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Jo-Ellen Unger

Jo-Ellen Unger is the founding director of the URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy. Throughout her education and career, Jo-Ellen straddled the worlds of Jewish Education and the Arts. Music was a part of her life from a very young age, as she performed in a variety of concerts in multiple venues. She developed her skills in voice, theatre and dance at the Performing and Visual Arts Center (now New World School of the Arts) in Miami, Florida, the Fine Arts program at Florida State University and the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York City. She held positions in camping and youth and served as a formal and informal education director in Florida and Maryland, both in the congregational world and Hillel. She is a graduate of Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, where she earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education. She had the privilege of serving as the 2019 Zeldin Alumni Scholar-in-Residence for the School of Education at HUC-JIR and was named as a 2020 Distinguished Educator by the Association of Reform Jewish Educators.

Kara Emily Hoffman

Kara discovered her passion for Jewish camp and theater throughout her 11 summers at URJ Camp Coleman, where participating in the camp play each year solidified a love of the arts and creativity. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Kara graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Sport and Entertainment Management in 2015. Upon graduating, Kara made the move to Atlanta, GA and began working as the Education Coordinator at The Temple where she was an integral part of redesigning youth programs and creating Hebrew and Judaic curricula.  Kara currently lives in South Florida where she finds time for being outdoors, reading, and being with friends and family.  She is thrilled to be the inaugural Assistant Director at 6 Points Creative Arts Academy.

Lisa Rodney

Lisa is the 6 Points Business Manager for all three 6 Points Specialty camps located on the East Coast: 6 Points Sports, 6 Points Creative Arts, and 6 Points Sci-Tech! During the summer Lisa is housed out of 6 Points Sports Academy, but helps all three camps year-round!

Lisa’s involvement with the 6 Points Camps began as a Camp Parent when her daughter fell in love with 6 Points Sports Academy a few years ago. The moment a position became available which matched her over 30 years of business, accounting, and management experience, Lisa jumped on it. She is excited to bring her love for and connection with Judaism and children together with her work.

Lisa’s professional career in management began with Flight Service at American Airlines, then on to Office Manager of a Pilates studio, Controller of an Architectural firm and most recently she wore a wide variety of hats at a three-person accounting firm. She is actively involved with the local Jewish Community through three congregations as well as the JCC.

Lisa is originally from Rochester, NY, and has lived in Israel, Greece, Chicago, NYC, and Philadelphia. She currently resides outside of Raleigh, NC with her husband, mother, adult stepson, son, 14 and daughter, 12, two cats, and her chocolate Lab, Lucy. Her passions include learning about other cultures, travel, reading, and hiking. She volunteers regularly and currently serves as the Treasurer for her children’s middle school PTA.

We love CAA, and it is such a meaningful amazing place. The entire head support staff is so amazing, and everyone on staff who we have met is also amazing. There is no place else like it, and we thank everyone involved for making this camp a reality and so glad we found it for our daughter!