Staff and Volunteer Spotlight

Staff and Volunteer Spotlight

Shana Creeger: Annual Campaign Director

What is your role and what do you do at Shalom Austin?
As annual campaign director, I have a portfolio of donors that I have the privilege of getting to know in a personal and meaningful way. I am also responsible for raising money from the community through communication platforms such as direct mail and email solicitations.

What is your background and what brought you to Shalom Austin?
I began my professional career as a development assistant in 2006 and have been fundraising ever since. After graduating from UMass Amherst, I spent six years in Boston before returning to my home state of Texas. My first position was with a Jewish organization and after working for several other non-profits, I am so grateful to be back in the Jewish world.

What do you feel has been your most rewarding experience so far?
I absolutely love the Senior Adult luncheons! Women’s Philanthropy recruits volunteers of all ages to create a Passover Seder, Rosh Hashanah luncheon and Hanukkah Party for our 55+ community members. The energy in the room is so inspiring.

What is your favorite part about working here?
Hands down – the people. The staff and our volunteer leaders are so passionate about our work and make me proud to be a part of Shalom Austin and the Austin Jewish community.

Describe any exciting programs or projects in the works?
IGNITE! Save the date for Sunday, April 14! Tickets are available now at shalomaustin.org/ignite.

This year we are honoring three incredible leaders who have demonstrated true commitment to strengthening Shalom Austin and the greater Jewish community. Check out the announcement in this issue of The Jewish Outlook about our featured entertainer. It’s a night not to be missed!

What would you say to someone who is thinking about getting involved with Shalom Austin?
Do it! No matter what capacity you want to be involved, we have so many incredible opportunities for you.

Elyse Rosenberg: Shalom Austin Volunteer

What is your role at Shalom Austin?
I am a member of the new Rappaport Center Task Force and I am on the ECP Grandparent Committee. I have been a long-time volunteer at each of the seniors holiday luncheons, coordinated by Women’s Philanthropy.

What made you decide to become a Shalom Austin volunteer?
When we moved to Austin nine years ago, I wanted to meet new people, and I wanted to meet Jewish like-minded women. Because I am retired, I thought the best place for this was Shalom Austin. I found I really enjoyed being on campus, so I began volunteering in different areas, especially when our grandchildren began attending ECP. I have been told that I raise my hand for almost everything, but I feel I have gotten more than I have given.

Why is volunteering important to you?
I feel it is important to give back to the community where you live. Since moving to Austin, I have found many different opportunities to volunteer, both within the Jewish community and Austin, as a whole. Besides Shalom Austin, I am active in Temple Beth Shalom, being a past board member and current co-chair of the Life Long Learning Committee, along with my husband, Rick. I am the immediate past co-president of the Austin section of National Council of Jewish Women. I also drive for Drive-a-Senior and have volunteered for Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate for several years in a row. Previously, I also volunteered for both Seton and St. David’s hospitals.

I was born and raised in Houston, where I began volunteering when I was in BBYO, serving as Zainfeld BBG president. While in the working world, I worked for a scrap metal recycling company as its financial officer. Our company was part of a national trade association, and I worked my way up the ladder and was elected the first female president of the Gulf Coast region.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about getting involved with Shalom Austin?
I would tell them to go for it. You will definitely come away feeling good about yourself. ■

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