Meet the Staff

JCC Senior Staff

Barry A. Abels, Executive Director

Barry holds a master’s degree in Adult Education, Human Resource Development & Leadership and has over 40 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 has two sons. His hobbies include golf, fencing, and Civil War re-enactments.

803-787-2023 ext. 207


Robby Lewis, Sports Coordinator

robby-lewisRobby 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.


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

Robin Rudman, Sports & Fitness Director2014-09-04 11.04.28

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 Slack, Jewish Programs DirectorLaurie

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