Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez is a social worker, writer, educator, advocate, and student at Yeshivat Maharat (2018). Melissa combine her personal, professional, and educational experiences in order to establish meaningful Jewish experiences and connections wherever she goes.
Melissa 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 Maharat she spent two years learning in the batei midrash of Nishmat and Pardes in Jerusalem.
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. Melissa is passionate about the future of Jewish communal organizations, and the need to be more intentional about what that means.