MEET OUR STAFF

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Edina Oestreicher

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
203.414.5778 | edina@uconnhillel.org

Edina comes to UConn Hillel with over 20 years of experience serving in a variety of student affairs capacities. Passionate about engaging the Jewish community, she serves as a contracted trainer for the Anti-Defamation League where she facilitates workshops on antisemitism, bias and discrimination to youth and adults throughout Connecticut. She also served on the board of Congregation Or Shalom in Orange for over 10 years in a variety of capacities including Sisterhood co-President and Chairs of the Jewish Life and Adult Education Committees.  Edina loves working with students to help them succeed and reach their potential. She enjoys working collaboratively with students, families, faculty, staff and the greater Storrs community to create a vibrant, welcoming, and inclusive Hillel.

 

Edina met her husband, David, at UConn. They now live in Orange, CT and have two daughters.  In her spare time, she loves to hike, kayak, bicycle, travel and play golf.

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Laura Matthews

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
860-420-2206 | laura@uconnhillel.org

Laura comes to UConn Hillel after six years as a Hillel "solo pro" in the Rochester area, serving SUNY Geneseo, Nazareth College, and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

 

In her roles in Western New York, she excelled at attracting students of all backgrounds to exciting and topical programs, such as the Interfaith Service Project, Mitzvote, and launching the "Understanding Antisemitism on Campus" curriculum. She is especially proud of her cross-campus connections which include trainings for Resident Assistants, and integration of Jewish work into Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion spaces. Laura also had the pleasure of serving on a variety of committees at Temple Sinai, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester. She is excited to work with the dedicated staff and passionate students at UConn Hillel.

 

Laura, her husband Kyle, and their two school-aged kids are excited to embark on this next adventure in their lives as they move to West Hartford. In her spare time Laura can be found rowing, gardening, and practicing calligraphy.

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Jacqui Schulefand

COORDINATOR OF JEWISH STUDENT LIFE
203.687.5745 | jacqui@uconnhillel.org

Although Jacqui has experience in the business world, she joined UConn Hillel after 16 years of teaching experience at a Jewish Day School in the New Haven area. She has held a number of roles in the school including Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher, leader of the Girl's Rosh Chodesh Group and Track coach. She has also been a Bar and Bat Mitzvah tutor for many years. Jacqui and her husband Dean have two daughters, one who lives in Connecticut with her husband and the other in Tel Aviv. Jacqui likes to spend every chance she gets in Israel and has volunteered in the IDF for the past 5 summers.  She is also an avid runner and enjoys working out as much as possible. Jacqui is grateful to work with college students as they take on leadership roles in the campus Jewish community, hopefully strengthening their ties to the larger Jewish communities once they graduate.

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Danielle Bergman

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

201.739.9467‬ | dani@uconnhillel.org

Dani is a seasoned development professional with 10 years of Jewish communal fundraising experience. She has served in multiple key development roles serving the senior population in NY at both Selfhelp Community Services, Inc. and DOROT. Most recently, she served as a Development Executive at Yachad, a Jewish-focused disability inclusion agency. In these roles, Dani focused on all areas of development including individual giving, online fundraising, event planning, leadership development and grant management.

Invested in Jewish communal life, Dani sits on the Board of Trustees for GrowTorah, a non-profit that aims to cultivate a more passionate, compassionate and sustainable Jewish future driven by Torah values.

 

Dani graduated with a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland in 2011, where Hillel played an important role in her college career.  She is an avid runner and serves as a running coach in her spare time.

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Sapir Frieman

Jewish Agency Israel Fellow
475-251-6863‬ | sapir@uconnhillel.org

Sapir Frieman is the Jewish Agency for Israel Fellow. Sapir was born and raised by the beaches of center-north in Israel. After being a part of the B'nai Hamoshavim youth movement for most of her life, she served for two years as a commander in the Israeli education force. With a B.A. in education in learning disabilities, combined with art, at Tel Hai College, Sapir worked for the student union as the head of culture department where she planned social events and lectures on all topics. In her free time, Sapir enjoys knitting, musicals, everything Disney, music, traveling and of course, loves sharing her passion and love for Israel with all of the students of UConn! 

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Ali Seltzer

Campus Marketing & Development Manager
aseltzer@hillel.org

Ali grew up on Long Island and moved to Columbus, OH to become a Buckeye! She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2017 with a B.S.B.A in Marketing and a minor in Nonprofit Management. She loved her experience as a Jewish Buckeye so much that she then joined the Ohio State Hillel team, first as an Engagement Associate and then as the Program and Marketing Director. After three years at OSU Hillel, she relocated to Washington D.C. with her fiancé and started a new chapter with Hillel International, and now serves as the Assistant Director of Campus Marketing and Development where she supports UConn, Arizona State, and Vermont Hillels with their grassroots fundraising efforts. Ali is excited to be a part of the UConn Hillel community and help share our Hillel story with our incredible supporters, families, and alumni. Outside of work, Ali has a Bernedoodle, Bernie, who keeps her busy! She enjoys taking time to explore the city through many walks and runs and can be found at Orangetheory most mornings.