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Board of Directors

Ginny Riley, President

Ginny Riley has been a member of Congregation Har Shalom for more than 15 years.  In the past, she has served as Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Bylaws Committee. 

Ginny has worked in non-profit management for over 35 years as the Director of the local Crisis and Information Helpline, Project Self-Sufficiency, Crossroads Safehouse, and most recently, before retiring in 2015, as the Director of Larimer County Department of Human Services.  She continues to serve as a volunteer with Pathways Hospice and to teach classes in Age-ing to Sage-ing through the Alliance for Jewish Renewal. 

Ginny enjoys gardening, exercising, and reading mysteries in her spare time. 

Courtney Jahn, President-Elect

Courtney Jahn is originally from a small town in southern Wisconsin and received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2008, She moved to Colorado to take a position at Colorado State University to begin working on crop plant improvement. Currently, she and her husband are both faculty in the College of Agriculture at CSU.

Courtney and Adam joined Har Shalom in 2015. Their two children both attend (and love) Har Shalom religious school and JEEP Summer Camp. Courtney has kept busy at CHS and had her adult B'nai Mitzvah there with four other wonderful women in 2016. She has served on the Fundraising Committee, been a member of the board and VP of membership, and is currently taking up a larger leadership role on the presidential team. In her spare time Courtney enjoys the outdoors (skiing, camping, hiking, biking), chasing after her small children, cooking and baking, and gardening.

Greg Herman, Past-President

Greg Herman has been active in Har Shalom for many years – as president (2004-2008 and 2016-1018) and chair of many committees. After a long career with HP, he retired in 2009. Since then he has worked with Colorado State University’s global social enterprise program, and also consulted with the Future Earth research consortium. He has also been active in the CASA program supporting children who have been neglected/abused.

Greg is a cyclist and skier. He is originally from Wilmington, Delaware. He and Trudy came to Fort Collins in 1980, left for 10 years in 1990 to Barcelona, Spain and Vancouver, WA, and returned in 2000. They have 3 grown married children Kyle, Becca and Jay and a grandson Cooper.

Melissa Malde, Secretary

Melissa was born and raised in Boulder. She went to college at Oberlin, did her master’s work at Northwestern University and the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, and her doctorate at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She has taught in Wisconsin and Iowa but was thrilled when she was able to move back to her beloved home state. She has been on the faculty of the School of Music at the University of Northern Colorado since 2000. 

Melissa started attending Har Shalom in 2003 and officially converted to Judaism in 2011. She loves organizing things and is happy to keep track of the CHS Board and all its activities. Her current research involves Classical song settings of poems in Modern Hebrew written between 1918 and 1950. When not singing, teaching, and organizing, she enjoys reading, hiking, cycling, swimming, gardening, and cooking. She lives in Greeley with her partner Bob Lenk.

Tara Morton, Treasurer

Tara Morton loves Fort Collins and all that Colorado offers. Raised outside of Chicago, Tara studied in three countries and served in the Peace Corps in Jordan. After earning her MBA from CU Boulder, Tara and Mat, her spouse, moved to Fort Collins, joined Har Shalom, and started a family.

Her daughter, Davi, thrived at Har Shalom’s Preschool and looks forward to religious school every week. Tara runs her own operations and financial consulting business where she facilitates transitions from Excel and Quickbooks to more integrated systems. She has an unusual affection for spreadsheets, and is always looking for ways to make things more efficient. When not in front of her computer, Tara can be found spending time with friends and extended family.

Nicki Shamis, VP of Fundraising

Nicki Shamis was born and raised in Wisconsin. She and her husband, Mason, moved to Colorado in 2007 and began to build their family shortly after. Three sons later, Nicki left her career as an Elementary teacher and became a stay-at-home parent. Nicki has been very active in the Har Shalom community. As a parent of a past and present Shalomie, as well as a religious school kiddo, Nicki joined the Education Committee to help develop curriculum.

She has also been chairperson to the Fundraising Committee. Nicki looks forward to her new role as Board Member. Growing up in a small Jewish community, Nicki saw directly the importance of everyone taking an active role in the congregation and she hopes that her enthusiasm, leadership, and organization can bring in more involvement to the already wonderful Har Shalom. 

Madi Lapidot, VP of Spiritual Practices

Madi is on her “second tour of duty” on the presidential team at Har Shalom. She has been on the board since 2005, including her first tour on the presidential team from 2009-2014. With her family, Madi moved to beautiful Fort Collins, CO from Israel in 2000 and loves the opportunities for hiking, skiing, road trips, and enjoying the outdoors that abound here.

All three of her girls were Bat Mitzvahed here at Har Shalom and were active participants in the madrichim program; and the youngest (born in Fort Collins) was also a Shalomie at the preschool. Har Shalom is community, family and a vital, integral part of life.

After many years of consulting and research in the Biomedical Engineering field, Madi is now developing her private practice as a spiritual director and dream worker. Ask her about it!

Mary M. Davis, Board Member

Mary loves to travel. Here she is in Havana at a Jose Rodriquez Fuster public art installation. Mary has been a member of Har Shalom since 1998. She moved to Fort Collins in 2001. 

She previously served on the CHS board from 2004 to 2007. She has a busy law practice. 

Nate Lamkin, Board Member

Nate Lamkin and his family moved here from the Boston area. Nate has been in professional social work practice since 2000, about evenly divided between management/operations and direct practice with clients. His focus has been in healthcare, primarily in hospice, palliative care, and oncology settings working with both adult and pediatric patients and families. Nate became President of Pathways in May 2017, overseeing the operations of Northern Colorado’s leading not-for-profit provider of hospice, palliative care, and bereavement support services.

Nate became involved with Har Shalom when he and his family moved to the area, ​and his wife Leah serves on our fundraising committee. Their children, Gershona and Miriam, participate in numerous youth activities. Nate looks forward to contributing his extensive experience in non-profit management and working with boards.

H.J. Siegel, Board Member

H.J. Siegel, wife Janet, and daughter Sky moved to the Fort Collins area in 2001, and immediately joined Har Shalom, where Sky attended Sunday and Hebrew school, and was Bat Mitzvah. H.J. grew up in NYC. He received BS degrees in computer science and management from MIT, and a PhD in computer science from Princeton University. He was a professor at Purdue University from 1976 to 2001.

From 2001 to 2017, he was an Endowed Chair Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University, where he was also a Professor of Computer Science. He is now a Professor Emeritus. He has received and been responsible for over $20 million in research grants. He has been a leader of numerous professional society groups, journals, and conferences. H.J. is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder.

Sun, November 18 2018 10 Kislev 5779