Our Leadership

Congregation Kol Shalom Board

FY 2019 – 2020

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President:  Carrie Arndt (2017-2020)

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Carrie Arndt Board

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.


Vice President:  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.


Treasurer:  Jonathan Liffgens (2018-2021)

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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.


Secretary:  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:  Ed Arndt (2019-2022)


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:  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: Jani Levy Pauli (2019-2022)

Jani grew up in West Los Angeles. Her family belonged to both Reform and Conservative synagogues, though the commitment to the URJ and all that the URJ stands for was foremost. Jani attended UCLA studying both elementary education and Jewish Studies. Jani moved Bainbridge Island in the fall of 1978. It was there that she met her husband, Bill. They have 2 sons and their beloved dog, Auzzie. Jani was a founding member of CKS, serving on the first board. She’s had many jobs at CKS including, bookkeeping, running the Religious School, heading Religious Practices, establishing the library, and heading up fundraising efforts (including the purchase of our current home). Jani has served on many boards, including, BPA, BAC, Jewish Education Council of Seattle Federation, URJ Regional Board and the URJ National Board on which she and her dad were the first father and daughter to serve at the same time. She was founding Board President of Voyager Montessori Elementary School, as well as volunteering for 3 years as the Voyager School Administrator. Aside from CKS, the enterprise that most touched Jani’s heart was the founding of Camp Kalsman. Jani played a role in searching for the site, was a member of the Capital Campaign committee and served on the first Camp Kalsman Commission. Camp Kalsman is named after Jani’s grandparents and is a project she is very proud of. Jani is looking forward to serving the community again.


Director: Marc Miller (2019-2022)

Marc and his wife Cindy were born and lived in California most of their lives, moving to Seattle in 2016 and Bainbridge a year later. They have two adult children in Southern California. Cindy and Marc joined CKS within a year of moving to the island and enjoy the inclusive, unpretentious energy that CKS offers. While in Irvine, they were members of Bat Yahm in Newport Beach and Santa Ana’s Temple Beth Shalom. Marc was involved in Jewish community life there as President of the Orange County Jewish Family Service and later serving as President of the Jewish Federation of Orange County. Professionally, Cindy is a retired pathologist and using the gift of time and Bainbridge’s friendliness to pursue a range of interests. Marc is also a physician, with an eclectic career working with start ups here and in Israel. Marc and Cindy moved to Puget Sound for Marc to be Chief Medical Officer of the Polyclinic in Seattle. With its sale, Marc chose to focus on getting back to supporting and mentoring innovative early stage health care companies while building a semi-retired life; including discovering the Northwest’s treasures with Cindy, catching up on community involvement, exercise, and exploring new interests. Marc is looking forward to CKS board service as a way to give back to the Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap community during an exciting chapter of synagogue growth, while learning about Judaism and building friendships.


Director:  Barry Spinak (2019-2022)


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.