Congregation Kol Shalom Board
FY 2019 – 2020
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President: Carrie Arndt (2017-2020)
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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: 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 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: Lisa Hope (2017-2020)
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: Marc Miller (2019-2022)
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.
Director: Lori Weise (2019-2022)
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 Foundation and volunteering at Helpline. In her spare time, she is trying to remaster guitar after a 25 year hiatus.