Temple Chai Senior Staff


Joe MillerExecutive Director
 Joe Miller (bio)

Sharona SilvermanDirector of Shalom Center

Sharona Silverman (bio)

Mary PassellTemple Chai

Early Childhood Center Director
Mary Passell (bio)


Erin WynnDirector of Youth and Family Programs
Erin Wynn (bio)


Interim Director of Education

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 travelling 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. Marci loves reading, playing word and card games, watching movies and spending time with her family and their Pekingese.
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.
Teri CohenTeri Cohen has been the Office Administrator for the Early Childhood Center since 2003. Her responsibilities include licensing, handling paperwork, and most importantly, making sure the children, as well as their parents, are all happy. Teri and her husband, Dan, have three beautiful children; Jacob, Abby and Max. In her spare time Teri has a business called Prickly Pear, and sells stationery as well as hair accessories.

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 as well as assisting congregants with database information; she also processes the billing for our Early Childhood Center . Dawn and her husband, Alek, have two children, and she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She graduated with an Associates degree in Business Accounting in the spring of 2013.

Debbie WinkDebbie Wink has been with Temple Chai since 1995. As the Administrative Assistant for the Religious School, her responsibilities include the handling of any and all information pertaining to the school and providing support to the entire education staff, including more than 25 teachers. She also coordinates the Scrip gift card fundraising program for the Temple. Debbie is the published author of the Sam and the Floorboard Gang children’s book series. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her two children and three grandchildren.

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