Board Of Governors, 2021 – 2023

The Executive Directors who serve voluntarily on the NAASE Board of Governors bring together their experience and their commitment to the profession of synagogue management for the benefit of their colleagues in the field and the congregations of the Conservative Movement.

Each brings specific insights and unique strengths to the shared efforts of the Board, serving in various capacities simultaneously – some as committee chairs, others as special project managers, and others as consultants and liaisons to the Board at large.

Guided by the Association’s Constitution and mindful of the dynamic needs of Executive Directors scattered across the North American continent, the Board of Governors oversees the interrelated functioning of the committees and individuals who develop and sustain the diverse programming of the Association. Currently, twenty one Governors guide the professional association of over 300 members.

Position Name Synagogue Affiliation
President Harvey M. Brenner, FSA, FTA Temple Beth Ahm  Yisrael
Springfield, NJ
Senior Vice President for Programming Randy Spiegel, FSA, ATz Beth Tzedec Congregation
Toronto, ON
Vice President for Membership Matthew Halpern, FSA, ATz Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus
North Miami Beach, FL
Vice President for Professional Development Lori Dafilou, FSA Congregation Beth Am Israel
Penn Valley, PA
Treasurer Helene Santo, FSA Congregation Or Zarua
New York, NY
Secretary Marcie Platkin, FSA North Shore Jewish Center
Port Jefferson Station, NY
Honorary President Fred Rothstein, FSA Neveh Shalom
Portland, OR

Board Members:

  • Doris Alter – Beth Tikvah Synagogue, Toronto, ON
  • Lynne Balaban – Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel, Philadelphia, PA
  • Joel Berger – The Jewish Center, Princeton, NJ
  • Andrew Burger – Congregation Beth Yeshurun, Houston, TX
  • Corie Hampton – Beth David Synagogue, Greensboro, NC
  • Stephanie Krasman, FSA – Beth Sholom Synagogue, Toronto, ON
  • Kenneth Krivitzky – Temple Beth Hillel – Beth El, Wynnewood, PA
  • Tamah Kushner – Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah, Manhattan Beach, CA
  • Gershon Levine – Tifereth Israel Congregation, New Bedford, MA
  • Shari Lipp-Levine – Congregation Beth El Zedeck, Indianapolis, IN
  • Barry Nove – Agudas Achim Congregation, Alexandria, VA
  • Hal Ossman – Bnai Israel Congregation, Rockville, MD
  • Geo Poor – Congregation Beth Sholom, Memphis, TN
  • Deborah Zeger – Temple Beth El, Temple Beth El, Rochester, NY

Our Past Presidents remain active as consultants to the Board of Governors, occasionally with several of them serving as ex-officio voting members of the Board of Governors, and as committee and special project chairpersons. They continue to represent NAASE with distinction, to several of our sister organizations.