Meet Our Staff

About UConn Hillel

Scott Selig

Executive Director

Scott has served as the Director of Northeast Sales and Business Development for PayByPhone Technologies, a Mobile Payment App company in the parking environment. Scott's role with PayByPhone included: Strategic Development, including business plan & sales strategy development and generating new development deals in the municipal, University and parking operator universe. Scott has been a Parking Operations Manager, Healthcare Innovation Consultant, Non-profit executive, College professor, and High School teacher. Scott is a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and has degrees in History and Education from Emory University (Atlanta) and Washington University (St. Louis). He lives in West Hartford, CT with his wife and 4 daughters and has not given up his dream to play Centerfield for the Boston Red Sox.

Jacqui Schulefand

Director of Engagement & Programs

Although Jacqui has experience in the business world, she comes to us after 16 years of teaching experience at Ezra Academy, a Jewish Day School in the New Haven area. She has held a number of roles in the school such as a 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 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 very excited to be the newest staff member of UConn Hillel and can't wait to meet everyone.

Tom Barkan

Jewish Agency Israel Fellow

Tom hails from beautiful Kibbutz Merchavia, which is located in the northern part of

Israel where he was born and raised. After serving three years of combat duty in the

IDF's special paratroopers bomb squad, he became a security officer working on

maritime vessels. Tom has a Bachelor's degree in Communication from the

Yezreel Valley College, and he is currently writing his thesis on the subject of

branding terror organizations, in order to receive his Masters from the University of


Tom is very passionate about everything fitness related, especially powerlifting and

sports nutrition. He is a hardcore Bruce Springsteen fan, yet considers AC/DC as the

best band of all time. This is his first time coming to the United States, and he is very

excited to be working with Jewish-American, Israeli and non-Jewish students on what

he believes is his own personal calling, or in Hebrew – his own "Shlichut".

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54 N. Eagleville Road

Storrs, CT 06268

Phone: 860-429-9007

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