Our School Board

Board chairs

Sharlena Lovy, Temple Emanuel (2019-2021) was born and raised in upstate New York and, after spending time in the Chicago and Detroit areas, moved to Grand Rapids in 2008.  She works part-time as a Physician Assistant and full-time as a wife and mother of 3 active boys.  When she finds the time, she enjoys reading, watching movies/ tv, traveling, and spending time with her 2 cats.

Amy Winkleman, Ahavas Israel (2020-2022)

Board members (temple Emanuel)

Alison Bernstein (Temple Emanuel, 2019-2021) moved to Grand Rapids from Atlanta, GA in 2016 with her husband and their 2 kids. Alison is an Assistant Professor at the MSU College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids, where she studies Parkinson’s disease. Outside of work, Alison enjoys cooking and playing tennis.

Rebecca Charbauski (2020-2022) grew up in Plymouth, Minnesota before attending journalism school at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she met her husband, Jim. She moved to Grand Rapids in 1999 and spent 17 years at WOOD-TV as a producer and later as news director. Her time in news also included a 3-year stint in Kansas City and working with one of the four largest media groups in the U. S. to coordinate national coverage. She has spent the last four years in brand communications at Steelcase. She and her husband are raising two daughters, 12 and 10. They love to hike, travel and occasionally slow down enough to watch a good movie.

Rebecca Charbauski

Rhonda Pappas (2020-2022) moved to Grand Rapids in 1996, immediately got involved with Temple Emanuel and began teaching religious school. Rhonda works at One Stop as an Inside Sales Representative and does taxes at H & R Block during tax season. In her spare time, she enjoys the company of her dog Yoshi and cats, Jake, Simon, Raphael, and Stella.

Board members (AHAVAS ISRAEL)

Jennifer Cohen (2019-2021) is a native of Grand Rapids and lives with her husband Abe and 3 children.  She is a special education teacher and BCBA that works with young children with Autism.  In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, explore new places, and read.

Jennifer Cohen

Allyson Cole-Strauss (Ahavas Israel, 2019-2021) moved to Grand Rapids with her husband Ken, and two children Benjamin and Rachel. Allyson is a scientist in the Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine at Michigan State University. Prior to their move to Michigan, she and her family were active members of Adath Israel Congregation in Cincinnati. Allyson enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, and gardening.

Sarah Talboys (2020-2022), her husband Charlie, daughter, and dog live in Kentwood. She works for Foremost Insurance in Web Support Services. She is very thankful to be part of making our school the best it can be.

EX-OFFICIO BOARD MEMBERS

Rabbi Michael Schadick (Temple Emanuel, interim co-Director of UJS) has been rabbi of Temple Emanuel since July 2000. He was born in southern New Hampshire and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Connecticut College. He received his rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in May 1994. He has served congregations in Orlando, Florida and Plantation, Florida. Rabbi Schadick lives in Cascade Township with his wife Susan and his daughter Shira.

Rabbi David J.B. Krishef (Congregation Ahavas Israel, interim co-Director of UJS) received ordination as Rabbi from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1994. Since then, he has served as the rabbi of Congregation Ahavas Israel, a Conservative synagogue in Grand Rapids, Michigan and blogs at EmbodiedTorah.com. He writes the popular weekly “Ethics and Religion Talk” column for therapidian.com and the Grand Rapids Press and serves on the Spectrum Health Bioethics committee. He has also taught Biblical Hebrew at Grand Valley State University, and Introduction to Judaism courses at Kuyper College and Aquinas College. He is a contributing author for the Judaism chapter of a World Religions textbook (published by Teacher Created Materials) and a set of revisions to the URJ CHAI Judaic curriculum for use in a Conservative or joint Reform/Conservative religious school.