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Our Leadership

Executive Committee

Tracy Wellens

Tracy Wellens

President

Tracy is very excited to be on the Bet Alef board.  What matters most to Tracy is her family (including her dogs), her friends and the community she lives in. Currently, Tracy runs Gnosis Research which is a market research and strategy company. Tracy has been a recognized fellow at the National Academy of Sciences, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Heidelberg and ZUMA, Mannheim Germany and holds a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from New York University.

Barbara Kleine

Barbara Kleine

Vice President

Barbara is very pleased to be serving on the Bet Alef board after 6 years of being a member.  Barbara took a circuitous route from Minneapolis to Edmonds and eventually to Bet Alef, meeting  her late husband, Shelly on the way as he trekked west from Philadelphia. Barbara has had a long career in mental health treating adolescents and families, most recently at Seattle Children’s hospital and the Evidence Based Treatment Center in Seattle. Since retirement she is a board member at Bridgeways, an agency providing supported employment to adults with mental illness. She is a docent at the Cascadia Art Museum and leads a caregiver support group for a Seattle retirement community.
Barbara loves to work as a part of a team where she can be a supportive and validating member.

 

David Kroopkin

David Kroopkin

Treasurer

David joined our board in August 2016 after being a dedicated member for four years with his wife, Michelle, and children, Abby and Julia. They live on the Eastside and happily make the trek in to BA frequently. David has contributed to our membership committee for the past several years, and as chair-person since early 2015. David works internationally as a global finance director, and is excited to bring his organization and communication skills to Bet Alef.

Stu Heller

Stu Heller

Secretary

Stu has been an attorney in the State of Washington for over 45 years. He has chaired the King County Bar’s Business Advisory Panel working with the UW Foster School of Business to annually assist a number of local minority-owned businesses, has been a volunteer attorney at the microenterprise legal clinic of Washington CASH (Washington Community Alliance For Self-Help aka Ventures), and a member of the boards of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. Stu lives in Leschi and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

Members-At-Large

Steve Miller

Steve Miller

Board Member

Steve is very pleased to be part of the Bet Alef community.  He grew up in Oklahoma and moved to Seattle after law school.  He and his spouse Pam Cowan are founding partners of Cowan, Miller & Lederman P.S. a Seattle law firm, which practices exclusively immigration law.   Steve served on the Bellevue College Board of Trustees 2005-2018, the Bellevue School Board 1993-2004 and was a founder of the League of Education Voters.  He is a former chair of the Washington State chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  He presently serves on the Community Advisory Committee for Law Enforcement Oversight for King County.  He and Pam have three children and five grandchildren.  He loves hiking, reading, community engagement and spending time with the grandchildren.

Pete Bernard

Pete Bernard

Board Member

Pete joined our board in 2021 with his wife Anita and his three children. Pete was formerly on the Board of Temple B’nai Torah and is involved with Boston University Hillel. Pete works in technology and his been at Microsoft for 17 years. He is originally from New Jersey and remains a loyal Yankees and Giants fan.

Joshua Harris

Staff

Rabbi Olivier BenHaim

Rabbi Olivier BenHaim

Spiritual Leader of Bet Alef

With an Modern Orthodox, Sephardi background, Rabbi Olivier has been a student of  Torah and of the Jewish way for most of his life. He lived in Israel for close to 10 years, where he studied in Jerusalem with many teachers of the Jewish spiritual path, both in Yeshivas and scholarly circles. He received a B.A. and a Masters Degree in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College in Newton, MA. He was ordained as a Rabbi in 2009.

Dianna Rose

Dianna Rose

Music Director

Dianna Rose has been a member of Bet Alef since 2001, and the Music Director since 2012.  She became an adult Bat Mitzvah at Bet Alef in 2003 and her son a Bat Mitzvah in 2019. Along with her training as a percussionist and vocalist, Dianna is also a Board Certified Music Therapist, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, focusing on the Expressive Arts and Energy Psychology within her private practice.  Her vocational background also includes 30 years in radio broadcasting and voice work.  Dianna enjoys creating a spiritual conduit at services through which the energies of music, sound, and song can inspire, center, and uplift others. 

Chanté Bierman

Chanté Bierman

Bookkeeper

Chanté, having recently relocated from Southern California, is grateful to be a part of the Bet Alef family. She has over 15 years of bookkeeping experience and is the owner of Mama Bear Bookkeeper, a company committed to helping small businesses & entrepreneurs. Chanté enjoys the beauty & weather of Washington, baking for others, and spending time with her husband Jared, 4 year-old son Tristan, and her tuxedo cat Mew.

Katie Sturm

Katie Sturm

Communications & Digital Services

Katie comes with a background in Interfaith Dialogue and peace-building, digital services (communications and website work), and strong friendships in the wider Seattle Jewish community. She is excited about engaging with the diverse and rich group of people that call Bet Alef their spiritual home. She, along with her husband Aaron and daughter Amanda, live in Shoreline and love sunny days at the park, rainy afternoons with cups of tea, good music, and good writing. She is passionate about building peace bridges in her community.