Executive Director, Hillel for Utah
Dana Tumpowsky has 35 years of experience in college and library public relations with skills in communications, program development, and fundraising. She began her professional career as a high school Spanish teacher in TN and LA. She and her husband moved to Utah in 1983, not expecting to stay more than a few years. She worked in public relations at Westminster College for 16 years while continuing to teach as an adjunct professor of Spanish. She left Westminster in 1999 to work as the public relations manager for the Salt Lake City Public Library system. In 2005, Westminster asked her to return to campus to revitalize the alumni program, and build parent relations and campus giving programs. In 2011, in response to several lonely Jewish students at the college,Dana launched Hillel for Utah at Westminster, in a predominantly Christian environment, growing the organization to 140 students from Westminster and the University of Utah, primarily. In July of 2015, Dana accepted her current role as executive director of Hillel for Utah, founded through the philanthropies of Adam R. Bronfman. In 2015, Dana transitioned Hillel for Utah to a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Dana and her husband are parents of two and welcomed their first grandchild in 2019. Dana enjoys hiking with their two border collies, travel, crossword puzzles, gardening, and ethnic cooking. Passionate about Jewish and Israeli culture, she has also been featured on local television cooking shows and in newspaper articles on Jewish cuisine.
Springboard Ezra Jewish Education Fellow, Hillel for Utah
as our Jewish education fellow elana will be infusing jewish learning into our hillel experiences. she is originally from the east coast, having spent most of her life on the coast of north carolina. Elana earned her Associates in Fine Arts Drama from College of the Albemarle and has recently graduated from North carolina state university with her Bachelors degree in communication media. While in NC elana served at the summer camp director at the Eastern 4-H center.
elana has a deep passion for womens wellness in the jewish world, and spends her free time interning for a jewish womens wellness non profit. Her guilty pleasures include chai lattes and celebrity podcasts.