JCC Senior Staff
Barry A. Abels, Executive Director
Barry holds a master’s degree in Adult Education, Human Resource Development & Leadership and has over 38 years of experience in management, training and organization leadership. He brings a wealth of experience working as the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation & Charles Schusterman JCC and the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Council of Corpus Christi, Texas as well as working as a consultant with many other non-profit organizations and small businesses. He and his wife Jackie have two sons. His hobbies include golf, fencing, and Civil War re-enactments.
803-787-2023 ext. 207
Adrienne is the JCC office manager/bookkeeper. She is married to Ron and has four boys. Adrienne has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management and brings several years of mortgage banking skills. In her spare time she enjoys shopping and spending time with family and friends.
803-787-2023 ext. 216
Megan currently works at Brickyard Dental Group as a dental assistant full time, and manages the JCC pool part time. She has been teaching lessons for over 9 years, and is currently Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid, AED and CPO certified. Megan has been at the JCC for two and half years as a swim instructor and lifeguard, and became the Aquatics Manager in January 2015. She has managed many different pools around the Columbia area and enjoys teaching others to swim. Megan enjoys traveling, dancing, and spending time with her husband and two dogs, Daisy and Lilly.
Robby Lewis, Sports Coordinator
Robby is our Sports Coordinator and works hard to bring exciting sports & recreation opportunities to our members and the wider community. Robby has been a Certified Emergency Medical Technician for 6 years. Pairing his passion for helping people with his enjoyment of exercise, he obtained his CrossFit Level 1 certificate. Shortly after achieving that, Robby obtained his NASM – Personal Trainer Certification. With a broad range of knowledge in human movement science, Robby recently became a certified Rock Tape Medical Professional. This skill enables him to apply kinesiology tape that can help ease pain. It helps decompress an area of inflammation & swelling as well as delay fatigue during periods of intense exercise.
Maria is a CPA and holds an MBA in Accounting and International Business. She has extensive experience in public and private accounting as well as entrepreneurial experience by being a business owner for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Federation and the JCC, she held positions as a forensic auditor, financial controller, and financial and tax consultant for American citizens living abroad. She loves traveling, reading, bike riding, running, and most of all, spending time with her husband and three children.
(803) 787-2023 ext. 204
Debby Mullen, Business Manager
Debby has a degree in accounting & business from Raritan College in New Jersey, her hometown.
She enjoys working with the community and helping those around her. Debby is an original member of the team since moving to the new building nine years ago. She has two beautiful daughters, three fabulous grandchildren, and a wonderful husband.
803-787-2023 ext. 202
Melanie is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She has been with the JCC for 5 years, and has worked at the front desk, fitness desk, and youth camps. Melanie enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, Sunshine. She also likes to travel, read, and anything outside.
803-787-2023 ext. 206
Robin is a life-long athlete, avid runner & triathlete. Robin is nationally certified as a personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, two types of group fitness instructor certifications, TRX suspension and Rip trainer, and CPR, AED, and First Aid. Robin has run the Boston Marathon twice. She has done 3 Ironman triathlons as well as dozens of shorter distance triathlons and marathons. Robin has taught Cycling and Strength classes. She enjoys helping others improve their fitness and live stronger, healthier lives. On July 26, 2015, Robin will compete at Ironman Lake Placid in Lake Placid, NY. She will be racing on the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund, Teams for a Cure, raising funds for Multiple Myeloma research, as well as research for 40 other types of cancer.
803-787-2023 ext. 309
Laurie is passionate about Jewish living and education and loves to find innovative and meaningful ways to incorporate Judaism into everyday life. Before finding her home in Jewish communal life, she studied visual art at Carnegie Mellon University. Laurie is married to a wonderful man, has a beautiful little girl, and enjoys cooking, gardening, making crafts, and playing board games in her free time.
803-787-2023 ext. 201