Meet the professional staff who are dedicated to building deeply meaningful Jewish experiences with incredible student leadership in a pluralistic, welcoming environment

The Team at Hillels of North Texas


"I'm eternally grateful for Hillel because it gave me a Jewish community I could call my own. I'm the AEPi chapter president welcoming new students to campus who were like me. Through Jewish programming, social events, and leadership opportunities, Hillel has shaped me into the Jewish adult that I am today."

Fred Traylor, UTDallas Class of 2019


Katie Rose

Jewish Student Life Coordinator, grant position funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

Katie Rose is a UNT graduate student in her final semester getting her Master's in Public Administration. You may recognize her because she started as an intern for Hillels of North Texas last year and has learned about different facets of Hillel before taking on this new role as full-time Jewish Student Life Coordinator. When she's not studying or engaging with students, you can find Katie enjoying a good bowl of queso, reading a book, or petting all of the dogs in DFW.

Melissa Duchin

Executive Director

A Dallas native, Melissa Duchin has led Hillels of North Texas for four years as executive director. Melissa loves working in the Jewish community of her hometown and has been an active leader in different facets of the Dallas Jewish community since her high school days in USY. When she is not engaging in Jewish life on campus, you can find her at improv classes or playing fetch with her dog Jordie Benn.