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Alumni Spotlight

Henry Mondschein is a 1985 UConn CLAS graduate and the immediate past President of the UConn Hillel Board of Directors. He is the son of Holocaust survivors and grew up on a chicken farm in Danielson, CT. Henry's career began in banking and he is now in the financial services industry. He is currently an advisor with MW Financial. He has always placed an importance on volunteerism and has led many different organizations during his career. 


From a young age, Judaism and Israel have been very important to him. Henry's dedication to UConn Hillel stems from the belief that, "with what is transpiring in the Middle East and on College campuses everywhere, it is important to have a strong Hillel to get the proper message of Israel out to our students. Also, it is great

to bond with those you have something in common with in order to make your college days well worth remembering."

Jeremy and Leslie Broverman ('96 and '98, respectively)

reflect fondly at their time at UConn Hillel. In fact, it is where the met!

Jeremy recalls, "Leslie was helping to cook a Shabbat dinner and I

was schmoozing and welcoming the students when she asked me

out. And now we just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary!" They

were both very active in Hillel with Jeremy serving as the Student

President his senior year and Leslie being involved in Israel advocacy.


They live in Pittsburgh, PA and have two young boys. Jeremy works as

a project manager for the Bank of New York Mellon and Leslie has

mostly been a stay at home mom, but is both a Registered Dietitian as

well as a Registered Nurse. They are both still active in the Jewish

community in Pittsburgh.

Josh Squire is a recent UConn grad having completed his Bachelor of Arts in 2015 with a degree in Political Science.


While Josh greatly enjoyed his studies and continues to utilize the knowledge he obtained in the classroom in his everyday life, he believes that the greatest educational impact for him happened outside the classroom, and much of it within the walls of the UConn Hillel.


Josh explored his passion for politics and leadership development by becoming a co-founder of the UConn Political Action Committee, which advocated for a strong USA-Israel relationship. This catalyzed Josh's involvement in Hillel, which led him to become the student board president and later a development intern. The mentorship and leadership training Josh had access to in Hillel helped him become a founding father of Sigma Alpha Mu - Epsilon Nu Fraternity, holding key positions with recruitment and community relations. All of these experiences solidified Josh's desire to be a Jewish professional. 


Since graduation, Josh has been a Development Associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven with a focus on young adult Jewish engagement, Israel partnership, and providing community members opportunities to be engaged, as well as express their philanthropy to support their community. Josh also is a BBYO advisor in Woodbridge, CT and he serves on the UConn Hillel Board of Directors.

Melissa Lovitz is a research study coordinator at the Brazelton

Touchpoints Center at Boston Children's Hospital. She works on

projects related to family engagement in early childhood education,

and evaluating community level, federally funded grants aimed at

promoting and enhancing healthy family and child development.

Melissa holds a Master's degree from Brown University in Urban

Education Policy, and a Bachelor's degree in Human Development

& Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. 


While at UConn, she was an active participant in Hillel programs as

well as the UConn Marching Band, Alpha Phi Omega National

Coeducational Service Fraternity, and the Honors Program. A common

theme across her involvement was the strong sense of community,

and commitment to shared values and goals. Within Hillel specifically, this sense of community was most prominent at Shabbat. Many students will describe Hillel as their "home away from home", and that's what it was for her. 


Melissa described her Hillel experience by stating, "I could always rely on Hillel to be a space where I could find friendship, a challenging conversation, connection Judaism, and contagious ruach - especially on Friday nights! UConn taught me the value of appreciating your niche and investing in your community. That value still resonates strongly with me through my involvement in the Greater Boston 20's and 30's Jewish community or in my professional endeavors and networks."

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