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Get to know our 2021 Board Members! 

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 work with Initative for Affordable Housing, an organization addressing the needs of low-income families for find affordable housing, offering comprehensive supportive services to families recovering from homelessness and offering job training through re:look. I began attending CBH in 2012 along with my husband, Gary, when our daughter Zoe requested to learn Hebrew. We immediately realized the CBH provided the community we didn't know we were missing. We joined CBH in 2013, and I became a member of the chorus.

The pandemic reminded of my longing for our spiritual community at CBH. I am proud of CBH responded to the pandemic and I look forward to being with all of you in person.

Tom Downs, 1st VP: A Boston area native, I’ve lived in Atlanta since 1982.  I am retired from the senior living/healthcare industry.  In my last position I served 24 years as CFO at an Atlanta Life Plan Community.  I’ve served in leadership positions on several non-profit Boards including Georgia Institute on Aging (Chair), LeadingAge Georgia (Treasurer) and SOJOURN (Treasurer).  My life partner and I reside in Decatur.  I feel fortunate to have found my spiritual home and Jewish identity at CBH, which has become central to my being as I enter this stage of life.


 Barry Golivesky, VP of Communications: 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.

Jackie Sherman, Treasurer: I 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.

Eric Gilbert, Secretary: I am originally from Berkeley, CA and have lived in Decatur more than 20 years. I am a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Georgia State University, where my laboratory research is focused on applied and environmental microbiology. My wife Cindy and I joined CBH because we wanted a synagogue that shared our progressive values. Most of our first experiences with CBH were with the community school, which our kids Abby and Coby attended from third grade until they had their b’nai mitzvah in 2019. I love the activism, the music, the spirituality, the thoughtfulness, the warmth, the inclusiveness - and the humor! - of the CBH community. 

 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.

Amy Price, Member at Large: 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.


Sun, January 23 2022 21 Shevat 5782