Admissions Staff

The List College Admissions staff are here to help guide you through the admissions process and answer any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Melissa Present, Director of Enrollment Management and List College Admissions

Missy Present serves as the director of Enrollment Management and List College director of Admissions, overseeing the recruitment of students, management of prospective student events nationwide, and relationships with key organizational and community partners. She also works closely with prospective students and parents, Columbia University and Barnard College admissions professionals, and the List College deans.

A graduate of the George Washington University with a bachelor of arts in Speech and Hearing Science, Missy also worked there as a senior interviewer for the office of undergraduate admissions. Prior to her work at JTS, she was senior associate for human resources at Hillel's Schusterman International Center in Washington DC, where she served as the lead professional for early career talent recruitment. Missy also managed Hillel's executive coaching and leadership development programs, as well as the Great Place to Work initiative.

Originally from outside Philadelphia, Missy enjoys traveling, biking, and cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Email Missy at mepresent@jtsa.edu with any questions you may have.

Sarah Steinmann, Assistant Director of Admissions

Sarah Steinmann serves as the List College assistant director of Admissions. In this role, Sarah works closely with prospective students and their families, as well as Columbia University and Barnard College admissions professionals, college guidance counselors, and the List College team. She also works with List College tour guides, arranging campus tours for all visitors.

A graduate of the Double Degree Program, Sarah earned a BA  in Modern Jewish Studies from List College and a BA in English from Barnard College. As an undergraduate, Sarah worked for the Office of Admissions as a List College tour guide, and served two terms on the Barnard College Student Government Association's Executive Board.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Sarah is an avid sports fan, coffee connoisseur, and social media enthusiast.
 
Email Sarah at sasteinmann@jtsa.edu with any questions you may have.

 

 

Admission Interns
The Admissions interns have the unique opportunity to act as emissaries to the outside community by representing List College various other events. In addition, Admissions interns plan open houses for prospective students, including Prospective Student Weekend.

Amram Altzman

Amram Altzman, a New York native, was born and raised in southern Brooklyn and attended the Ramaz School. His favorite course at JTS, so far, has been an undergrad course in Modern Jewish History with Dr. Shira Kohn, assistant dean of The Graduate School, which has inspired Amram to pursue a Jewish History major. Committed to strengthening community on campus, Amram serves as a List College 101 Intern, sits on the board of Columbia University's chapter of J Street U, and is the head gabbai for KOACH (the Conservative/traditional egalitarian minyan of Columbia/Barnard Hillel). Amram is also one of the cofounders and copresidents of JQ, an LGBTQ Jewish student group, and the very first for queer students of faith on campus. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, reading books on Israeli history, listening to pop music, and Friday-night synagogue hopping on the Upper West Side.

Gavi Bernat-Kunin

Gavi Bernat-Kunin is a sophomore in the Joint Program between List College and Columbia University, and comes to JTS from Los Angeles, California, where she attended Milken Community High School. Gavi hopes to major in Talmud at JTS, and Psychology at Columbia. In addition to being an Admissions Intern for List College, she participates in JTS's Artist-in-Residence Program, and is a member of the Supplemental Jewish Learning Committee of the List College Student Council. Gavi is very involved in Hillel, where she is member of the Shabbat Meals Committee and the Peoplehood Project, and serves as the service coordinator for KOACH (the Conservative/traditional egalitarian minyan of Columbia/Barnard Hillel). Gavi is also a member of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority. She loves exploring New York City's museums and spending her summers at Camp Ramah in California. 

Brett Krasner

Brett Krasner is a Joint Program sophomore from West Chester, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy high school. In addition to being a List College Admissions Intern, Brett is an active member of the Tamid Israel Business Club and LionPAC (Columbia/Barnard Hillel's pro-Israel group), and a staff member for The Federalist, Columbia's satirical newspaper. Brett is also a brother in Alpha Epsilon Pi, and serves as the Standards Board chair for the fraternity. In his spare time, Brett enjoys hanging out with campus friends and exploring everything that his extended campus-New York City-has to offer.

Liza Wohlberg

Liza Wohlberg, a sophomore in the Joint Program, grew up in Los Angeles and attended high school at Harvard-Westlake. Liza is a List College Fellow and plans to major in Talmud at JTS and English at Columbia. Outside the classroom, she tutors b'nai mitzvah students, teaches a Jewish music class for toddlers, and is a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She enjoys dancing in various groups on campus-especially Shalhevet, the Israeli dance troupe of Columbia/Barnard Hillel. In her free time, Liza loves to go shul hopping, eat ice cream, look at cute dogs in Central Park, and take dance classes at legendary New York City studios.