Camp Leadership

Cathy Deutchman – Director

Cathy Deutchman grew up in a camp family, and has many years of
experience as a camp counselor, administrator, and director. She holds a Masters in Education from George Washington University and is a graduate of the Leadership Institute (co-administered by the Hebrew Union College and Jewish Theological Seminary). Cathy has worked in the Jewish community for more than twenty years. She began as a promoter of study programs to Israel and made Aliyah in 1999. While living in Jerusalem, she was the Director of the Ramah English-speaking summer camp.

Since 2002, Cathy has lived in Croton-on-Hudson and served as assistant director of a religious school, family educator, and more recently as Director of Jewish Life at Rosenthal JCC. In this last role, she became involved in efforts to revitalize Sprout Westchester. Cathy is excited to take on the role as Camp Director, bringing together her love of camp and passion for the Jewish people.

Kelly Kressler – Assistant Director

Kelly Kressler returns to Young Judaea Sprout Westchester after almost 20 years in the camping industry. Having spent almost her entire childhood at sleep away camp, Kelly spent her summers in high school and college working for the JCC’s Camp Discovery in Pawling and Croton for 10 years as well as teaching preschool at the JCC. After working as a counselor, then Unit Leader, Kelly became the Co- Director in 1998 for 3 years. Since then Kelly has worked at the Rye YMCA as the Director of Family Services for 9 years and most recently at the National Office for the United States Tennis Association running events, tournaments and promoting tennis for kids of all ages.

Her love of all things camp and kids made it an obvious choice for her to come back and join the Young Judea Sprout Westchester Team. Her journey has brought her full circle and she is excited to share her love and passion of Jewish camping with everyone. Kelly lives in Rye with her 10 year old twins, Will and Mackenzie. When she is not running around with them, she enjoys tennis, live music and spending time with family and friends.