The 2018-2019 Waterville Jewish Leadership Fellows

This is a fellowship that is open to people of all  backgrounds to exercise leadership in our community in accordance with the wisdom, cultural riches, and values embodied in the Jewish tradition. This fellowship integrates service to the Colby, Waterville, and statewide community with rigorous Jewish learning and mentorship.


Emma Hofman – Fall Hebrew School Fellow

Emma is a junior; this is her third year as a Waterville Jewish Leadership Fellow. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, she graduated from the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. She is an active member of the rugby team and sings a capella. As a fellow she’ll be working in the Beth Israel Hebrew School.





Lane Kadish– Community Conversations Fellow

Lane is a junior majoring in economics with a minor in Jewish studies. He’s a member of the varsity lacrosse team as well as the mock trial club, and plays for the Israeli national lacrosse team during the summer. He’ll be working on Community Conversations this year and hopes to provide a comfortable platform for engagement, thought, and learning for all in attendance.




Nina Leiman Teen Program Fellow

Nina is a sophomore majoring in global studies and studio art. She’s a Hillel board member and plays for the rugby team. She is from Palo Alto, Calif., and loves studying in and exploring in Maine. As a fellow she’ll be working in the Maine Jewish teen program.






Emma McHone– Beit Midrash Fellow

Emma McHone is a senior, with a major in global studies and a minor in environmental studies. She has served on the steering committee for The Bridge, has participated in several opportunities with the Colby Volunteer Center, and has joined Colby Hillel for events on and off campus. As a fellow she will be providing support for the Maine Conference for Jewish Life.





Austin Nantkes – Technology Fellow

Austin is a senior studying computer science and astronomy. A Maine native, Austin has worked with local businesses, authors, and the Colby Music Department to revitalize their websites. At the latest Colby-Bowdoin-Bates Hackathon his team won cleanest design for their app Tagit. On campus he is an active member of the Colby Hackers and Colby Cares about Kids. He’ll be working on website and app development as a technology fellow.




Tori Paquette– Fall Shabbaton Fellow

Tori Paquette came to Colby intending to study psychology, but ended up discovering a love for Jewish studies. She also loves creative writing and co-authored the science fiction novella The Last Valkyrie. Tori blogs about the intersection of Christianity and mental illness at When she isn’t writing, she enjoys leading ministry with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Youth with a Mission. Her own faith is deeply informed by Jewish studies. She will study abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in the spring of 2019. As a fellow she’ll be working on the Fall Shabbaton.



Ellie Spector – Spring Hebrew School Fellow

Ellie is a sophomore from Bethesda, Md., majoring in psychology, minoring in chemistry, and following the premed track. She is a member of the cross country and track teams, on the board of Colby Hillel, a Colby Cares About Kids mentor, and an Introduction to Psychology tutor. She also does research in a cognitive development lab. She enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking, and exploring Maine with friends. As a fellow she’ll be working in the Beth Israel Hebrew School.




Chasity McFadden– Beit Midrash Fellow

Chasity McFadden is a junior with a double major in economics and Jewish studies. She is currently studying at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, taking courses such as “Israel’s Economy in the Global Context” and “Jewish Feminism through the Holocaust.” Passionate about spreading the ideals of Jewish learning across generations, she will serve as this year’s Beit Midrash Fellow.