Meet Our Full-Time Staff

Program - Judaics

Testimonials from our CMC Families

A million, trillion, gazillion thanks for a SPECTACULAR experience for my kids. You and your staff are beyond compare! Despite their homesickness, both of my kids cannot stop talking about the fantastic time they had at CMC! I am so terribly grateful for your ongoing support (even with my annoying emails) and the all assistance we received. My children would NEVER have been able to have this experience without you! Thanks, thanks, thanks to EVERYONE for making our first overnight camp experience EPIC! Alexis' camper blanket is already on display in our living room.
- Camp Parent, San Diego


Zim Zimmerman – Executive Director

Zim headshotIn the spring of 2013, after retiring from 11 summers as the director of Shwayder Camp outside of Denver, Colorado, Zim joined the CMC family. Zim served on the regional board of the American Camp Association for six years and on the 2011 planning committee for the 2011 ACA national conference. An avid outdoorsman, Zim finds solace skiing on the slopes or backpacking through the high country.  Aside from his lifelong commitment to Jewish summer camping, Zim has a personal secondary goal of converting the world to be supporters of the delicious wonders of jalapeño and pineapple pizza.  He considers himself one of the lucky few directors who had the honor of directing the very camp he attended as a camper and now wishes to bring that experience to bear upon the success of CMC.  Preferring smaller environments, the size, mission and personal nature of CMC is what originally caught his attention and ultimately led him to join our team.

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Dan Baer – Camp Director

Dan joins the Camp Mountain Chai community after 2 years as the Camp Operations Officer at Camp Inc. Business Academy in Denver, CO and 5 years as the Associate Director of Camp Interlaken JCC in Milwaukee, WI. Dan was a participant in the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yitro Leadership Program and a member of the JCC Association’s Merrin Teen Professional Fellows. Dan grew up in Akron, OH where he began his career in camping as a lifeguard, Pool Director, and Assistant Program Director at Hiram House Camp.

Dan holds a degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. He has always had a passion for both working with children and summer camp. Jewish community has been a part of his life since growing up at JCC preschool and continuing through his active involvement with Hillel in college. Dan enjoys travelling, playing soccer, skiing, hiking, and rooting on his hometown sports teams.

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Rachel Shyloski – Assistant Camp Director

Tachel bio picSince 2009, Rachel Shyloski has been involved with Camp Mountain Chai as both a Unit Leader (’09-’13) and Director of Camper Care (’14). Her patience and ability to empathize have always been true to her nature. Rachel is a naturalist and humanist at heart. Her love of nature coupled with her desire to educate others about the natural world has given Rachel a unique perspective on how to build that same respect for one another within our Camp community.

Rachel comes to Camp Mountain Chai all the way from North Carolina. Her desire to further understand human nature combined with a lifelong passion to work with people, led her to UNC-Asheville where she obtained a BA in Psychology. Her desire to help others, led her to pursue a Masters in Social Work, which she obtained in 2014 at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Rachel brings a wide range of skills, knowledge and trained experiences to our camp family.

Rachel is an avid bird watcher and outdoors woman. Many of her friends would describe her as helplessly compassionate, terminally funny, and devastatingly kind. Her desire to share camp with others, and her experience in Jewish summer camps have allowed Rachel a unique opportunity to serve CMC in a very special way. Rachel looks forward to the future with open eyes and a desire to be of service to her fellows.

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Samantha Hoffman – Communications Director and Judaics Educator

Samantha joins the Camp Mountain Chai mishpacha (family) after spending the last 2 years as the Director of Youth Activities at Congregation Beth Am in San Diego. Before that she was the Associate Director of Jewish Student Life at The Weber School in Atlanta, GA. Born and raised in Orange County, just an hour up the 5 freeway, Samantha attended the JCC Summer Day Camp in Irvine growing up.

Samantha holds a B.A. in Modern Judaic Studies from California State University, Northridge and a Masters in Jewish Education with an Emphasis on Experiential Education from Hebrew College in Boston.

Samantha loves campfires, songs sessions and musical theater. She is an avid fan of Yankees Baseball, Clippers Basketball and the New York Giants. Although, as long as sports are being played, she’s down to watch. She’s excited to join the CMC community and spend her first summer us!

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