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President, Margaret Gilbert

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

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, Richard Lepie

Richard Lepie is a wanderer by Nature. He lived in 5 states before the age of 5. Grammar school years were spent in Boston, Massachusetts. Not being allowed to escape to Europe for University, he compromised and attended McGill University in Montreal. He was seduced by Betsy Ross and spent the next four years in Philadelphia at Jefferson Medical College. Next it was off to Jewish Hospital of St Louis for a residency in Internal Medicine. The wind then blew across the Atlantic to Queens Hospital in London. The wind kept blowing east for a two year stint in Africa working for missionaries in Ethiopia and Malawi. He finally returned to the USA as Chief Medical Resident at Kern General in Bakersfield, California. . A change of mind led to a new start as a resident in Ophthalmology in Buffalo, NY. Arlyne appeared. He married. There were children and he is still in Buffalo. He has had a home in Summit County for over twenty years and has been a member of the Congregation for almost that long. The lore of the Mountain is calling to make Silverthorne more permanent. Not only does he still practice Ophthalmology, but he runs a Travel Agency, guides tours, manages an Office Complex, is Treasurer for his Buffalo Congregation, teaches skiing to youth at Keystone and dabbles in real estate.

Secretary, Terry Whitehouse

Terry and her husband Richard have been splitting their time between their home in DC and their home in Frisco since 2017. They came for the skiing and fell in love with the summers as the saying goes. They have really enjoyed being members of SOS and appreciate the warmth and receptivity of the SOS community. They have two sons; one lives in Baltimore and one lives in Denver so they are lucky to be able spend time with each of them. Terry was a CPA in her first career but has been spending time in more creative pursuits of late. She received her yoga teaching certificate 5 years ago and before the pandemic was volunteering as a bone marrow currier transporting “life” to transplant patients internationally. Currently, she is working on a certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Terry enjoys skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, Mahjong and reading.

Director of Events, Ruth Kaplan

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,
Shari Goldstein

Shari’s claim to fame: The 2021 reigning champion of the Lake Dillion Ice Melt contest! She guessed within 9 minutes of the exact time of the drop. And for that Shari was awarded unlimited bragging rights. Shari and her husband Scott have been part timers in Summit County for the past 16 years, currently living in Frisco. They have a bunch of kids who also love summit county. Bryan learned to blow glass at the Gatherhouse in Frisco, and with his wife Yael, they own bgoldglass in Boulder. Check out The Hottest Date in Town at Robyn is a mental health counselor in the county, and lives with her person Omer who is an awesome photographer, And Sam is a brewer at Outer Range. You can find active Goldstein’s in all corners of the county. Shari has been actively involved as a Jewish educator, in NY, Maryland, Phoenix, and Denver for the past 30 years and is very excited to be joining the SOS Board as membership director. Shari and Scott enjoy everything the great outdoors offers and can be found hiking, kayaking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing with friends from SOS. She is looking forward to welcoming new members and reconnecting with current members. Her door is always open, feel free to stop by for a visit.

Rabbi Liaison, Susan Knopf

Susan Knopf and her husband, SOS Past President, Jonathan Knopf have been members of Synagogue of the Summit since 2010. Susan previously served the SOS Board as Special Events and Fundraising Chair, planning and executing Break-the-fast, the Chanukah Party and Second Night Seder, among other activities. Susan is a founder of Summit Colorado Interfaith Council, and leads the Development Committee, currently addressing a myriad of social issues. Susan writes a progressive column for the Summit Daily, called For the Record, which publishes every Friday. Susan is a certified ski instructor and teaches at Loveland. Susan previously worked as a TV news reporter as well as a sales rep. for Procter and Gamble, and Kraft Foods. Susan and Jonathan have three grown children.

Immediate Past President,
Jackie Balyeat

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

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. 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.

Wed, May 25 2022 24 Iyyar 5782