Hillel Colorado Professional Staff Members
Daniel Bennett - Executive Director
Daniel has been statewide executive director of Hillel of Colorado since 2016. He came to the Colorado Jewish community in 1979 after completing graduate studies at The Ohio State University. He has lived in Colorado ever since – teaching, leading, convening, coaching and guiding institutions, individuals and families to achieve their highest goals.
Daniel formed Sea Change Consulting in 2009 to work with local and national nonprofits. In his final engagement as a consultant, his team brought together Hillel of Colorado stakeholders to inform the strategic and business plans he wrote for Hillel of Colorado in 2015.
In June 2009, Daniel completed a 12-year position as President & CEO of the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE); for the previous nine years, he had been director of education at two large Denver synagogues – where he spearheaded the development of youth, family, and adult education programs while publishing, lecturing, and leading students and families with vision and passion. Daniel has led Israel group trips for students and adults, and was honored to serve Oak Tree Foundation in Denver for nearly a decade as philanthropic advisor.
Daniel and his wife, Devorah have two thirty-something sons and a spirited Golden-Sheltie named Sawyer.
Linda Loewenstein- University of Colorado
Linda’s interest in Jewish community work started with the writing of her book, Paper Plates: When Part of Your Family Keeps Kosher. Linda had started her journalism career as an editor at Scott, Foresman, a textbook publisher in Illinois. Then, for twenty years, Linda worked as a writer/columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera. Linda’s book was finished in 1999 and that exploration of Jewish community led to Linda becoming the Executive Director of the Boulder JCC, from its inception in 2000 to 2010, when Linda retired.
During the course of Linda's 10-year tenure at the JCC, she managed an annual budget of $1 million plus, supervised 25 part-time staff members, oversaw program elements including a large preschool, diverse adult education classes, activities for children, older adult and Israel programming, and community health initiatives. Linda managed the annual fundraising, created alliances with Jewish agencies and funders, and helped launch a $25 million capital campaign.
Since retirement from the Boulder JCC, Linda has been volunteering with Boulder Jewish Family Service to raise its profile, increase staffing and launch active fundraising initiatives, including the Boulder Reel Hope annual event.
Alex Amchislavskiy - Colorado State University
Alex recently moved to Fort Collins from Chicago, where he worked successfully in Jewish Engagement and Israel Advocacy.Alex was born in Odessa, Ukraine when it was still part of the Soviet Union, but graduated from Loyola University Chicago where he studied History and other topics of interest. It was at Loyola, where Alex became President of Hillel, a Founding Father of the Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and worked with many Jewish organizations throughout Chicagoland. Alex has also studied abroad in Jerusalem and Rome . He has a passion for all things Jewish, for learning, for traveling, for music, food, coffee, languages, and life.
Jamie Skog - University of Denver
Jamie has a Master’s degree in Informal Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and has over seven years of professional experience in the Informal Jewish educational world.She is a past president of DU Hillel and her experiences in college motivated her to pursue a career as a Jewish Professional. Following graduate school she spent a year living in Israel, volunteering and writing various Jewish educational curricula. She served as the JCC Maccabi Teen Coordinator at the Jewish Community Center in Denver Colorado and as the Regional Director of EMTZA USY. She has wealth of experiences in both the teen organizational and Jewish summer camp worlds and she is very excited to return to the organization that laid the foundation for her professional path.
Doug Laub - Advancement Director
Doug Laub has been working for, and consulting to, national and local nonprofits for over 30 years.He has managed charitable gift planning and endowment departments for National Jewish Center, The Children’s Hospital in Denver, and Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado. He is a co-founder of the Colorado Planned Giving Roundtable, and was an associate vice president for strategic partnerships for City of Hope National Medical Center/Beckman Research Institute in Los Angeles. Laub has been the CEO of several foundations, including Chicago-based Cures Within Reach and the Bonfils Blood Center Foundation in Denver. Most recently, he was Vice President of Development for Rocky Mountain Institute, a leading world-wide “think tank” on energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric cars and the built environment. All told, Mr. Laub has raised over $250 million in philanthropic dollars over the course of his career, and has created numerous fundraising strategies and partnerships.
Mischa Kregstein - Marketing Specialist
Mischa Kregstein has been actively involved with Jewish affairs for the past eight years, coordinating youth programming and trips to Israel. She received her BSBA degree in Marketing and Judaic Studies from the University of Denver and served as their Hillel President. She is now in the process of earning her MBA from DU and applying her marketing skills to the Jewish community.
Lindsay Migdal- CU-Boulder Israel Specialist
Lindsay Migdal is going into her second year as the IACT Coordinator at CU Boulder. Lindsay grew up in Akron, Ohio and has a Bachelors degree from Michigan State University. She coordinates Birthright recruitment, Israel programming, and leads all of the CU Birthright trips throughout the year. When she's not on Birthright, Lindsay spends her time traveling and watching all Michigan State and Cleveland sports!
Jordyn Steifman- Innovation Specialist
Jordyn joins the Hillel of Colorado team with a passion for creating community and engaging in Jewish learning. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Jewish Studies and Sociology from The Ohio State University, where she was an active leader in Hillel on campus. Jordyn has been the Jewish Educator and Song Leader at Camp Inc. in Steamboat Springs, CO for two summers, and has worked for the Jewish Communal Fund in New York as a Grants Research Associate. She is excited to be a Denver resident and is looking forward to spending time on all three HOC campuses!
Noah Herreid- CU-Boulder Program Specialist
Noah grew up in Boulder, Colorado and was active in the Jewish community from an early age. Noah served on local and regional youth group boards and began teaching Hebrew and religious school at his local synagogue in high school. He attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a BA in biochemistry and molecular biology. After graduation, he staffed Birthright Trips to Israel and was invited to become a member of the Hillel Colorado team. Outside of work, Noah enjoys traveling, cooking, sports, and spending time with friends.
Sami Hazan- Executive Assistant
As a third generation Denverite, Sami Hazan continues a family tradition of involvement with the Jewish community. She is a dedicated member of the BMH-BJ Women’s League, and when she is not at Hillel, can be found working part time in the BMH-BJ Gift Shop.
Sami is thrilled to be part of the Hillel team and enjoys working with committed and talented professionals who strive to ensure a strong and enriching Jewish environment for students.