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Wendy Lenett: President

 



Wendy has been a CBS member since 1992, when she and son Michael, then 2 years old, joined.  Since joining, Wendy has been an active participant in synagogue life.  She has served on the CBS Sisterhood board both as Treasurer and President.  Wendy was on the CBS Board of Trustees in the role of VP of Membership for 6 years before her current role of President.  Wendy works in the Technology department at Raymond James Financial, Inc., where she has been employed for 25 years.  Wendy met her husband, Blake, at CBS and they married in 2000.  They reside in Clearwater with their daughters, Rachel and Sarah.  Wendy enjoys cooking and entertaining, reading, writing, and spending time with family

CBS Board of Trustees

Dr. Stacy Orloff: Past President

Stacy and her husband Bruce have been members of CBS since 1982.  Bruce’s parents joined CBS when they moved to Clearwater in 1973 so Stacy and Bruce feel a very long term commitment to CBS.  Stacy and Bruce previously served as Kadima and USY advisors.  Stacy also served as chair of the youth education committee.  Stacy was very active in USY in high school and participated in the USY Eastern European Pilgrimage trip before her senior year of high school.  Both her sons went to the Pinellas County Jewish Day School from kindergarten through 8th grade, attended Ramah summer camp, and visited Israel. In her professional life Stacy is a Vice President at Empath Health, where in addition to her other responsibilities, she co-chairs the Toby Weinman Jewish Hospice Advisory Board and works on collaborations with the Pinellas & Pasco Jewish Federation.

Jennifer Gozlan: Vice President of Engagement

 

Jen is a retired Clinical Social Worker who came to Florida in 2014 after a satisfying career in NJ. She's originally from Massachusetts, and has deep affection for New England, with an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and a graduate degree from Boston University. As a member of CBS she's been active in Sisterhood membership and has most recently previously served on the Board of Directors as a trustee. She enjoyed working on the 2023 Gala and looks forward to continued service to the shul as VP of Engagement (aka Programming). She's a needlepointer, yoga practitioner, gym rat, mother of two and grandmother. She participates in two book groups and volunteers as a storyteller for Bookworks. 

 

Michael Kohl: Vice President of Development


Michael has been a member of CBS since 1997.  This is Michael’s second
time on the synagogue board.  Since he moved to St. Petersburg in 1992
from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Michael has worked as an
attorney for a large firm, ultimately opening his own law and mediation
practice in 2010. When he is not practicing law, Michael enjoys billiards at his
Bar and Lounge located in downtown St. Petersburg. Michael was born and
raised in Miami, Florida where at a young age he was a student for one year
each with Hillel and Hebrew Academy. He otherwise attended Jewish day
school with Congregation Beth Torah where he was a member for many years
with his family.

Jason Palmer: VP of Youth & Education


 

Jay has been a CBS member since July of 2014. He has served in numerous roles at CBS, which include stints as the CBS Brotherhood Treasurer and VP of Religious Affairs. He has also contributed as an Adult and Youth educator. Jay is a Board Certified Chaplain credentialed with Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains, currently serving within an interfaith context at St. Anthony’s hospital, BayCare. Jay is married to Kirsten and has two sons, Caleb and Asher. He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Science in Jewish Studies program at Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership, Chicago.

Vivian Kantrow: Vice President of Membership

 

Stay tuned for more about our Membership VP, Vivian Kantrow!

Ginger Phillips-Schiller

 

Ginger and her husband Andy are newer members of CBS and are pleased to be becoming active, Ginger to the Board and Andy to Brotherhood. Both recently served on the 2024 Gala Committee. Ginger is founder of Arden Solutions, a company that provides full and select management to nonprofits including professional and honor societies as well as community organizations. Services include financial management, executive directors, conferences and events, grant writing and fundraising, infrastructure, marketing and communications, and more. Her family is originally from Tarpon Springs where one grandfather emigrated from Greece, and the other grew up on Anclote Key where his father was the assistant lighthouse keeper. Together they have 11 grandchildren in the US and Singapore. Ballroom dancing is their exercise fun.

Natalie Weiland: Secretary

 

 

Elisa Hirschfield: Trustee


Elisa Hirschfield returned to the CBS board as a trustee after taking time off dedicated to her family before their boys left for college.  She previously held the position of Education Vice President.  During that time she also performed many fundraising tasks.   Meanwhile, Elisa volunteered at the kids schools in both the parent teacher associations and the Business Advisory Committee at Osceola Fundamental High School.  Currently she is a member of the Pinellas 100 Women Who Care chapter that donates money quarterly to local non-profit organizations as well as a lifetime member of Hadassah. Professionally, Elisa is a computer engineer specializing in data analysis and process improvement.  In her spare time she enjoys reading and working with her dog on Nose Work.

Marcia Shane: Trustee

Marcia originally joined CBS with her parents and brothers in 1980 when they moved to Florida from Savannah, Georgia. She attended Camp Ramah in Palmer, MA, was very active in USY and attended USY’s Leadership Training Institutes.
Over the years Marcia has been very involved in Hadassah, ORT, Pinellas County Jewish Day School, Kent Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation, Eastlake Community Library and has held several volunteer positions in the public school system. Marcia is returning to the CBS board as a Trustee. Over the years she has served on youth & education, fundraising, membership, Rosh Chodesh 2.0, and bathroom renovation to name a few. Marcia proudly continues her family’s many years of dedication to CBS and the Jewish community. Marcia spends her spare time listening to country music, podcasts, and audiobooks. She is an avid
learner and traveler. She enjoys running and Zumba and cycling. Most of all, she truly enjoys time spent with family and friends.

Barbara Baccari: Trustee

Happy members of CBS for a decade, Barbara and her husband, Eric Weston, fell in love with the CBS community while attending functions with their aunt and uncle, Phyllis and Irving Tepper, who were dedicated members of CBS. Barbara has a long history of involvement in the Jewish community serving on the boards of The Pinellas County Jewish Federation, The Jewish Day School where her daughter, Tatiana, attended kindergarten through 8th grade and The Lylah Chapter of Hadassah. In the St. Petersburg community, where she and Eric reside, Barbara served on the St. Pete Free Clinic Board for 6 years and is currently a volunteer at the SPFC Heath Center. Barbara is a retired attorney, mediator and registered nurse who is passionate about advocating for women’s access to healthcare. Her time is spent working on political campaigns, attending yoga classes, researching on ancestry, preparing traditional Italian and Jewish meals, playing MahJongg, reading and visiting with friends and family. She looks forward to serving on the CBS Board for the first time as a Trustee.

Dr. Justin Nudell:  Presidential Appointment


Dr. Justin Nudell is originally from Melville, NY and met his wife/medical school sweetheart Dr. Michelle Zetoony Nudell (also a former board member) in Philadelphia. They moved to the area in 2003 to start their residency in internal medicine and were married by both Rabbis David and Dani in March of 2004. They returned to the area in 2010 and have been active members of Congregation Beth Shalom ever since. Justin is a partner with Florida Digestive Health Specialists in Largo as a practicing gastroenterologist. He enjoys New York sports teams, running, doing yard work, and listening to country music. He has two children Samantha and Ari, who both completed hebrew school and bat/bar mitzvah studies through our synagogue. He is a trustee with CBS Brotherhood and volunteers when needed. He is very excited to be serving for the CBS Board of Trustees and looks forward to another exciting year at our shul.

CBS Brotherhood President:
David Sadowsky

David, and his wife, Barbara, have been members of Congregation Beth Shalom since 1989.  David is a retired attorney having worked in the Pinellas County Attorney's Office and the Marion County Attorney's Office for 35 years.  David has served as President, and in various other positions, on the Boards of Congregation Beth Shalom and the Pinellas County Jewish Day School.  He was born in Jacksonville Florida, has two sons, a daughter in law, and a grandson, who all live in Denver.

CBS Sisterhood Co-Presidents:

Harriet Naomi Starr

 

Roni Igel
 

 

 

Originally from Connecticut, Harriet has lived in St. Petersburg since June 1976. She joined CBS in 2018 and met her husband, Charlie, there. They were married in 2020. Although a political science major, Harriet became a librarian and was a Reference Librarian at the Main Library and a Branch Librarian in the St. Petersburg Public Library System. Since retirement, she has been involved in the Friends of the Main Library and another Friends of the Library organization. Other volunteer work includes being the Chairperson of Sponsors and Volunteers for the Community Women’s Seder and a member of the Jewish Community Advisory Council. She also co-chaired the Women of Distinction for two years. After serving as Publicity Chair, Harriet was president of the Hadassah St.Petersburg Chapter for five years. Currently she is Records Administrator and Event Chair for Hadassah Shabbat for her chapter and Recording Secretary on the Board of the Florida Central Region of Hadassah. She is also Co-President of the Sisterhood of CBS and is continuing as Publicity Chair. Harriet is also on the committee to formulate a plan for the CBS Library. In her spare time, Harriet enjoys mah jongg, reading, walking, sports and Israeli folk dancing.

 

Roni and her husband, Steve, an OB GYN, moved to this area in 1981 when their two sons, Lee and Michael were very young. The Igels’ memories go back to our old sanctuary where their boys loved playing “upstairs” in the balcony. Their family has now grown to include Amy and Melanie (married to Lee and Michael, respectively) and grandchildren, Sarah and Josh. Roni has been serving our CBS Board and on various committees in various capacities since the late 1990’s. She was our first female congregational president and now is co-president of Sisterhood and chairs our Chesed Committee/Community. She is a Life Member of Hadassah and a member of JWI. Her passions include spoiling her grandchildren, time with family and friends and CBS. Beyond talking on the phone, her skills include baking (rugelach) , gardening, traveling, water aerobics, walking, reading and trying to make this world a better place.

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