Meet the 2019-2020 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.


Isabel Colon – Social Media Fellow

Isabel is a senior from Bozeman, Montana majoring in English (creative writing) and studio art (photography). She is also a tutor in the Farnham Writer’s Center. Isabel loves writing, taking pictures, and hanging out with her dog. She is participating in this program because she loves this community and the people she’s met through The Center for Small Town Jewish Life.





Alecsandria Davis – Fall Shabbaton Fellow

Alecsandria is a senior from rural Oklahoma. At Colby, she is an English major, leads ministry for the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and loves to make cookies and cupcakes. Alecs is also passionate about investing in small businesses that foster community. She is excited to spend this semester working on the Fall Shabbaton to build meaningful connections between the Colby and Waterville communities.





Payton Fales – Engagement Fellow

Payton is a senior from San Clemente, California. He also works on campus as a writing tutor. As an engagement fellow, Payton is most looking forward to connecting with his own Jewish identity and helping others explore their Judaism as well.






Lane Kadish – Community Conversations Fellow

Lane is a senior majoring in economics with a minor in Jewish studies. He’s one of the captains of the varsity lacrosse team and plays for the Israeli national lacrosse team during the summer. This is his second year working as a CSTJL Leadership Fellow working on Community Conversations and hopes to provide a comfortable platform for engagement, thought, and learning for those who attend.





Sonia Lachter – Hebrew School Fellow

Sonia is a sophomore majoring in global studies. She lives near San Francisco and has spent the past 12 summers at Herzl Camp in Wisconsin. She serves on the Hillel board, is the local news and features editor for the Colby Echo, dances in the Department of Theater and Dance, and is a student board member of the Oak Center for Human Rights. She is a Hebrew School and Beit Midrash Fellow this year and can’t wait to spend time with Jewish Watervillians, young and old.



Nina Leiman – Jewish Youth Connection Fellow

Nina is a junior majoring in global studies and studio art. She’s currently co-president of Hillel and plays rugby for the Colby women’s team. She is from Palo Alto, California, and loves hiking, skiing, and exploring in Maine. This is Nina’s second year as a Waterville Jewish Leadership Fellow, and she’s very excited to continue working with the high schoolers in the Jewish Youth Connection.




Chasity McFadden – Maine Conference for Jewish Life Fellow

Chasity is a senior with a double major in economics and Jewish studies. She is involved with the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and is on the board of Colby Hillel. Passionate about bringing together Jews from all of New England, she will serve as this year’s Maine Conference for Jewish Life Fellow.





Tori Paquette – Faith, Class, and Community Course Fellow

Tori is a senior majoring in Jewish studies and minoring in creative writing. Her college experience has consisted of studying abroad in Israel at Hebrew University, leading the Colby Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and finding ways to combine her interests in creative nonfiction and theology. This is her second year working for the Center for Small Town Jewish Life, and she is thrilled to continue working to pioneer a new academic course on religious responses to socioeconomic inequality.


Chessy Singer – Engagement Fellow

Chessy is a junior from Lincoln, Massachusetts. On campus, she is a Colby Cares About Kids leader, a member of Colby Dancers, a member of the Ski Club, and a research assistant in the psychology department. Chessy finds human conversation invigorating, which has led her to her role as an Engagement Fellow this year. 






Ellie Spector – Beth Israel Hebrew School and Jewish Youth Connection Fellow

Ellie is a junior from Bethesda, Maryland studying psychology and taking pre-med requirements. She is a member of the cross country team, Colby Hillel and conducts research in the psychology department. Ellie enjoys hiking, exploring Maine and cooking food with friends. Passionate about connecting with Jewish youth, Ellie will be serving her second year as a fellow with the Beth Israel Hebrew School. 



Dean Weiner – Engagement Fellow

Dean is a Senior majoring in economics with a minor in Jewish studies. He is a member of the varsity basketball team. Dean has had the opportunity to explore Israel on multiple occasions and gain an understanding of the country’s history and culture. As a fellow, Dean hopes to blend his experiences in Israel to bring a unique perspective to this fellowship.