The Dynamic Duo:
Rachel Hagar, Camp Shai Director and Dylan Fierberg, 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.
You may know her as Dylan Beales but she recently married Jeff, a former counselor (and camper!) at Camp Shai. Dylan began working at Camp Shai in 2007 and has held almost every role at camp- Cabin Counselor, One-on-One, Science Specialist, Unit Head and now Assistant Director. Dylan is a firm believer in “camp magic” and lives for summer camp- You can usually find her singing Tarzan in the middle of morning circle or leading a cabin on an impromptu scavenger hunt! She is looking forward to bringing that enthusiasm to vacation camps, Saturday Night Outs and all other year round programming she is working on with Rachel.
Dylan is a Colorado transplant but having lived here for 15 years considers it home. She grew up in Aurora and is a proud graduate of Smoky Hill High School. Dylan studied Elementary Education and Behavioral Sciences at Arizona State University and Metropolitan State University and will be pursuing her Masters in Family Counseling once camp wraps up for the summer. She spends her free time with her husband and their two dogs, Daisy Buchanan and Shiva, going on walks around City Park, grilling in the backyard and listening to NPR.