The YAD committee currently has an open position for Communications Chair. Email to learn more.


  • Jason Kotlyarov - YAD Committee Chair

    Originally from Moscow, Russia, Jason grew up in the KC metro area. He attended UMKC for his undergraduate degree in accounting, Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in taxation. Jason works as an attorney specializing in employee benefits law. He is passionate about creating and maintaining an inclusive, vibrant and engaging Jewish community in KC. Email:

  • Hannah Katz - Community Connector

    Originally from Colorado, Hannah Katz is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. After moving to KC she became actively engaged in the Jewish community through Tribe KC. She enjoys spending time with her husband Jacob, their dog Telly, and friends. Hannah gives to the Federation because it supports Tribe KC, helping young adults new to KC build connections in our community. Email:

  • Emily Newman - Marketing Chair

    Emily grew up in Overland Park and attended the University of Kansas, where she majored in Strategic Communications. She currently works for a Digital Marketing Agency in Overland Park. Emily has always had a passion for growing and engaging the community in KC especially since this is where she grew up! In her free time, she likes to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the outdoors. Email:

  • Alex Kaplan - Finance Chair

    Alex grew up in Overland Park and attended the University of Kansas, where he majored in accounting. He currently works for an accounting firm in Kansas City. He enjoys traveling, hanging out with his friends and is an avid supporter of the Chiefs and Royals. Alex chooses to support Federation because he wants to give back to his community and be a part of something bigger. Email:

  • Jacob Hjelmaas - Philanthropy Chair

    Jacob Hjelmaas moved to Kansas City in 2018 from Iowa, and he met his wife Hannah at a Shabbat dinner shortly thereafter. Prior to moving to KC he attended The University of Iowa. Today, Jacob works as an attorney. He enjoys working with YAD to help enrich the experience of the young Jewish community. In his free time, he enjoys running, baseball, and hanging out with his dog, Telly. Email:

  • Greyson Rubin - Event Chair

    A transplant to the Midwest, Greyson moved to Kansas City after graduating the University of Texas to work as an architect at Populous. Greyson is passionate about building communities and hosting events for young adults in KC. In his free time, Greyson loves to be outdoors, running, climbing, golfing, exploring the city, cheering on his favorite sports teams, and spending time with friends. Email: