Hillel Executive Board
Secretary and Engagement Associate
Josh appell, president
My name is Josh Appell and I am a Junior at Susquehanna University. I am currently a double major in Marketing and Anthropology and I am from Avon, Connecticut. I am currently serving as the President of Hillel and Jewish Life, President of the Phi Mu Delta fraternity, an on-air DJ for WQSU (the on campus radio station), a member of the Men's Varsity Golf Team, and a founding member of Champions of Respect and Equity (C.O.R.E), a club new to campus with the goal of combating unsportsmanlike attitude and behavior on and off the field in the Susquehanna athletics community. Two of my favorite things to do include skiing and golfing . I am so excited to share what Hillel has to offer to the campus community and grow Jewish life and with the help of our many allies. I did not grow up very religious and that has become part of my Jewish Identity as Hillel has allowed me to grow and become more engaged on campus more than I ever thought was possible. I spent last semester studying abroad in Galway, Ireland and I am so excited to be back home at Susquehanna this Spring!
emily younger, vice president
I’m Emily Younger and I am a sophomore English secondary education major. I am from New London, Pennsylvania. Not only am I the Vice President of Hillel, but I am also a part of greek life on campus and I am a barista at Starbucks. Before coming to Susquehanna I was an active member of my synagogue and was a volunteer religious school aide. I always felt that Judaism was what made me unique and I am looking forward to helping the Jewish life on campus grow.
sami koitz, secretary & engagement associate
Hey all! My name is Sami Koitz and I’m from Rockville Maryland. I’m undecided about my major but I am a member of the Honors program. Outside of Hillel, I’m on the Susquehanna equestrian team, crew team and serve as a student ambassador. I’m excited to be serving as secretary of Hillel since I attended a Jewish day school and I can’t wait to become more involved with Jewish life on campus!
Sean Stumpf, treasurer
My name is Sean Stumpf and I serve as treasurer on the Hillel board. I’m actually from Selinsgrove Pennsylvania so I know this town like the back of my hand. Along with treasurer I am also apart of Phi Mu Delta. I’m not actually Jewish but I am a little familiar with the customs followed in Judaism, one of which is food. We welcome everyone to all of our events such as Shabbats which are held every Friday as well as bagel brunches which are usually held Sunday mornings. I look forward to seeing everyone who joins us!
Maria carson, director of jewish life
Shalom! This is my first year at Susquehanna University, and I am extremely excited to be here and to continue to help the Jewish community here at SU grow. I'm originally from a western suburb of Chicago called Glen Ellyn. After high school, I decided I wanted to work in the theatre business, and so attended DePaul University in Chicago, graduating in 2009 with a BFA in Theatre Management. Halfway through my undergraduate career, I stumbled into a religious studies classroom and fell in love with the academic study of religion while (at the same time) I became interested in developing my own Jewish and spiritual identity. Ultimately, I achieved a BA in Religious Studies alongside my degree in Theatre Management, writing a senior thesis on midrashic passages about Jewish unity and Jewish peoplehood. Realizing I wanted to study Judaism academically, I attended the Jewish Theological Seminary from 2010-2012. I graduated with a M.A. in Jewish Thought; my MA Thesis was about the halakhic (Jewish legal) decisions made by the Conservative movement to ordain women and openly gay and lesbian individuals.
I then went to Syracuse University to continue studying Jewish theology and philosophy in a PhD program. There I discovered my love for working with undergraduates, teaching, and my difficulty completing large-scale research projects in a timely manner. Unsurprisingly, I am still working on my dissertation: an analysis of the work and life of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, a post-Holocaust thinker who was influential in the American Civil Rights movement. While at Syracuse I taught three college classes: Gender and Judaism in America, Religion and Popular Culture, and Intro to Judaism.
While living in Syracuse, I also became passionate about Jewish community organizing and Jewish religious education. I taught 7th Grade Religious School at the Temple Concord Religious School and a variety of classes at the Epstein High School for Jewish Studies (including classes on Jewish Texts, Jewish Ethics, and Yiddish Literature). I also had the pleasure of meeting a nice Jewish man and marrying him while living in Syracuse.
I now live in Lewisburg, PA (about 20 minutes away from SU) and enjoy playing video games, playing table-top role playing games ('Dungeons & Dragons'), reading (and re-reading) Terry Pratchett books, and practicing yoga.