Board of Trustees

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Executive Committee

David Eisner | 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.

Bob Steine | Past President

Bob grew up in Aurora, is married, and has three beautiful children. 

Bob is a graduate of Colorado State University, Gonzaga University, School of Law, and is currently a candidate for his Master’s in Management at the University of Colorado.

Bob has practiced law for over 25 years in criminal defense, divorce, bankruptcy, civil litigation, international and immigration matters, real estate, business law, personal injury and estate planning.

In addition to practicing law, Bob is an instructor at the Community College of Aurora Police Academy teaching constitutional law and is a Koga Instructor (Police martial arts).  In 2020, Bob retired from the Monument Police Department after serving on SWAT and other special assignments. 

Bob has a long history of volunteerism. He served as the President of the Aurora Bar Association, as the Chair of the Aurora Citizens’ Advisory Budget Committee, a Member of the Board of Directors of Leadership Aurora, was the Chair of the Spirit of Aurora, served on the Aurora Chamber Foundation, and was the Vice Chair of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and was appointed to the City of Aurora’s Blue Ribbon Panel by Mayor Ed Tauer.  Bob was also a candidate for office in Aurora, and has worked on, and managed, various political campaigns in Colorado and Washington State.

For fun, Bob enjoys spending time with his family, practices and teaches martial arts, and enjoys history and travel.

Stephanie Podolak | Vice 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.

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.

Anna Kaminsky | Treasurer

Anna is originally from metro Detroit and moved to Denver 5 years ago after living in several east coast cities. Anna began her career as an auditor and CPA at Deloitte. She then worked as a VP of Finance and Accounting and Controller at several companies. Anna’s most recent roles were at start-ups, where she scaled operations, accounting teams, and secured financing from investors and banks. During the pandemic, Anna decided to pause her career to spend more time with her young children. Anna attended the University of Michigan where she double majored in accounting and finance.

Kathy Zeiger | Secretary

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.

Board of Trustees

David Appel

David Appel serves as Chairman and CEO of Wag Hotels, among the country’s fastest-growing pet care companies. Prior to Wag Hotels, David served as Chairman of Orange Glo International (creator of Oxi Clean and other category-leading products). Prior to OGI, he helped to develop Accenture’s retail practice, serving as a partner in the San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo offices. David has been a director of Petco Animal Supplies and Chicago-based Fitness Cubed. David is an active philanthropist and a mentor/investor in early-stage consumer-focused companies.

Paulette Brody

Paulette was raised in Salt Lake City and moved to Denver in 1961. She worked for 35 years at Mountain Bell (no longer that name) in a management position. Paulette is a widow and lives in Greenwood Village. She was raised in a conservative synagogue and very much likes the Rabbi and Temple Sinai.

Jonathan Falk

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.

Erwin Gelfand

Dr. Erwin Gelfand, a native of Montreal, Canada, is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health and Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He was the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health for 30 years (1987-2017). His career as a Physician and Scientist focused on immune system disorders and bone marrow transplantation. He is married to Adele Gelfand, a former Sinai Board member. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.

Gil Gerstein

Gil Gerstein was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. He graduated with honors from UCLA with a major in Design before moving to the Hollywood Hills. Gil started his first internet company in 1996. He founded and was the COO of an international health and wellness fulfillment company for nearly two decades that continually ranked on the Inc5000 list of fastest growing companies. Currently, Gil and his wife Elana own a holistic product and corporate branding company. Gil and Elana live in Cherry Hills Village with their four children, cuddly cat, crazy chickens, and colorful fish. They love adventuring in all that Colorado has to offer in nature with hiking, biking, and Red Rocks concerts. Gil has a passion for creativity that includes web development, graphic design, music, and video production. He practices MMA, Yoga, Meditation and enjoys reading, singing, and sharing Jewish traditions with family and friends.

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.

Alison Magno

Alison was born and raised in Freehold, NJ. She attended college at University of Wisconsin, Madison and earned a degree in psychology. After a brief stint at the University of Az, she moved to CA and earned her Master’s Degree at Loyola Marymount in Child and Adolescent Literacy. She began her teaching career in LA and moved out here with her husband 15 years ago.
She continues to teach middle school Language Arts in Denver Public Schools. She and her husband (Josh) have been members of Temple Sinai for 15 years where her daughter (Avi) also attends religious school. Alison is a member of the Act Against Anti-Semitism task force at temple to work with both temple and the greater community to combat hate.
As a board member, Alison would like to work to build on our social action team with all of our members, young and old.

Ana Koser

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.

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.
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Journey (Reflection, Return and Renewal): Families, educators and children come together to begin a continual journey that implies both struggle and promise. We make time for moments of celebration; regularly gathering for Shabbat, holidays and other important moments.


Journey (Reflection, Return and Renewal): Families, educators and children come together to begin a continual journey that implies both struggle and promise. We make time for moments of celebration; regularly gathering for Shabbat, holidays and other important moments.

Tikkun Olam

Repair of the World (Responsibility): We recognize our school communities’ responsibility to the world around us. Learn more.


Interpretation (Inquiry, Dialogue, and Transmission): By studying together and through joint inquiry and dialogue our community will bond and grow.


Awakening (Amazement and Gratitude): Built on children's joy of discovery, their sense of amazement and wonder as a source of energy.


Holiness (Intentionality and Presence): Families come together to appreciate the blessing of having a community.

Tzelem Elokim

Divine Image (Dignity and Potential): Our school community honors everyone’s uniqueness and diversity is celebrated.


Covenant (Belonging and Commitment): Families and Temple Sinai Preschool enter into a “covenant” of mutual support with clearly defined, but evolving, obligations and roles.