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Executive Director & Staff

JOSH GOLD: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Josh, a Colorado native, came to Congregation Rodef Shalom from Rose Community Foundation where he was the manager of MazelTogether, a program that connected couples and families with young children to each other and to the Jewish community. He has worked extensively in the Jewish community and nonprofit sector where he has been a youth director, program director, academic advisor, and development associate. Josh has a B.A. in technical journalism from Colorado State University and a masters in nonprofit management from Regis University. He lives in Aurora with his wife, Pamela, and their two kids, Brayden and Dylan.

As Executive Director, Josh is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of the congregation's administration and financial affairs, including supervisory responsibility for the administrative, clerical, maintenance and management staff. The scope of his position includes personnel management, office management, property management, financial management, member relations, and Board of Directors.

 Josh can be contacted at Josh.Gold@rodef-shalom.org

 

DAWN SPECTOR: DIRECTOR OF YOUTH EDUCATION

Dawn, a New York native, attended college in Jerusalem and at Queens College in Flushing, N.Y. where she obtained a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing with an emphasis on education. She obtained her Preschool Director's Certification from Aurora Community College and has been involved with Jewish Education for over 20 years. She loves being able to reach children at a young age and help instill a passion for learning and Judaism that will hopefully last a lifetime. She is actively involved in the community teaching Hebrew, tutoring children in remedial Hebrew for their B'nei Mitzvahs, leading a Rosh Chodesh teen girls group, being a para chaplain through Jewish Family Service, and volunteering at community events.

As Director of Youth Programming, Dawn's responsibilities include the ECEC (Early Childhood Education Center), Passport to Jewish Learning, Youth Programs such as Kadima and USY, Shabbat and Holiday youth programming and working closely with the young families group.

Dawn can be contacted at: Dawn.Spector@rodef-shalom.org

 

ALLY SPANBAUER: ECEC DIRECTOR

Ally is a Colorado native, who likes to stay busy with her son Cooper and their dog, Maggie. She has been in the childcare field since she was sixteen years old. Ally studied at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins, majoring in Early Childhood Education, and takes pride in continuing her education in early childhood through additional college courses, cohort learning trips, and classes offered through programs such as Colorado Shines and Denver Early Childhood Council.  Prior to working at Rodef Shalom, Ally ran several before and after school programs, was a camp counselor for children ages 4 and older, and was a nanny for several years while she was in school.  Ally's true passion is working with ECEC age children. She is inspired watching the sense of wonder and excitement in their eyes every day.

Ally is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the preschool.  She can be reached at:  Ally.Spanbauer@rodef-shalom.org

 

CONNIE SUSON: PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Connie is a seasoned Jewish community professional. Although her title is Program Director, her duties extend to a wide variety of tasks – all ultimately enhancing the broader feeling of “family” at Rodef Shalom. She has worked at our shul for more than ten years (in two different stints) and has worked in and around the larger community for most of her adult life, including Education Director at the Mizel Museum, teaching and programming at other synagogues, and chairing many large fundraising events around town. She studied Communications and Psychology at the University of Colorado/Boulder, has a Certificate in Jewish Communal Work from the University of Denver, and was one of the first graduating classes of the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, as well as other distinctions. Connie and her husband, David, are Denver natives and were married at Rodef Shalom. She loves everything about Rodef Shalom, especially the staff and congregants. Please stop by and say hello!

 

Connie can be contacted at Connie.Suson@rodef-shalom.org
 

J.R. HURTADO: MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR

J.R has been a member of the Rodef staff for over 10 years.  He is responsible for the general cleaning and maintenance of the main synagogue building, school building and the surrounding grounds and setup and breakdown of chairs, tables and other necessary furniture for Rodef events.  J.R. is also a friend to many of the preschool children and families and members who grew up at Rodef.

Wed, June 26 2019 23 Sivan 5779