Board of Directors

 

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5776 Board of Directors Executive Committee:

President:  Caroline Legatt  caroline.legatt@gmail.com
President Elect:  Greg Yamin 5yamins@aplusac.com
Treasurer: Eric Pomerantz ericp1967@gmail.com
Secretary: Julie Van Keer julie.vankeer@gmail.com
VP Education:  Carolyn Austin austincarolynf@gmail.com
VP Fundraising Sara Blatt sblatt@austin.rr.com
VP Membership:  Ginny Belofsky ginnybelofsky@me.com
VP Religious Affairs:   Neal Blauzvern  paindoc54@yahoo.com
Immediate Past President Dana Winer dana21@utexas.edu

 

At Large Board Members:

Davida Charney
Fred Fox

Hillery Kaplan

Mike Miller

Michael Williams

Marshall Sack
Brooke Hersh-Thompson
Jennifer Rubin
Alan Gerhardt


Board Members by Virtue of their Position:

Brotherhood President: Milton Marvin milton_marvin@yahoo.com
Sisterhood President:  Fai Lee Steinberg fl.steinberg@gmail.com
Past Presidents Rep:  Michael Whellan  
USY/Kadima Rep: Zeke Robinson  

 

Board Biographies:

Caroline Legatt – I am a mother of three young children and can frequently be found in our youth services on Saturday morning.  I have been a member at CAA for five years, since moving here from White Plains, New York. I am honored to be able to help as a board member.  Before becoming an at-home mother, I was a pension actuary in New York. Nowadays when I am not at CAA, or home with my children and husband, Michael, I am working as a professional organizer. I look forward to watching our CAA community grow into its second century!


Greg Yamin -
While Sharon and I are both from San Antonio, we both graduated from  U.T. Austin. We were married at CAA in San Antonio, and have been members of CAA Austin since 1981.  Since joining the congregation, I have had to work hard to successfully blend my work time at our family owned business, A-Plus Energy Management and Air Conditioning, and being able to serve my community. I have primarily found my greatest pleasure serving the community youth and helping with the continued maintenance and planning of our congregation buildings and grounds.  Throughout the years I have been both a Boy Scout Troop Leader and Cub Scout Pack Leader with the JCC organization for over 9 years.  I was the Kadima advisor for 6 years and BBYO advisor for 3 years.  I have served a previous term on the CAA board and look forward to returning this term.  Our three children, Josh, Jackie, and Stephanie,  have all been b’nai mitzvahed and confirmed at CAA Austin.  It has been my pleasure to serve the congregation in the past, and I look forward to serving in the upcoming years.

Eric Pomerantz - From Tot Shabbat to Bat Mitzvah, the Pomerantz family has been an active part of Agudas Achim since the day they moved to Austin from Long Island in 2005. Eric along with wife Stacey, and daughters Rhea and Abby, can usually be found involved with one of the many activities and services here at CAA.  Eric is an active member in Brotherhood, High Holy Day Usher, and CAARS volunteer.  Eric will be serving his first term on the Board of Directors of CAA and honored to help in any way.  He previously served on the board of the Wantagh Jewish Center for two years as Men’s Club President and led the Budget Committee.  As a financial advisor with Oppenheimer & Co., Eric provides simple solutions to complex financial problems for families and firms.

Julie Van Keer - Julie Van Keer joined the CAA Board of Directors in June 2014. Professionally, she is a business process consultant, technical writer, curriculum developer, and project manager in a variety of industries. Spiritually, she is a member of CAA for 15 years, and loves the rabbinic leadership and lay fellowship we enjoy peacefully together in our growing, diverse Austin Jewish community. Intellectually, she has completed the first half of the two year Melton program offered at the J. As a volunteer, she has migrated vicariously to schools and activities enjoyed by her children. To name a few, Julie has been on the ECP Parent Board, volunteered for years at the AJA, and contributed to ongoing projects and programs with the JCAA. She spent 12 years in leadership positions with Jewish troops of Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. Personally, she relishes in her children, Jeffrey and Michelle and is one proud mom. As Secretary, Julie is honored to have the opportunity to capture our coming year at CAA in a way that will help keep us organized, document our activity, and allow us to shine within our community. See ya at the shul!

Carolyn Austin - Along with my daughter Hannah and son Isaac, I have been a member of Agudas Achim for about ten years, and served last year on the CAARS Advisory Board.  I have a passion for Jewish education and have deeply enjoyed the opportunities that Agudas Achim makes available to the community, from Shavuot all-nighters to on-going Talmud study on the east side of town.  Professionally I spend my time as a grant-writer for a local school district, and look forward to bringing these skills to work for Agudas as well.

Neal Blauzvern -




Sara Blatt - My husband, David, and I have had the privilege of belonging to CAA for about 24 years. Our children, Jon and Joanna, have been nurtured in the congregation, and we have all been beneficiaries of great kindness in our CAA home.  As a member, I have been able to have a spiritual, social and educational home here and even celebrate becoming a Bat Mitzvah, something I was unable to do when I was 13. I am grateful to have the responsibility of coordinating the large cadre of Torah readers in our CAA family for Shabbats and holidays, and have been successful due to the talent and generosity of these talented and generous people. I know that any success I have in Membership will also be a consequence of our amazing Agudas Achim community.

Ginny Belofsky -



 


 

Board Members by Virtue of Their Positions

Dana Sharon Winer – I am blessed to be a lifelong member of the Congregation Agudas Achim family.  My involvement at CAA has included a self-study, our young adult group, communications, and several years of board service.  I am honored to serve our community as Past President and Sisterhood co-President-Elect.  I have been with Accenture, a management and technology consulting company, for 15 years and focus on quality and process improvement.  I enjoy spending time with my daughter Kayla (the “minyan mascot”) and Miniature Schnauzer Lilah, and of course the favorite pastime of Austin, watching Longhorn football!

Milton Marvin - "It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, but neither are you at liberty to desist from it"

The Brotherhood at CAA is still in a state of building and defining itself.  Less than a decade ago our group re-defined what a group of congregational men should be.  We need to be here for our congregation as well as for each other.  As we establish ourselves as contributors to the community in large endeavors such as the Annual Kosher Chile Cookoff, we also work toward building bonds at more social times like Poker Nights.  We are creating an environment where social and social action can happen because one of us has a dream and others want to help make it a reality. Paying Brotherhood dues is just half the fun. Come join us for a ride, a blood drive, golfing with the Rabbi, building the sukkah or taking on a part in Brotherhood Shabbat. Debra and I came to Austin 30 years ago and started our family.  We raised our two girls in the Austin Jewish community where they gained their identities and were able to take that knowledge with them as they went off to college and started their careers. Those lessons learned in supporting our girls’ ambitions, I try to carry forward in supporting others in the Brotherhood and the greater Jewish community.

Fai Lee Steinberg - I came to Austin in 1985; and later married my husband Joe at the CAA at Bull Creek location. We left Austin for few years for an overseas assignment while we maintained our affiliation with CAA. I graduated from UT in computer science, and decided to stay home and raised my children. I have been a volunteer for many years with sisterhood, on the PTA board, band banquet chair, chaperone on field trip and being class/team mom. Both my children celebrated their Bat Mitzvot at today’s CAA shul. Volunteering in the Sisterhood and CAA led me into the position of Sisterhood President at CAA this year. I am looking forward to connect more people with meaningful relationship in our community. When we were in Tianjin, a lesson well learned was,  “You never miss something until it’s gone”. I treasured the experience we had overseas as well as here in Austin.