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CBH Board

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.

Lauren Rich, President


 

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.


Peter Isbister, Member at Large: My family and I joined CBH in 2009, shortly after we arrived in Atlanta from Seattle, Washington. I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. I am an immigration attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center where I work in the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative on behalf of people detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. I am the chapter leader of Metro Atlanta TransParent, the GA chapter of TransParent USA. At CBH I have served as a Representative at Large on the Board, a member of the ritual committee, the Envisioning Committee and, currently, the Settled Rabbi Search Task Force. My wife, Robyn Painter, is also a civil rights attorney. We have three children, ages 12 and 8 (twins). We are an interfaith family (Lutheran), deeply interested in modeling the richness of the interfaith path to our kids and exploring all that journey entails with other parents. I am proud to be a member of CBH where our family can learn and practice what it means to be an ally, to work for tikkun olam and to strengthen our Jewish roots and branches. 


Lauren Levin, Member at Large: Lauren H. Levin is an Atlanta native, dual national of the United States and Australia, and founder of Levin Immigration Law.  With offices in Sydney and Atlanta, the firm specializes in obtaining U.S. and Australian visas.  Lauren previously served for eight years as Regional Civil Rights Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League responsible first for the Southeast and then Northeast regions.  She is a dedicated volunteer for immigrant rights; previously served as a Volunteer Chaplain at both St Joseph’s and Piedmont Hospitals; and is a member of the National Leadership Board of the Carlos Museum at Emory University and the Director’s Circle at the High Museum of Art.   Lauren was a co-founder of CBH’s Hevra Kadish (Jewish burial society), chaired its Second Rabbi Search Committee, and served on two different Ritual V’ad Committees.  Best of all, she is married to Cynthia Smith.


Theresa Prestwood, Immediate Past President: 

I love the diversity of experience and background of the congregants of CBH. In addition, as a nonprofit professional, I enjoy blending my talent for strategic planning, proven fundraising and marketing, and planning implementation to help nonprofits thrive.
 
Currently, I serve as Chief Development & Marketing Officer for Sheltering Arms. This organization provides high‐quality early education, child care, and comprehensive family support services to more than 3,500 children and their families annually at 13 metropolitan Atlanta locations in Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties.

 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. As a result, we joined CBH in 2013, and I became a chorus member and a year later began serving on the board.
 
The pandemic reminded me of my longing for our spiritual community at CBH. I am proud that CBH responded to the pandemic and continues to live out our Jewish values by being inclusive, diverse, and standing for Equity.

 

Tue, September 27 2022 2 Tishrei 5783