MEET OUR STAFF
Edina comes to UConn Hillel with over 20 years of experience serving in a variety of student affairs capacities, most recently as Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Bridgeport.
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 has also served on the board of Congregation Or Shalom in Orange for over 10 years and is currently Chair of the Adult Education Committee.
Edina met her husband, David, at UConn when she was an undergraduate and he was a graduate student. They now live in Orange, CT and have two daughters, one who lives in Stamford and the other who is a college student at Drexel University.
Edina loves working with students to help them succeed and reach their potential. She is very excited about her new role and looks forward to working collaboratively with students, families, faculty, staff and the greater Storrs community to create a vibrant, welcoming, and inclusive Hillel.
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 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.
Jacqui is grateful to work with university-aged students as they take on leadership roles in the campus Jewish Community hopefully strengthening their ties to the larger Jewish communities once they graduate.
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. While she currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and son, she looks forward to soon calling Connecticut home. She is an avid runner and serves as a running coach in her spare time.