative Assistant for two years and Supervisor of Senior and Adult Programming for one year. In her role as Supervisor, she has daily contact with older adults, many of whom are vulnerable and at risk. She ensures that provided meals and programming are substantial to their needs. She oversees the transportation provided by Contracted Transportation Services and establishes the daily routines of outings offered by the program as well as the transport of participants to and from the center. She also works closely with the participants to assess and identify at-risk hazards, which may interfere with their independence and health, while referring those in need to JFSA (Jewish Family Services Association) and DSAS (Department of Senior & Adult Services). Along with seventeen years past experience in an educational facility, Yolanda also has three years’ experience working in the field of aging. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Associate of Art in Early Childhood Education, and Associate of Art in Liberal Studies along with a Certificate in Gerontology.
Abbey has outstanding experience working as an assistant day camp director at three other day camps including JCC of Southern Nevada and Siegel JCC in Wilmington, Delaware and Park Synagogue here in Cleveland. She has a Bachelor in Science of Education from Kent State.
Jessica Robins, Director of Early Childhood, received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and History of Art from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to teach elementary school in the South Bronx with Teach for America (TFA). During that time she received her Master’s in Elementary Education at the Bank Street College of Education. Following her graduation and TFA commitment, she then moved to Israel to participate in a MASA program called Otzma where she lived in Be’er Sheva, Afula, and Tel Aviv. While in Israel, she taught English in schools, volunteered in after school programs, and did development work for WIZO (Women’s International Zionist Organization).
Jessica returned to New York to work for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, an educational non-profit, where she taught entrepreneurship skills to students and teachers in low income Middle and High Schools throughout the city.
Most recently, before joining The J, Jessica spent the last seven years serving as the Director of Admissions at the Hannah Senesh Community Day School and as Associate Director at the Bank Street School for Children. She was also the co-chair of the Diversity Committee at Bank Street College.
In her free time, Jessica likes being active and engaged in her community. She especially enjoys hiking, cycling, running, yoga, and skiing. She also loves to travel, read, watch foreign films, play games, eat delicious foods, and continue to learn whenever she has the opportunity.
Daniel Solomon has worked at the Mandel JCC since 2011, first serving as a Sales Associate and then as a Senior Sales Associate. He is currently the Membership Director and in that capacity, oversees the membership and sales team. Prior to working at the Mandel JCC, he was the Regional Operations Director for Life Time Fitness Inc. in New Jersey. Daniel has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Kent State University and is a huge Tom Brady fan.
Kate is our director of the fitness, wellness and recreation department, overseeing all fitness center operations. She also oversees group fitness, Yoga and Pilates Reformer programs at The J. She has worked in and around Cleveland as a personal trainer, group fitness instructor and manager for 10 years, including eight years at The J as a group fitness instructor. She holds a variety of certifications in personal training, group fitness and Spinning.
Kate is a graduate of Cleveland State University and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Masters Degree in Education.
BA Health and physical Education, Cleveland State University
NFPT ,TRX, HumanSport, Sports Nutrition
Oversees personal training program and staff, small group training programs and day to day operations of The J’s Fitness Center
Rich enjoys coaching youth sports. Rich plays competitive softball and has won 5 World Series championships in his career in GSL (35 and over X2) and NSA (class C, Coed B and 35 and over) sanctions. He also played Division 1 baseball and spent time in the Frontier league of professional baseball. Rich and his wife and two boys live in North Olmsted.
Nancy creates opportunities for Jewish enrichment throughout the Mandel JCC. Nancy works closely with all departments at the Mandel JCC to help enhance our Jewish environment and programs and brings new Jewish education, social and cultural programming to The J.
A native Clevelander, Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Jewish Studies from the University of Cincinnati, a Master’s degree in Jewish Studies from the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies (Siegal College) and has studied Hebrew language at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Nancy lives in Orange Village with her husband Rob and their three wonderful boys, Micah, Noah and Avi.