Steve Shepard: President
Steve has been President of CBS since 2016, and his current term expires in 2018. Steve and his wife, Barbara, moved to Clearwater in 2003 and have been members of CBS ever since. Barbara is co-President of the CBS Sisterhood. Their daughter, Dana, is the USY Director and is the mother of seven-year-old Donovan. Their son, Adam, lives in the Seattle area with his wife, Sarah.
David Sadowsky: Immediate Past President
David was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida and is currently employed as a Senior Assistant County Attorney in the Pinellas County Attorney’s Office. He and his wife Barbara joined CBS shortly after moving to Clearwater in 1988, and David served on the Board of the Pinellas County Jewish Day School for 12 years including a three year term as President. He has served on the Board of Congregation Beth Shalom for 9 years in two different periods, including a three year term as President. David and Barbara are blessed with two sons, Richard, who lives in Denver, Colorado and works in sales for the Denver Nuggets professional basketball team, and Yosef, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia and is an industrial systems engineer for OM Partners, Inc.
Stuart Lenett: Secretary; Men’s Club Co-President
Stuart has been Secretary to the CBS Board of Trustees since 2011. Stuart and his wife Joy joined CBS when they moved to Clearwater in 2007. Stuart has served as an officer of the CBS A-Men Men’s Club and is presently serving as Co-President. He and Joy have two sons, Howard, who lives in Austin, Texas and Blake, who lives in Clearwater who along with his wife, Wendy have been members of CBS for many years.
Martha Margolis: Vice President of Programming
Martha Margolis and her husband, Jay, have been members of CBS since 2000. Following a career in home furnishings, they moved to the Tampa Bay area where Martha became the Home & Garden Editor of Tampa Bay Magazine and Jay began to teach at St. Petersburg College. Martha has served on the Membership committee, acted up in numerous Purim Schpiels and sat on the Board of CBS. Martha and Kathy Sobel developed the first CBS Purim Gala.
Martha and Jay love to travel to their kids in Wisconsin and California and to continue to explore the world. An art enthusiast, she enjoys the art scene in Tampa Bay as well as the theater and orchestra. She is currently writing a memoir and promises not to use names.
Blake Lenett: Vice President of Operations
Blake has been VP of Operations since 2013. Prior to that Blake was President of the CBS Men’s Club. He currently also serves as Vice President of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs Florida Region. Blake joined CBS in 1996 as the Kadima Youth Advisor. He met his wife, Wendy, at CBS and they subsequently got married in 2000. They live in Clearwater with their two daughters, Rachel and Sarah who attend the CBS religious school. Blake enjoys playing guitar in the CBS band, singing in the choir, and providing audio/visual assistance. Blake is an Electrical Engineer by trade and has been working in the Aerospace industry for 32 years.
Caren Evans: Vice President of Membership
Caren has been on the CBS Board since 2010, representing CBS Sisterhood as the President of Sisterhood. She moved into the VP of Programming position in April 2014 and is now taking on the VP of Membership role. Caren joined CBS in 2007 and her husband Jeff joined in December 2013 after their marriage. Jeff is active on the Men’s Club heading up their Membership committee and they both participate on the Chesed Community. They live in Clearwater with 3 cats. Caren’s children, Jennifer and Michael live in Clearwater and Wilton Manors. Jeff’s children, Amelia and Montana, are living in Tarpon Springs and St. Pete.
Michelle Nudell: Vice President of Youth and Education
Michelle has been a member of CBS since 2010 when she moved back to the community with her family. Michelle has been an active member of the synagogue since that time. She has served on the CBS Membership committee as well as the strategic task force for Youth and Education. She is a member of the Sisterhood and joined the Board in 2017. As a mother of two young children, religious education and identity as well as Jewish community are strong values. Michelle grew up in Reno, NV and has been a strong Jewish leader as a young person through USY and Hillel. She has relocated a number of times for education but has chosen to put down roots in Clearwater to be closer to family. She is married, enjoys gardening and is a practicing local physician in addition to being an active at CBS.
Randi Kraus: Treasurer
Randi moved to Florida from Cleveland in 1980 and joined CBS a few years later. She participated in a variety of Adult Education classes before joining the board. Randi helped create the art adorning the sanctuary. Randi is a CPA and specializes in providing accounting services to the affordable housing industry.
Alan Bomstein: Trustee
Alan and his wife Nancy have been members of Beth Shalom since 1974. He has served as President twice, and numerous stints on the Board. He and Nancy were honored by Israel Bonds with the Prime Minister’s Award at their national event in 2011. They also received the Tree of Life Award from the Jewish National Fund in 2012. Also in 2012, the Center for Catholic Jewish Studies presented Alan & Nancy with the Eternal Light Award.
Alan is the founder and CEO of Creative Contractors, Inc., which was the construction contractor for the Sanctuary Building constructed in 1992. He is active on many community boards and has received numerous honors. In 2017, he was awarded the Phillies All-Star in the Community Award from the Clearwater Chamber.
Diana Sager: Trustee
Diana has been a member of CBS since 1992 and has served on the Board of Trustees for a number of years, including previously serving as VP of Finance. She raised her three daughters Monica, Talia, and Erica in the Congregation Beth Shalom community from baby namings, through Bat Mitzvah x3 and USY & Hebrew High. Diana works as a Registered Nurse. Diana and her fiancé, Dr. Steven Warren, live in Seminole.
Marcia Shane: Trustee
Marcia joined CBS with her parents and brothers when they moved to Clearwater in 1980 and was an active member of USY. Both of her parents and her husband served on the CBS board. Marcia and Mike were married by Rabbi Bromberg, of blessed memory. They have twin daughters, Rebecca in Washington, DC, and Samantha in Gainesville, FL, and son Leo in Orlando. All three are UCF graduates.
Terri Tankel: Trustee
Terri Tankel is in her third year as a member of the Congregation Beth Shalom Board of Trustees. For the past two years she chaired the annual Purim Gala. In addition, she volunteers for Hammock Park in Dunedin and campaigns for progressive candidates and issues. Terri is a past member of the National Board of Hadassah. She and her husband Bob have been members of Beth Shalom since 1986, when they moved to Dunedin from south Florida. Their three children, Scott, Judith and Aaron, attended the Kent Jewish Community Center and the Pinellas County Jewish Day School. Terri was a Registered Dietitian, but for the past twenty years has worked part time in Bob’s Dunedin law office.
David J. Sobel: Trustee
David is a Financial Advisor in Clearwater with The Sobel Group at Morgan Stanley. David has lived in Florida his whole life and attended Florida State University for his undergraduate studies, followed by Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business for his Master of Business Administration. David lives in Clearwater with his wife Amanda and 3 dogs. David also serves on the board of Jewish National Fund and participates in AIPAC events. David has been attending Beth Shalom since he was born and looks forward to carrying the Beth Shalom tradition into the future.
Elian Bar-Av: Trustee
Internal auditor, farmer/kibbutznik, citizen-soldier, registered nurse and manager, Elian Bar-Av has lived in three countries. He grew up in both the Orthodox and Reform traditions and has been associated with CBS since 1974. Elian and his spouse of 44 years, Batya, have three children and eight grandchildren. He is a past VP of Education and currently chairs the CBS Security Committee.
Benjamin Cohen, Ph.D.
Ben is a psychologist in private practice in Tarpon Springs. After completing graduate school in Michigan, he moved to the Tampa Bay area to complete his internship at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa. He now lives in Tarpon Springs with his wife, Allison, and his two children, Gabrielle and Eli. His parents and sister reside in his hometown of Gainesville, FL. (Go Gators!)
Karen Eisler: Trustee
Michael Igel: Trustee
Roni Igel: Trustee
Charles Starr: Ritual Chair
Charlie and his wife, Harriet, joined CBS shortly after moving to Florida in 1991. After serving on several committees, he served as VP of Operations and then became Ritual Chair. Charlie has been our Gabbai for over twenty years and has been involved in many projects along the way. For many years, he has overseen kosher food preparation for events at CBS and in the community, and he joined the CBS Kitchen Mavens over three years ago. Charlie and Harriet’s daughter, Joellen, and her two children live with them in Clearwater and their son, Darren, and daughter-in-law, Aase Marit, live in Norway with their two.
Jeff Liss: Men’s Club Co-President
Jeff is in his 2nd year as Co-President of the CBS Men’s club. Jeff and his wife, Ileana live in Land O’ Lakes, Pasco County. He has two children: his daughter, Alex is a former CBS student and is currently a junior in High School and his son Noah who is a current CBS student is in the 6th grade. Jeff works for IHeartRadio as the Tampa Bay region Automotive Manager writing car commercials that everyone loves to tune out.
Barbara Shepard: Sisterhood Co-President
Starting long ago in Norfolk, Virginia, Barbara’s path to Congregation Beth Shalom has been long and varied. Beginning as a child and through several moves around the country, she has always been involved in Jewish life. Barbara is currently serving as Co-President of the CBS Sisterhood for the second time, and has also served in the past as VP of Youth and Education and as VP of Programming. In her youth, Barbara spent many summers as a camp counselor and pool director, and continues to this day being involved in swimming instruction for all ages. Along with Steve, she enjoys being a parent of Adam and Dana and grandparent of Donovan.
Esther Schwegman: Sisterhood Co-President
Esther was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Florida in 1979. She has spent many years in Jewish education, primarily as a preschool teacher and summer camp counselor. Currently, Esther is a teacher in the CBS Sunday School. Esther is also active in community theater, having started a theater group in Dunedin with her husband, Jim.