Shalom Austin Staff and Volunteer Spotlight
Ashley King: Human Resources Manager
What is your role and what do you do at Shalom Austin?
I am the human resources manager at Shalom Austin. My main responsibilities are screening applicants that apply for a job, benefits administration, supporting the staff, payroll and many other things.
What is your background and what brought you to Shalom Austin?
I grew up in Houston and moved to Austin to go to college. I received my bachelor’s degree in family and child development from Texas State University. After graduating, I saw a job posting for a position in the Early Childhood Program, and was hired as a lead educator. I taught at the ECP for about six years. In May 2016, I moved to the administrative team at the ECP as the operations manager and in April 2017 I became the human resources manager. I have been married to my amazing husband for almost 12 years, and we have two adorable daughters, Emma, who is 6 years old, and Juliette, who is 2 years old.
What do you feel has been your most rewarding experience so far?
Having the opportunity to grow professionally and getting to meet so many people. I am so fortunate that I started out at the ECP and have had the opportunity to grow into the role I’m in today.
What is your favorite part about working here?
The community! I have worked at Shalom Austin for more than eight years. Whether I am seeing old friends or children that I had in my class eight years ago, I am always surrounded by people that I know. I am also blessed to have my kids nearby at the ECP. My 6-year-old daughter, Emma is an ECP graduate, and my 2-year-old daughter, Juliette is currently in the kangaroo class. It is priceless that I am able to do what I love and have them so close by. I truly have the best of both worlds!
Describe any exciting programs or projects in the works?
I applied for grants through Texas Mutual, and we were awarded a safety and a wellness grant. Everyone on our facilities team was awarded with a pair of steel-toe boots, and during the year of 2018, all of the staff at Shalom Austin are eligible to participate in a wellness program. We will have challenges and free health screenings. Big thanks to Trader Joes, Ready to Run, Amy’s Ice Cream and Painting with a Twist, who have generously donated prizes for our challenges.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about getting involved with Shalom Austin?
Shalom Austin is a place for everyone and there could be an opportunity for you too! Visit our website at shalomaustin.org/currentopenings if you are looking for a job. Or you can email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love for you to join the team!
Monica Yaniv: Shalom Austin Volunteer
What is your role at Shalom Austin?
I am a volunteer at Shalom Austin and a member of the board of directors, because the Jewish community is very important to me.
What made you decide to become a Shalom Austin volunteer, and why is it important to you?
The JCC is an institution where all the Jewish community celebrates together the identity of our traditions, no matter to which denomination one belongs. For me it is extremely important to bring Israel, its history, culture and language to the community at large. My main motto is to show that Israel and the Jewish community are one entity.
What have you been involved with as a volunteer?
I have volunteered for the past 20 years. I have helped to bring the community together for the commemoration of the Israeli soldiers and victims of the terror attacks for Yom HaZikaron. I have also brought the community together to celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut. Thanks for the opportunities given to me.