KU Hillel staff and board members are excited to announce that Melanie Edwards will be joining the team as the Innovation and Engagement Associate in August. Edwards is a KU Hillel alumna who held multiple internships and traveled on the leadership missions to Israel and Europe. She is thrilled to be returning to KU Hillel as a staff person.
“I could not think of a better way to give back to the organization that provided me with so much than to return as a staff member,” Edwards said.
As the Innovation and Engagement Associate, Edwards will be participating in the Hillel International Springboard Fellowship in which she will have the opportunity to connect with other young Jewish professionals working at local Hillels around the country. The Springboard Cohort will learn from each other, create innovative student programming and receive professional training from experienced educators.
“As I leave Israel to begin my career back in the United States, I am confident that working together with this talented group of Jewish professionals will help me gain new valuable skillsets that will help me to enhance the Jewish community at KU,” Edwards said.
Edwards will be joining returning staff members Executive Director Suzy Sostrin, Director of Development Michelle Cole, Rabbi and Senior Jewish Educator Neal Schuster and Program Director Leah Swartz.
“Melanie is the perfect addition to our team,” Sostrin said. “Based on her experience as a student leader at KU Hillel, we know that Melanie will thrive and help us achieve our mission of developing Jewish adults and delivering the Jewish future.”