Board Members & Roles FY 2016-2017

Temple Beth Elohim welcomes and appreciates the support of congregants who take on leadership roles. The Board of Trustees includes our President, 11 Vice Presidents with diverse portfolios, two Presidential appointees, a Co-chair of the Leadership Council and senior Clergy and Staff. The Board provides strategic direction and operational guidance in support of TBE's vision and values. Temple Beth Elohim's Leadership Council works in collaboration with the Board of Trustees to guide the synagogue in all facets of its journey to fulfill its mission.

If you would like to contribute your skills to a VP-led committee or learn more about leadership roles, please contact TBE President, Pam Forman, [email protected]

Meet our 2016-2017 TBE Board Officers and Trustees:

Pam Forman, President
Pam is entering her third year as Temple Beth Elohim’s President of the Board of Trustees. Prior to this role, Pam served for three years as TBE’s Vice President of Development. Pam was a member of our HaBonim Committee as we rebuilt our Makom and led TBE’s Interior Design Committee for our new building.

Outside of TBE, Pam is a Senior Strategist Consultant focusing on brand advertising. Pam is a current co-chair of CJP Womens Philanthropy's Pomegranate event. Pam has served as a Trustee on the Executive Board of the Charles River School, a From The Top's Board member and was a participant in CJP’s 2013-2014 Acharai Leadership Program.

Pam and her husband Guy have 2 daughters, Julia, 15, and Caroline, 13. Pam grew up in the Temple and her daughters make her family third-generation TBE members. Both daughters attended TBE’s nursery school and continue to be active participants in Temple life.

President Elect – Bob Schechter

Bob and his wife Susan, have happily been TBE members for nearly 20 years. Bob has served on the board as a Presidential Appointee and most recently Co-Chaired the Leadership Council. Last year, Bob served on the committee which worked on modernizing TBE’s Governance structure and has served on the Finance and Endowment Committees. 

Outside of TBE, Bob is a mostly retired technology industry executive who continues to dabble in the industry serving on several boards and advising entrepreneurs. He worked in the software industry at the dawn of the personal computing era and later in the telecom industry as it became part of the internet and transitioned to the mobile era. Over the years, Susan and Bob have been involved in a number of non-profit endeavors and Bob is a past board chair of the Boston Children’s Museum.

Susan and Bob, with their pack of poodles, live in Weston and in Barnstable on Cape Cod. They have two grown children Michael and Brian, both in NYC and enjoy traveling, hanging out with friends and counting their blessings.


Danny Navisky, Vice President Adult Jewish Living
Danny Navisky is entering his first year as Vice President of Adult Jewish Living. He previously served as TBE's Vice President of T'filah, working to continually enrich the TBE prayer experience, led ritual programming for the Families with Young Children Committee, participated in L'Kareiv, helping to deepen personal connections across the TBE community, and served on the most recent Rabbi Search Committee.  In addition to his TBE contributions, he also sits on the Board of Directors of the Boston Jewish Music Festival and the Linda Schulman Innovation Fund. He lives in Newton with his wife Elizabeth (who grew up at TBE) and their sons Asher (8) and Lev (5).

Carolyn Kohlman Carolyn Kohlman, Vice President Caring Community
Carolyn, her husband Alan Gold and daughter Meryl, have been TBE members for 20 years. One way in which Carolyn has made a strong connection and commitment to TBE is through her involvement with the Caring Community. After many years as a member of the Bereavement Team, Carolyn became co-chair of the team in 2012. For the past six years she has also been a member of the Lev Echad program. Professionally, Carolyn has been a clinical social worker for close to forty years. Outside of TBE, Carolyn is a volunteer with the Hebrew Senior Life Hospice program, is VP of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston and is an ESL tutor through the Newton Library. Carolyn and her family live in Newton.

Erica Recht, Vice President Development
Erica is entering her second year as Temple Beth Elohim’s Vice President of Development.  Prior to this role, Erica served on Gan Elohim’s Parent Committee, was a member of the 2013 Evening to Remember Committee, and  co-chaired the 2014 Evening to Remember.

Peter Biro, Vice President Finance
Peter has been involved in a number of activities and committees at Temple Beth Elohim since he and his family became members in 2008. He has served on the Building Use Committee, launched and chaired the Task Force on Strategic Partnerships, and served on the Temple Beth Elohim Board of Trustees as an at-large member before his appointment as VP of Finance.  

Peter is a partner at TechCXO and is a consulting CFO for startup growth companies. He also is a founder in the local franchise group for Five Guys Burgers and Fries (yes, really).  

In his spare time, he writes a syndicated blog called “The Sandwiched Man” about being a Sandwich Generation father and son, and roots for Duke basketball.

Peter, his wife Nova, and twin 13 year-old daughters, Sophie and Lily, live in Wellesley.

Jessica Wolfe, Vice President Governance
Jessica has been an entrepreneur, behavioral researcher, neuropsychologist and executive in healthcare, health science and public health for over 30 years. Jessica has chaired the Governance & Nominating Committee at Partners Healthcare Continuing Care Division. She chaired the Governance and Nominating at Neurofibromatosis NE, Inc. and she is one of 6 elected trustees responsible for general oversight and fiduciary health of the Wellesley library.  Most recently, Jessica served on TBE’s Governance Task Force and has been actively involved on TBE committees for many years.

Seth Stier, Vice President K’lal Israel
At TBE, Seth recently co-chaired An Evening to Remember, 2016. He is currently on the TBE task force, Development Committee and the Israel Current Events Committee. Seth and his family have been members of TBE for 10 years.

Seth serves on several committees at the Belmont Hill School and the Winsor School. He is a board member for Newton Girls Soccer and currently holds the position of uniform chair. Seth chaired the fund raising committee for Newton Central Little League and served on the leadership committee for the Fessenden School’s recent capital campaign. Seth is also a member of the Heads Advisory Council at the Hopkins School in New Haven, CT. 

Seth currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children. His son, Jared, is in the 11th grade at The Belmont Hill School. His daughter, Sarah, is in the 10th grade at The Winsor School. 

Lauren Richman, Vice President Member Engagement
Lauren is entering her second year on the TBE Board, in the role of Vice President, Member Engagement. Previously at TBE, she served as co-chair of Women of TBE/[email protected] for three years, and helped in the two organizations' transition and merger. She was a co-chair of the 2015 An Evening to Remember gala, and a member of the 2014 and 2016 An Evening to Remember committees, supporting outreach and communications.

Lauren has a 25+ year career in marketing, and held leadership roles at several Boston-based start-ups, and at Nuance Communications, focused on speech recognition and healthcare IT. She is a mentor with the Social Innovation Forum and on the Development Committee for the Akilah Institute for Women, a women's college in Kigali, Rwanda.

Lauren Richman and her husband, Joel Trachtman, joined TBE in 2008. They live in Newton, and have three children, Hannah (29), Sam (27) and Aaron (22).

Pam Norden, Vice President T’filah - Pam Norden
Pam has been an active member at TBE since joining in 2009.  She has served in a variety of roles on our synagogue's Gan Elohim and Yaldeinu committees, including terms as co-chairs of each.  Prior to beginning her current role, she completed a three-year term as an Elected Trustee of the TBE Board.  She also currently serves as Co-chair of TBE's Assistant Cantor Search Committee. Pam is a dermatologist and partner at Krauss Dermatology.  She is on staff at Newton Wellesley Hospital and is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she also serves as the Director of Medical Student Education for the Dermatology Department. She also volunteers for CJP where she and her husband Andrew recently served as co-chairs for the annual Health Professions Breakfast and currently serve as Maimonides society co-chairs. Pam and Andrew live in Needham with their three some Eli (8), Sam (6) and Max (3).  Max is a student at Gan Elohim.  Eli and Sam, both of who graduated Gan Elohim now attend the Rashi School.

Julie Kreiss

Julie Kreiss, Vice President Tikkun Olam
This is Julie’s first year as Vice President of Tikkun Olam.  She has been involved in activities and committees continuously at Temple Beth Elohim since she and her family moved to Wellesley in 2004.  Initially Julie served on the nursery school board and the new member committee.  Subsequently she began her active involvement in Tikkun Olam including planning and co-leading programs such as Mishpacha Mitzvah Missions (now known as Family Social Action), Mitzvah Day, and the Tamchui High Holy Day Hunger Drive.  And, Julie has been contributing to TBE’s Tikkun Olam planning and communications for more than six years.  

Outside of TBE, Julie is a mission-driven fundraising and marketing professional with 25+ years of combined experiences both in the non-profit and corporate sectors. Her skills include fundraising, cause and multichannel marketing, product and brand development, and grassroots organizing.  She is currently director of sales strategy at Heinemann Publishing, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which is known for its professional development books, services and resources for teachers K-12. Julie was also an active parent and committee member of the Hunnewell elementary school, and she was an active board member and volunteer grant-writer for Wellesley A Better Chance for six years. 

Julie and her husband David live in Wellesley with their two children, Andrew (16) and Hannah (12), who both attended Gan Elohim Nursery School and Beit Midrash, and now participate in BM3T and Havayah.

Stefanie Albertson, Vice President Youth Jewish Living
Stefanie feels passionately about connecting youth with a Jewish identity and education and looks forward to serving the TBE community in this capacity.  Stefanie has a background in Human Resources, specializing in Training and Development.  She currently works with Au Pairs and serves as a resource to them and their host families while they enjoy their year working in the United States.


Danna Greenberg, Leadership Council Co-Chair
Danna Greenberg is the Carpenter Professor of Organizational Behavior at Babson College where she balances teaching commitments with her research on how individuals manage the relationship between their work and non-work lives.

She and her husband, Michael Tobin, and their three children have been members of TBE since 2000.  As a lay leader, her involvement with Temple Beth Elohim has been diverse and includes serving on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee as Vice President of Congregational Learning, co-chairing assistant rabbi search committees, and serving on human resources, governance, and nominating committees.  She is also actively involved in the community with issues pertaining to work-life and raising healthy children.

Presidential Appointee & Leadership Council Co-Chair, Tony Starr
Shortly after joining TBE in 2010, Tony became a member of the House (Building) Committee.  After serving as a member of that committee for about 6 months, Tony assumed the role of Chair.  In July, 2012 Tony took on the role of TBE VP of Administration and continues to serve as Chair of the House Committee.  

Tony is a litigation partner at the Boston law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo where he serves as co-chair of the Construction Law practice group.  He represents owners and general contractors on both public and private construction projects. 

Tony and his wife Kathy have four grown sons: Jason (29), Bradley (27), Tyler (24) and Clayton (20) and one daughter-in-law.

Presidential Appointee, Tom Bloch
Tom and his wife, Jessica Wolfe, joined TBE in 1990 with their daughters, Alison and Margot. They remained largely invisible in the TBE community for about 15 years until Tom was asked to be a member of the Architect Selection Committee for the new building. Subsequently, Rabbi Joel offered to take Tom to breakfast at Louie's in town where he persuaded Tom that chairing HaBonim would be an opportunity of a lifetime (what opportunity and whose lifetime were unclear!) As usual, Joel was right and the participation by Tom (and his wife) in the realization of our new building proved to be a joyous experience and, as a continuing bonus, introduced them to the truly wonderful community that is TBE.
Presidential Appointee, Adam Koppel
Adam Koppel, M.D., Ph.D. is Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Biogen Idec, where he has served since May 2014. Previously, he was a managing director at Brookside Capital, the public equity affiliate of Bain Capital, which he joined in 2003. Prior to Brookside Capital, he was an associate principal of the McKinsey Healthcare Practice.  Dr. Koppel holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in History and Science from Harvard College and earned an M.D. and Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology from the University of Pennsylvania. He also received an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.  Dr. Koppel currently serves on the Board of Directors of PTC Therapeutics.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Trevena, Inc.

Clergy/Senior Managment

Judy Cannon, Executive Director, Administration and Operations

Alison Kur, Executive Director of Jewish Living

Monique Martin, Director of Development

Rachel Saphire, Associate Rabbi

Joel Sisenweine, Rabbi

Jodi Sufrin, Cantor