Texas Hillel Staff
Maiya Chard-Yaron, Executive Director (ext. 1014)
Maiya joined the Texas Hillel team as Executive Director in 2017. Prior to her arrival to the Forty Acres, Maiya spent five years with Maryland Hillel as Assistant Director and Director of Educational Engagement, and previously worked as Program Director at Hillel at Davis and Sacramento. As Executive Director, Maiya works closely with students. staff, and the broader community to advance Hillel's work on campus and to inspire every Jewish student to create an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning, and Israel.
Maiya holds a master’s degree in Experiential Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Columbia University (Columbia College), where she was captain of the women’s softball team. Maiya competed for the Israeli national softball team from 2003-2013, traveling to six different countries representing Israel on the diamond. Maiya has been an educator at both Camp Alonim and Camp Ramah, and has been a part of leading over 15 student educational trips in Israel, Poland, and throughout the US. Originally from San Diego, CA, Maiya has traded the Pacific Ocean for Lady Bird Lake, and is thrilled to now call Austin her home.
Liza Levine, Director of Development (ext. 1009)
Andres Guariguata, Operations Manager (ext. 1003)
Andrés Guariguata, L.C.S.W., is the Operations Manager for the Texas Hillel Foundation in Austin, TX. Andrés worked for over 30 years providing behavioral health, substance abuse services through direct care, administrative and state level policy services. Prior to joining Texas Hillel Foundation, he worked as an independent consultant providing behavioral health services with a focus on integrated (behavioral & physical health) services. He continues to maintain a private psychotherapy practice working with adults.
Spencer Hirsch, Assistant Director
Spencer Hirsch is the Assistant Director for the Texas Hillel Foundation in Austin, TX. Prior to joining the Texas Hillel team, he worked as the Senior Regional Director of NFTY SOCAL, where he served 600+ families and 57 congregations, and received the NFTY SOCAL Lifetime Membership Award. He’s also worked extensively in marketing and brand management in the for-profit sector. Spencer holds a Graduate Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults from HUC-JIR, and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of Washington.
Rebecca Mather, Social Justice Coordinator
Zach Silverman, Senior IACT Birthright Israel Engagement Coordinator (ext. 1011)
Alicia Garnes, Development Associate (ext. 1008)
James Thomas, Development Assistant
Rachel Gabai, Engagement Associate
Assaf Baruchi, Jewish Agency Israel Fellow