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Student Leaders

Executive Board

Our "small but mighty" student board is the driving force behind the vision and implementation of everything we do!

Check out what they're up to at @geneseohillel, or drop them a line at

Lara Goodman

Position in Hillel: President
Pronouns: she her hers
Major: History; Adolescent Ed
Year: Junior
Hometown: Plainview, NY
What other clubs are you in and what you do in your spare time?: I’m in sisters making a change and inter residence council! I love to spend time with friends in my spare time!
Favorite bagel order?: multigrain bagel with veggie cream cheese and lox


"I came to hillel because I needed a Jewish community at school, and it has become my home away from home without a doubt. I <3 hillel !!!"

Leila Sassouni

Position in Hillel: Vice President and Drashan
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Major: psychology
Year: Junior
Hometown: Great Neck, Long Island
What other clubs are you in and what you do in your spare time?: I’m also the Knights’ Life Editor for The Lamron and I am a Research Assistant for a psychology professor... In the case that I have spare time (lol), I like working out and hanging with friends
Favorite bagel order: my go-to is either a sesame bagel scooped out and toasted with cream cheese OR a cinnamon raisin bagel with the same specifics to it


"I was drawn to the Hillel for its Jewish life, since that was a really integral part of my decision process coming into college. I also love it because it’s a place on campus where I can observe my religion and meet other students on campus!"

Evan Panzer

Position in Hillel: Songleader and Head Chef
Pronouns: He/him/his
Major: Music Vocal Performance
Year: Junior
Hometown: Hewlett, NY
What other clubs are you in and what you do in your spare time?: I'm in South Side Boys A Capella, Chamber Singers, and circus club. Basically in my free time I do a lot of singing!
Favorite bagel order?: Everything bagel toasted with creme cheese and lox. Tomato and onion are pretty regular add-ons too.


"I come to Hillel to continue my Jewish experience in college, but also to hangout with some really great people and eat good food!"

Claire Shroder

Position in Hillel: I'm the social media and LGBTQ+ inclusion coordinator.
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Major: Psychology
Year: 2023
Hometown: Brooklyn (Kings highway if you want to be specific)
What other clubs are you in and what you do in your spare time?: I love going to Pride. In my spare time, I hang out with my friends or research skincare ingredients. I'm an extraordinarily social person so most of my day is spent with other people. I like to call myself an extreme extrovert.
Favorite bagel order?: An everything bagel with olive cream cheese (fresh from the oven at my local Brooklyn bagel shop is more satisfying than opening to the right page of your textbook on their first try).


"I love making people feel at home. Whenever I see a new face I get so excited. Some people feel excluded from Judaism because of past experiences. Here we will meet you wherever you are and accept you for who are. You don't need to know Hebrew or believe in religion. We will respect all the identities you walk in with. For a lot of people, that is new and it's so cool to be a part of that. Hillel is a family and family loves unconditionally."