Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez is a social worker, writer, educator, advocate, and student at Yeshivat Maharat (2018). elissa combine her personal, professional, and educational experiences in order o establish meaningful Jewish experiences and connections wherever she goes.
eliss graduated with undergraduate degrees in Psychology & Social Behavior and Sociology from he University of California, Irvine and received a Masters in Social Work with a health care concentration from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Melissa worked in oncology, hospice, and prenatal health education before transitioning into development and donor relations for Jewish non-profits, all the while exploring her passion for writing and social media. Immediately before beginning her studies at Yeshivat Mahara she spent two years learning in the batei midrash of Nishmat and Pardes in Jerusale.
While at Yeshivat Maharat Melissa has had the opportunity to intern at JCC Manhattan, Global Day of Jewish Learning, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale - The Bayit, and Hillel International. elissa is passionate about the future of Jewish communal organizations, and the need to be more intentional about what that means.