The Dynamic Duo:
Rachel Hagar, Camp Shai Director and Dani Salinger, Camp Shai Assistant Director
Rachel joined the Camp Shai family in 2012 and could not have found a better home here in Denver. Rachel has two Bachelor’s degrees; one from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara where she studied photography and one from Antioch University in Los Angeles where she studied Child Development. She also holds a California Teaching Credential. She has been working in after-school programs for the past ten years, starting as a counselor and working her way up to Director. She also taught elementary school in Los Angeles. She relocated to Denver from Los Angeles where she had been working at the Westside JCC as their Teen Director. In addition to Camp Shai, Rachel is also the Youth Programs Director at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, where she oversees vacation camps, the Club J after school program and the awesome Saturday Night Out programs.
Rachel is a life-long camper, attending residential camps in the New York area where she grew up for over 13 years. She strives to bring that “sleep-away camp” experience to day camp. Rachel lives in Denver with her husband Morgan, a photographer, and their two cats Frank and Roxy. She loves to cook (and eat), travel, read and garden. Rachel has an extensive knowledge of all things Harry Potter- a plus when working with school aged children. She is also a very impressive speed-talker. Ask her to see her special talent and she will amaze you.
Dani has been a part of the Robert E. Loup JCC family for over 7 years. She studied Jewish Studies and Communications at CU Boulder and has been a part of JCC Ranch Camp for many, many years. Starting as a camper, she worked her way from general camp counselor to Program Director at Ranch Camp. This is her second year at Camp Shai and in addition to her camp role, Dani is also the Youth Programs Assistant Director working with Rachel on all year-round youth programming.
Dani is a Colorado native, having grown up in Boulder. When she isn’t planning events for children, she is either checking out the Denver restaurant scene or playing outside with her dog Sam. Hiking, camping, singing, attempting to play guitar, and any fun exercise classes are her cup of tea! You can hear her wonderful voice over the summer at our morning circle and Shabbat celebrations. Or, if you cannot wait that long- check her out at the Hebrew Educational Alliance’s Shir Hadash musical Shabbat experience every Saturday.