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Executive Director & Staff

Michele Campbell:  Executive Director

Michele came to Congregation Rodef-Shalom from Colorado Springs, where she was the first Executive Director at Temple Shalom, a joint conservative/reform synagogue. She has a proven track record as a nonprofit director having had a prior career history as a hospital executive and management consultant. Michele has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.S. from Harvard University in Health Policy and Management.

As Executive Director, Michele 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 her position includes personnel management, office management, property management, financial management, member relations, Board of Directors, etc. Michele grew up in Westchester, New York where she was raised in a conservative Jewish family. She is divorced and has two grown children; a daughter who a resident in Internal Medicine at Cambridge Hospital in Boston and a son who is getting his Ph.D. at MIT in Boston. Michele has a passion for meditation and for community.

 Michele can be contacted at Michele.Campbell@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 life time. 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 Program), 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, who will be graduating from Rodef this coming Spring, 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 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

 

James McKeon:  Communications Director

Before joining Rodef Shalom, James had been a Communications Consultant for Eonupdate Web Strategy, creating website and social media content for businesses and organizations. Prior to that, he spent many years in Corporate Training, as a classroom trainer, online trainer, and a developer of both online and classroom training content. 

Outside of work, James love spending time with family and friends, and is a social media enthusiast who enjoys making and sharing funny memes. When he's not at the computer for work or fun, there's a pretty good chance you'll find him draining (or clanging) three-pointers on the basketball court. 

James' responsibilities at Rodef Shalom include putting together the weekly eNews, the Shofar, managing the website, and creating flyers and presentations to support our wonderful events and programs.

James can be contacted at James.McKeon@rodef-shalom.org

Claire Easton:  Administrative Assistant

Claire staffs Rodef Shalom’s front office. She also performs the administrative functions for the shul including processing dues, donations, and all our other financial transactions, as well as keeping track of membership information for all our congregants. Pretty much anything that needs to be tracked or processed, she handles it!

Before coming to Rodef Shalom, Claire spent 25 years helping to found and build a spiritual non-profit organization whose charter is to help people deepen their personal connection with the divine through meditation and prayer. She continues to devote a great deal of time to that organization, as a member of its board of directors and its executive team.

Claire can be contacted at Claire.Easton@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.

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