Camp Shai Sumer Staff

If you are interested in joining us this summer as a member of the JCC Camp Shai team, we would love to hear from you!

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Meet the Team

JCC Staff Courtney Jacobson

Courtney Jacobson

General Manager of Camps & Early Learning School

Email Courtney  |  303.316.6392

Bio for Campers:

This is Courtney’s sixth summer at Camp Shai. Courtney’s favorite parts of camp are Survivor and Sports (especially dodgeball). Her favorite camp song is “Ravioli”. In her free time, Courtney enjoys hanging out with her dogs Amaya and Zuri, hiking, and skiing. She currently singing all of the morning circle songs on repeat to her newborn daughter to get her ready for Camp Shai 2026!

Bio for Parents:

Courtney is a Denver native, growing up attending JCC Ranch Camp. This is her 20th summer at camp. Courtney has a Master’s in Social Work and Non-profit Management and loves working with campers and staff development.  

JCC Staff Headshot Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Director of Camp Shai

Email Sarah  |  303.316.6397

Bio for Campers:
This is Sarah’s first summer at Camp Shai and she is so excited to be a part of the Shai community here in Denver. Her favorite parts of camp are getting pied in the face and wearing silly costumes. Sarah’s current favorite camp song is “60s Party”. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading books about history, and spending time with her cat, Commissioner Jim Gordon.

Bio for Parents:
Sarah has been working in the summer camp industry since her first job as a Junior Counselor when she was 15 years old. She has many years of experience working at both day camps and residential camps. Most recently, she worked as the Camp Director at a day camp focused on STEM learning in Chicago, IL. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and a Master’s Degree in Education from Northwestern University (Go Wildcats!).

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Jessica Agranoff

Assistant Director of Camp Shai

Email Jessica  |  303.316.6397

Bio for Campers:
This will be Jess’s second summer with Camp Shai! Her favorite parts of camp are teambuilding challenges and watching skits at Morning Circle. Jess’s favorite camp song is “MILK.” In her free time, Jess enjoys hiking, road trips, and live music.

Bio for Parents:
Jess fell in love with summer camp at a young age. She has worked at day and residential camps in various roles including counselor, trip leader, unit head, and is now so excited to join the director team! Jess has experience working in mental and behavioral health, as well. Jess is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, and has a BASC in Environmental and Outdoor Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Our Summer Staff

Our summer staff are typically college students, high school students, and master’s degree students. Our Unit Heads are typically teachers (who love having a summer out of the classroom with us) who oversee the counselors and our Inclusion Staff have significant experience working with children with identified needs. We are committed to hiring only the BEST counselors and all staff are rigorously trained and invested in your camper’s social-emotional growth, safety, and overall experience.