Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez s a social worker, writer, educator, advocate, and student at Yeshivat Maharat. elissa's assion lies in combinin her personal, professional, and educational experiences in order o create and sustai meaningful Jewish experiences and communities that transcend denominations.
Meliss graduated with undergraduate degrees in Psychology & Social Behavior and Sociology from the 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 living and learning in Jerusalem, one year each at Midreshet Nishmat and Machon Parde.
While at Yeshivat Maharat, Melissa has had the opportunity to serve as a rabbinic intern at JCC Manhattan for two years urthering her passion for serving the Jewish community. She is also trained as a Mikvah Guide with ImmerseNYC and as a facilitator for What Matters: Caring Conversations About End of Life.