To this very day, I remember looking up to all of the USYers, dreaming of one day being like them. At the time, I was a young child, traveling with my parents to attend Camp CHUSY at Ramah in Wisconsin, where my father served as the camp doctor. In the years since, the dream of making a difference in the world as a USYer never waned. I experienced the joy firsthand as a dedicated USY member in high school, and now everything has come full circle as I take on the role of Regional Teen Engagement Director for the CHUSY region. It feels so good to be back, this time running the region I love so much.
Let me share a little about myself. I graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in business education. I also have a degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University. I am 35 years old and have been a member of Congregation Beth Judea in Long Grove, IL for over 25 years. I spent the past 11 years working with BJUSY, the local USY chapter at Beth Judea and perhaps the biggest honor in this role was having my teens honored this past year as USY’s International Chapter of the Year. I also spent the past five years as a teacher in public elementary and middle schools, teaching everything from 3rd to 8th grade. This year, I am excited to be switching professional paths, and making my USY involvement a full time job as the new Regional Teen Engagement Director for Chicagoland (CHUSY) and Central (CRUSY) regions in USY.
In my new role, I will be overseeing programming for 6th-12th graders across eight states, while managing all USY and Kadima events for USCJ (United Synagogue for Conservative Judaism). I am excited for all that is to come with CHUSY Region USY this coming year. If you have not been to a USY program before, now is the time! USY is not just a youth group, it is a family. This year we will be exploring new ideas, implementing exciting initiatives and creating unique programs. I am proud to announce our first new program: a kick-off event on September 16th, where we are renting out Second City for an exclusive CHUSY only show! We hope you will all be there for this exciting program!
For any questions about CHUSY Region, USY, or youth programming in general, please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about CHUSY region, please visit our website at www.chusy.org.
Regional Teen Engagement Director