Camp Leadership & Staff
Heath Levine- Owner/Director
Heath is a lifelong camper and experienced educator. He has been working at day camps on Long Island since 1995. He’s had an administrative role at camp since 2001 and became a full time camp professional in 2009 after teaching for 10 years. Heath has a Masters in Elementary Education from Long Island University and a degree in Chemistry from Union College.
Heath’s passion is for creating a camp program and culture where all children (and staff) take risks, explore interests, make friends and discover who they want to be. He is an active member of the American Camp Association as a standards visitor in the accreditation process of camps. Heath also regularly attends and participates in industry events and conferences in order to find ways to further improve the camp experience.
Heath met his wife Lauren while both working as day camp counselors and they have two beautiful daughters, Alexa and Sari who attend Shibley in the summer. He can be reached at email@example.com and loves talking to new families, current families, alumni, staff and ANYONE who wants to discuss camp (or Star Wars or Rock n’ Roll or the Mets).
Randi Chase- Associate Director
Randi Chase joined the Shibley family in 1994 as a specialist at the camp’s Sports Complex. The following year Randi was promoted to Group Leader and she hasn’t looked back! Randi joined the Shibley full-time team in 2016.
Randi received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, where she played on the Varsity Basketball team and served as Student Director of the Cornell Intramural Athletic program. Randi went on to study the field of Sports Management at St. John’s University.
Shibley has become a second home for Randi, where her three children spent their summers as campers and counselors. Randi has maintained lasting friendships with her campers and their families, and considers the staff extended family. Spending summers with Shibley campers is not a job to Randi – it is her passion!
Hayley Burrows- Junior Camp Director
Hayley Burrows, our Junior Camp Director, joined our full time team in 2021. Hayley started at Shibley as a group leader (and parent) in 2019 and was promoted to Junior Camp Director for this past summer.
She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and previous camp (camper, specialist, leadership, office) and teaching experience. Hayley will continue to direct Junior Camp and will now also support the full-time team in all facets of camp operations and administration throughout the off-season.
Robert Kulchin- Director of Administration & Transportation
Robert Kulchin has been a part of Shibley Day Camp his entire life. He grew up at camp and worked many seasons at Shibley while going to school. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree in business administration from Adelphi University and his law degree from Hofstra Law School. Add to the credits above Bob’s instincts for working with children and it’s easy to see why he figures so importantly in so many areas at camp.
Equally adapted to sports programs as he is to office administration, Bob has worked as a counselor, sports specialist, swim instructor, group leader and administrator. When not performing functions like these, he lends his business expertise to all facets of Shibley’s administrative agenda. The two most-often heard words in the busy month before camp begins each year are, “Ask Bob!” Our multi-talented head of administration can handle it all – and does, year after year.
Peter Strecansky- Program Director
Peter Strecansky began as a Shibley camper in 1990 in Junior Boys 2B. His aunt, uncle and mother all worked at Shibley while he, his sister and their cousins attended camp. He continued working summers at the Shibley Theater and assisted in the office during pre-camp while completing his studies at Hofstra University Honors College.
While at Hofstra he participated in an internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando and he returned to Disney World full-time after graduation to work in Park Operations, as a Character Performer, Parade Performer, and Puppeteer. He also traveled the world performing in Disney Live! in Spanish and Portuguese.
In Summer 2013 Peter returned to Shibley and spent two years working as Assistant to the Camp Director and Director of Special Events before pursuing a position at Delta Air Lines as a member of In-Flight. In 2022 he was invited back to be co-director of Sleepaway Week and Creative Arts Supervisor overseeing drama, dance, art, science and cooking. Peter is now our full-time Program Supervisor working throughout the year creating an outstanding camp experience for every camper. He is also responsible for booking and coordinating all off-season events and parties at camp.
Shibley summer staff are hired and trained through a rigorous process which includes personal interviews with directors, background checks, required reference checks and extensive training. We hire excellent teachers, coaches, parents & students who love to work with children and are passionate about providing them with an outstanding camp experience. Many staff members began at Shibley as young campers and/or have worked on staff for 15+ years!