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.
Ana Koser | Vice President
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.
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
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.
David AppelDavid 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 BrodyPaulette 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.
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.
Gil GersteinGil 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.
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 (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.
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.
Terri TillissTerri’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 WeissLisa 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.
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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