Meet the Mitzpeh Staff

Max Breene

Max Breene is a junior government and politics major.  This is his first year as editor-in-chief.  Before taking over as editor-in-chief, he served one year as sports editor and another as news editor for Mitzpeh.  His interests include politics and watching his favorite Boston sports teams.  Max is excited to contribute toward Mitzpeh’s future and can’t wait to work with some great writers this year.

Kira Cohen
Features editor

Yakira Cohen is a sophomore from New Rochelle, New York. She is an undecided student because she has too many passions. Writing and Judaism, just two of these passions, are what prompted her to join Mitzpeh this semester. She is also interested in psychology, and keeps a satirical blog about her interactions as an orthodox Jew on a secular college campus. Yakira values her community and believes in the important of giving back. She serves on the charity committee for Maryland Hillel. She is excited to join the Mitzpeh staff as features editor!

Daniel Chavkin Opinion editor

Daniel Chavkin is a senior multi-platform journalism major and Jewish studies minor at the University of Maryland. After spending two years as a staff writer, he is now in his second year as opinion editor. Daniel currently writes for Testudo Times, but has also written for WMUC Sports, and interned with the Riverdale Press. He is eager to continue his work as part of the Mitzpeh staff.

Brogan Gerhart
Copy editor

Brogan Gerhart is a sophomore journalism major from Bel Air, Maryland. When she’s not attending classes or reviewing articles, Brogan can be found reading in Knight Hall or practicing her handstands around campus. With a passion for yoga, she hopes to become a certified yoga instructor as well as an accomplished journalist in a variety of fields. Brogan is also an RA in Centreville Hall, a member of Club Gymnastics and a volunteer for Terps Against Hunger. Nothing makes her happier than spending time with her peers, teammates and community.

Anastasia Marks
Copy editor

Anastasia Marks is a freshman journalism major. Born and raised in California, her passions include reading and writing the news, law, and sports, especially basketball and football. Because of this, Anastasia still can’t make up her mind of what her favorite news subject is, but she goes where the story takes her.

Jermaine Rowley
Social media editor

Jermaine Rowley is a junior journalism and film studies major from Baltimore, Maryland. He has a huge passion for writing and videography. Jermaine is currently the editor for the center section of Unwind Magazine, freelance writer for the Diamondback, and videographer for UM success. He is enthusiastic to hone his skills in social media and work with the staff of Mitzpeh.


Haleigh Whisted
Staff writer

Haleigh Whisted is a sophomore journalism and art major from Annapolis, Maryland. She’s also a part-time caller for tell a Terp. Her interests include photography and writing. She is excited to grow as a writer and to get more experience in the journalism field. Haleigh is a curious person who believes it is important to communicate important topics to different communities. Haleigh is also a hostess at Little Havana in Baltimore.