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2020-2021 Board of Trustees Candidates

JACKIE MILD LAU
RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT (One-year term)

After first being elected in 2014 and serving three consecutive years in office, Jackie returned after a break and is continuing for one more year of service as Temple President.  She is a familiar face at Temple Emanu-El's School of Jewish Studies, where she has taught art enrichment and "visual culture" to students since her own children Alena and Leah were in attendance. Jackie is a practicing artist, specializing in sculpture. She is an active member and past president of Hawaii Craftsmen, helped found the new, Glass Fusion Collective and continues to teach bronze casting and sculpture at her small foundry and workshop in Kaneohe. Examples of her collaborations with students can be seen on the walls of the Weinberg Learning Center, Prince David Kawananakoa Middle School Cafeteria and Roosevelt High School. Samples of her sculptures can be seen at www.sculptureoutofhand.com.
 

JUSTIN LEVINSON 
RUNNING FOR 1st VICE PRESIDENT (One-year term)

Justin D. Levinson, who has served on the board for the last four years, is a Professor of Law and Director of the Culture and Jury Project at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law.  His primary areas of expertise are legal decision-making, juries, and corporate law.  His most recent work has focused on the role of automatic (unconscious) biases in law and society.  He is lead editor of Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law, a book published by Cambridge University Press in 2012, and has authored or co-authored over a dozen law review articles.  He holds degrees from the University of Michigan, UCLA, and Harvard University. 

Justin’s family has always been active in the Temple Emanu-El community.  His grandfather, Bernard Levinson, was President of the Temple throughout the 1950’s, and his grandmother, Carlyn Levinson, served as President and was active in the Temple Sisterhood. 

His father, Peter Levinson, became a Bar Mitzvah at the Temple, later served as a member of the Board, and has been a continuous member of the Temple since the day in which he was first eligible to join as an adult (over 50 years ago!).  Justin’s wife, Galit, has been a teacher in the School of Jewish Studies (SJS) and Justin and Galit have two daughters.  Justin is serving on the Board because he believes that the Temple serves as a pillar of Hawaii’s Jewish Community, and he is committed to expanding Temple membership through new programs and outreach. 

JOSH LEVINSON
RUNNING FOR 2nd VICE PRESIDENT (One-year term)

Josh Levinson first joined the Temple Emanu-El board in 2019. Josh grew up in Kāneʻohe and Mānoa and spent a significant portion of his childhood at Temple Emanu-El where he became a bar mitzvah and was confirmed.  Josh's two kids are 4th generation members of Temple Emanu-El, following in the footsteps of their parents (Josh's wife, Elila, also grew up at Temple Emanu-El), grandparents, and Great-Great Aunt and Uncle, Carlyn and Bernard Levinson.

Josh has extensive professional experience working with boards as part of his consulting practice, providing partnership and support for communities, organizations and institutions addressing the collective health and wellbeing of the people and islands of Hawai‘i. As a principal of Islander Institute, and its predecessor 3Point Consulting, Josh has been a planner and advisor to many community-based organizations in Hawaiʻi.

Josh is a graduate of Duke University and holds a Master's degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He lives in Kailua with his wife, son, daughter, and persnickety cat.
 

DAN TABORI 
RUNNING FOR TREASURER  (One-year term)

Dan Tabori is the current interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Locations, the leading residential real estate company in Hawaii. Dan previously served as executive vice president for Locations from 2004 to 2017. In that role he was responsible for the firm’s day-to-day business operations, as well as overseeing innovation and growth in the company’s Technology, Research, Marketing, Business Operations and Property Management departments. Dan was also responsible and oversaw the companies Affiliated Business family of companies including Mortgage, Title & Escrow. and Property Management.  In addition,  Dan  continues as a strategic management consultant working closely with Business Consulting Resources, a boutique Business Consulting firm specializing in executive level consulting, strategic planning, succession planning and mergers and acquisitions. Dan is also the co-founder and CEO of Kairos Biomedical, an evidence-based startup currently focused on developing and introducing novel immune health supplements to the global market. With a wealth of experience and understanding of business strategy, management, and mergers and acquisitions, Dan has held various executive roles in both Hawaii and California. He has also served on the Board of Directors of several companies, including Wells Fargo Home Mortgage of Hawaii, Compass Home Loans, Premier Title & Escrow and Real Estate Title Solutions.

Dan also served for 13 years as an Executive Board Member of the Locations Foundation, the non-profit arm supported by Locations’ agents and employees.

Prior to moving to Hawaii with his family, Dan spent 12 years in San Francisco and Silicon Valley with Vestek Systems, Net-it Software and finally Allegis Corporation, later acquired by Click Commerce, Inc. Dan helped build and grow organizations that developed and marketed enterprise software targeted at Global 2000 customers in hi-tech, financial, manufacturing and various other industries. During his tenure, he held senior management and executive level roles and has extensive experience in Business Development, Professional Services, Product Management & Product Development. Dan has bachelor degrees in both Computer Science and Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Dan was born in Israel, and served 3 years in the Israel Defense Forces. He is married to Jerusha Tabori, a local girl born and raised on Oahu, and an elementary teacher at Punahou School. Dan & Jerusha have three children, Noah (17), Dahlia (14), and Aviv (11). Their children have been enrolled in the School of Jewish Studies for several years and both Noah and Dahlia are Madrichim and B'nei Mitzvahs of the Temple. Dan has spent the past 4 years as a Temple Emanu-El Board Member including Treasurer.

 

SCOTT PAUL 
RUNNING FOR SECRETARY (One-year term)
RUNNING FOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE (Two-year term)

Scott Paul is the President & CEO of Kleenco Group and its subsidiary companies: Kleenco Corporation, Kleenco Maintenance Company, and Tile & Grout Solutions, LLC.  He joined Kleenco Group in December 2012 after leading the acquisition of the then 42-year-old kama`aina company.  Scott’s goal is to raise the level of professionalism, accountability and service to set a new standard for Hawaii’s building maintenance industry.

Prior to acquiring Kleenco, Scott was President & CEO of Hoku Corporation, a Nasdaq-listed solar company based in Hawaii and majority-owned by a Chinese state-owned enterprise.  Scott first joined Hoku in 2003 as its VP Business Development & General Counsel.  In 2008, Scott was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and in April 2010 became Chief Executive Officer and joined Hoku’s Board of Directors.  Scott resigned as Hoku’s CEO in June 2012, but continued to serve on its board of directors as Chairman of the restructuring committee until Hoku filed for bankruptcy in July 2013.

Before joining Hoku, Scott was a corporate attorney and business development professional in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1998 until July 2003.  Immediately prior to joining Hoku, Scott worked as Director of Business Development and Associate General Counsel at Read-Rite Corporation, a publicly-traded multi-national company that was acquired by Western Digital Corporation in 2003. Previously, Scott worked as an attorney at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, and Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May (now Reed Smith), law firms, where he represented high tech emerging growth and large-cap public companies, and their investors and underwriters, on financing and acquisition transactions.Scott earned his JD cum laude from Santa Clara Law School in 1998 and his BA in psychology from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995.  He served as director on the board of the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu for 3 years, and is currently director on the board of the Hawaii Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization.  Scott is married to Malia Oshima Paul, who is deputy chief of staff for U.S. Senator Brian Schatz.  Scott & Malia’s two children, Kainoa (16) and Mehana (15), attended Gan Yerushalayim and have graduated from SJS as b'nai  mitzvah.
 

KATHY KRAMMER 
RUNNING FOR MEMBER-AT-LARGE (Two-year term)

Kathy Krammer is a retired medical speech-language-swallowing pathologist, registered nurse and college public speaking instructor. She was raised in a humanistic movement reform Jewish congregation where families were active in community volunteering. Her family was involved in literacy tutoring and assisting victims during the explosive civil rights riots. She has continued to be involved in her community through volunteer training literacy tutors, developing communication programs for Muscular Dystrophy Association, docent education at the Honolulu Zoo, president of townhouse and condominium associations and past president of the Hawaii Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is presently active as co- liaison docent at the Honolulu Museum of Art and is working with its wounded warriors program.

Kathy worked as an intensive care, emergency and neuroscience nurse while attending University of Hawaii for B.S. and M.S degrees in speech pathology and audiology. She did post graduate study in small business administration, teaching ESL and teaching literacy. She created the first hospital based, home care and outpatient and continuum of care models for speech-language-swallowing pathology in Hawaii at most hospitals on Oahu. She developed and managed these programs and rehabilitation staffs. In addition, she created and taught a neuroscience course at the University of Hawaii Communication Disorders Department. She also oversaw graduate students for clinical practicum experience. In addition to program and staff development, her clinical expertise is in the areas of swallowing disorders, geriatrics and dementia management, head and neck cancer and progressive neurological diseases. She has been recognized both locally and through her national association for her work. She also recently retired from teaching public and interpersonal communication through Honolulu Community College, Hickam campus, where she developed accelerated educational programs for that course.

Kathy is presently Chair of the Jewish Film Festival. As part of the Sisterhood Council, she is responsible for Meal of Consolation, and new member mentoring.  She is also assisting members with medical advocacy, advice and support, an evolving health education and future hospital visitation program. She has documented the procedures and policies for Meals of Consolation, special event greeters and the film committee and will continue that work for other Sisterhood functions.  Kathy has been active on the temple executive board and board of directors as recording secretary since 2017.  She is also working with the Temple Caring and Re-Opening Committee since the onset of Covid.

Kathy and her husband, Randy Jensen, a retired U.S. Army colonel and retired from Tripler Medical Center Department of Psychiatry, have enjoyed and embraced being part of the Temple.

CRIS BORDEN 
RUNNING FOR MEMBER-AT-LARGE (Two-year term)

Cris Borden is the Chief Investment Officer of SFG Retirement Plan Consulting, LLC (“SFGRPC”) and founder and director of Kobo Wealth Conservancy, LLC (“Kobo”), which he started in May 2007.  Kobo is a Registered Investment Advisory firm with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to starting Kobo, Cris was the lead tax-exempt bond portfolio manager at Bishop Street Capital Management, a subsidiary of First Hawaiian Bank (“Bishop Street”), from November 2000 to May 2007.  At Bishop Street, Cris was responsible for portfolio management and trading of approximately $450 million in tax-exempt assets.  Under Cris's management, the Bishop Street Hawaii Municipal Bond Fund received the Lipper award for highest total return in its class for 2001, 2002, and 2004 and maintained a four and five star Morningstar rating during his tenure. Cris spent much of his time advising private banking clientele on cash management, constructing bond portfolios to minimize tax liabilities, and other investment matters. He previously worked as an analyst with The Rendon Group in Washington D.C. from 1997 to 2000 and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua from 1995 to 1996.  Cris was selected as one of the top forty professionals under 40 in Hawaii for 2010. He is on the Board of Directors’ Investment Subcommittee for the Kāhala Nui Senior Living Community, and Treasurer and board member for Hoʻokuaʻāina.

Cris holds a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from American University in Washington, D.C. which he received in 2000, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder, which he received in 1995.

JOSHUA WISCH  
RUNNING FOR MEMBER-AT-LARGE (Two-year term)

Joshua Wisch is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawai'i. Josh has almost two decades of s-sector professional experience in Hawai‘i. He served as a private sector litigator, District Director for a member of Congress, Deputy Director for a Hawai‘i state agency, manager of multiple political campaigns in Hawai‘i, and as a member of the leadership team for the State Attorney General when Hawai‘i sued the federal government to overturn the discriminatory Muslim ban.  Josh serves on the advisory board for the Sex Abuse Treatment Center of Hawai‘i, is a member of the Omidyar Fellows Program, and is a frequent public speaker. Josh earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, his master’s degrees with honors from the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, and graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, during which time he had the privilege of working for Congresswoman Patsy T. Mink, one of the main authors of Title IX. Josh lives on Oahu with his wife, Malia.
 

TODD DEVERE  
RUNNING FOR MEMBER-AT-LARGE (Two-year term)

Todd is chief of neurology at Kaiser Permanente, where he has worked since moving to Honolulu in 2010. Along with clinical responsibilities, he also maintains leadership roles including director of the Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center stroke program, director of the Kaiser Permanente ALS clinic, and vice chair of the Hawaii Stroke Coalition.  He is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine and is involved in teaching medical students and internal medicine residents.  He also serves on the board of directors for the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group.

Todd grew up in Houston, Texas,  received his Bachelor's degree from Duke University , then attended Baylor College of Medicine, where he met and married his wife Theresa.  Todd then completed his neurology training at Washington University in St. Louis then worked in Portland, OR as a neurologist in a private practice before moving to Honolulu in 2010.  

Todd, Theresa and their 3 children Chloe, Jaden, and Tyler have been members of Temple Emanu-El for the past 10 years where all 3 children had their b’nai mitzvah.  Todd previously served as Co-chair of the SJS Education Committee and has been a Member-At-Large on the board since 2017.

 

INCUMBENTS

LARRY STEINBERG
MEMBER-AT-LARGE (One year remaining on current term)

Larry Seth Steinberg and his wife, Diane Farkas, both spent their childhoods in Bloomfield, Connecticut, a suburb of Hartford.

Larry was in both the first B’nei Mitzvah and Confirmation classes of the newly formed Congregation Beth Hillel. He served as President of the Junior and Senior United Synagogue Youth chapters of Beth Hillel and was a Board officer of the Connecticut/Western Massachusetts/Rhode Island USY region. Post high school, under Rabbi Herbert Feder, Larry was Assistant to the Director of Youth Activities for the tri-state region. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Cultural-Historical Geography & resided in Nevada and the Great Basin for almost forty years. As a Historical Archaeologist he worked for the Nevada State Museum and  Nevada DOT & taught in the University of Nevada system. He was affiliated with Temple Sinai in Reno, directing its religious school. A Nevada state scholarship allowed  Larry the opportunity to earn Shoah teaching certification at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.  Larry was a Firefighter-EMT in the Central Lyon Fire District, Ambulance Chief of Dayton, Nevada and Fire Chief of the Silver City VFD.

Larry’s interests include photography, genealogy, NY Yankee baseball, UConn Women’s (11-time National Champion) basketball team, motorcycles, and historical research. Larry serves as Archivist for Temple Emanu-El’s Levinson Hawaii-Jewish Archives and is a past TE-E Board Member. His sense of humor, while obscure, is ever-present.
 

STAN SATZ
MEMBER-AT-LARGE (One year remaining on current term)

Stan’s abiding hobbies: submitting polemical letters to the editor and composing hundreds of multi-themed vignettes that he has shared with family, friends, and with his following on various AARP on-line forums.

Stan’s academic and teaching career: Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts University; M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. from Kent State University; 30 years as an English instructor at Craven Community College in New Bern, North Carolina, where he was soon head of the English Department and ultimately Chairperson of the Humanities Division. Additionally, as the CEO of Grammar Plus, he wrote best-selling, top-rated, multimedia texts (in CD Rom formats) for Middle School and High School Grammar programs.

While living in New Bern, Stan was a lay leader and consecutive two-term president of historic Temple B’nai Sholem. In that capacity and as an individual Jew, he opposed local anti-Semitism and evangelical rallies on public school property.

After he retired almost twenty years ago and moved with his wife to Honolulu, he gradually became active in Temple Emanu-El, giving occasional lay sermons and initiating Temple cleanup projects. Stan also helped his wife, Marie, with the Chai boutique. The most touching moment at Temple E occurred when Rabbi Ken blessed Stan and Marie for their 50th wedding anniversary last May.

Besides being devoted to the Temple, Stan and his wife support the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and spend quality time with their dear friend and fellow Temple member Celia King. They also periodically visit their Computer Warrior son in Wilmington, NC, with his three boys; and their artistic daughter living in Ft. Worth with her blended family of eight children, six daughters and two sons. Eleven grandkids, such diversity!
 

EVELYN DAVIS
MEMBER-AT-LARGE (One year remaining on current term)

Evelyn moved to Hawaii 12 years ago from Orlando, Florida in order to be close to her daughter’s family.   She attended night school at Rollins College in Winter Park. Florida, graduating  with a degree in Business Administration.  She worked at various government contractors.  She retired from Lockheed Martin and spent the following years traveling around the mainland United States.  After moving to Hawaii she worked as a substitute teacher in the Windward Public Schools.

She joined Temple Emanu-El shortly after arriving in Hawaii.  During the fall of 2009 Evelyn became the Chair of Hawaii Jewish Seniors and still holds that position.  In that capacity she arranges for speakers, coordinates a Seder Luncheon and Chanukah party.  Evelyn currently serves on the board of Trustees for Temple Emanu-El, Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-El and Jewish Community Services. Evelyn was also  recognized as Sisterhood's Woman of Valor in 2019.
 

ASSAF KARMON  
MEMBER-AT-LARGE (One year remaining on current term)

Assaf Karmon is the CEO and founder of TurnoverBnB, an International property management software startup based in Honolulu.

Assaf grew up in Israel and served 3 years in the IDF. After completing his Computer Science Bachelor's degree from Ben Gurion University, Assaf moved to NYC with his wife Anatte. Assaf worked for several technology startups in NY and Boston. He then moved to Hawaii in 2015.

In Hawaii, Assaf completed his MBA at UH Manoa and founded TurnoverBnB, which now has 25 employees around the world.

Assaf and his business partner recently received the "2020 Hawaii's Tech Entrepreneur of the year" award.

Assaf Lives in Manoa with his wife Anatte and two daughters Kalanit and Naomi, age 8 and 2. Kalanit attends Hebrew school and Naomi loves to play around the temple.
 

MARCIA KLOMPUS  
NOMINATING COMMITTEE (One year remaining on current term)

Marcia has resided in Hawaii for over 30 years with her husband Lenny. They lived in the D.C. area for the first half of their lives, creating the largest independent radio and television sports syndication company in the country. In the 1980’s they owned and produced the Aloha Bowl, Hula Bowl, Aloha State games and many other sporting events in Hawaii. Before selling these games in the late 90’s, she became the first woman executive director of a NCAA bowl game. In 2002, she became involved in state government at the executive level. After eight years of service in government she retired that job, however, her retirement was short lived. With time now her own, she became increasingly involved with Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood. Sisterhood has been a commitment she has immersed herself over the years and currently serves as the Treasurer. Marcia considers this special group of women and Chaver (male members) unique in our state as they have contributed so much to the Temple and Jewish community. She is very proud that Sisterhood continues to be a large monetary contributor to the Jewish School of Education and the Temple. As a former President of the Temple, she enjoys watching the Temple spread its wings and continue to become so important in the lives of many in our communitiy through Jewish education and programs. She says it will be her pleasure to serve on the Nominating Committee in 2020 to continue to secure the very best members to fulfil the mission of Temple Emanu-El by serving on the Board of Trustees.

Note: All biographies written and submitted by BOT members.

Sat, October 31 2020 13 Cheshvan 5781