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Board of Directors

H.J. Siegel, President

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.

Ginny Riley, Past-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.

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.

Courtney Jahn, Board Member

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. In her spare time Courtney enjoys the outdoors (skiing, camping, hiking, biking), chasing after her small children, cooking and baking, and gardening.

Dr. John J. Hanck, Board Member

I went to the University of Illinois and received a B.S. and D.D.S degree and moved to Fort Collins, Colorado and started a dental practice in 1972. I served in the leadership positions in the Colorado Dental Association and served four years as a representative of the 14th district of the American Dental Association and as Chair of the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee to the American Dental Association.

I was a founder of Congregation Har Shalom and served as President in 1982 and was on the Board for ten years. I am again presently on the BOD of Congregation Har Shalom. We have two daughters and four grandchildren. We are retired and are enjoying our grandchildren and traveling.

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