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Leadership

Get to know our 2020 Board Members! 
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The CBH Board of Directors is an engaged group of dedicated members. Our interest is to help guide and support our congregation. If you would like to know more about the CBH Board, please contact our president, Theresa Prestwood.

Theresa Prestwood, President:

I love the diversity of experience and background of the congregants of CBH. As a nonprofit professional, I enjoy blending my talent for strategic planning and planning implementation to help nonprofits thrive.

I serve as Executive Director for Kate’s Club, an organization offering grief support to children from five to eighteen years of age. I began attending CBH in 2012 along with my husband, Gary, when our daughter Zoe requested to learn Hebrew. We joined CBH in 2013, and I became a member of the chorus.

I have served on the Board for four years as Vice President of Finance and First Vice President.
 

Nancy Kriseman, 1st VP: I am Nancy Kriseman and desire to become First Vice President of CBH to help foster our synagogue’s growth and continued development. As one of the early members, I was the first Sunday school teacher and have been involved with CBH for almost 20 years. I am currently on our Board as Member at Large. I recognize the importance of establishing realistic expectations and keeping communication between the Board and members as transparent as possible. As a social worker and educator, I will use my professional experience to build stronger relationships within CBH and in the larger Jewish community. I will work toward increasing participation in the programs we offer.

Bev Korfin, VP Communications: I have been a member of CBH for over 25 years. My wife Andrea has been a member even longer. The CBH community has always been a spiritual and cultural Jewish home for us, and as important, has provided us with a wonderful community of friends/family of choice that we are very grateful to be a part of. The progressive social values and actions of this community align with ours, I was on the CBH Board as a RAL many years ago, and have also served on the Board of Georgia Quality. I am currently a long-standing member of the Board of SOJOURN. I chose to rejoin the CBH Board at this time to try to provide a new model for inbound and outbound communications between CBH members and the Board so that members feel that their voices are heard and that they are aware of Board issues and policies. Andrea and I live in Decatur with our bichon poodle Teddy and our chocolatepoint Siamese Cooper.

McKenzie Wren - Past President: I have been involved with CBH for awhile - somewhere between 8 and 10 years! I attended services when my children were very young but joined when my oldest son, Elijah was about 8. He is now a senior in high school  and his brother Devon is a freshman. They were both bar mitzvahed with CBH. I have been active in the chorus for about 8 years and I have helped with ritual leadership through leading chant services, planning Shavuot, leading minyan service at the community school and many other activities. I’ve been part of the Wednesday chant community for maybe 3 years. Sometime through the years, I realized that CBH had become the center of my universe and is where my friendships, social justice actions, artistic endeavors and much more are held. CBH is my spiritual home.I  joined the board three years ago and became first VP two years because I felt like my skills and what CBH needed were in alignment. Over the last two years, I completed the Jacob Leadership Institute through the Federation and am an active participant in the Front Porch process. Through my presidency, I hope to deepen connections between CBH and the greater Jewish communities, support CBH through its change to “Danland” and help anchor CBH as the social justice rock star in Atlanta - a place where people know they can get their spiritual, social and social justice needs met! And have fun and build relationships doing it! In my work in the world I am a facilitator focusing on equity and inclusion and I help people have the hard conversations they need to have to move forward on whatever it is that’s separating them. And did I mention my awesome husband, Reuben Haller? Y’all know him - I don't need to say anything about him!.

Jackie Sherman, TreasurerI am honored to be  CBH’s Treasurer. I have been the treasurer of three other nonprofits: Horizon Theatre Company, Lev Shalem (a Reconstructionist havurah), and The Organization Change Alliance, one of my professional associations. Being Treasurer is a natural fit for me. I have a BA, MS, and Ph.D. in economics. I like numbers, I’m not afraid to talk about money, and I value effective money management. I’ve run my own business for the past 20 years, have managed my own accounting, done my own taxes, and am the treasurer of our household. I love CBH and want to see us thrive in all aspects of our organizational life.

 

Amy Price, Secretary: I became involved at CBH when I moved to Atlanta in 2011. Throughout the years I have been involved in different ways. I served as the teen adviser when I was first a part of the congregation. Currently I enjoy leading Shabbat hikes, going to chant, supporting family and young children programming, and so much more! My family and I love being a part of the congregation! In my work life I work alongside people with disabilities so that they can be the primary voice around what they want for their lives. I love spending time in my garden, hiking, traveling, and having friends over for Shabbat. I live in Chamblee with my husband Rob, son Oriel, step kids Erin and AJ, 2 cats, and 18 chickens.

 Marci Alt, Member at Large: I’m CEO of Gayborhood (30 years strong and growing) and one of the founders of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. I’ve served as Vice Chair of Lost-n-Found Youth from 2016 to the present. I am honored to serve on the CBH Board as I have been around here for over 25 years! CBH has become my spiritual and religious home. I’m proud and excited to have my children grow up in our synagogue. I am ready for the challenge to help grow our congregation in many ways.

Barry Golivesky, Member at Large:My husband Dan and I have been members of CBH for about 16 years. Our 13-year-old twins, Elyssa and David, celebrated their B’nai Mitzvah in September. I had the wonderful experience of serving on the Design Committee for our building. I grew up in Valdosta, GA, where both of my parents still live. I have a sister who lives in Decatur, who along with my mother joins us for High Holy Day services each year. I am a graphic designer by trade and am currently the Creative Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, where I’ve worked for 24 years. We live in Virginia Highland, are avid art collectors, and seem to add pets to our household at an alarming rate..

Leo Laing, Member at LargeI started attending CBH Sunday school and services when my family joined the congregation while I was in the 4th grade. Since then I have engaged with the community in a variety ways, through the L'Dor program where we volunteered at a Jewish home for the elderly, organizing teen events, planning the Pride Seder one year, engaging with the Black Lives Matter at CBH chapter, the leadership training program, and more. Currently, I am one of the Seventh grade teachers at our Sunday school, and continue to stay involved in my queer Jewish/spiritual community in many ways. I am a Film and Media studies major at GSU in my Sophomore year, where I am also the co-director of Trans Week at GSU. I am also one of three members of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival's selection Jury, and have been involved in AJFF's LGBTQ Outreach Committee. I am very passionate about community organizing, and have planned events from the art show "In Memory Of Honoring Trans Lives and Losses" which I curated, to fundraiser events to help support low-income queer activists. CBH is a community that is very dear to my heart, and I look forward to the opportunity to pour my energy back into a space that has given me so much.

Sat, December 5 2020 19 Kislev 5781