Jen Stone is thrilled to be joining Santa Barbara Hillel as the Director of Student Life. Jen grew up in Peabody, Massachusetts, right outside Boston all the way over on the East Coast! She attended Lesley University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Expressive Arts Therapy, and then spent a wonderful, and warm, two years down in Tallahassee, Florida where she earned her Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration. For the past few years Jen has been working in a variety of settings within higher education and student affairs, including campus programming, residence life and housing, as well as Jewish student life. She has decided to take her passion for Judaism, college students, Israel, and warm weather; bundle it all together and turn it into a career!
Jen enjoys traveling, (she has been to 17 countries and keeps that list growing) all things Harry Potter, kickboxing, reading on the beach, creating and experimenting with new art techniques, trying out new recipes she finds from tasty videos and the Great British Baking Show, jamming out to the Maccabeats on repeat in her car, re-watching all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls, and tries to get to NYC at least once a year to see a Broadway show! With her love of Judaism and the collegiate student experience, Jennifer hopes to continue to bring passion, creativity, innovation and fun into the Santa Barbara Hillel community on this new adventure on the West Coast!