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Board of Directors

Temple Beth Am's governing body, the Board of Directors, meets monthly and (unless the Board is holding an Executive Session) the meetings are open to Temple Beth Am members to observe. Meetings are usually on the third Thursday of the month, 7:00 - 9:00 PM. If you are interested in attending a meeting, check the calendar to verify the date of the meeting. As a courtesy, contact the Temple Beth Am President if you wish to attend.

Agendas for Board meetings are generally set within the Executive Committee and are based on committee or task force activities. When a policy issue or committee proposal is up for consideration, the Board will sometimes discuss it at one meeting and hold a vote the following month. If you have a concern or an issue that you wish the Board to consider, contact the Temple Beth Am President.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, contact the Temple Beth Am President for more information. Per our bylaws new directors are elected at the annual meeting in May of each calendar year.

Additional related policies can be found in these Temple Beth Am Board resources:

Contact the Board with questions or comments about Temple Beth Am.


Betsy K. Maurer
Pronouns: she, her

Betsy and her husband, Andrew Schulman, joined Temple Beth Am in 1995. They have celebrated the birth, Bat Mitzvah, and Covenant Renewal of their daughter at Temple Beth Am as well as Andrew’s adult Bar Mitzvah. Betsy has served on a variety of temple committees as a member, co-chair, or chair and has recently rejoined the Board of Directors. When she’s not volunteering for TBA, Betsy enjoys practicing employment law, singing with the Seattle Jewish Chorale, and hanging out with her dog.

Vice President

Benjamin Glatstein
Pronouns: he, him

Ben and his wife, Theresa, have been Temple Beth Am members since moving to Seattle in 2009. They now have three human children, two of which are in the Religious School; they are very involved in Young Families at Beth Am (YFBA) activities. Ben has served on various committees, including the Nominating Committee (chair), Rabbi Search Committee, Executive Director Search Committee, and the Board Governance Committee. Ben works in Microsoft’s legal department.


Heather Camp
Pronouns: she, her

Heather joined the Temple Beth Am community almost 10 years ago after moving to Seattle from Baltimore. She has appreciated the temple’s diversity and warmth through several groups, including the Sisters of Beth Am, ever since. Heather is a registered nurse and has worked most recently for the University of Washington Medical Center. She is married with two kiddos and two mischievous cats.


Carole Aaron
Pronouns: she, her

Carole is a 25-year member of Temple Beth Am, a long-time member of the Finance and Investment Committees, and treasurer in each decade of membership. She and her husband, Bruce Peterson, are a bi-coastal family with a daughter in New York City and two adult children and three grandchildren in Seattle. While Carole deals with finance, Bruce takes charge of their travel plans. Carole is trying to be a retired financial planner, but some clients think otherwise. Her favorite hobby is gardening, roses being her big passion.

Immediate Past President

Shelly F. Cohen
Pronouns: she, her

Shelly has been a member of Temple Beth Am for more than 20 years. She has been involved in a wide range of synagogue activities, including the Religious School Board and Welcoming Synagogues Task Force; she was also on the Rabbinic Search Committee that brought Rabbi Ruth A. Zlotnick to Temple Beth Am. Shelly is a member of the Commission on Social Action, an advisory body to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. She and her wife, Julie Shapiro, have two children.


Greg Berkman
Pronouns: he, him

Greg joined Temple Beth Am in the late '90s. He was born and raised in Seattle’s north end. Over the years, he and his family have been involved in virtually all aspects of temple life. He has served on a wide range of committees - including the Finance and Strategic Planning committees - usually with his wife Ruth Berkman. They consider a temple meeting “date night.”  Most recently, Greg has been active on the Development Committee. He has been involved with a variety of businesses and nonprofit organizations in Seattle and finds satisfaction elevating operational standards by applying industry best practices. He is looking forward to bringing his skills and experience in management, operations, accounting, and finance to his service on the Board of Directors. Greg and Ruth have four children and an aging sailboat that keep them busy!

Gaby Charlton
Pronouns: she, her

Gaby and her husband, Dan, joined Temple Beth Am in 2008. Since that time, they have had two kids, one of whom is in Beth Am’s Religious School and the other at our SEED Early Childhood School. Before joining the Board, Gaby was the chair of Young Families at Beth Am (YFBA), which she helped found in 2010. Gaby joined the Board of Directors in 2014, became secretary in 2015, and then 2nd VP in 2016. She is currently chair of the Development Committee and has chaired the Annual Beth Am Gala for the past four years. Gaby is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County. When not lawyering, wrangling kids, or volunteering, Gaby feeds her not-so-secret desire to be the Jewish Martha Stewart by being crafty.

Seth B. Cohen
Pronouns: he, him

Seth and his wife, Stacey, joined Temple Beth Am in 2014, although Stacey has been a member since birth. Seth's first volunteering experience at Beth Am was as a member of the Cantor Search Committee, which brought us Cantor Victor Geigner. Since joining the Board of Directors in 2016, Seth has led the SEED/ECS Technology Disappearing Task Force and the Strategic Plan Year One Metrics Task Force. He looks forward to working with the Beth Am community on implementing many of the Strategic Plan ideas. Stacey and he welcomed a new addition, Caleb, to their family in 2017. One-year-old Caleb currently takes up much of Seth’s time outside of his full-time engineering job at the U.S.'s largest exporter and airplane builder.   

Margy Crosby
Pronouns: she, her

Margy is a past chair of the Religious School Board. She served on the Cantor Search Committee and taught in our Religious School for 10 years; she still occasionally subs there and sings in the choir. Margy; her husband, Michael Feinberg; and their two children joined Temple Beth Am in 1995, and all four of them became B’nai Mitzvah on Beth Am’s bima. Margy was part of the organizing committee and the early leadership team for the Sisters of Beth Am. Her current focus is on Audacious Hospitality - welcoming all into our community.    

Barbara Droker
Pronouns: she, her

Barbara and her husband, Howard, joined Temple Beth Am in 1984 when their son, Daniel, was six and daughter, Abby, was two. At this time, she helped found the north-end branch of the Stroum Jewish Community Center and its early childhood education program. She has been a longtime member and former chair of Beth Am’s Religious Practices Committee and served on numerous other committees. Barbara has also served a term on the Board and Executive Committee. She was part of the first Beth Am Adult B’nai Mitzvah class and became one of the volunteer Torah readers/chanters. In her professional life, Barbara provided administrative and executive assistance to research scientists at the University of Washington and Benaroya Research Institute. Now retired, she enjoys taking care of her three grandchildren (Noah, Liam, and Juna) and regularly does yoga, Israeli dancing, mahjong, knitting, Torah and Talmud study, writing, and reading.       

Gary Goldbaum
Pronouns: he, him

Gary and his wife, Judy Unger, joined Temple Beth Am in 1990. Both of their children, Caitlin and Shane, attended TBA’s Religious School. With fellow Temple Beth Am member Sandy Melzer, Gary co-taught fourth grade in the Religious School for three years. He and Judy are part of a Temple Beth Am chavurah and game night group, and Gary is an active member of a Temple Beth Am men’s group. Gary is a family physician who practiced in rural Vermont before devoting 33 years to public health, serving in various positions at Public Health-Seattle & King County and the past 10 years as the director and health officer for the Snohomish Health District. He is an avid hiker, skier, biker, and theater-goer. 

Lou Kotler
Pronouns: he, him

Lou and Phyllis Levy have been members of Temple Beth Am since circa 1995. All three of their children attended the Religious School with Joel and Claire celebrating their B'nai Mitzvah in the Beth Am Sanctuary. Lou has served on the Beth Am finance committee since October 2016. Many years ago, he also served on the Board nominating committee. For several years, he played and coached the now defunct Beth Am softball team. Lou is retired but worked for over 30 years in finance and has broad-based experience, including budgeting and planning, strategic planning, insurance, banking, cash management, SEC reporting, bankruptcy, and acquisitions & mergers. He also serves as the treasurer for the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Washington State. Lou is looking forward to helping the Board understand the financial implications and risks of their decisions, as well as adding clarity to recommendations made by the finance committee.

Sam Rosen
Pronouns: she, her

Sam Rosen and her husband, Don Taylor, joined Temple Beth Am in 2010 with their two teenage daughters Campbell (15) and Sage (13).  Both girls continue to attend Religious School after becoming B’nai Mitzvah. Sam has been the co-chair of the Beth Am Parent Association (BAPA) for two years, on the Religious School board for three years, and, most recently, co-chaired the Religious School Director Search Committee. Sam is a recovering hi-tech program manager, who is now a student in Shoreline Community College’s Biotechnology program. She is originally from Long Island, NY but moved to the west coast in 1989 in pursuit of work with dolphins and/or work in television. Having achieved both of those goals – including stints as a dolphin trainer and a project manager on “Bill Nye the Science Guy” – she settled into Seattle’s booming tech industry. Sam is a soccer player, animal lover, and relishes her annual pilgrimage to see Dave Matthews at the Gorge every Labor Day weekend.

Josh Samson
Pronouns: he, him

Josh and his wife, Katherine, joined Temple Beth Am in 2012 after attending several warm and welcoming Young Families at Beth Am (YFBA) events with their oldest daughter. Two more have come along, and they all agree – Purim is rad. Josh became an active member right away, first serving on the YFBA Committee. Then, he served multiple times on the Board Nominating Committee and completed two consecutive terms on the Religious School Committee. Josh is a professional photographer and avid endurance athlete. 

Ronnie Shure
Pronouns: he, him

​​​​​​​Ronnie and his wife, Toby Harris, joined Temple Beth Am in 1986. They have three daughters who have experienced Bat Mitzvah and Covenant Renewal here, and they are very involved in the lives of their two grandchildren. Ronnie is the Chair of the Religious Practices Committee, a committed member of the team of Shamushim that volunteer to support Shabbat services, and an advocate for tikkun olam activities. Ronnie is a pharmacist who provided health care to underserved populations in the areas of substance abuse treatment, mental health, and public health. Although, he tried to retire in 2012, he was drawn into pharmacogenomics where he works with with ActX, which is a commercial venture that provides support systems for provide personalized health care.

T.J. Stutman
Pronouns: he, him

T.J. and his wife, Nora, have been proud members of the Temple Beth Am community since 2013 and are devoted parents to Guri (7) and Myer (4). They are active participants in Young Families at Beth Am; T.J. serves on its Steering Committee. T.J. works in the King County Executive Office developing budgets and business plans for agencies serving the county’s two million-plus residents. He is delighted to have the opportunity to learn from and serve the community through the Beth Am Board.

Rachel Zerrell
Pronouns: they, them or she, her

Rachel, who was known as Rachel Zeno until she married her partner Tim one-and-a-half years ago, has been a Temple Beth Am member for 32 years. Since moving back to Seattle in 2008, Rachel has been involved in the Welcoming Synagogue Taskforce, H2R, the Interfaith and Intercultural Initiative, as a delegate to the RAC's Consultation on Conscience, as a Torah reader, and by teaching Religious School, as well as being a part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Advanced Leadership Development program. As a Senior Program Manager for Diversity & Inclusion Strategy at Amazon, Rachel works on finding innovative ways to disrupt unconscious bias, effectively develop and retain people from underrepresented backgrounds, and build organizational capability to collaborate across many kinds of differences; you might also run into her doing anti-racist organizing in Seattle with CARW and JUIR. She's thrilled to roll up her sleeves and help Temple Beth Am actualize the Strategic Plan and move into the future in a way that lives our values.

Resolutions and Policies

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