Our Leadership

Congregation Kol Shalom Board

FY 2020 – 2021

 

President:  Carrie Arndt (2020-2023)

Carrie grew up on the East Coast, but relocated to Northern California in 1996. She and her husband purchased their home on Bainbridge Island in 2013, but took several years to retire and transition to life on the Island. Carrie retired from Johnson & Johnson in 2018, where she worked in a variety of leadership positions in their medical device businesses in California for the past 20+ years. 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 Gemilut Chasadim, which are embodied through her work as a Board member of WISER, a residential high school for girls in rural Kenya, and her involvement in STEM education. Carrie loves engaging in all of the outdoor activities available in the Pacific Northwest, especially boating, hiking and bicycling.

 

Vice President: Lori Weise (2018-2021)

Lori is a Southern California native who enthusiastically relocated to Bainbridge Island with her husband Steve in December 2018 to be closer to their children and grandchildren in the Pacific Northwest. Lori was raised in a conservative synagogue, Beth Shalom in Whittier, California where her parents, Bert and Libby were active volunteers in youth groups, sisterhood and brotherhood. Bert was part of the Facilities Committee and regularly brought his tool bag to provide maintenance at the synagogue while his children were in Hebrew School. Lori, Steve and their children were active at Beth Hillel in Studio City and Adat Ari El in North Hollywood. Lori worked in a variety of leadership positions in healthcare strategic, forecasting and business planning for four decades including 20 years at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles serving as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development. She retired last December from Cedars-Sinai and is excited to join the Board. She and Steve enjoy running, cooking and travel. Lori is particularly enjoying spending more time hiking, playing pickleball and sampling the wonderful community of Bainbridge Island. She also serves on the Bainbridge City Historical Preservation Commission, the Finance Committee of the Bainbridge Island Land Trust and volunteering at Helpline. In her spare time, she is trying to remaster guitar after a 25 year hiatus.

 

Secretary:  Asaph Glosser (2018-2021)

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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)

 

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:  Ed Arndt (2019-2022)

Ed is currently serving his second term on the Kol Shalom Board of Directors. He co-chairs Facilities, and is actively involved as a member of the Finance, Social Action/ Social Justice, and Membership Committees. Prior to moving to Bainbridge Island in 2015, Ed and his wife, Carrie, spent the previous 20 years in the 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 in Pleasanton, California, he served as Vice President, Youth Education and Programs, Social Action Chair and Finance/Building Committee member. Professionally, Ed is a licensed psychologist, and prior to retirement, was Director of Mental Health Services for a consortium of school districts in San Francisco’s East Bay. Over the course of his career, Ed worked as a clinician, supervisor and academic in medical, mental health and school settings. Since retiring, Ed and his wife have been actively exploring the waters of the Pacific Northwest aboard their boat, Navigator, as well as spending time with their grandchildren.

 

Director:  Jessica Dubey (2019-2022)

Jessica has lived on Bainbridge Island since 2002 and has been a member of CKS for just about that long. She and David Goldberg were married by Rabbi Mark Glickman in 2009, and daughter Josephine Forney attended CKS Religious School from the age of four until becoming Bat Mitzvah. Beyond the usual chair wrangling, table rolling, and kitchen cleanup, Jessica has served CKS in many capacities. From 2005-2010, she edited a printed newsletter (“Scroll Shalom”) sent out to all member households. She joined the board in 2008, becoming president in 2009 for two consecutive terms, navigating some tough times during the Great Recession. In 2017 and 2018 she was co-organizer for the CKS Spring Gala. She has served on two rabbinic search committees as CKS has grown and evolved. She is currently head of the Mitzvah Corps. And, she chopped a lot of onions and tomatoes back in the day for our Fourth of July Falafel Booth Fundraisers! Jessica is the CKS representative on the Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Interfaith Council, a role she has enjoyed for many years, including taking a turn as president in 2013. For her day job, Jessica works for Starbucks headquarters as a graphic designer and communications program manager in Public Affairs. She loves swimming in the open water around this beautiful island, as well as biking, hiking and running.

 

Director:  Patty Fielding (2019-2022)

With an eclectic educational background (B.S. Secondary Education, M.S. Physical Therapy, M.A. Public Administration), Patty’s professional career included work as a teacher, clinical physical therapist, Physical Therapy Administrator, and Senior Manager in capital, operational and strategic planning at Kaiser Permanente. After retiring from Kaiser in Northern California in 2000, Patty worked for two years with Group Health Cooperative before joining her husband, Ira, in retirement. Having sold their boat and their house at the north end of Bainbridge, Patty and Ira now live in the sustainable GROW community with their dog, Elmo. Patty was chair of the 2025 Committee for the City of Bainbridge Island several years ago, participated in work to change the form of government from Mayor to Council/City Manager, worked as a citizen volunteer to develop the first Bainbridge Island School District Master Plan and served two terms on the School Board (two years as President). Patty, as an active member of Kol Shalom, helped reinstitute the Religious School Committee, chaired many Kol Shalom fund-raising events, previously served on the CKS Board for two years as Secretary, and was a member of our Rabbinic Search Committee and the Rabbinic Selection Committee.

 

Director:  Lisa Hope (2020-2023)

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 congregational 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.

 

Stacey Koenig (2020-2023)

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: Marc Miller (2019-2022)

 
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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.

 

 

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