Michigan Hillel Staff

  • Tilly Shemer

    Executive Director tillys@umich.edu

    Tilly Shemer (she/her) is the Executive Director of University of Michigan Hillel.  Tilly has worked with Hillels in Toronto and Michigan for nearly two decades 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.

    Contact Tilly Shemer
  • Sean Morgan

    Associate Director seanmrgn@umich.edu

    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
  • Stacy Carroll

    Director of Advancement sfcarrol@umich.edu

    Stacy Carroll is our Hillel’s Director of Advancement & Planned Giving, 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 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
  • Rabbi Lisa Stella

    Director of Religious Life & Education lstella@umich.edu

    Rav Lisa Stella is the Director of Religious Life and Education at Michigan Hillel. She is a passionate educator, deeply committed to helping college students connect with, and create, Jewish life, learning, and community. Rav Lisa received her rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College in 2014, where she also earned a certificate in Jewish Sacred Music. Rav Lisa particularly enjoys teaching about Jewish Foodways, Feminism, and Jewish Ritual. Before Rabbinical School, Lisa spent three years in Israel, two of them studying at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Learning, and the third wandering a bit in the desert. Rav Lisa is originally from Wisconsin and received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She loves to talk about baseball, her favorite recipes, and her optimism about the Jewish future. Rav Lisa lives in Ann Arbor with her spouse, Zach Kaiser, an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Michigan State University, and their toddler Lillian Ruth.

    Contact Rabbi Lisa Stella
  • Haley Schreier

    Director of Engagement haleysch@umich.edu

    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
  • Diane Redman Pfahler

    Director of Operations dredman@umich.edu

    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
  • Nicole Caine

    Associate Director, Advancement ncaine@umich.edu

    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
  • Krin Klein

    Database Manager krinek@umich.edu
    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 to be a part of Hillel’s staff. She loves living in Ann Arbor with her husband, Etan, and their three children, Yoav, Dawson and Dacia.
    Contact Krin Klein
  • Jonathan Shepard

    Hillel Cafe Chef chefjon@umich.edu

    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
  • Brandon Harris

    Human Resources Manager harrib@umich.edu

    Born and raised in Ypsilanti, MI. My past experiences includes being an employee relations specialist, so if you ever have any issues feel free to talk to me. I look forward to learning more about Jewish culture, if you have any tips or history for me I would love for you to share.I also enjoy spending my time traveling and socializing with friends.

    Contact Brandon Harris
  • Maggie Fischer

    Events and Operations Associate margfisc@umich.edu

    Maggie (she/her) grew up in Port Austin, Michigan before completing her undergraduate degree right here at the University of Michigan. In her time as an undergrad, she majored in Communication and Media, and worked as a greeter and work study student here at Michigan Hillel. When Maggie is not at Hillel, you can find her caring for her plant babies, baking, or binging British television.

    Contact Maggie Fischer
  • Emma Voit

    Community Engagement Associate emmavoit@umich.edu

    Emma (she/her) is a California native and is so excited to be in Ann Arbor. She studied Sociology and Jewish studies at UC Davis (go ags!) where she was active in SAEPi and her Hillel. Emma is so excited to cultivate meaningful relationships with all the different Jewish communities and students at UM. Stop by her desk if you want to talk about all things Jewish or the bus she drove in college. When Emma is not at Hillel, you can find her cooking or baking something delicious, petting other people’s dogs, or exploring all that Ann Arbor has to offer.

    Contact Emma Voit
  • Sarah Balis

    Springboard Innovation Fellow sbalis@umich.edu

    Sarah Balis (she/her) grew up in Plano, Texas before attending Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University (ASU). She majored in Human Communication with minors in Religious Studies and Nonprofit Management. At ASU, she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta was extremely involved with the Hillel. She has spent the last year in Jerusalem teaching English with Masa Israel Teaching Fellows. Although she is going to miss the shawarma and rugelach in Israel, she is excited to bring her passion for Jewish life to the University of Michigan and meet the amazing students there. Her Spotify wrapped usually consists of Hamilton, the Jonas Brothers, and Ben Platt.

    Contact Sarah Balis
  • Or Bar Noy

    Israel Fellow obarnoy@umich.edu

    Or is the Israeli Fellow for UofM Hillel. He grew up and lived in Ramat Gan until he moved to Tel Aviv. He graduated from IDC studying  Law and Government. During his studies he took part in a student exchange program and studied for a semester in Singapore Management University. In his free time, Or likes listening to music, traveling and doing sports. Email Or to grab a coffee with him on campus to get to know him better, and learn more about Israel.

    Contact Or Bar Noy
  • Michael Oatman

    Marketing Content Designer oatmanme@umich.edu

    Michael (he/him) 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