Hillel Staff

Risa Bierman, Executive Director

Risa Bierman is Texas A&M Hillel’s executive director. Risa has lived in College Station for 22 years and has been actively involved in the local Jewish community. She has 25 years of experience working with college students at various institutions across the country, including nearly 20 years in student life at Texas A&M. She is excited to work with Jewish students at A&M and really make it feel like a welcoming place for them to go to college and grow. Her husband is a professor at Mays Business School and her two sons are in high school. She can be reached at risa@tamuhillel.org.

Danielle Freedman, Jewish Student Life Coordinator

danielle headshotDanielle Freedman serves the community as our Jewish Student Life Coordinator. A native of Auburn, Alabama, Danielle earned a bachelor of science in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama in May 2015. During her time at Alabama Danielle spent three years as an engagement intern at the Bloom Hillel at the University of Alabama. In 2016 she was selected and trained as a Birthright Israel Fellow and spent the summer studying Judaism at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

Danielle keeps Hillel fun with her dynamic programming and the individual relationships she develops with students. Her office is a beehive of activity – students working on projects or just hanging out. During her free time Danielle enjoys being active – playing golf and hanging out with friends. To set up your own coffee date with Danielle, she can be reached at danielle@tamuhillel.org.

Rabbi Mathew Michaels, Visiting Rabbi

Prior to coming Texas A&M Hillel, Rabbi Mathew D. Michaels served congregations in Knoxville, TN; Spring, Houston, and Brownsville, TX.  He also served as the Interim Executive Director of the Hillel Foundation for Greater Houston and Interim Rabbi in Beaumont and Plano, TX.

Rabbi Michaels earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), a Master’s of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles and was ordained from HUC-JIR, Cincinnati in 1980.  In 2005 HUC-JIR bestowed the title of Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa in recognition of his 25th anniversary in the rabbinate.

Rabbi Michaels is the proud father of Mara (Daniel), Martin (Jennifer, TAMU Vet school grad), and twins Mindy and Benji (Anna) and an even prouder grandfather of Ronit, Ravi, and Hana.

Rabbi Michaels has invited students to contact him directly (all conversations are confidential).  His phone number is (713) 306-4114 and his email is rabbimdm@gmail.com.


Jenn Tucker – Office Manager

Sandra Gossett – Accountant