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OUR BOARD

President, Margaret Gilbert
president@synagogueofthesummit.org

Margaret and her husband always knew that when they retired, Colorado would be their destination.  They have been skiing out at Aspen/Snowmass for over 30 years, but that just became too far when their daughter Lindsay got married, moved to Highlands Ranch and began a family. Finding Summit County and SOS was beshert for them.  Everything just fell into place and SOS was a huge piece of that. They felt everyone was very welcoming and made so many friends right off the bat. For Margaret, it was great to have found women with similar interests in hiking, skiing, cooking, knitting and who knew, Mah Jong! And the outdoors in general. She was happy to volunteer for whatever was needed at SOS. She had been very active at their congregation of 30 years in New York, having served on many committees, including being on the executive board for about 10 years. So she was happy to have a new Jewish home that seemed to need her as well. Margaret is honored to have been asked to be Vice President and looks forward to serving as our President.

Vice President, Marc Warshawsky
vicepresident@synagogueofthesummit.org

Marc grew up in the NYC area and met his lovely wife Rebecca in Cambridge MA where they were married 38 years ago. With 4 kids and 7 grandkids, some in Highlands Ranch and some in Dallas life is busy. Marc spent over 25 years in the computer industry as an engineer and a manager, working first in Massachusetts and later in Texas. After the crash in 2008, Marc launched a new career in Real Estate in Austin which he successfully migrated to Summit County. With a 2nd home in Summit County for many years, our dream was to figure out how to relocate and be in the mountains full time.  That dream became reality in 2019. We love Summit County and everything it has to offer and plan to be here for a very long time. Once we arrived, we immediately discovered SOS. We love the progressive informality of it all. Rebecca jumped in virtually immediately with both feet - because that’s what she does -  and started volunteering at SOS.  Now it’s my turn, and I’m excited to embark on this new role as VP.

Treasurer, David Lippa
treasurer@synagogueofthesummit.org

David was born in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Colorado in 1974. He has been married to Beth for 17 years. They have three sons: two married, two grandchildren. David is a former CPA with Lippa & Associates, P.C. since 1981 who recently retired in June 2017. David and Beth have had a second home in Summit County since 2004. David's past affiliations: CASA volunteer and treasurer, Board member and treasurer of Jewish Family Services of Colorado (now JFS), Board member and treasure of Stoney Brook Homeowners Association, Denver Board member and treasurer of Anchorage West Homeowners Association, and Board member and treasurer of Emily Griffith School Foundation. His Interests are skiing, golf, traveling, boating, off road Jeeping reading and playing on the computer.

Secretary, Sandy Lehr
secretary@synagogueofthesummit.org

Sandy and her husband John purchased their second home in Frisco in 2018 and have been enjoying it so much they have hardly been in Omaha! When they found out about the SOS, that helped seal the deal.Having their daughter, Avery in Denver made it even better! Their other adult child, Jacob, is in Cambridge MA but loves to come out and visit as well. Sandy is a Detroit native. She had a brief career at a hedge fund after graduate school and then stayed home to start a family. She also volunteered at their schools, Temple Israel in Omaha, NCJW, and other community organizations.  Now besides enjoying the beautiful Colorado countryside and her new Summit County friends, she is a Co-Leader of the Omaha Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby and is on the board of The Nature Conservancy-Nebraska and is the TNC-NE Board Liaison for the Climate Working Group. When she is not working on Climate matters, she enjoys leisurely hikes, biking, mah jongg and learning to knit.

Director of Events, Ruth Kaplan
events@synagogueofthesummit.org

Ruth is originally from the Washington, D.C. suburbs. She and her husband Larry moved to Colorado in 1980. She taught special education and later 4th grade in public schools for about 30 years.  They raised their two children living in Evergreen for 23 years.  Their daughter and her husband recently moved to Frisco where she will be the librarian for the Summit Middle School. Their son lives in Centennial with his wife and 15 month old precious daughter. Ruth and Larry moved into their vacation home in Frisco two years ago after finding themselves spending more time year round in Summit County than in Evergreen and the front range.  Recently they made the move to Breckenridge. After making Summit County their permanent home, they joined SOS,  and now feel like they have been members forever! They both love the warmth of the community, the services,  and enjoy all of the social and service opportunities as well.  They hope to meet and or see all of you at the annual meeting or in the near future.

Director of Membership,
Vicky Kelman
membership@synagogueofthesummit.org

Vicky lives in Eagles Nest, Silverthorne with her husband Dan Fishman. She was immediately welcomed by Synagogue of the Summit and dove in quickly as our Director of Membership. She is a PSIA certified ski instructor at Copper Mountain, just completed her tenth year and currently works as a guide for the Over the Hill Gang; best job in Summit County! Vicky has served on the board for the JCC in Tempe, Arizona, the Boulder branch of Allied Jewish Federation, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Jewish National Fund in Denver, Co. She has two adult children; Loni Taylor residing on Cortes Island in British Columbia, and Aaron Taylor living in Denver, CO.

Director of Social Action,
Lynda Black
social@synagogueofthesummit.org

 

Rabbi Liaison, Ron Goldstein
liaison@synagogueofthesummit.org

Ron Goldstein is most grateful to SOS for the opportunity to lead the adult Hebrew class over the last several months. Before moving to Frisco, he was a Hebrew School teacher in Beachwood OH for many years. Ron loves the eclectic style of our mountain community having himself been a member of congregations in all 4  branches of Judaism. He is looking forward to visiting Israel soon with an SOS community trip! And to skiing at Loveland where he is a member of the ski patrol!

Immediate Past President,
Jackie Balyeat
pastpresident@synagogueofthesummit.org

Jackie & her husband Goose (Jeff) first moved to Colorado to be closer to 2 of their 3 children. After building a home in Hartsel, they decided to be closer to civilization and moved to Breckenridge and now Silverthorne; thereby making their kids, grandkids, friends and rest of family much happier to have a place to stay when hitting the slopes. Jackie is a former CPA who enjoys spending time with family, traveling, cooking, hiking, skiing, reading and playing Mah Jongg. She has served on Temple Boards, committees and taught Sunday school before SOS but is now thrilled to serve this wonderful congregation as its president. She loves meeting new people through SOS and is happy that our congregation doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar location as it allows for experiences in beautiful venues throughout the county.

Administrative Assistant,
Angela Reider
info@synagogueofthesummit.org

Angela and her family moved to Summit County in 2002 and joined SOS shortly thereafter. She has been our Administrative Assistant since 2005 and has enjoyed watching the congregation evolve. She and her husband Richard have three daughters: one in Brooklyn, two in Colorado; four grandchildren. Their youngest daughter is a Senior at CU Boulder (Go Buffs!). Angela worked for Summit County Libraries for many years and has a background in the Arts. In addition to her synagogue duties, she also works for Bemis Public Library in Littleton. Interests include cooking, gardening, art, hiking, traveling, non-fiction books, and animals. She and her husband currently reside in Evergreen along with their two furry kids.

Sun, April 11 2021 29 Nisan 5781