Stela Harmelin was born and raised in Chisinau, Moldova. She is a graduate of a music school, and has worked as pianist and concertmaster. In 1996, she became the manager of the Jewish welfare center Hesed Yehuda in Chisinau. She later went on to work for the local JAFI office. Since the summer of 2007, she is serving as the current JCC KEDEM Director. Stela is married and has a daughter that lives in Israel, and a son who is a student of the Chisinau Medical University.