Meet Our Staff

Hannah Wallick

Camp Director

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Jewish summer camp for Hannah was her most formative experience, where she spent time as a camper, counselor, and in various leadership roles. She pursued the rabbinate early on as a way to “be a camp counselor” for the Jewish community. Always focused on building inclusive communities, Hannah worked for Big Tent Judaism in New York and built the outreach department at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation where she served as a Vice President for a decade. Working in non-traditional, pluralist congregations, Hannah served a rural congregation in Southern Maryland, an urban congregation in Tribeca, Manhattan and a growing congregation of young adults in Long Island City, Queens. Currently, Hannah serves as the spiritual leader of the Moses Montefiore Congregation in Appleton, WI. Hannah has rabbinic ordination and a MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a BA in Jewish Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Hannah’s additional coursework has included UW-Madison Business School in supervision, the Nonprofit Center in New York in grant writing, Union Theological Seminary in fundraising, and Boardified at the Kellogg School at Northwestern for governance. Hannah, her two children and husband live in Milwaukee and her two adult stepchildren live in Philadelphia. Her daughter is an enthusiastic camper at CYJ Midwest.


Rachel Ruskin

Associate Director

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Rachel has deep roots with CYJ Midwest, where she spent her formative summers as a camper and a summer staff member. Rachel has over two decades of experience working in the Jewish community, including National Senior Advisor for Young Judaea, Director of the Summer Delegation for the Israel Scouts and Associate Director of Tamarack Camps. Most recently, she worked for Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit in their Human Resources department.  Rachel lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan and loves spending time with her niece and nephew (CYJ campers of course).


Kevin Friduss

Marketing & Communications Manager

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Kevin joined the Midwest team in 2018 as our Marketing & Communications Manager, after working for many years in the radio and entertainment industry. Kevin graduated from the University of Denver with a BA in communications and minor in Theater. Before CYJ Midwest, he worked as the Promotions Manager at WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9 (Bears Radio) as well as 670 The Score (Cubs Radio). Kevin is a JUF 36 under 36 recipient and a former BBYO International AZA Advisor of the Year. Kevin, his wife Stacy and their three children live in Deerfield, IL.


Andrew Doemel

Maintenance Director


Andrew has been with camp since April of 2023. Andrew has breadth and depth of experience in maintenance and repairs in several settings, including most recently a florist shop and nature preserve. He lives near camp and is an integral part of keeping camp in tip top shape and ready for campers each summer.