Our Leadership

Congregation Kol Shalom Board

FY 2018 – 2019


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President:  Aaron Levine (2017-2020)

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Aaron, with his wife, Judy, have lived for the last two decades and raised two beautiful children, Noah and Tova, amidst our island community. He is a professional artist specializing in studio furniture and divides his time between family, art and community service. Locally, Aaron has served on the boards of Bainbridge Juvenile Diversion and Madrona Waldorf School. In Seattle, he served on the Board of Congregation Bet Alef and the Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking. He is deeply passionate about the ability of art to enlighten, and his work can be viewed in the sanctuary at CKS as well as other synagogues in Washington State. Aaron is stepping down to become the most recent past-president of CKS but will continue to serve on the Board as a non-voting member and hopes to continue to supply a steady spiritual compass in leadership and be a voice that encourages continual inward reflection.


Vice President:  Carrie Arndt (2017-2020)

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Carrie is excited to be joining the Board of Congregation Kol Shalom. She is nearing retirement from Johnson & Johnson, where she worked in a variety of leadership positions in their medical device businesses in California over the past 20+ years. Carrie and her husband Ed, have been part-time residents of Bainbridge Island since 2013, only now completing their transition to year round residency. She will be retiring from J&J this December. As a member of Congregation Beth Emek, her previous synagogue in Pleasanton CA, Carrie served in several leadership roles, including President, VP Finance, Treasurer, and Chair of the Caring Committee. Her Judaism is inseparably tied to Tikkun Olam, and addressed through her work as a Board member of WISER, a boarding high school for girls in rural Kenya, and involvement in STEM education in an urban school district in Southern California. Carrie looks forward to extending her involvement in STEM education for both boys and girls in Bainbridge and North Kitsap.


Treasurer:  Steve Louis (2016-2019)

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Steve, with his wife Maurie, and orange tabby cat Kaz, retired to Bainbridge Island at the end of 2011 after living most of their lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. In California, they belonged to Congregation Beth Emek, a URJ synagogue in Pleasanton, where his now grown children became b’nai mitzvah, and where Steve served many roles, including Education Chair, Religious Chair, Board Secretary, Vice President, and Committee Chair for Long Range Planning and for Interim Rabbinic Search. Before retiring, Steve was employed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 35 years, most recently as a program manager for the DOE’s Advanced Simulation and Computing effort, helping to procure some of the fastest super-computers in the world. Steve is also an ardent Seattle Mariners fan, genetic genealogist, former board member of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, and an active recreational poker player, having cashed three times in the World Series of Poker.


Secretary:  Asaph Glosser (2018-2021)


Asaph grew up on the East Coast, but he has called the Pacific Northwest home since 2005. Asaph and his wife Hilary have two sons and moved back to the island in 2014 after seven years in Seattle. Asaph and his family joined CKS almost immediately after moving back to the island and are thrilled to be part of this vibrant, growing community. While in Seattle, they were partners at the Kavana Cooperative, where Asaph played an active role in the organization’s internal evaluation activities. Professionally, Asaph works for a small social policy research firm where he looks at the impact of employment and social service programs on low income populations. Asaph sees his service on the CKS Board as a way to help foster a positive, inclusive Jewish community on Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap.


Director:  Ed Arndt (2016-2019)


Ed and his wife, Carrie, are making a gradual transition to full-time residency on the island. They spent the last 20 years inthe San Francisco Bay Area, where they raised their two sons and participated actively in the life of the local Jewish community. As a member of Congregation Beth Emek, a URJ congregation, Ed served in several Board positions, including Vice President of Youth Education & Programs, and Social Action Chair. He was also a member of the Finance and Building Committees. He is honored to serve as a member of Kol Shalom’s Board of Directors. Prior to his retirement in 2015, Ed was director of mental health services for the Tri-Valley SELPA, a consortium of school districts in San Francisco’s East Bay. Over his career as a licensed psychologist, he worked as a clinician, supervisor and academic in medical, mental health and school settings. Since retiring, Ed and his wife have been exploring the waters of the Pacific Northwest aboard their boat, Pretty Grand, as well as spending time with their grandchildren.


Director: Ira Fielding (2016-2019)


Ira is a native New Yorker now retired after 30 years of practice of Urology in the SF Bay Area where he chaired the Department of Urology at Kaiser Permanente and taught at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  Ira and his wife Patty moved to the Island in 1999 and joined CKS four years ago.  He has stayed active in retirement by boating throughout our beautiful Northwest waters, travelling, serving on the Boards of Directors of health care organizations and watching his grandsons grow. Ira and Patty’s daughter Diane teaches at the Blakely School and grandsons attend Bainbridge High School. He is a past-president of Kol Shalom, having serving as CKS Board President from 2013-2015.


Director:  Lisa Hope (2017-2020)

Lisa Hope

Having grown up in Southern California, Lisa moved to London to pursue a career in Classical Archaeology at the British Museum. After realizing that the scholastic life was not for her, she moved to Seattle and began working in film – starting as a PA and working her way up to Producer. Producing films and commercials brought her back to LA until meeting and marrying native Bainbridge Islander, Jeff Patricio and settling down in Kingston. Together they have two children, Joe (a recent Bar Mitzvah) and Lucy (a soon to be Bat Mitzvah). They joined CKS four years ago and have been active participants in congregatioal and Religious School activities. Besides spending her time driving back and forth between Kingston and Bainbridge, Lisa works full time in the marketing department of Poulsbo based furniture manufacturer Watson Furniture. She is looking forward to making a positive contribution to the board.


Director:  Stacey Koenig (2018-2021)

A Wyoming native, and a long-time resident of Colorado, Stacey earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She went on to complete her studies in nursing at the Presbyterian/St. Luke’s School of Nursing and practiced nursing throughout the Denver area, specializing in post-surgical coronary care. Moving to Bainbridge Island in 1993, Stacey combined her nursing background and interest in computers by working for GE Healthcare, testing and developing software. During her stint as a software developer, Stacey found her penchant for writing everything down led to her current career as a technical writer for Amazon.  Be it of the domestic pet, ranch, or farm variety, Stacey has been a passionate animal lover from very early on. She currently lives with her two Mexican hairless dogs and one furry purebred alley cat, all of whom endure her frequent leyning practice sessions.


Director:  Jonathan Liffgens (2018-2021)

Jonathan and his wife Elaine arrived on Bainbridge Island in 2015 along with their two daughters, Maya and Serena. Jonathan spent his early years in the rural community of Woodstock, NY, in the Catskills, where he acquired a taste for the natural world as well as outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, spelunking and bicycling. He fulfilled a dream in 1981 when, after graduating college, he crossed the continental United States on his bicycle. Jonathan lived in Boston, Miami and Pittsburgh before eventually moving to Chicago to earn a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Illinois. He met Elaine, also a design professional, while working at the same architecture firm in Chicago and they were married shortly thereafter at the Spanish Synagogue in Prague. He practiced in Chicago primarily as a project architect on institutional healthcare and bio-medical research projects before establishing a solo practice as a residential and commercial architect. He and Elaine enjoy sailing, scuba-diving and world travel. Jonathan is an accomplished amateur photographer and has contributed his images to several journals, publications and exhibitions. He and Elaine joined Congregation Kol Shalom in 2016 and are both looking forward to serving the Bainbridge Island community in general and the CKS community in particular.


Director:  Amy Mook (2018-2021)

Amy and her husband Dean are long-time residents of Port Townsend, where they raised their two beloved sons. They have been fortunate to be self-employed at occupations of their choosing, Dean is a retired artist blacksmith and Amy has worn many hats, from custom seamstress to educational nature game publisher. Currently, she is a web and print designer. A lifelong learner of math, physics and mysticism, one pursuit leading to another, Amy found her love of Torah in 2004.  She found her voice when invited to lain for the first time at Bet Shira, the Port Townsend Jewish community, on Simchat Torah 2007.  Very moved by the experience and motivated to find a way to have more regular Torah services in Port Townsend, she completed the Davvenen Leadership Training in order to learn the liturgy. Still an active participant in Bet Shira as service leader, B’nei Mitzvah tutor, and Torah study enthusiast, Amy has found a beloved Jewish home in Congregation Kol Shalom. She has been a part of CKS for about 4 years: serves on the CKS Religious Practices Committee; enjoys teaching in the CKS Religious School; and, feels honored to read Torah frequently at CKS Shabbat services.  Amy hopes to continue to contribute to the vibrant CKS community through service on the board.


Director:  Barry Spinak (2016-2019)


Barry and his wife, Sharon, a retired math teacher and avid flutist, moved from Salisbury, MD to Bainbridge Island in 2009 to be closer to their grandchildren. They have three grown children: Joshua, Abby, and David (who lives on Bainbridge Island with his wife and three children). For many years, Barry served simultaneously as president, secretary-treasurer, rabbi coordinator, shamash, shofar-blower and maintenance man for the small synagogue in his hometown of Pocomoke City, MD where his great-grandfather, a chazzan and shochet (ritual slaughterer) who arrived from Lithuania in 1900, served as the first spiritual leader of that small congregation. At Rosh Hashanah services in 2015, Barry presented the treasured Torah his great-grandfather brought from Lithuania, now residing in the CKS ark. After completing his master’s degree in chemical engineering, Barry changed course and went to medical school. Initially a family practitioner, he subsequently worked 15 years as an emergency physician, and 10 years as an occupational physician with NASA. Upon moving to Bainbridge Island, he worked as an occupational physician at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard before retiring in March 2016. Barry’s activities include genealogy, photography, classical music, carpentry and landscaping, and he is a member of the Bainbridge Island Senior Center softball team.