Temple Chai Senior Staff


Joe MillerExecutive Director
 Joe Miller (bio)

Erin Wynn

Director of Youth and Family Programs

Erin Wynn (bio)

Mary PassellTemple Chai

Early Childhood Center Director
Mary Passell (bio)


Religious School

Principal of Administration/Curriculum

Amanda Campbell

Religious School

Principal of

Hebrew Studies/Teacher Relations

Ariela Ben-Dor



Temple Chai Administrative Staff


Sheana AbramsSheana Abrams has been with Temple Chai since 2007. As the Operations Coordinator, her responsibilities include the set up and coordination of temple events, catering and facility needs for meetings and celebrations and internal support for Chai Men's Club, and Dor L'Dor. She manages the Temple calendar, Website, Echai, Maintenance staff and Temple facility, and is also the Chai Lights editor. Sheana has four children and enjoys spending time with her family and traveling anywhere there is water and a beach.
Marci BeliakMarci Beliak has been with Temple Chai since 1999. As the Administrative Assistant for the Shalom Center, she handles all information regarding illnesses, deaths and simchas. In addition, she organizes and handles the arrangements and publicity for the Shalom Center programs and workshops. Marci and her husband, Bob, have three children and 3 grandhildren. Marci loves reading, playing word and card games, watching movies and spending time with her family and their poodle mix Mattie.
Diane BlakeDiane Blake has been working in the Religious School office as an office assistant since 2006. Diane and her husband, Frank, have been members of Temple Chai for more than 34 years and they have two children and one grandchild. Diane says this is the perfect retirement job.
Caryn Frank has been with the Early Childhood Center since 2012. As the Office Administrator, her responsibilities include licensing, handling paperwork, teacher support and most importantly, making sure the children, as well as their parents, are all happy. Caryn and her husband, Bruce have two children. They both enjoy baseball, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Joan NeerJoan Neerhas been working at Temple Chai since 1993 when she began teaching Hebrew and Judaica in the religious school and was the Chai Kids (Jr. Youth Group) coordinator. She provides administrative support for the rabbis and cantor and coordinates the b’nai mitzvah program. Joan is also the Judaica Shop manager. Joan and her husband Michael have 3 children and a grandson who live in Colorado, Washington and California and visit with them as often as possible. They also have 4 Havanese dogs (Punnie, Pippin, Pitzie and Yoshi) whom they adore. Joan and Michael enjoy traveling, hiking and gardening.

Dawn OkukaDawn Okuka has been with Temple Chai since 2010 and works in the Accounting office. She is responsible for accounts receivable and payables. She also processes the billing for our Early Childhood Center. Dawn and her husbanc, Alek have two children and she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Dawn earned her Associates degree in Business Accounting in 2013.


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