Student Leadership

Listed below are the students taking part in Hillel at Kent State's Re-founding Student Board during the 2016-17 school year. Hillel thanks these outstanding student-leaders and volunteers for their efforts to strengthen the Jewish community on campus in Northeast Ohio.


Emily Yehezkel


Emily Yehezkel is a junior year at Kent State from Long Island, New York! She is studying American Sign Language Interpreting and Special Education and is a member of Chi Omega. Emily is excited to continue with her leadership in the Jewish community after being a CEI intern last year.

Mara Cash

VP of Engagement and Outreach

My name is Mara Cash, and I'm a sophomore Psychology major with a double minor in Jewish Studies and Human Sexuality. I am the President of KSU Feminist Club on campus and the VP of Engagement and Outreach for Hillel at Kent State. Hillel is my home away from home and I am so happy to be serving on the Student Board this year!

Becca Dennis

VP of Shabbat Experiences
My name is Becca Dennis, and I’m going into my second year at Kent State. I am majoring in Special Education for moderate to intensive disabilities. I am the Vice President of Shabbat events at Hillel for the 2016-2017 school year. I like to sing and play piano, and my favorite movie is the Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

Karen Isaacs

VP of Marketing and Communications

Shalom! My name is Karen Isaacs and I am a senior in Electronic Media Production with a minor in marketing. During the summer I worked at a non-profit called NOPEC (Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council) as the video marketing intern. I am so excited to be on Hillel's Student Board as the Head of Marketing. Hillel has always been my home away from home (cliché but true) and I can't wait for what this school year will bring!

Jayna Kusma

VP of Finance

I’m a second year Early Childhood Education major with a minor in Computer Science. I grew up in Bexley, Ohio, graduated from Bexley High School, and attended Congregation Tifereth Israel Religious School K-12. I’m very interested in Jewish life on campus and look forward to being a leader in Hillel and the Jewish community!

Rachel Marchese

VP of Marketing and Communications

I am going into my junior year as a Public Communications major with a minor in Nonprofit Studies and I am very excited to be a part of the student board at Hillel. I am currently traveling the country on tour as the Marketing Intern for The Madison Scouts, a world renowned Drum and Bugle Corps. I am also the Social Media director for the Spanish Latino Student Association on campus. In my free time I love to play my flute as well as explore the Cleveland/Akron area with my friends and sister. I am excited to bring my experience and knowledge to this board as well as the new experiences and knowledge working on the student board will bring me.  

Lily Richman

VP of Social Justice and Tzedek

I’m Lily Richman, a junior Psychology major with a minor in Jewish Studies. I am currently the secretary for Students Supporting Israel and was a founding member and board member last year.

Leigh Saltzman

VP of First Year Experiences

Sophia Witt

VP of Israel on Campus

My name is Sophia Witt, I am (FINALLY) a Senior in Public Communications Major with a Minor in Jewish Studies.  I am the current president of Students Supporting Israel, and I am a current ZOA Intern and Fellow. I am so excited to be a part of the student board as the Israel on Campus member for Hillel at KSU!  

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