Bios of Our Leadership

Officers

Sheri Metzger Karmiol

President

Sheri Karmiol, Ph.D., has taught at UNM since 1990 and currently teaches in the UNM Honors College.  She has taught Holocaust Studies since 1997, and, in summer 2006, was awarded the Silberman Fellowship for study at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.  Sheri currently teaches interdisciplinary classes that focus on long established issues of prejudice and intolerance within communities.  Sheri is married to Ira M. Karmiol, an attorney, who has maintained a law practice in Rio Rancho for more than 35 years.  They have been members of Congregation Albert for more than 30 years.  Sheri and Ira have three sons, one daughter, and almost eight grandchildren.  They are active in Airedale rescue and currently share their Corrales home with four rescued Airedales and 10 chickens. Sheri has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Congregation Albert since 2007, has served as trustee, Vice President of Programming, Vice President of Community, and is honored to have been elected President of Congregation Albert.

Lisa Sellers Friedman

Vice President

Lisa, originally from the Philadelphia area, has a degree in finance from The Wharton School.  Prior to moving to Albuquerque in 1992, she worked in banking in New York and Philadelphia, and later established her own publishing business.  After relocating to Albuquerque, Lisa worked as a marketing consultant and as a Commercial Real Estate advisor. Lisa’s husband, John, is originally from the San Francisco area, and practiced architecture for 30 years. He has been in New Mexico since 1970 and has been a Congregation Albert member for 35 years. Together Lisa and John have five children and two granddaughters who all live in Albuquerque.  The two youngest, Shea and Kayla Fallick, are “graduates” of Congregation Albert’s ECC; Shea was confirmed at Congregation Albert, and Kayla is currently attending Machon.  Joseph Friedman also attended Congregation Albert’s Religious School, and his sisters Ella Brown and Sara Friedman were both confirmed at Congregation Albert.  Joey is a graduate of NM Tech and currently works with John in real estate development. Ella has a four year old daughter and works in graphic design, and Sara has an eighteen month old daughter and is a gynecologist in private practice in Albuquerque. Lisa and John have been active members of the Jewish community in Albuquerque, where John served on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Federation for many years, and Lisa has been an involved parent in Congregation Albert’s ECC and religious school, and has served on the Religious School Committee.  In addition, Lisa served on the Advisory Board for the New Mexico Jewish Link, and in 2010 was the recipient of the Jewish Federation of New Mexico’s “Woman of Valor” Award.

Art Hayden

Treasurer

Art and his wife Kathryn Ellis have been part of the Congregation Albert community since moving to New Mexico from California in 2003.  Art is currently Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. He is past President and Secretary of the Congregation Albert Brotherhood where he is now Treasurer. He serves on the board of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund where he represents Congregation Albert.  He served on the Rabbinic Search Committee as well as Rabbinic Installation Committee these past years along with several other CA Board of Trustees members.  Art was past Chairman of the Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful public advisory board and was with that organization for six years.  Art is recently retired, having been employed as Director of Finance and Facilities at a local charter high school, while Kathy was Operations Manager for two retail nursery stores located in Albuquerque as well as Santa Fe.  They have two grandchildren ages 3 1/2 and 5 years old with another grandchild arriving in July.    They have recently launched a new business venture in Corrales that is a plan nursery focusing on perennials – Perennial Delights.  Their previous temple was Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos, California where Art served as trustee, and as president of the Brotherhood.

Janet Gaines

Secretary

Dr. Janet Gaines has been a member of Congregation Albert since 1980.  She served as chair of the Education Committee and taught Hebrew School, Religious School, and Adult Education for ten years.  She teaches in the English Department at UNM, specializing in the Bible, Jewish Literature, and Mythology and has published several books and articles on biblical subjects.  Janet was Executive Director of Hillel on campus and won a university-wide UNM Outstanding Teacher Award.  She also served on the Jewish Federation, NM Rape Crisis Center, and U.S. Post Office Advisory Boards. Her husband Barry is a past president of the congregation and a retired Shakespeare professor at UNM.  The couple has two adult children.

Betty Rosenberg

 Immediate Past President

Betty began her career as a teacher working and living in Africa and Pakistan. Prior to returning to the Unites States, she traveled extensively through the Indian subcontinent, including Afghanistan, as a photojournalist.
She returned to the United States and after receiving an engineering degree was assigned by IBM to Stockholm, Sweden, to work in R&D.

After six years, she returned to the US, obtained a graduate degree in journalism and went on assignment to Beijing, China, where for seven years she worked as a journalist and in various capacities at the American Embassy. After 34 years mostly working overseas, she returned to Albuquerque in 2001. She holds degrees in fine arts, laser electro-optics and journalism.

Betty joined Congregation Albert in 2001, served on the temple board and has completed two years as president of the Board of Trustees. She has served on the board of Jewish Family Service and the Sandia High School Area Neighborhood Association. She also serves as president of the FBI Albuquerque Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association.

Having spent most of her working career overseas, she was involved with Jewish communities in all the countries in which she has lived. Her last international involvement was with the Jewish community in Beijing, China, made-up of expatriates from Europe, North and South America and Israel.

 

Board of Trustees

Iris Brackett  

Iris is a native of Chicago who moved here with her husband, Dick, in February of 1997.  Her formal education was a Bachelor’s Degree at Northwestern University, a Masters in Math Education at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and all the course work for the doctorate degree, also at the University of Illinois.  After teaching elementary and middle school for many years, Iris started into the financial services industry in 1977.  She has worked in that field ever since.  She and her husband have a Registered Investment Advisory firm, regulated by the state of New Mexico.  They work together and still talk to each other!  Iris has been actively involved working with non-profits such as Casa Esperanza, Share Your Care, and Race for the Cure.  Iris and Dick have three children, all of whom live in the Midwest, and five grandchildren ranging in age from 16 to 6.

Debra Greenhood

 

Debbie, originally from Sioux City, Iowa, has a degree in speech/language pathology and audiology. She and her husband, Jay, lived in San Francisco, where Jay practiced dentistry and Debbie was the office manager.  In 2000, they retired and moved to Arizona, where Debbie sold residential real estate in Scottsdale.  In 2006, they made the move to Albuquerque and joined Congregation Albert. Debbie has been a Congregation Albert Board member since 2009, active in the Membership Committee, involved with various other volunteer projects in the Jewish community, and is also a docent at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Debbie and Jay have two children and one grandchild. Their daughter, Rachel lives in Seattle; and their son, Adam, lives in Albuquerque with his seven-year-old daughter, Ahava, who is a student at Congregation Albert Religious School.

Cheryl Haase

 

Cheryl Haase was born and raised in Wisconsin, graduated from UW-Madison and taught high school in Spring Green for 10 years.  She met her Israeli husband, Gaddi while he was doing post-doctoral research at UW-Madison and moved with him to Israel in 1994.  Both of their children—Jonathan and Danielle—were born in Israel.  The Haases moved back to the US when Gaddi took a job at Texas Instruments in Dallas where they lived for nine years.  Cheryl taught at a small private school in Plano, TX during this time. After a year in Austin, the Haases moved to Albuquerque in August, 2011.  Cheryl has volunteered for various political campaigns here and serves on the new member committee of Congregation Albert.  Cheryl and Gaddi are grateful for the Havurah group organized by the temple where they have found some wonderful friends. Danielle had her Bat Mitzvah here last August and Jonathan was just confirmed.  All of the Haases feel that Congregation Albert is a warm and welcoming place and are happy to be a part of it.

Kim Hooker  

Kim has been a member of Congregation Albert since 1992. Her children, Eleanor, Ben, and Theo attended Congregation Albert Religious School, celebrated becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation. Kim is a Principal/Architect with Studio Southwest Architects. Current goals on the Board are developing an Accessibility Plan for the Congregation, carrying forward the Strategic Planning goals developed in 2012, continuing planning/procedures for the Youth Lounge and developing reading programs for youth/adult with the Camel Project.

 

David Janik

 

Dave was born in Cleveland, OH. After graduating from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL he was commissioned through ROTC in the U.S. Air Force.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.  Dave spent 30 years on active duty before retiring as a colonel in 2006. He was a fighter pilot and held numerous command and staff positions during his career, both overseas and in the continental U.S.  Dave chose to return to work as a Homeowners Association Manager with a company based in Prescott, AZ.  He and his wife of 15 years, Randee Kaiser moved to Albuquerque from Hawaii in 2007, when she was assigned to Kirtland Air Force Base prior to her retirement from the Air Force in 2009.  Dave and Randee joined Congregation Albert when they arrived in New Mexico, and Dave has been active on the Jewish Federation of New Mexico board for the past three years.  Dave has one son who lives in Miami, FL.

Trevor Rigler  

Trevor, originally from Texas, is an attorney. He is a prosecutor with the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General, handling cases ranging from white collar matters to crimes against children. He and his wife, Jenny Jernigan, became members of Congregation Albert in 2004. Trevor served on the last rabbi search committee and a recent Board recommendation committee. Trevor and Jenny have two sons, Ezekiel (9) and Ezra (6), who are in Congregation Albert’s Religious School.

Ron Segel  

Ron is an Albuquerque native and a long-time member of Congregation Albert.  Ron has been a trial lawyer with Sutin, Thayer & Browne since 1972.  Ron has served on the Congregation Albert Board since 2006, and served as president of the Congregation from 2007-2009.  He has also served as New Mexico Regional Chair of the Anti-Defamation League and as president of Hillel at the University of New Mexico, and currently serves as a member of the board of the Jewish Community Endowment Foundation.  Ron’s wife Meryl is past president of the Ronald Gardenswartz Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque and is involved in other community organizations, including the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Central New Mexico.  Their son Neil is an honors graduate of the University of Arizona in International Relations, and this August will receive his Master’s degree from Tel Aviv University in Security and Diplomacy Studies.

Stuart Simon  

Stuart is married and has two grown children who live in California and Pennsylvania.  He earned a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering, served as an Army officer in Vietnam, and retired after 33 years of service as a civilian in Research and Development of Aircraft systems with the US Navy.  Stuart has served as a member of the Board and the Executive Board at Temple Judea of Bucks County.  He was also actively involved in the Chevrat Torah group at Shir Ami in Newtown, Pennsylvania.  He and his wife, relocated to Albuquerque to retire. He currently serves as the chairman of the Congregation Albert Technology Committee and is a member of the Finance and Budget Committee. In addition, he volunteers with the Albuquerque Emergency Management Office, Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Storehouse Annex Food Bank at Shalom House.  His hobbies include amateur radio and woodturning.

James Spigel  

James grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at Congregation Mikveh Israel. He graduated Swarthmore College in 1974 and Jefferson Medical College in 1980. James moved to Albuquerque in 1983 following three years of training at Montefiore Hospital and work at Central Medical Center in Pittsburg, PA. He did his Residency training in Pathology at UNM 1983-1987 and joined Pathology Associates of Albuquerque (PAA) in 1987. James became President of PAA in 2010 and still holds that office today. James is married to Dinorah Gutierrez.  James is the proud parent of Kate, Jacob, and Carlos and the proud grandparent of Elena Jean and Derrick Joseph Dugan. The Spigel/Gutierrez family has one dog named Sadie, who loves challah.   James has been a member of Congregation Albert since 1996.

Scott Steinberg  

Scott Steinberg has been a member of Congregation Albert since 1989. Scott attended UNM and operates a successful business. He and his wife Robin have been married for 32 years and are the proud parents of three grown children, Marc, wife Amy and Sarah and proud grandparents of Ethan.   Scott and his wife are both active in congregational life.