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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, learn more about the responsibilities of being a director. Contact the Temple Beth Am President for more information. Per our bylaws, the nominations committee consists of:

  • two Board members who serve staggered two-year terms
  • two at-large members elected at the Annual Meeting who serve a one-year term
  • two congregational members, one of whom is a member of the Religious School Board, who serve a one-year term

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

Draft Bylaws

Some transformations are years in the making. After 30-plus interviews, two congregational forums, several Board meetings, multiple consultations with outside legal counsel, and countless committee meetings, the Board of Directors is pleased to share a complete draft of new temple bylaws for congregation-wide input. A Congregational Meeting will take place on Sunday, January 27 at 11:45 AM to approve the bylaws. Read the 2018 Draft Bylaws and 2018 Draft Bylaws FAQs.

Board of Directors Nominations

Are you interested in joining the Temple Beth Am Board of Directors? Beth Am’s Board is responsible for the temple’s governance, establishing and upholding Beth Am’s mission and vision, and preparing for its successful future. The Board meets monthly, and members further the Board’s work by joining and leading various committees, serving on tasks forces, contributing financially to Beth Am in a way that is personally meaningful, and helping to cultivate community engagement.


The Board Nominating Committee is responsible for proposing a slate of Board Directors to the community at the Annual Meeting. The Nominating Committee is looking for strategic thinkers and leaders with experience and expertise in strategic planning, communications, financial management, people management, nonprofit governance, and more. Please contact nominations@templebetham.org if you would like to learn more or to request an application! All inquiries and applications are kept confidential.

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

President

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.

1st 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.

2nd Vice President

Gale Picker
Pronouns: she, her

Gale joined Temple Beth Am close to two decades ago because the Religious School was so good for her (then) young daughters and subsequently found out that adult education, religious services, and getting to deliver and receive healing challahs came with this wonderful package! She’s participated in Mitzvah Days as well as traveled on an American Jewish World Service (AJWS) trip with other temple members and their children to help build houses in the Yucatan Peninsula and on a teen trip to Israel (as a chaperone). She’s raised money for TBA, had a Bat Mitzvah at 60, tried to learn Hebrew, and laughed and cried with her Temple Beth Am family. In her other life, Gale is on various boards (locally, the Neighbor to Neighbor board of the Seattle Foundation), works part-time as a counselor at a small nonprofit, and volunteers in the community. In her past life, she worked in Washington D.C. on the US Senate Finance and Budget Committees as well as with C-SPAN.

Secretary

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.

Treasurer

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.

Board Members

Steve Abramowicz
Pronouns: he, him

Steve lives in Wedgwood with his wife, Kara; son, Liam; daughter, Frankie; and their black lab, Caroline. Liam became Bar Mitzvah in 2016, and Frankie will become Bat Mitzvah in 2019. The Abramowicz family have been Temple Beth Am members since 2007 after moving to Seattle from Bellevue where Steve's office is still located. The senior vice president and a wealth advisor for UBS Financial, Steve also shares his time as VP on the board of Parent Trust for Washington Children, whose mission is reducing child abuse in our state. Steve is also the Seattle Major Gifts Chair of Education First, providing college scholarships to low income students. He recently joined the Temple Beth Am Finance Task Force for integrating the SJCC preschool, focusing on health care and liability insurance.

Michael Berman
Pronouns: he, him

Michael and his wife, Terri Buysse, joined Temple Beth Am in 2006. They have two post-Bat Mitzvah children in the Religious School. They created a chavurah for Temple Beth Am members living in the (far) north-end and are both active volunteers in the temple. Michael chaired the Cantorial Search Committee that hired Cantor Victor Geigner and served on the Rabbinic Search Committee that brought Rabbi Zlotnick to TBA. He has served on the Board for two years, where he chairs the Board Governance Committee, and has also served on the Religious School Board. He works as a program manager for Sound Transit. In his free time, Michael likes to read, cook, listen to music, run and hike, and rabidly follow Chicago sports teams.

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. 

Emma Kahle
Pronouns: she, her

Emma has been a Temple Beth Am member since she was born. From baby-naming to Bat Mitzvah to Covenant Renewal, Beth Am has been a consistent part of Emma’s life. After heading to New York for college, Emma has been back in Seattle for the past four years, exploring how to develop her own adult-version of Judaism. Back in the day, Emma contributed to Beth Am through the Madrichim program, and, more recently, she has organized informal get-togethers with fellow young adults. Having just completed the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle’s Young Adult Leadership Development Program, Emma is excited to contribute to the work of the Board and looks forward to providing a young adult perspective. Emma is a PhD Candidate at the University of Washington where she coordinates her department’s K-12 outreach program and studies past climate change from polar ice core records. When not in Antarctica, she captains the nationally-competitive women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Seattle Underground.

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.

Andrea G. Lieberman
Pronouns: she, her

Andrea has been a lifelong member of Temple Beth Am - and with her husband, Jamie, and two grown children - continues to enjoy all Temple Beth Am has to offer. Andrea joined the Board in 2016 and is actively serving on the Development Committee and the Strategic Planning Task Force. Andrea works part-time as the executive director of IndieFlix Foundation and tries very hard to keep up with her adventure-loving family members on snow, trails, and water; wherever the conditions are good.

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.

Mon, December 10 2018 2 Tevet 5779