DJ Horton, Camp Director, has led JEA Camp Savannah for over a decade and a half. DJ is most proud of the number of children who began as campers and have now matured to staff--sharing their love of camp with generations of Savannahians.
Jackie Laban, Assistant Director is now in her 5th season at Camp Savannah. She grew up in the Columbia (SC) community and has over 16 years working with children. She is excited to plan activities for campers to teach them about Jewish/Israeli customs, values and traditions. She looks forward to another fantastic summer.
Makayla Taylor, Team Leader has been at the JEA for five years. You can see Makayla at AfterSchool, Days at the J, Kids Night Out, and Camp. She is bright, energetic, and always has a smile on her face. Makayla is currently pursuing her teaching degree even though she is a superior teacher already!! We are so happy to see Makayla's shining face every day of summer.
Emma Loncon, Team Leader has done it all! She began as a 5-year-old camper, LIT, CIT, Swim Instructor, Camp Aquatics Coordinator, Lifeguard, and Team leader across many of our programs. Emma has become a beloved JEA fixture over the past 20 years. During the 'offseason,' Garrison School for Performing Arts is lucky to have Emma as one of their Guidance Counselors.
Jared Sclar, Team Leader hails from Brooklyn NY. He was one of those students that you see downtown and is a proud graduate of SCAD. Jared has extensive experience in Youth Sports and is a new addition to the JEA family and Camp Savannah. During the 'camp offseason,' Jared is the JEA Recreation Director guiding many different programs for children from 2-15 years.
Sarah Docar, Camp Registrar, is our resident 'jack of all trades.' Throughout the year she manages our Food for Thought luncheon program, is the Office Manager for the Federation and JEA, and runs the PJ Library. But when it comes to Summertime, Sarah is our Registrar extraordinairre, handling it all. Can imagine what it is like to juggle almost 500 different families at one time? Sarah does it with grace!
Callie Smith, Health & Wellness Director is a native Savannahian. Her association with the JEA goes back to when she was a 5-year old participant in Youth Soccer! Her educational background is impressive: she holds a BA in Business Administration and a Masters degree in Health & Wellness. She was previously the Recreation Coordinator before taking over the Fitness Department at the JEA. No matter what the program, you can be sure that Callie has her hand in developing and supporting it!
Kate Perry, Aquatics Director is "everything pools." You can see Kate maintaining the Indoor and Outdoor Pools, running a pool party, teaching Lifeguard classes, doing continuing staff training, and leading classes. It's hard to believe that one person can juggle it all and do it well. She will be a part of every camper's experience in the water whether it is guiding instructional swim, testing the camper's ability, or supervising the counselors in the water. You know, with someone like Kate at the helm, it's sure to be a great experience in the water!!
Jessi Rush, Camp Swim Instructor, has grown up at the JEA. Progressing from a camper to a lifeguard, to a swim instructor, Jessi loves working with children and has not only given swim lessons to many, she has worked in the Children's Department over the past two years. A high-achiever, Jessi is a dual enrollee in High School and at Georgia Southern University. This is Jessi's third summer working in the Aquatic Department
Tyler Maxey, Camp Swim Instructor joined the JEA team earlier this year. She is a fixture giving swim lessons throughout the year. She has a significant background working with children in the water during many programs that teach swimming in the ocean (even harder than a pool!). She is one of our 'most asked for' instructors and looks forward to sharing her love of water with Camp Savannah.