Student Board

  • Evana Kvasnik

    Director of Jewish Student Life

    Evana was planted, sprouted and grown in Minnesota with a love and passion for Jewish life and values.  As a young Jew, Evana began her journey involved in Herzl Camp as camper, staff, Program Director, and Outdoor Specialist Director. She earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota with a love of Hillel and Jewish campus life. 

    Evana enjoyed 2 years as Youth Director with a Conservative Synagogue in Minnesota. Her passion for empowering, energizing and motivating people continued to grow with this Jewish community. She continued to work with Emtza Region USY as the Field Engagement Associate. 

    Evana is a certified Birth Doula and loves helping mothers, their partners, and family invest in their birthing experience and truly embrace it.

    Evana has her certification in Herbal Studies from MCTC. She lives a nature driven, earth based, passionate life style and is constantly seeking the next adventure to help, mentor, teach, and learn from those around her. In her spare time, Evana enjoys hanging out with Poppy Seed, her next of kin {dog}. Evana also enjoys hiking, camping, vegan based cooking and adventures.

  • Maddie Schaeffer

    Development Associate
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    Maddie graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 where she studied Public Policy and Global Poverty. During her undergraduate career, Maddie was heavily involved with Maryland Hillel as a community and religious leader. In addition, Maddie spent her senior year as a Development Intern for the Global Leadership Team for Hillel International before deciding to move to Oregon.

    Maddie is looking forward to jumping into her role as a Development Associate with the Oregon Hillel Foundation. This fall she is planning to bring creative ideas and an energetic attitude to the team while working hard for the vibrant Jewish communities in Eugene and Corvallis. 
  • Rachel Chodorow-Reich

    Director of Jewish Education & Spirituality

    Rachel brings a diverse background of Jewish, spiritual, and ritual experience, as well as decades of group building, leadership development, and coaching. She is thrilled to support Oregon State Jews in drawing on our huge gift of connection to thousands of years of tradition, family lineage, spiritual and life guidance, and a global tribe of diverse people with diverse connections to our heritage. She is here to encourage all strands of Jewish Beavers to find and build their Jewish home at OSU. It is also her priority to build relationships and allyships with other ethnic/racial/religious/cultural groups on campus and in the community.

    Rachel has led Jewish rituals and discussions with Jews and non-Jews age five to eighty-five in synagogues, at summer camps, in homes, at Google, and in the ocean and wilderness. She loves Jewish/camp singing around a campfire, and celebrating the ancient practices of Jews in connection with nature through Wilderness Torah and the larger Jewish Outdoor Food, Farming, and Environmental Education and justice movements. She enjoys supporting people in researching and sharing their lineage, doing historical/ancestral grief work, and creating rituals that feel meaningful for many occasions and rites of passage.

    Originally from Berkeley, CA, Rachel studied Education and Africana Studies at Brown University and loves living in beautiful Corvallis with her partner.

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Oregon Hillel

1059 Hilyard Street
Eugene, OR 97401-3716
(541) 343-8920


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