Michigan Hillel Staff

  • Tilly Shames

    Executive Director [email protected]

    Tilly Shames is the Executive Director of University of Michigan Hillel.  Tilly has worked with Hillels in Toronto and Michigan for 16 years in various positions, including Director of Israel Affairs and Associate Director, before becoming Executive Director at the University of Michigan in 2012. Tilly is passionate about youth engagement, community-building, pluralism, women’s advancement, and social justice. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She is a Wexner Field Fellow Alum and is on the Steering Committee of the Safety, Respect, Equity initiative. She loves art, traveling, hiking, anything food related, and diving into a conversation about our Jewish future.

    My pronouns are: She/Her/Hers

    Contact Tilly Shames
  • Sean Morgan

    Associate Director [email protected]

    Sean is the Associate Director of the University of Michigan Hillel. He spent 15 years working in Jewish overnight camping before joining the Michigan Hillel team in 2019. His years mentoring and coaching college age staff through leadership and professional development help make him a great fit to work alongside our student leadership. Sean believes passionately in creating Jewish community by building strong relationships and crafting intentional spaces for people to cultivate their own Jewish identity. Sean resides in Huntington Woods, MI with his wife Jenny and two daughters, Olivia and Hazel. 

    My pronouns are: he/him/his

    Contact Sean Morgan
  • Rabbi Lisa Stella

    Director of Religious Life & Education [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
  • Rabbi Jared Anstandig

    Rabbi of the Orthodox Community [email protected]

    Rav Jared is a rabbi of the Orthodox Community for the Michigan Hillel. Rav Jared grew up in West Bloomfield, MI. After high school, Rav Jared attended Yeshivat Torat Shraga in Jerusalem and then Yeshiva University for college. Rav Jared attained an MA in Biblical Studies from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Before moving to Ann Arbor, Rav Jared taught Bible and Rabbinics at Ramaz High School in New York City.

    Contact Rabbi Jared Anstandig
  • Stacy Carroll

    Director of Advancement [email protected]

    Stacy Carroll is our Hillel’s Director of Advancement, leading the charge for all of our fundraising initiatives. She made her way to Michigan after growing up in New Jersey and spending four years at another Big 10 school, which shall not be named! When’s she not in the office chatting with Wolverine moms and dads, she can be found riding the trails on her horse farm in Brighton or playing with her two little ones, Fiona and Declan.

    Contact Stacy Carroll
  • Diane Redman Pfahler

    Director of Operations [email protected]

    Diane is an Indiana native. Though now she must be a Michigander because she’s been in Michigan more years than Indiana. Diane has been the Director of Operations at University of Michigan Hillel since 1993. She spends her time outside of Hillel playing soccer, baking and chasing her son.

    Contact Diane Redman Pfahler
  • Haley Schreier

    Director of Engagement [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, her cat, Zuzy, or her parents’ dogs, Newman & Bueller.

    My pronouns are: she/her/hers

    Contact Haley Schreier
  • 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
  • Jonathan Shepard

    Hillel Cafe Chef [email protected]

    Jonathan Shepard joined Michigan Hillel as the Head Chef of the Hillel Café. Jonathan has loved cooking since he was a child, spending time with his parents making holiday meals, and learning basic culinary skills. While attending culinary school at American River college, he further pursued his desire of becoming a chef, figuring out the culinary styles he enjoys the most and how to express himself through his creations. Through his work experience, Jonathan has further discovered who he is as a chef and is excited to share his food with our Hillel. He is looking forward to students stopping by, saying hello, and joining hime for a meal!

    Contact Jonathan Shepard
  • Haven Lopez

    Human Resources and Operations Manager [email protected]

    I was born and raised in Maryland and moved to Toledo when I was 12. Went to The Ohio State University, and probably the biggest Buckeye fan around. (Go Buckeyes) I have three dogs that I love and adore, Cleo, Odin and Scarlet. Balance Pan Asian Grille is my favorite food and bubble tea shop in the world (Located in Toledo, but expanding to other Midwest towns soon) My favorite drink is Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea Dreamy Cold Brew with Hazelnut. The Office is my favorite tv show. I have seen the Harry Potter movie series 25+ times. I worked for Costco for 6 years and could tell you every fact known to man, where to get the best deals, and I moderate an employee only Costco Facebook group that has 35,000 employees worldwide in it!

    My pronouns are: She/Her/Hers

    Contact Haven Lopez
  • Tara Levy

    Manager of Leadership & Programming [email protected]

    Tara is a South Florida native who brings with her several years of Hillel experience and a passion for Jewish life on campus. She is a proud graduate of Florida Atlantic University where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. Tara also holds a certificate from The M² Institute for Jewish Experiential education and spent a summer studying at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. In her free time, Tara is an avid movie goer and amateur coffee shop connoisseur where you will likely find her working on her Master’s Degree in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.

    Contact Tara Levy
  • Nicole Caine

    Development Manager [email protected]

    Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Nicole moved to the Ann Arbor area from New York State. While in New York, she earned her Masters Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University, with a concentration in Non Profit Management. Prior to this, Nicole graduated from the University at Buffalo with her BA in Global Gender studies and a minor in Jewish Studies. Coming from a Michigan family (Go Blue!) and having been active in Hillel during her college years, Nicole absolutely loves being a part of the Hillel Team! While not at work, you can find Nicole exploring new areas, trying new restaurants, or playing with her cat, Brisket. 

    Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

    Contact Nicole Caine
  • Orr Viznitser

    Jewish Agency Israel Fellow [email protected]

    Orr is the Jewish Agency Israel Fellow to Michigan Hillel. Originally from Hod Hasharon, Israel. Before coming to Michigan, Orr lived in Jerusalem, worked as a tour guide and a freelance Israel educator. She is a Musical Theater enthusiastic, foodie and enjoys playing music. Orr is happy to be at Michigan and is a fan of the people, the landscape and the snow. Go blue!

    My pronouns are: She/Her/Hers

    Contact Orr Viznitser
  • Trish Fugate

    Programming Administrative Assistant [email protected]

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  • Caroline Dorf

    Springboard Innovation Fellow [email protected]

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  • Michael Oatman

    Marketing Content Designer [email protected]

    Michael was born and raised right here in South East Michigan. He made his way up to Central Michigan University for his undergrad and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Graphic Design and Art History. After that, he made is way to Michigan Hillel later in 2018 and has loved it ever since. Outside of the office, you can find him buying plants he doesn’t need, shamelessly playing Pokemon Go (still), and wracking up way too many points at Starbucks. Feel free to make the long and treacherous trip to the very back cube without a door to say hi!

    Contact Michael Oatman