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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.


Brad Cohen, Director of Youth and Family Learning

Brad Cohen is an out-of-the-box, innovative Jewish educator who has the been the Director of Education at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation for the past nine years. He holds a master’s degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion as well as a certificate in Jewish Education specializing in adolescents and emerging adults. He is known for being creative, project-oriented, and intentional. Brad also serves in a volunteer capacity as the professional learning co-chair for the Association of Reform Jewish Educators. Brad loves spending time outdoors hiking with his three kids (Elie, 9; Zev, 6; and Olivia, 3) and his incredible wife Claire who is a nutritionist.


Temple Office

Sarah Brown, Director of Adult Education

Shelley Hager, Accounts Receivable

Laura Knaster, Director of Communications

Patricia Lackner, Clergy Assistant

Cairo Lopez, Operations

Russ McDermott, Comptroller

Francie Miran, Development Director


Emily Resnik, Director of Teen Engagement and Education

Connie Suson, Assistant to the Exec. Director

Sura Veta, Receptionist

Shaun Wall, Director of Audio Visual Services

Rayna Wandel, Religious School Asst.

Janet Bronitsky, Exec. Dir. Emerita


Early Learning Center

Laura Krautheim, Director

Sara Martin, Assistant Director

Elinor Rifkin, Office Manager


Shwayder Camp

Jodie Abrams, Director


Julia Teitell, Assistant Director

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