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Our Staff

Daphne Hubara, Religious School Principal & Ritual Assistant

Daphne is the proud mother of Jasmine, Noa Leigh and Gilli. Born and bred in Charleston, she also has lived in Tel Aviv, Maryland, and Philadelphia. Growing up, Daphne was a member of a traveling Israeli Folk Dance Troop and involved in Young Judaea. She has always enjoyed the ru’ach (spirit) of Jewish songs, dances and traditions. She passes this enthusiasm on to our Religious School students and synagogue congregants.

Kelly O'Meara Hampton, Executive Director

Kelly has recently moved to South Carolina from Deerfield Beach, Florida. In her last position, Kelly was the Executive Director of an active adult community with 8500 units. She is a proven leader and manager with demonstrated interpersonal skills, budget and vendor management experience and strategic thinking abilities. She has a Masters Degree in Social Work and in previous positions had the opportunity to demonstrate her belief in Tikkun Olam. She appreciates the opportunities that technology brings yet understands the value of personal communication. Having managed a 270-acre campus, she has experience in security and disaster prevention and recovery.

Kelly grew up in Chicago and is the proud mom of three, a son and two daughters. Kelly and her husband, Dan, live in Summerville.  Upon beginning her tenure at Synagogue Emanu-El, she said, "Synagogue Emanu-El is a very special place and I'm honored to be chosen as the next Executive Director. I look forward to supporting the amazing things already happening and contributing to the many great endeavors in the future."

Ruth C. Swindell, Bookkeeper

Charleston is Ruth's hometown. Growing up in the West Ashley area, attending Middleton High School and even participating in Girl Scouts at the JCC. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in German from Furman University, Ruth returned to Charleston.  Ruth joined the Synagogue Emanu-El staff in July of 2017 as bookkeeper.  She brings with her 29 years of bookkeeping experience with local companies, including Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. Her hobbies include music, traveling, nature and travel photography.

Leah Bowzard, Administrative Assistant

Leah Bowzard is originally from New Hampshire and moved to Charleston in 1993, where she graduated from Johnson & Wales University. Leah is the Administrative Assistant at Synagogue Emanu-El. Leah is married to Allen Bowzard and has two children, Kyle and Ella.

James Dessaure, Support Staff

James Dessaure started working at Synagogue Emanu-El more than 30 years ago. James oversees all of our building’s maintenance needs and, at times, our food service. It is James who has the ability to turn our social hall around as events unfold, often twice in one night — not an easy feat. James is married to Evelyn Dessaure; they are parents of three grown children and have one grandchild.

Evelyn Dessaure, Support Staff

Evelyn Dessaure began working for Synagogue Emanu-El in 1990 as a part-time custodian/cook. Evelyn, when she isn’t making sure the Synagogue looks spic and span, spends her time cooking for many of our events. Evelyn’s homemade noodle kugel and baked blintzes get rave reviews from our most discerning diners. An “Evelyn Catered Kiddush” is always a treat.

Larry Deas, Support Staff

Larry Deas started working at Emanu-El in 2008, and is always around, working side-by-side with James. If you ever need help with anything, Larry will be happy to give you a hand. You always will find Larry with a big smile on his face. Larry is the proud father of a beautiful baby girl, and lives in North Charleston. Larry enjoys playing basketball in his free time; let him know if you want to practice with him!

Sat, September 21 2019 21 Elul 5779