Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

Stephanie Podolak | President

Stephanie Podolak has been an Assistant United States Attorney since 1991. She is currently the Coordinator of the Organized Crime Strike Force Group and is responsible for leading a multi-agency task force focused on prosecuting complex, international drug trafficking organizations.

Stephanie obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Stephanie is the mother of two children, Billy, age 27, an audio technology engineer and associate product manager at iZotope Inc., and Katherine, age 23, who is completing her second year as a Hillel International Springboard Fellow for the Hillel at the University of Illinois. Stephanie and her husband Michael have been married for 33 years and Michael is an Interventional Radiologist with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. Michael and Stephanie are proud members of Temple Sinai’s Saturday morning “Minyan Mishpocheh.” Stephanie’s focus on the board is personnel and the Caring Committee.

David Eisner | Past President

Dave has been a member of Temple Sinai for 35 years. Both of his children became Bar Mitzvah and were confirmed at Temple. Dave has served on the Board of Trustees for the past three years, as a trustee for two years and on the Executive Committee for one year. He also previously served on the Denver JCC board for 10 years. Dave is the Executive Director of a non-profit agency that serves adolescents with severe mental health and behavioral issues for over 40 years.

Jonathan Falk | Vice President

A native of Baltimore, Jon currently lives in the mile-high city of Denver. When not working, he can be found in his woodshop or remodeling his home one piece of oak floor at a time. He loves hanging out with his daughters Georgia and Nora (who are both in Temple Sinai Preschool), wife Ruby (who grew up at Temple Sinai), and dog Luna. Jon is currently the director of Hillel International’s Israel Action Program (IAP), which supports the Hilles in navigating anti-Israel incidents, antisemitism, and BDS. He started his professional career with the Johns Hopkins Hillel as an engagement associate and left as the assistant director. After Hopkins, Jon went on to work at AIPAC as the Baltimore Associate Area director and then continued on to the Israel on Campus Coalition as the senior western regional director before rejoining Hillel. Jon has a B.A. from Muhlenberg College and an M.P.A. from the University of Baltimore.

Marshall Tobin | Vice President

Marshall is a compounding pharmacist, retired. He previously served on the Temple Sinai board and was President from 1994 to 1997. Marshall  was on both the national and regional boards of the URJ and served briefly as President of the Midwest region.

 

 

 

 

 

Kathy Zeiger | Vice President

13 years ago, Kathy and her husband found a Jewish “family” home at Temple Sinai. They were blessed to be one of Rabbi Zwerin’s last weddings. Kathy has had the honor of being called to the bimah for her Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation. She and her husband have served as Purim carnival co-chairs. She also served on the Sisterhood Executive Board from 2007-2008. They celebrated the births of their daughter, Eliana and son, Mateo, with their Simchat Bat and Brit Milah. Eliana and Mateo are proud graduates from Temple Sinai Preschool and are active in Religious School as well. During her children’s time in preschool and religious school, Kathy volunteered on several committees such as the Mom’s Group, the Shabbat Initiative, 1st grade Parent Liaison and as the Social Action Committee co-chair. For the past year she has also worked with the Temple Sinai Preschool Building Jewish Early Childhood Education Team to increase enrollment, better engage Jewish families, and build stronger connections to the Jewish community.

As a board member, Kathy feels like she would be working towards completing the “work” of the congregation. L’dor vador is how we continue to build and grow our community. This tenet of Judaism is one that she holds fast to and the one she would like to bring to the Temple Sinai board. Kathy wants to continue to build upon the connections and relationships that she and her family have with one another and extend them to the larger congregation.

Ana Koser | Secretary

Ana Koser (Sandomire) was born and raised in Denver.  She attended the International School of Denver where she learned to speak French fluently as well as igniting her love for other cultures, languages, history, and traditions. Ana and her husband, Gerritt’s two children have been attending pre- school at Temple Sinai for the past 8 years and they are thankful for the education their children have received in both schooling and Jewish traditions.  Ana obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Real Estate with a minor in French from the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She is a licensed Colorado Real Estate Broker and has been working as a commercial broker for nearly 15 years representing buyers, sellers, tenants, and landlords with their commercial real estate requirements in metro Denver and across the Front Range.  Ana’s personal and professional background along with her ability to guide clients through challenging transactions allows her to have a unique approach to each task she works on, which she hopes will benefit the Board of Trustees of Temple Sinai.

Phyllis Babich | Treasurer

I was born in Austria and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. I graduated from Ohio State University where I met my husband Mike. We have been members of Temple Sinai for over 40 years. Our children attended religious school through confirmation and now our grandson is in the religious school. After my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, I was part of an adult B’nei Mitzvah and then an adult confirmation class. When Temple Sinai started the Jewish Interest Free Loan fund, I was the first director and held that position for many years. I am mostly retired from the tax and accounting field. I was a member of the Temple Sinai board of trustees many years ago as well as sisterhood president and on the Women of Reform Judaism national board.

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Jeanette Amayo

Upon moving from Florida to Colorado 10 years ago, Jeanette quickly found her Jewish home at Temple Sinai. Both her son and daughter attended Religious School and were Bar and Bat Mitzvah’ed by Rabbi Rheins. Jeanette’s daughter, Arielle, will soon be graduating high school and her son Andrew will be a Junior at CSU studying Mechanical Engineering. Together, they traveled to Israel last year to visit extended family and the amazing Jewish Homeland. Jeanette is proud of the incredible young adults her children have become as they continue to be great models for the Jewish community.

Jeanette started her career in Education as an Elementary School Principal in Florida. She has made a career transition and over the past three years she has moved into owning her business in Real Estate. She regularly volunteers as a Special Olympics coach throughout the year in different seasonal sports. As for hobbies, Jeanette loves the outdoors and hiking, and just started learning to play the ukelele! Jeanette is incredibly excited for the opportunity to be on the Temple Sinai Board of Trustees as she is committed to actively supporting its mission and vision.

 

Robert Eber

Rob’s family joined Temple Sinai in 1968. He attended Religious School, was a Bar Mitzvah (during the Temple trip to Israel) and was confirmed here at Temple Sinai. He and his wife, Leslie, have been members since they married in 1994. Leslie was previously on the Board of Trustees and now Rob is excited to join Temple Sinai’s Board of Trustees. Rob and Leslie’s two children, Iliana and Ben, were active in Temple Sinai’s Youth Group and NFTY, and served on Regional Board.

 

Rob currently operates a real estate management company. Previously, he practiced law and represented Colorado’s hazardous and solid waste programs as Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Colorado Department of Law. He currently is a City Council Member in Cherry Hills Village and was a 10-year member and chair of the City’s Parks Trails and Recreation Commission. Many moons ago, Rob attended The National Law Center at George Washington University and Colby College.

Jean Guthery

Born and raised in Michigan, Jean graduated from Hope College, a small liberal arts college in Michigan, and then medical school at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Mo. where she earned her M.D. degree. She completed her first residency in general psychiatry and a second residency in child psychiatry, both at the University of Colorado. She retired once 18 years ago from private practice and Chief of Child Psychiatry at Ft. Logan Hospital but was asked by a colleague to come back to work part-time at Aurora Mental Health Center where she remains, working as a child psychiatrist seeing children and adolescents ages 6-18 years old. She has been a member of Temple Sinai for 43 years. She is mother to Lisa and stepmother to Karen, Debbie and Steve. She is grandmother to Charley and Nava and step-grandmother to Tyler, Jessica, Allison, Andrew and Rachael. Her passions include her children and grandchildren, Temple Sinai, the State of Israel, supporting and strengthening of Jewish identity, fighting anti-Semitism, learning about Judaism and educating non- Jewish people about Judaism and Jewish values, supporting literacy for children, the theater, art, reading (historical fiction), the Colorado Symphony and the opera— usually at Santa Fe. At Temple Sinai, she has sung in the choir for 43 years, attends as many classes as possible, including Sinai Sundays with Rabbi Rheins and Torah Study with Rabbi Zwerin and participates regularly in Shabbat Morning Minyan. Her favorite Temple Sinai fund to support is the IST Fund supporting the yearly visit to Israel for teens—and, of course, strengthening their identity as Jewish teens.

Rebecca Hea

Rebecca Hea (Wolf) and her family have been a part of Temple Sinai since its founding in 1967. Rebecca attended religious school at Temple Sinai and her daughter and son were both B’nai Mitzvah here. Rebecca is the Executive Director of Denver Children’s Home, one of the major mental health providers for children in the state of Colorado. She is responsible for all clinical, financial, and operational aspects for the over $6,000,000 agency.

Jerry Lassow

Jerry moved to Colorado from New York, when he and his wife, Natalie, retired in 2005. Their children followed them to Colorado in 2006 (their son, Steven) and in 2011 (their son and daughter-in-law, Mark & Andrea).

 

Jerry’s background and expertise was in electronics, where he earned his degree. He worked at numerous companies during the Vietnam war before joining the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for almost 35 years. He started at the FAA in the Communication area and stepped up to IBM’s Mainframe Computer maintenance after a 10 month course at the FAA’s training center in Oklahoma City. When he retired, he was a NOM (National airspace system Operations Manager).

 

Jerry & Natalie joined Temple Sinai in 2009 and became very dedicated members, attending Shabbat Services almost every Friday ever since. Both he and Natalie are involved with temple activities and give their time, support and love to Temple Sinai. They will be celebrating their 60th anniversary this October.

Rachel Narcisi

Rachael Narcisi is a National Board certified and tenured high school math teacher in the Cherry Creek School District, with more than 23 years of experience. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to Colorado, settling in Centennial in 2002 after meeting her husband, Scott, at Washington University in St. Louis. She also holds a master’s degree in administration and principal licensure. She is passionate about project-based learning, a teaching methodology that engages students in real-world applications of math concepts.

Outside of the classroom, Rachael and Scott have two daughters who are both graduates of the Temple Sinai Preschool and are currently enrolled in the Religious School. When she is not teaching, Rachael and her family spend time hiking, biking, road tripping and going on new adventures. She has enjoyed being involved at Temple Sinai for many years now, and has found it to be a tremendously welcoming, warm and nurturing community.

 

Jim Stone 

Five years after joining Temple Sinai, Jim Stone is excited about representing our community as a Trustee. Jim and wife Jill joined other members on a trip to Israel in 2019. They have remained involved ever since. “We’re proud to be active members,” said Stone. The Stones met, and graduated from the University of Missouri. Jim with a degree from Mizzou’s highly regarded School of Journalism. He was a sportscaster for almost forty years. Stone served on the national alumni board for the Tigers. Giving back is nothing new for Stone. He was a part of the board of the Huntington’s Disease Association in San Diego where they lived for twenty five years before retiring to Colorado. The Stone family, all located here, include children Mindy and Zach; son in law Kevin along with grandchildren Kendall and Beckett.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terri Tilliss

Terri’s first ‘event’ at Temple Sinai was for her daughter’s baby naming, and that was nearly 4 decades ago! Both Terri and her current husband, Stacy Pocrass, were Temple Sinai members before we even knew each other–so they both have a long history of membership.   Their ‘Temple Sinai life’ is important to them and they value the spirituality, camaraderie and growth that they have experienced through our association with Temple throughout each part of their life cycle.   Terri and Stacy have chaired the spring channel 9Health Fair and participate in an active Chavurah which has enriched their lives. Terri appreciates the opportunity to ‘give back’ by serving on the board and hopes to help Temple Sinai flourish moving forward.   Terri is a dental hygienist and a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine where she teaches Communication and Behavior Change Facilitation skills to dental and medical students. Terri and Stacy have recently moved to Parker and are loving the wide-open spaces and wildlife that they are privileged to live among there.

Lisa Meer Weiss

Lisa Meer Weiss, a Certified Public Accountant (“CPA”), a Certified Valuation Analyst (“CVA”) emeritus, and a Colorado licensed real estate broker, is an accomplished business, financial, and strategic advisor to privately-held business owners and executives, individual and corporate investors, legal and financial advisors, boards of directors, and other key stakeholders.  

As Managing Member of LMW Consulting, LLC, Lisa focuses on serving family-owned businesses and family enterprises, helping them understand and navigate complex financial matters, family succession  and governance concerns, and wealth optimization and transfer.  As a trusted advisor, fiduciary, and business advisory board member, she brings to bear more than 30 years of experience with Crowe’s Denver office in providing business and transaction advisory, financial and valuation consulting, forensic accounting, risk management, financial planning, succession planning, and organizational development services.

 

 

 

 

Melanie Wiseman

Hello Temple Sinai congregants. I’m really looking forward to my time on the board and gaining a greater connection with the Sinai community. I have lived in Denver for the past 12 years, having moved here with my husband, John, from Boston and prior to that San Diego. We now have two daughters, Juliet and Olivia, and live in Elizabeth. We joined Temple Sinai in 2021 and have been enjoying religious school, temple events, and forming friendships with other families. Over the past year, I have been involved with the religious school task force and have been enjoying bringing my girls to Twisted Shabbat. I work fulltime as a speech language pathologist and clinical director for a private practice, and outside of that, I enjoy reading, cooking and baking, and spending time outside with my family.

 

 

 

 

Emily Yates

Emily is originally from the Chicagoland area but found her true home in Denver, where she moved in 2014. She shares her life with her wife, Kendra, and their 4-year-old son, Camden, who attended Temple Sinai Preschool. Emily grew up attending Am Shalom in Glencoe, IL, where she became a Bat Mitzvah. She cherishes her memories of celebrating the holidays with friends and family, which have shaped her Jewish identity and values.

 

Professionally, Emily is a dedicated Food Relationship Coach with a passion for helping women transform their relationships with food and their bodies. She specializes in guiding her clients toward intuitive eating and fostering a deep sense of self-love. Her approach is compassionate and empowering, aiming to inspire lasting, positive change. 

As a family, the Yates’ are avid travelers, culinary adventurers, and enthusiastic explorers of all of Denver’s exciting activities. Personally, Emily loves reading, is learning to play tennis, and is an unabashed foodie, always eager to discover the next great restaurant. 

Joining the board of Temple Sinai, Emily brings her dynamic energy and creativity and looks forward to contributing to its vibrant future. 

 

 

Eddie Yenkinson

Eddie and his wife of 54 years moved to Denver following a couple of years in the Army, where he finished his business degree at the University of Denver. They have 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren. Together, Eddie and his wife ran a package delivery business for some 40 years before retiring.

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