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Har Shalom Staff

Rabbi Sally Finestone

Rabbi Sally Finestone is thrilled to be joining the Har Shalom community. She comes to Fort Collins from the Boston area, where she served for twenty years as the Rabbi and Education Director of Congregation Or Atid, and as an instructor and counselor at the Harvard Divinity School. She began her rabbinic career as a Hillel director, and has worked on campuses in Cincinnati, Houston, and at Harvard.

Raised in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, Rabbi Finestone attended Duke University, and then attended Hebrew Union College - Jewish institute of Religion in Cincinnati for her rabbinic training, becoming the 11th woman in Jewish history to be ordained. She also holds a Masters in Hebrew Literature and an honorary doctorate from HUC-JIR, and a Masters in Theology from Harvard Divinity School. Her academic areas of interest include Biblical studies, medieval philosophy and thought, and history. A lover of classical music, dogs, and the New England Patriots, Rabbi Finestone has been married to Rabbi Boaz Heilman for almost 40 years, and they have been blessed with two children, Hannah and Jonathan.

Deborah Bodie

Executive Director
On April 8, 2019, Debbi Bodie joined Congregation Har Shalom as our Executive Director. A Jewish professional in Portland Oregon for over twenty years, Debbi has served in numerous leadership roles and has brought a deep understanding of Jewish values combined with non-profit management and philanthropy expertise.

Prior to joining Congregation Har Shalom, Debbi was the Executive Director of Congregation Shir Tikvah and she served as Chief Development Officer at Cedar Sinai Park for fifteen years, both in Portland Oregon

She has committed her life to volunteerism as well. In 1995, Debbi became the youngest Sisterhood President at Congregation Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon. During her five-year term, Debbi revitalized the Sisterhood cultivating young leaders and rebuilding the Women of Reform Judaism.

Debbi joined Congregation Neveh Shalom in 2006 and was an active member of the Cemetery Committee overseeing the beautification of their two cemeteries. She was nominated as committee chair in 2008 and she held that position for four years.

In 2010, Rabbi Ariel Stone and Debbi Bodie co-founded Hesed Shel Emet, a burial program providing low-income community members in Oregon and SW Washington with a dignified Jewish burial. As Program Administrator for ten years, she was responsible for on-going fundraising and the coordination all burials working closely with families, clergy, cemeteries and funeral homes. She is deeply passionate and devoted to Hesed Shel Emet. In 2014, Debbi received the Jewish Programming Award from the Association of Jewish Aging Services for this special community program.

Debbi is a Florence Melton graduate and was honored with the first Melton Alumni award for the creation of Hesed Shel Emet which was presented to her in June 2012.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Debbi moved to Portland in 1975 and then moved to Fort Collins Colorado this year. She has two children, Jenn and Adam Bodie and they are the love of her life!

Ilene Forsyth

Director, Har Shalom Preschool & Kindergarten
Ilene joined Har Shalom Preschool & Kindergarten in 2007 as one of the "Specials" teachers where she developed a Hebrew program for Kindergarten age children. Shortly thereafter, Ilene became a classroom Teacher and trained in the Montessori philosophy for several years before her Directorship in 2014. 

Ilene is passionate in celebrating all children as individuals and honored to serve the Shalomies during their essential early years of growth and development. 

Nicki Shamis 

Director, Har Shalom Religious School
Raised in Wisconsin, Nicki and her husband, Mason, moved to Colorado in 2007 and began to build their family. Three sons later, Nicki left her ten-year career as an Elementary teacher and became a stay-at-home parent spending much of her time volunteering at Har Shalom and in her children's classrooms.

Nicki has been very active in the Har Shalom community serving on the Board of Directors as well as the Fundraising Committee. As a parent of a past and present HSPK Shalomie, as well as a religious school kiddo, Nicki joined the Education Committee to help develop curriculum. She also took on the role of designing and implementing the B'reshit: In the Beginning class for our littlest learners and their families.  Nicki is excited to bring her creativity, organization, enthusiasm, and passion for early learning to Har Shalom.

Gretchen Kastetter

Administrative Assistant
Returning after a four-year break, Gretchen began her second stretch in the Har Shalom office in June, 2019. With a degree in Organizational Development, Gretchen has worked in administration and operations for the better part of her working career. In addition to her work at Har Shalom, Gretchen is the owner of a web design business that she started when she moved to Fort Collins in 2011.

A Florida native, Gretchen spent the majority of her life in Florida before moving to California and then to Colorado. She has two children, four grandchildren and one very spoiled fur baby. When not working, she enjoys visiting the mountains and photographing wildlife.

Addie Cutler

Assistant Director, Har Shalom Religious School
Addie Cutler began teaching at Har Shalom in 2015 and is excited to take on this new role. After growing up on the coast of Washington State, she attended CSU and graduated from CSU in 2017 with a degree in Nutrition & Food Science. One of her biggest passions is exploring Judaism. At age 22 she had her Bat Mitzvah and led services while playing ukulele! 

In her free time Addie enjoys spending time with her partner and going on adventures with their dog. When she's not reading, cooking, or hosting a Shabbat dinner you can find her on the dance floor! 

Heather Regan

Accounting Clerk
Heather joined the Har Shalom staff in 2015, but has worked in office administration for over 12 years, though this is her first time working for a non-profit organization. She is currently working on finishing her Bachelor’s Degree at CSU and hopes to continue on her slow-and-steady course to receive a Master’s Degree in Business Administration or Computer Information Systems.

Heather enjoys being at home, hanging out with her kids, watching Netflix, playing puzzle and home design games, reading, finding better ways to organize stuff, and is a huge supporter of Autism Awareness due to having a child with Autism.

Judy Petersen

Library Director
Library Director Judy Petersen has been affiliated with Congregation Har Shalom for over 20 years. She started as a volunteer in the Library and gradually worked her way into a staff position. She is a passionate advocate for reading as a means of developing Jewish identity in children, and is dedicated to providing an up to date library with a wide variety of resources including the best in current Jewish literature and scholarship. 

In her non-Har Shalom life, Judy is married with two post-college age daughters, is a retired Physical Therapist, is currently employed as a music paraprofessional at Wellington Middle School and participates in multiple Jewish genealogy forums.

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