Staff

Executive Director: Yahelle Yaccoby  director@jewisharkansas.org

Executive Director:
Yahelle Yaccoby
director@jewisharkansas.org

 
Geriatric Social Worker and Program Coordinator: Kelsey Dugger  kelsey@jewisharkansas.org

Geriatric Social Worker and Program Coordinator:
Kelsey Dugger
kelsey@jewisharkansas.org

Part-time Administrator: Michal Margalit-Fitzpatrick  federation@jewisharkansas.org

Part-time Administrator:
Michal Margalit-Fitzpatrick
federation@jewisharkansas.org

I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas while my immediate and extended family are all from Israel. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hendrix College in Neuroscience and Business. My areas of focus include neuroeconomics and gender studies. I was involved with Hendrix Hillel all four years. Two of those years I spent as Co-President of the organization where I expanded outreach, programming, and the overall presence of Hillel on campus. Also while at Hendrix, I volunteered for the Admissions Office, the Alumni Development Office, the Multicultural Development Committee, and the student run radio station. For the past year I have been working at Temple Shalom in Fayetteville, AR. At this Temple, I have strived to increase young adult and teenage participation in the Jewish community as well as aid Temple leadership in the functionality of the organization.   

 When not working, I am a self-taught musician. I play guitar, piano, ukulele, and have been in the process of learning how to play the mandolin. I also have volunteered at animal shelters, a nursing home, a preschool, and a couple summer camps.  

 I am ecstatic to have this opportunity to work with the Arkansas Jewish community. This is where I grew up, where my family was welcomed from Israel, and where I have cultivated my identity as a young Jewish adult. I care deeply for the well-being of this community. I am looking forward to working with everyone and bringing together the multitude of Jewish communities in this state.  

Yahelle

I am excited to start a new chapter in my life working at the Jewish Federation of Arkansas. I earned my masters in social work from the Graduate School of Social Work at UALR.  I received my BA from Hendrix College.  I have previously served as an intern for the Federation, and I have grown to cherish this community and look forward to the experiences that await me.

I also bring with me volunteer experience with other non-profits:  the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Club, Conway Human Development Center, Pathfinders, and Our House.

Kelsey