Dana 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 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, growing the organization to 140 students from Westminster and the University of Utah, primarily. Dana accepted her current role as executive director of Hillel for Utah in 2015, founded through the philanthropies of Adam R. Bronfman. In 2017, 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.
Director of Jewish Life
Elana infuses Jewish learning into our Hillel experiences, and loves doing it! She is originally from the coast of North Carolina. Elana earned her AFA in Drama from College of the Albemarle and holds her BA in Communication Media from North Carolina State University. While in NC, Elana was the summer camp director at the Eastern 4-H Center. She also served as the Springboard Ezra Jewish Education Fellow at Hillel for Utah from 2019-2021
Elana has a deep passion for learning, specifically women's wellness and spirituality. Her guilty pleasures include chai lattes and celebrity podcasts.