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.

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  • Sean Morgan

    Associate Director [email protected]

    I am beyond thrilled to join the amazing University of Michigan Hillel team. GO BLUE! I look forward to being a part of providing opportunities for students to connect, be supported, and to build a community that everyone can call home. If there is one thing that I would want every student to know is that my door is always open. Nothing is more important than the students, and that’s why I’m here.”

    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]

    A native of West Bloomfield, Rabbi Anstandig, and his wife, Sarit, moved to Ann Arbor from the East Coast in the summer of 2018 to become our Rabbi of the Orthodox Community. He was ordained at Yeshiva University, where he also earned degrees in Judaic Studies and Biblical Studies.  Rabbi Anstandig works through Michigan Hillel to lead both the Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan (AAOM) and the student Orthodox community of UofM, which hold joint services together throughout the year at the Hillel building. In addition to his this work, Rabbi Anstandig also serves in the Chaplain Corps in the US Army Reserve.

    Contact Rabbi Jared Anstandig
  • 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 15 years and brings a passion for fundraising and outreach to U-M Hillel’s Advancement team.  Stacy lives on a horse farm in Brighton with her husband, Michael, and her daughter, Fiona, along with a plethora of chickens and dogs, Scout and Finnegan. Stop by her office or contact her at any time to chat!

    Contact Stacy Carroll
  • 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
  • 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, her cat, Zuzy, or her parents’ dogs, Newman & Bueller.

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  • Orr Viznitser

    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
  • Sarit Anstandig

    Project Manager [email protected]

    No description available.

  • Nicole Caine

    Development Manager [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
  • Michael Oatman

    Marketing Content Designer [email protected]

    No description available.

  • Trish Fugate

    Programming Administrative Assistant & Receptionist [email protected]

    No description available.

  • Kristin Beck

    Office Manager [email protected]

    No description available.