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Welcoming New Hillel Staff

by Alisa Koyrakh | Jun 05, 2018

We are excited to welcome our new North Carolina Hillel staff! 

Quigley, Laura photoLaura Quigley
, who joins NC Hillel as our new Operations Manager, returned home to North Carolina in 1997 after more than a decade away. After converting to Judaism with Rabbi Jonathan Perlman at Beth Meyer Synagogue, she became an active member of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish community.

Laura earned a BA in Political Science from Emory University. She spent the first 15 years of her career as a paralegal, including work with the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Center for Death Penalty Litigation. After volunteering at Beth El for many years, she had the opportunity to join the staff in a part-time capacity when her children were young. She loved the work and the community and eventually served as the Executive Director for nine years.

Laura lives in Durham (and has been known to root for the darker shade of blue) with her husband, Howard Bomze, and their children, Buddy and La. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, spinning her own yarn, and camping.

Cohn, SarahSarah Cohn is looking forward to joining the Wolfpack and North Carolina Hillel as the first full-time Campus Director at NC State. She has a Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University and has spent much of her career working in the Jewish not-for-profit world. Sarah is a licensed psychotherapist and previously served as a hospice social worker and entrepreneur. She is also a host for Moishe House Without Walls, facilitates a Well Circle through At the Well, and is currently planning a retreat on spirituality and wholeness. 
Sarah is from the Hudson Valley, attended college at The George Washington University and has previously lived in New York, Seattle, and Michigan. She is excited to relocate from Ann Arbor to Raleigh with her partner, Davin, and dog, Delilah.

Zishuk, Tamara photo (1)Tamara Zishuk
 is so excited to begin her journey as UNC Hillel’s Student Leadership Coordinator. Before joining the team, she worked as a Graduate Coordinator for Housing and Residence Life at the University of Central Florida, where she worked with students and resident assistants in the residence halls. 

Tamara graduated from UCF in 2017 with a B.S. in Psychology and Minor in Leadership Studies, and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management. At UCF, she was involved in many student organizations, such as Honors, LEAD Scholars, Housing and Residence Life, Chabad, and Hillel, where she developed her love of working with Jewish students. Growing up in Orlando, Tamara has a deep love of all things Disney. She enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling around the world, and hummus. 

Levy, Yarden photoYarden Levy, soon to become NC Hillel's sixth Israel Fellow, recently received her degree in engineering and management from Ben-Gurion University, and also spent a semester studying abroad at Concordia University in Montreal. A dancer since age six and a member of a professional Israeli folk dance troupe since age ten, Jordan has traveled to New York to dance, and has also volunteered extensively with children in low-income neighborhoods, teaching dance and music. She was a lieutenant in the IDF, serving in human resources. Jordan is an entrepreneur at heart.

She is excited to begin her shlichut (emissary role) and move to North Carolina, and says, “I have always believed in bringing together all Jews and people from all over the world and being open to new cultures and ways of life. It will be a great honor to represent Israel abroad, teach people about life here, and learn from them about life outside of Israel.”

Vicki Cathcart headshotVicki Cathcart
is excited to start her first year as Director of Student Life, Greensboro for North Carolina Hillel. Vicki grew up in Northbrook, IL and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she received a BA in English and Religious Studies.  Her career has encompassed working with all in ages in the Jewish community including with The Jewish Federations of Greater Charlotte and Chattanooga, Aleph Bet Children’s Center, and Jewish overnight camps in Wisconsin and Georgia.

Mostly recently she served as the Jewish Family Service Special Needs Coordinator in Dallas. Vicki recently moved to Greensboro with her husband Jason, and three children, Jordan (11), Samara (7), and Daniella (7). They have two hermit crabs, Cubbie and Climb. In her free time, Vicki likes to watch sports, play Candy Crush or board games, and hang out with friends and family. 

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Chapel Hill, NC 27516
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