Staff

Marci Borenstein
Marci Borenstein
Director of Precollege Programs

Marci is responsible for developing new initiatives and overseeing programs for high school students at Brandeis. Marci has many years of experience working with educators, youth and communities in the United States, Israel, and the former Soviet Union. She has a doctorate in education from New York University where her research focused on diverse immigrant families, urban schools and parent involvement.

Marci lives in Newton with her husband, Joram, and their three children, Eitan, Rina and Dalia.

Kenyora Parham
Kenyora Parham
Assistant Director of Precollege Programs

Kenyora is responsible for directing several programs at Brandeis’ Precollege programs (App Design Boot Camp, Service Corps, Young Leaders Conference on Israel Studies, among others), as well as developing new initiatives. Previously, Kenyora worked at Strong Women, Strong Girls, a nationally recognized mentoring program for girls and women. Kenyora has over a decade’s experience working with youth, families, and community leaders in the nonprofit sector. She was recognized as a finalist of the “EXTRAordinary Women”, a campaign led by the City of Boston in March 2016.

Currently, she serves as the Vice President of the African-American Alumnae/i Association at her undergraduate alma mater, Simmons College. Additionally, she serves on the Alumni Association Board at Boston University’s School of Social Work, where she received her Master’s Degree. Originally from Lynn, MA, Kenyora currently lives in Waltham with her husband, Franklin.

Lydia Casmier
Lydia Casmier
Program Director, Global Youth Summit

Lydia is an educator with a background in social-emotional leadership, college and career readiness training, summer internship programming and case management services. Her approach to program development is supported by her background in positive youth development, and her commitment to expanding college access to under-resourced and first generation students.

Lydia received her Bachelor's degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and served research assistantships at Harvard University and UCLA, where she researched leadership theory and housing inequality, respectively. Prior to joining Brandeis, Lydia taught high school English in Medellin, Colombia, and served 6 years as Senior Youth Development Coordinator at the Mary's Center Teen Program in Washington, D.C.

Laura Bellows - Senior Jewish Educator, Director of BIMA and Genesis
Laura Bellows
Senior Jewish Educator / Director of BIMA and Genesis

Laura is an educator, community builder, and artist focusing on the intersection of Torah, ecology, gender, and justice issues. She pioneered the Teva Learning Alliance’s Jewish environmental community programs for teens and youth nationally, worked as an educator and rabbinic presence at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute (in California), and has taught at and designed curriculum for Jewish high school programs across the country. Laura is an alumna of the American Jewish World Service’s Global Justice Fellowship and is the founder of the Hebrew College Eco-Ritual Lab. She has her B.A. from Oberlin College and will receive rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College, a pluralistic rabbinical school, in June 2018. When not immersed in building transformational Jewish programs for teens, Laura can be found hiking in the wilds of Virginia, scouting out the best music jams, and exploring the bike trails of Boston with her fiancé, Josh.

Katherine Veach
Katherine Veach
Program Manager

Katherine has taught in classrooms ranging from middle school to college and has managed summer academic programs for the better part of a decade. Prior to joining Brandeis, she directed the department of Conference & Events at Franklin & Marshall College. She also served as a Program Manager at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), where she directed three distinct summer academic sites, oversaw hiring and training processes, and developed curricular resources as the chair of the Humanities Committee. 

Katherine’s academic work focused on the intersection of religion and classics, with an eye to narrative imitation in ancient Mediterranean religious writings. She holds a B.A. from Samford University and an M.A. from Vanderbilt University, where her thesis explored the influence of classical Greek drama on early Christian texts. Originally from Alabama, Katherine now lives in Newtonville with her husband, Jack.