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Anne Ensign-Urteaga

Becca Waller

New hires at The J, CenterStage

The J has announced new hires and promotions for CenterStage.

• Erin Jump has been hired as the CenterStage educational program director.
A regular part of CenterStage Main Stage productions, both on stage and behind the scenes, Jump comes to The J after teaching music education in the Shelby County Public Schools. She will oversee the Acting Out, CenterStage Academy and Spotlight Camp programs, as well as youth cultural, art instructional programs. She started on June 2.

• Anne Ensign-Urteaga, the former Centerstage operations manager, begins her new position as the arts and ideas operations and events director. In her new role, she will oversee the Arts and Idea’s Speaker Series and adult enrichment event programing, though she will continue to work with all components of CenterStage.

• In other hiring news, Becca Waller joined The J on May 29 as teen program director. She spent the past year in Copenhagen, Denmark, working as a Jewish Service Corps BBYO Fellow with The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Becca was responsible for creating and facilitating innovative youth and adult programming, providing youth leadership training, consulting and mentoring, as well as collaborating with BBYO to develop a vision for long-term programs for local youth. She also spent a year in Beer Sheva, Israel, as an English-teaching fellow with Masa Israel. Waller is a graduate of the University of Louisville, native Louisvillian and a former member of the local BBYO program.

J athletes bound for L.A. Maccabi Games

Matt Vamvas, fitness director at The J, will lead a team of athletes to next month’s Maccabi Games in Los Angeles from August 5 to 10.
This year’s team consists of six kids, ages 14 to 16. Two will compete in basketball, one in lacrosse, two in tennis and one in baseball.
The opening ceremonies are Sunday, August 5. Community will have a wrap-up story when the team returns home.

J athletes bound for L.A. Maccabi Games

Matt Vamvas, fitness director at The J, will lead a team of athletes to next month’s Maccabi Games in Los Angeles from August 5 to 10.
This year’s team consists of six kids, ages 14 to 16. Two will compete in basketball, one in lacrosse, two in tennis and one in baseball.
The opening ceremonies are Sunday, August 5. Community will have a wrap-up story when the team returns home.

Emily Pevnick

Louisville native named to ‘36 Under 36’
CHICAGO – Emily Pevnick, 30, a Louisville native, has been named to the seventh annual “Double Chai in the Chi: 36 Under 36” list of young Jewish movers and shakers in Chicago.
Presented by the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago’s Young Leadership Division (YLD), the list shines a spotlight on the faces of Chicago’s Jewish future and recognizes the amazing contributions of this generation.
The young professionals featured are noted for making a difference through their work, giving back in their free time, and earning distinction in the Jewish community and beyond.

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