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Executive Staff

Outside our programming team of counselors, specialists, and unit heads, CYJ-Texas relies on a huge operations team. The summer simply wouldn’t be possible without our 24-hour medical staff, Camper Care team, logistics, communications, food services, and maintenance, (you guys rock!).

To learn more about the camp nerds who run camp year-round, check out our staff bios below!

Meet Our Executive Staff

Frank Silberlicht – Executive Director

frankSince coming on as Director in 1998, Frank has overseen significant growth at Camp Young Judaea-Texas and its Retreat Center in Wimberley, TX. He considers the Jewish camp experience a life-changing opportunity, a unique setting to learn and grow in life’s most important areas—in character, in health, and in relationship. He’s committed to providing that experience with excellence, by emphasizing a mix of community, Zionism, Judaism, and—in true Texas tradition—cattle rustling!

Prior to CYJ-TX, Frank worked for Camp Tel-Yehuda, Taco Bell Corp, and Trails End Camp. While serving as Camp Director (and chief bottle-washer), Frank and his wife Simone, have grown their family with their children Elan, Jacob, and Rebecca and their dog, Coco.


Mac Lindner - Camp Director

Mac has been part of the CYJ family, officially, since 2022 as the CYJ Director. Before joining CYJ, Mac worked for various synagogues, camps, and youth movements until he found a home in the Young Judaea community. From 2015 to 2022 he worked as the Assistant Director for Tel Yehudah engaging with many CYJ teens as they continued their Young Judaea journey. 

Mac strongly believes Jewish camp is one of the best experiences young people can have. The opportunities to try new things, develop strong friendships, and personally grow within a Jewish context is an invaluable experience. 

When not at camp, you can find Mac on hiking trails, at a sports event, or catching up on Summer movies. 


Danny Ross - Director of Operations

Danny has been part of CYJ and Young Judaea most of his life. He spent many summers at CYJ and Tel Yehudah as a camper and staff member. He stayed involved in Young Judaea year-round and was on the regional board and Senior Advisor. After returning from Young Judaea Year Course in Israel, he
continued to work at CYJ in the retreat center in operations.

His passion for operations at CYJ led him to pursue his degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. Over the past 30 years Danny has been in operations in restaurants, real estate, retail and franchising.

Danny grew up in San Antonio and in his down time enjoys watching the San Antonio Spurs. He has been married 20 years to his beautiful wife Libby and has two boys, Benji and Joey who have been going to CYJ since they were in Nitzanim!

“For me, coming back to work full time for CYJ is a dream come true.”


Sam Wallace - Director of Development

Sam has been a part of CYJ since 2020, but her family connection began when her boys started attending CYJ in 2016.  Her family has deep roots in Houston and after living in Tampa for quite some time, moved back to Houston in 2012.

Sam has worked in Fundraising Development in the Houston Jewish community since 2012. Prior to that, Sam worked in sports and media for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Clearchannel Radio.

When I am not working, I love being outside.  Anything outdoors works – running, gardening, traveling, watching sports, hanging at the beach, and hiking in the woods. I also love cheering on my alma mater – It’s Great to be a Florida Gator!  Our family also owns Custom Cape Shop, a custom cape company.

Sam married her husband, Paul, in 2008 and has 2 boys, Jack and Harper who both attend CYJ. They also have a dog, Mia.


Lauren Laderman - Assistant Director - Programs

Lauren Laderman has been a part of the CYJ community since 2001 and started working full time for CYJ-Texas in 2017. She spent her summers at CYJ as a camper, counselor, and merakezet and is excited to continue her CYJ journey full time.

Lauren grew up in Houston, Texas and was an active member of the Jewish community. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Business Management. She also attended Young Judaea Year Course in Israel- a 9-month gap year program in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Lauren is the Assistant Director of programs. She oversees the planning and facilitating all CYJ retreats and enjoys seeing families return to camp throughout the year. She also hires all the CYJ summer staff, traveling to cities for recruitment and staff engagement during the year.


Iris Toth - Assistant Director - Recruitment & Community Engagement

Iris has been part of the CYJ family since her first summer as a camper in 2005. Since then, she has spent most of her summers at camp as a camper, counselor, unit head, and education director before joining the full-time team in 2018.

A native Austinite, Iris graduated from the University of Texas in 2017 with a BS in Applied Learning and Development. CYJ inspired her to pursue a degree in education because of her passion for working with children, and she is excited to use her training and experience in her work with Camp.
Iris is the Assistant Director of Camper Recruitment and Community Engagement. In this role, she hopes to provide as many children as possible with the same amazing opportunity she had to attend Jewish summer camp. CYJ truly is her happy place!