Michigan Hillel Staff

  • Tilly Shames

    Executive Director [email protected]

    Tilly Shames is the Executive Director of the University of Michigan Hillel. Tilly joined the University of Michigan Hillel team in 2008 and has been craving Tim Hortons coffee since. She brings to Michigan, along with her Canadian accent, a passion for Jewish life, Jewish community, Jewish identity, Jewish culture, Jewish food, Israel and social justice through a Jewish lens. Tilly previously worked for five years at Hillel of Greater Toronto as Associate Director and Director of Israel Affairs. She holds a Masters Degree in International Affairs and a Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She loves art, traveling to new places, yoga, anything food related, and diving into a conversation about our Jewish future. She once touched David ben Gurions slippers and can tell you where to get good latkes in Nairobi.

    Contact Tilly Shames
  • Davey Rosen

    Associate Director [email protected]

    Davey is the Associate Director of the University of Michigan Hillel.  He is originally from Detroit, MI, and joined the Michigan Hillel team in 2011. Davey and Jillian, his wife, the program officer at a community foundation, and their children, Elah and Jonah, live just a frisbee throw away from the Big House. Davey is passionate about living an exciting and dynamic Jewish life and believes that requires exciting and dynamic Jewish communities. Davey supervises programming, leadership development and engagement initiatives at Hillel.  He received a BA in Jewish History & Thought from the University of Judaism in LA, an MA in Informal & Communal Jewish Education from the Davidson School at JTS in New York, and has performed as a singer-songwriter from California to Estonia.  Davey is always happy to talk about Jewish life on campus, Detroit sports and anything related to Bob Dylan.  Prior to working at Hillel, Davey served as Area Supervisor for Young Judaea, Family Educator at B’nai Jeshurun in New York, and Assistant Director of Camp Ramah in New England.

    Contact Davey Rosen
  • Rabbi Lisa Stella

    Senior Jewish Educator [email protected]

    Rav Lisa is a passionate educator, deeply committed to helping others connect with Jewish life, learning, and community. Lisa received her rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College, a pluralistic, trans-denominational institution in Newton, Massachusetts. During rabbinical school she also earned a certificate in Jewish Sacred Music from Hebrew College.  Lisa calls Wisconsin home and received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Lisa lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, Zach Kaiser, an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Michigan State University.

    Contact Rabbi Lisa Stella
  • Jamie Skog-Burke

    Assistant Director of Educational Engagement [email protected]

    Jamie joins the U-M Hillel team after 3 years as the Campus Director of the University of Denver Hillel. She has an MA in Informal Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and over seven years of professional experience. Following graduate school she spent a year in Israel, volunteering and writing various Jewish educational curricula. She served as the JCC Maccabi Teen Coordinator at the Denver JCC and as the Regional Director of EMTZA USY. She is excited to move to Ann Arbor to learn more about the unique culture that makes both the University and the state of Michigan so special.

    Contact Jamie Skog-Burke
  • Ariella Yedwab

    Manager of Leadership & Programming [email protected]

    Ariella grew up in Commerce, MI and graduated from Michigan with a BA in Organizational Studies. After graduation, she did a year of service with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps and worked as the Enrichment Coordinator at a high school in Brooklyn. She then spent 3 years in Washington D.C where she has worked at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism as Conference Planner and then Program Operations Manager. She is so happy to back in Ann Arbor and working with such inspiring and motivated students.

    Contact Ariella Yedwab
  • Haley Schreier

    Manager of Engagement & Outreach [email protected]

    Haley is an Ann Arbor native and attended U-M for both her undergraduate and graduate studies, most recently earning an MSW with a certificate in Jewish Communal Leadership. Haley is thrilled to be able to share her excitement for Jewish life at Hillel, and looks forward to helping students discover how Judaism can intersect with a multitude of other identities and passions. When Haley is not engaged in conversations about the American Jewish community, she is probably talking about politics, Michigan football, or her parents’ dogs, Newman & Bueller.

    Contact Haley Schreier
  • Noa Gafni

    Jewish Agency Israel Fellow [email protected]

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  • Rebecca Grbinich

    Social Justice Fellow [email protected]

    Rebecca is originally from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands and later West Palm Beach, Florida. In May, she earned a BS in Criminology from Florida State. At FSU she was involved in the Social Justice Living-Learning Community exploring different ways to turn social justice into social action, and was active in Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed community service fraternity. She worked as a Victim Advocate at the Florida Commission on Offender Review and for 2 summers at URJ Kutz Camp as a counselor for teens with Autism. Rebecca looks forward to helping students identify as Jews through volunteering and social justice.

    Contact Rebecca Grbinich
  • Diane Redman Pfahler

    Director of Operations [email protected]

    Diane Redman Pfahler has been working for U of M Hillel since 1993 under many titles: Office Manager, Comptroller and now Director of Operations. She is originally from Indiana, but now lives in Troy with her new husband, Marshall (hence the name change for those of you that are wondering where Pfahler came from). When not at Hillel you will most likely see Diane on the soccer field playing or coaching. After 17 years at Hillel she still loves her work and the students, and is looking forward to many more years here.

    Contact Diane Redman Pfahler
  • Stacy Carroll

    Director of Advancement [email protected]

    Stacy grew up in Central New Jersey and moved to Chicago after graduating from Indiana University.  She has been involved in nonprofit fundraising for over 10 years and is excited to bring her passion and skills to U-M Hillel’s Advancement team.  Stacy is a recent newlywed who loves the outdoors, spending time on the lake with family and friends, and gardening with Scout, her black lab, always at her side. Stacy encourages you to stop by her office or contact her at any time to chat!

    Contact Stacy Carroll
  • Shayna Millman

    Development Manager [email protected]

    Shayna grew up in Metro Detroit and moved to Chicago after graduating from the University of Michigan with a BA in 2011 and Masters in Social Work in 2013. After working in a synagogue on youth and teen engagement for the last three years, Shayna is excited to be back in Michigan and to bring her passions to the U-M Hillel Advancement team. When Shayna is not working, you can find her unwinding at gym, out to a meal with friends, or cheering on the Wolverines with her husband and their dog, Bo.

    Contact Shayna Millman
  • Kristin Beck

    Deposit Processing Clerk [email protected]

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  • Krin Klein

    Database Manager [email protected]

    Krin grew up near Kalamazoo, Michigan and is a proud alum of the University of Michigan (’06). While living in Chicago after graduation, she earned her master’s degree in Nonprofit Management with a focus on fundraising. After being involved with Hillel as an undergrad, Krin is really excited about being a part of Hillel’s staff. She is happy to be back in Ann Arbor with her husband, Etan, and two cats, Fievel and O’Malley. Krin and Etan are thrilled to have welcomed a son in August 2014.

    Contact Krin Klein
  • Rabbi Rod Glogower

    Rabbinic Advisor

    Rabbi Glogower is a native of Hamilton, Ohio and grew up in Pittsburgh. He earned a B.A. in English Literature from Loyola University while at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Il. He received ordination with distinction from the Midrasha of Machon Harry Fischel in Jerusalem and then returned to America to pursue graduate work at Yeshiva University. He holds two masters degrees in Jewish philosophy, from Yeshiva University and Brandeis University. He, and his wife Nehama have six children: Abby, Ari, Naomi, Shira, Yoni and Johanna (Jo).