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Class of 2025

  1. Julia Diskin Julia Diskin

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2025

    Julia Diskin was born and raised in the Jewish community of metro-Detroit. In 2023, she graduated with honors from Michigan State University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Judaic Studies. Julia is now attending the University of Michigan to pursue her Master’s in Social Work. She is pursuing the Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse pathway in addition to being a part of the JCLP cohort of 2025. Julia’s interests in the field of social work are broad. She will be completing three field placements; in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, at a JCC summer camp, and as a therapist. Though she has not narrowed down precisely what population she will work with, she is confident that she will be well equipped upon graduation. In her spare time, Julia sees friends and family who keep her going and are always cheering her on.

  2. Max Richardson Max Richardson

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2025

    Max Richardson was born and raised in Michigan. After having spent his youth in the metro-Detroit area, Max received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Civic Engagement from Cornell College in 2021. Post graduation, Max worked as an educator at a boarding school for neurodivergent youth in Asheville, North Carolina. Then, he took a job as a Registered Behavior Therapist for an Applied Behavior Analysis therapy company in Denver, Colorado. After relocating to his home state, Max worked as a Behavior Specialist for the overnight YMCA camp in Jackson, Michigan that he had grown up attending as a camper. Max is excited to be a part of JCLP and to be pursuing a Master’s of Social work through the Welfare of Children and Families Pathway. He is also interested in pursuing the Social Work in School Settings Specialization. When not in school, Max enjoys spending time with friends and family, camping, playing video games and reading comic books.

  3. Shayna Danto Shayna Danto

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2025

    Shayna Danto was born and raised in Metro Detroit. She joined JCLP after working as a Registered Dietitian in Detroit since 2016. Prior to her clinical work, she worked for Jewish non-profits in the Metro Detroit area such as Friendship Circle and Adamah (known as Hazon while she was there). Shayna has learned about the value of community through her work and personal life. Working in Detroit in conjunction with her personal hobbies has helped her through a personal healing journey. She hopes to become a therapist, serving individuals in the Jewish community and giving them the opportunity to thrive through their own healing experiences. When she is not busy with work or school, Shayna enjoys spending time in nature, engaging in self-care, practicing yoga and meditation, going to concerts, cuddling with her cats, planning her dream wedding, traveling, dancing with friends and having meaningful conversations with members of the community. She is looking forward to contributing to a more peaceful world for all.

Class of 2024

  1. Ben Shovers Ben Shovers

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2024

    Ben Shovers was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He comes to the JCLP program after completing a Master of Management at the U-M Ross School of Business in 2022. Before completing his Master of Management, Ben graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minors in psychology and sociology. Ben hopes to eventually become a CEO of a Jewish Community Center or an Executive Director of a Jewish Federation, combining his business knowledge of finance, accounting, marketing, and overall business strategy with his social work education to optimize social services for his community. When Ben is not in school, he loves working at his Jewish summer camp (Camp Interlaken JCC), watching NBA basketball (particularly the Milwaukee Bucks), going to Michigan football games, trying new restaurants, and spending quality time with his friends and family.

  2. Marie Aiudi Pattipati Marie Aiudi Pattipati

    Jewish Communal Leadership Program Class of 2024

    Marie Aiudi Pattipati (she/her/hers) was raised in Connecticut and has been living in Michigan for close to ten years. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan in 2021. Marie is excited to return to U-M to study social work through the Program Evaluation and Research pathway as part of the JCLP cohort. Prior to attending U-M, she served eight years in the military as a member of the Army National Guard. This has played a strong role in her research as she examines group identity, values, and structures within white nationalist groups. She is proudly autistic, and is passionate about advocating for marginalized communities. She is the creator of the social media page "Ela Asherah author/advocate", which shares creative works that push back against ableism and supremacy. She is the mom of four amazing individuals whom she greatly admires, and enjoys spending time with her family swimming, hiking, and traveling. She is also an avid foodie and the co-creator of the page "Introverted and Hungry", which shares mostly local food recommendations.

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