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Board of Directors

Greg Herman, Co-President

Greg Herman has been active in Har Shalom for many years – as president (2004-2008) and chair of many committees. After a long career with HP, he retired in 2009. Since then he has been working with Colorado State University’s global social enterprise program, and also consulted with the Future Earth research consortium. He is also 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 children Kyle, Becca and Jay.

Madi Lapidot, Co-President

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!

Ginny Riley, President-Elect

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 retired 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. 

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.

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.

Susan Baum, Co-VP Membership

Susan Baum moved to Fort Collins 25 years ago, taking advantage of the opportunity to both pursue her career in engineering and enjoy many outdoor pursuits, including skiing, hiking and cycling. She and her husband Rob have been members of Har Shalom since their arrival, and their children participated in the religious and pre-school programs.

Susan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Penn State, and a Masters in Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an experienced Program Manager and facilitator, and is currently working at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She is excited for the opportunity to be a member of the board and contribute to the Har Shalom community.

Courtney Jahn, Co-VP Membership

Josh Goldstein, VP Youth Education

Josh Goldstein is grateful to be serving his third term on the board to support the many youth education programs that are an important part of Har Shalom, dating back to its founded over four decades ago. Josh and his wife, Liba, have been members of Har Shalom since arriving in Fort Collins in 2008. Their two young children are big fans of Religious School and proud “Shalomie” graduates of our amazing preschool.

Josh works as a scientist for The Nature Conservancy and enjoys going on adventures near and far with his family and spending lots of time outdoors. Josh was born and raised in Rochester, NY, where he enjoys going back to visit family and friends and to reminisce about the delicious matzoh ball soup from Geulah’s café – now closed but will forever be one of his favorites.

Kyla Pfeif, VP Fundraising 

Kyla Pfeif was born and raised in Boulder, CO and then moved to Greeley to attend the University of Northern Colorado. In 2008 Kyla and her husband Chad moved to Fort Collins and Kyla began working for a local non-profit. In 2011 Kyla and Chad's daughter, Emma, was born and she is now a very happy "shalomie" at Har Shalom Preschool. In her spare time, Kyla loves to explore the beautiful mountains around Fort Collins, bake with her daughter, and spend time in Old Town.  Kyla is very excited to utilize her non-profit and development experience in her role as VP of Fundraising.

H.J. Siegel, VP Programs

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.

Adam Graber,  VP Facilities

Adam Graber and his wife, Helen, moved from Chicago to Fort Collins in 2002. Their twin daughters, Sasha and Tovah, both graduated from Har Shalom preschool and now attend Har Shalom Religious School. Adam earned a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of California Santa Cruz and recently graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law. Adam is an active member of Har Shalom and has volunteered and participated in various community activities. As VP of Facilities, Adam will bring his skills as a small business owner, as well as his knowledge learned in school to benefit the community. In his spare time, Adam enjoys live music, snowboarding, and camping with his family.

Peter Dratch, VP Spiritual Practices

Peter Dratch is a biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service where he is involved in the scientific surveys conducted on wildlife refuges from Florida to Alaska, Maine to the Mexican border. He and his wife Kathy, who works for the National Park Service, have been members of the congregation for 15 years, and other small congregations wherever they have lived. Peter is a past president of Congregation Har Shalom and currently leads, with the rabbis, a diverse and thoughtful group of CHS members on the Spiritual Practices Committee.

VP Administration, Vacant

Mary M. Davis, Member-at-Large

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. 

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