Professional Staff

JeanneHeadshotExecutive Director
Jeanne Snodgrass
first joined Mizzou Hillel in February 2013 as Interim Director and moved into her current role in June 2013. She holds a BA (1998) from the University of Iowa and a MFA (2007) in Dance from the University of New Mexico. Jeanne grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. Before coming to Missouri nine years ago she had also lived in Iowa City, IA; Jackson Hole, WY; and Albuquerque, NM where she was active in chavurah groups and Reform and Conservative congregations as a teacher and in program and curriculum development. As a college undergraduate Jeanne studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She returned to Israel in 2004 for a summer study program at the Conservative Yeshiva and most recently has been leading Mizzou students on their Taglit-Birthright Israel trips. Jeanne has extensive experience in arts non-profit organizations and community outreach and education and, along with her husband Dave, was an independent business owner. She is an active member of Columbia’s Congregation Beth Shalom where her three daughters attend religious school. Jeanne is particularly interested in the ways we find connections to Judaism in a diverse and pluralistic society and in the relationships we, as Jews, build with one another. She loves the potential for continued growth that she sees at Mizzou Hillel and looks forward to working with students and community from MU and the nearby mid-Missouri colleges to build meaningful Jewish programming.
Jeanne invites students to come visit and get involved at Hillel.
Interested in learning more about Hillel or just contacting Jeanne? Call Hillel at 573-443-7460 or E-mail her at


Program and Engagement Associate
This position funded in part by a grant from The Kranzberg Family Foundation
Amanda Rainey is thrilled to join the staff at Hillel to help organize programming and student engagement.  Amanda received her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Mizzou in 2006 and she participated weekly in Hillel during college.  After graduation she completed the education fellowship at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life in Jackson, MS which was an amazing experience working with Jews all over the south.  She moved back to Columbia in 2010 and currently teaches religious school at Beth Shalom, organizes music for True/False Film Fest, founded the CoMo Girls Rock! camp and specializes in inventing interesting ice cream flavors and pizza toppings.  Please contact her with programming ideas or to get a cup of coffee and chat about being Jewish at Mizzou!