Our Staff And Facility
Joshua Henkel, x336: Director of Youth and Camping Services. Joshua Henkel is a full time Youth and Camping Director who has worked at the Mid-Island Y JCC as Camp Director for the past summers. He started out as a CIT at our camp in 1994 and has risen through the ranks over the past 18 years. Throughout his time at the JCC, Josh has served as counselor, supervisor, and assistant director and now directs our day camps at the Henry Kaufmann campgrounds, our travel camps, and CIT programs. His extensive camp experience, ability to improve camp programs, strong communication skills and desire to enrich children’s lives make him an outstanding Camp Director. Josh is someone the parents have grown to rely on to take care of their children each summer and during the school year. He believes that our summer camps provide children with spirited and unique experiences that help them grow, learn, have fun and create friendships that will last a lifetime.
Gayle Jukofsky, x324: Assistant Director of Youth and Camp Services. Gayle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Education with a Specialization in Counseling. She has been a part of the Mid-Island Y JCC since she was a camper in 1998 and refers to the Mid-Island Y JCC as her “Second Home.” Gayle has been a Camp Division Head for the past 5 years, Daycare Supervisor for the past 4 years, and oversees our Second Home Daycare, Teen Lounge, Teens As Leaders, Vacation and Regents Review Programs for the last two years She became on a full time staff member in September 2011 and a proud two time winner of the Spirit Cup in the Summer of 2009 and 2011.
Ian Morzan: Assistant Camp Director. Ian a special education teacher, is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children in addition to the Plainview Old Bethpage SEPTA. While attending Towson University, he played on the Rugby team, earning All-East honors. After returning to New York, he became the CEO of Dynatrol Inc., an international engineering firm and received his master’s degree in special education from Dowling College. Ian has been a leave replacement Director and Supervisor in the Mid-Island Y JCC’s Aspire Program and this will be his fourth summer returning to The Mid-Island Y Summer Camp.
Harrison Peck, x361: Assistant Travel Camp Director, Youth and Camping Program Supervisor. Harrison has worked at the Mid-Island Y since 2010 where he has overseen our Second Home Daycare Program, Teen Volunteer Opportunities, our Teen Travel Camp, and Learning Center. Harrison has a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Development from Springfield College in Massachusetts and has been involved in the JCC movement since he was in high school. Prior to coming to the Mid-Island Y JCC family, Harrison was a counselor and Sport Supervisor at JCC Camps in Mid-Westchester.
Joanna Diamond, x332: Director of The Adler Center For Special Needs. Joanna Diamond, MS.Ed, Director, is a New York State Certified teacher with over 15 years experience teaching individuals with autism and related disorders. She received her MS.Ed. in Special Education with a specialization in autism from Long Island University's C.A.S.E. program (Competency in Autism for Special Educators). Joanna has worked in many settings; day camps, private and public schools, providing consultation services for families and school districts, early intervention and early childhood settings. She has received advanced training in Applied Behavior Analysis and has conducted many workshops and trainings on ABA as well as other topics related to autism and special needs. Her clinical interests center on challenging behaviors, effective teaching strategies, adaptive living skills and most importantly the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in social and recreational programs. Joanna has worked at the Mid-Island Y JCC for the past 5 years.
Rhya Jerrold, x341: Director of Early Childhood Center. Rhya Jerrold, Director: Rhya has a B.A. in Philosophy and Sociology, a J.D. from Touro Law School, an M.S.Ed. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy. Before her tenure as our Early Childhood Director, Rhya previously worked as a nursery school teacher, a private elementary school teacher, and a preschool camp coordinator. Her other prior work experience includes a position as a trainer for daycare workers seeking their credentials, and an attorney editor for a publishing company. Rhya’s combined background of formal education, teaching, and training of others in the daycare field help provide her with a unique perspective and approach to the various aspects of our program.
Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview
Location for Gan T’Camp, K’Ton Ton, Yeladim, Sports Chaverim, High Fours and High Fives
The Early Childhood Center boasts:
• 16 well-equipped rooms
• 5 outside play areas which include a grassy courtyard, sand boxes, climbing equipment, slides, playhouses, and a firm surface for tricycle riding and the use of other wheeled toys.
• Dance room for movement classes
• 3 gymnasium areas with set-ups resembling an indoor playground, an early childhood climbing/crawling space, and a free space for relays, structured games, active play, or even just some hoola-hoop fun!
• Air conditioned buses
Henry Kaufmann Campgrounds
Location for Junior Camp, Camp 56, Sport Rishon, Sports Camp, and Take a Bow.
An expansive, tree-lined 300+ acre property in Wheatley Heights just minutes from the Nassau-Suffolk County border.
Our camp boasts:
- Air conditioned buses
- Newly renovated outdoor pavilions
- Air conditioned nature center
- Rock Wall
- Baseball fields, soccer field, football field
- Basketball and tennis courts
- GaGa pits
- Volleyball courts
- Archery range
- 2 playgrounds
- Zip line
- Low ropes course
- Bungee Trampoline
- 4 large swimming pools with waterslide and diving areas
- And so much more!