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Board of Directors

Our synagogue is guided by a team of members who volunteer their time to make Beth Am a stronger community. The Beth Am Board of Directors are elected at the annual Congregational meeting held in late May and serve three-year terms.

Board Members work closely with our clergy, our Executive Director, and all other Beth Am staff to ensure that all aspects of the synagogue run smoothly.

The Beth Am Board of Directors for July 2019 through June 2020:

If you have any questions about Board activities or any questions about Beth Am, we encourage you to contact Board members directly at their Beth Am e-mail addresses.



Name: Marc Potash

Role: Beth Am President

Bio: Marc Potash serves as President for Congregation Beth Am. His previous role was 1st Vice President and concurrently served as the chair of both the synagogue's Safety & Security Council and HR Committee. His family has been a member of Beth Am for a decade where his three children attended the ECC and are now part of both JLC and Youth Group. Marc is co-founder and President of Sea Glass Hospitality Partners, overseeing the organization's strategic growth and day-to-day operations. Marc received his MBA from UC San Diego's Rady School of Management in 2009 and his BA from Syracuse University in 2000.

Name: Heather Wolfson

Role: 1st Vice President, Early Childhood Center Chair

Bio: Heather Wolfson is a dedicated organizational leader with over 15 years of experience in the Jewish communal field.  She is currently the Founder and CEO of Maven Coaching and Consulting where she is a professional consultant and coach.  Outside of work, Heather has been involved in the greater community.  In addition to Congregation Beth Am, she serves on the board of the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a dual B.A. in journalism and communication and her M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. She and her husband, Matt, have two sons, Josh and Gabe.

Name: Abe Sherman

Role: Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee

BioAbe currently serves on the Board of Directors and has been the treasurer of our congregation for the last 6 years. Abe Sherman is the Chief Accounting Officer with Sunroad Enterprises in San Diego, California. He has more than 25 years of international tax and accounting experience and has been involved in numerous projects in the United States and Latin America. Abe holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston, a Graduate Degree in Finance and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Anahuac University in Mexico City. Abe has been married for 30 years to his high school sweetheart and has 2 lovely children.

Name: Allison Borts

Role: Secretary

Bio: Allison Borts serves as the Secretary for Congregation Beth Am, and has been a board member for a number of years.  Allison is an Associate Real Estate Broker with the Beal Group at Compass and also serves as General Counsel for ShipCalm, a local logistics & fulfillment company.  Previously, Allison was a litigator at Gordon & Rees, LLP where she focused on complex commercial and class action litigation.  Allison has an LL.M. in Business & Corporate Law from the University of San Diego (1998), and an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada (1995).

Name: Elyssa Rosenberg

Role: 2nd Vice President, Jewish Learning Center Chair


Bio: Elyssa Rosenberg is Chair of the JLC Education Committee. She is the Director and Founder of isadoraNOW, a not-for-profit dedicated to making quality dance education available to all. She has a background in Dance, Education, Communications and Marketing. She is a graduate of Tufts University and received her Masters from New York University. 

Name: Joanna Herman

Role: Immediate Past President

Bio: Joanna Herman is the Immediate Past President for Congregation Beth Am, after serving three terms as President.  In her role as Immediate Past President Joanna is the chair of the Nominations Committee.  Joanna is an executive legal search consultant with Major, Lindsey & Africa, specializing in in-house placements in the Southern California legal market.  Previously, Joanna was a litigator in the San Diego office of Morrison & Foerster, where she focused on product liability litigation.  Joanna graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD in 2003 and a BA from Columbia College in New York in 1998.


Name: Roland Achtel

Role: Men’s Club President


Bio: Roland Achtel is the current President of the Beth Am Men’s Club.  He and his family have been members of Beth Am for a decade, and both of his children attended the Beth Am Early Childhood Center and are now attending the Jewish Learning Center.  Roland is a Certified Specialist in Trusts, Estates & Probate Law and a partner at Higgs Fletcher & Mack.  Roland’s legal practice is focused on protecting elders and family members in trust and estate litigation, conservatorship proceedings, and financial elder abuse cases.  Roland also volunteers as a Judge Pro Tem for San Diego Superior Court, Probate Division.  Previously Roland volunteered as: advocate for the San Diego Elder Law Advocacy; Board of Trustees - San Diego Law Library; Board of Directors - San Diego Justice Foundation; and, Board of Directors - Del Mar Chamber of Commerce.  Roland also enjoys coaching his daughters’ soccer teams.

Name: Shaloha Aires

Role: Board Member



Name: Mark Better

Role: Jewish Life & Practice Chair

Bio: Mark Better, a 33-year Beth Am member, is Chair of the Jewish Life & Practices Committee. He also serves as a gabbai and in the Hevre Kadisha. Mark is an Organizational Development Specialist/Career Coach at General Atomics. He has an MBA from San Marcos State University and Masters in Educational Technology from San Diego State University.

Name: Josh Caplan

Role: HR Committee, Chair



Josh Caplan moved to San Diego in September 2014 with his family and joined Beth Am soon after. Over the years, Josh’s roles at Beth Am including Men’s Club Executive Committee, Men’s Club President, and co-chair of the 2017 Beth Am Family Retreat, and is now excited to be on the Beth Am Board as the Chair for the HR Committee.  


 Josh is a Camp Ramah camper and staff alumnus, attending camp every summer, starting at age 10 and continuing through college.  Josh was even the program director during the summer of 1999. Josh received his undergraduate degree from the University of California San Diego and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. 


Josh is a environmental law attorney with the California Department of Justice.  While he is not at work, Josh spends time on home improvement projects, hiking, cooking and baking with his family and playing basketball with his older daughters.   He and his wife, Shana Cohen, have three daughters – Louisa (10), Abigail (9) and Eleanor (4).

Name: Michele Myron

Role: Youth Commissioner


Bio: Michele just started her first year as Chair of the Youth Committee, after serving 3 years on the committee.  Michele graduated from San Jose State with a degree in Comparative Religious Studies with a double minor in Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies.  Currently, she is a stay at home Mom to their 4 boys.

Name: Kelly Pearl

Role: Music Chair

Bio: Kelly Pearl is in her first term on the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth Am.  She has served in-house with Zions Bank as counsel in its 1031 Exchange Division since 2008, having specialized in tax-deferred exchange law since 2000.  Prior to joining Zions Bank, Kelly was exchange counsel for the Exchange Division of a large Midwest bank, managing their West Coast operation.  Kelly is a graduate of the University of California San Diego and the University of San Diego where she earned a J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation. 

Name: Debbie Sigal

Role: Women’s Circle President


Bio: Debbie Sigal is currently serving her third year as President of the Beth Am Women’s Circle. Debbie has been a member of Beth Am for fifteen years during which time she has been an active volunteer both at CBA and in Beth Am’s Early Childhood Center. Her various leadership roles include 8 years on the Board of Directors, membership chair, leading the “It’s All Shabbat to Me” project, as well as working on the annual gala committee. Debbie is also an active volunteer in the greater community serving on the PTA Board and as PTA President of Ashely Falls School. Debbie and her husband, Dr. Darren Sigal, are originally from Los Angeles, and she graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in English. She studied French at the University of Provence in Aix-en-Provence, and she studied Theater at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Debbie worked as a post graduate researcher for the University of California Davis, and now she relishes her role as a stay at home mom to her three children, Sara, Max and Aliya. All three kids graduated from Beth Am Preschool and continue their Jewish studies in the Jewish Learning Center, Sabra and Hebrew-4-Credit programs. Debbie’s love of reading has led to building a wonderful collection of signed first editions, as well as, running a successful book club for over 13 years.  Her hobbies include travel, theater, opera and running. 

Name: Yvonne Webber

Role: Board of Directors


Bio: Yvonne Webber was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her undergraduate degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis on Public Relations and Organizational Communication from California State University at Hayward. Yvonne moved to San Diego in 2005 with her husband Ephron Rosenzweig and her children Judah, Toren, and Eliana. She began teaching at Beth Am preschool and Beth Am soon became their home away from home. She earned a Master’s Degree in Jewish Studies with an advanced certificate in Jewish Teaching from Gratz College in 2010. Yvonne then began teaching Judaic Studies at San Diego Jewish Academy Upper School, and is now also the yearbook advisor and Jewish Life Director. Yvonne believes Jewishly-inspired lives are enriched and more meaningful. She lives her life through and infuses her teachings with three main values: family, faith, and education.

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