Steven M. Stark, Executive Director
Steve has been a passionate and dedicated Jewish communal lay leader for over 25 years. Most recently, Steve served as the Treasurer of the Allied Jewish Federation (now Jewish Colorado), Treasurer of the Jewish Community Foundation, and Treasurer for the Mizel Arts & Culture Center at the JCC. Steve also served as President of the Colorado Chapter of the American Jewish Committee. There, he was recognized on a national level when he was selected for the Konrad Adenauer Fellowship, the Shalom Comay Fellowship, and the Blaustein Leadership Institute.
In 2010, Steve’s commitment to the Denver Jewish community and deep love for Jewish life led to his selection as a Wexner Fellow, giving him the opportunity to learn with some of the most prominent scholars of our day. With gratitude, he brought his new knowledge and energy back to Denver where he put it to work in the community. At the Hebrew Educational Alliance, he, along with the rabbis and a small team of lay leaders, developed Shir Hadash, a vibrant new service that increased engagement within the congregation and the community.
Steve joined Temple Emanuel as Executive Director to further pursue his life-long passion for Jewish communal work. Previously, he was the Managing Partner at StarkSchenkein CPAs, a 25-year-old family business that successfully merged with a larger, regional firm. While at StarkSchenkein, Steve’s areas of expertise included Merger & Acquisition, Strategic Planning, Business Valuation, and Litigation. Steve also maintained operational and financial oversight of the firm.
During his time with StarkSchenkein, Steve was proud to lend his experience to area civic and professional organizations. He served as Treasurer of the Board for Cherry Creek Dance and provided his expertise to the Association for Corporate Growth, the Denver Council on Foreign Relations, and others.
Steve earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his MBA from University of Colorado, Denver. Steve is a third-generation native of Denver, Colorado.
Zachary Rolf, Director of Learning and Engagement
Zachary has been involved in educating youth in both Jewish and secular settings for over 15 years. He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Skidmore College and an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Zach also holds the title of RJE (Reform Jewish Educator) from the Association of Reform Jewish Educators.
Zach began his career as a teacher in the New York City public schools and taught there until 2009. For over a decade, including during his tenure as a school teacher, Zach spent every summer working at the URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA, his hometown. During his last 6 summers there, Zach worked as the Assistant Director of Eisner’s very popular day camp program.
From 2009-2016, Zach served as the Director of Youth Engagement, and then as Religious School Director, at Central Synagogue in New York City. These positions afforded Zach the opportunity to marry two of his biggest passions, Judaism and education, and to think creatively about how to best engage youth and families in meaningful Jewish experiences.
In 2014, Zach received the Young Pioneer Award from the Jewish Education Project for his work in engaging the teenage population of Central Synagogue. He was recognized for the creation of a study trip curriculum that resulted in Zach leading over 35 teen trips, both domestically and abroad. Zach also spearheaded a successful effort to rebrand the school during his time as Religious School Director, blurring the lines between “formal” and “informal” education.
Zach is excited to be settled in Denver with his wife Hadley and is always seeking out opportunities to travel, see live music, and experience the outdoors!