President: Marshall Meyer
Marshall Meyer and his wife Judith have been part-time residents of the Wood River Valley and members of WRJC since 2000. They have two sons and six grandchildren, ages 6-15. Marshall is an avid cyclist, summer and winter, and a stalwart of the Jewish Bike Brigade. Marshall is Tsai Wan-Tsai Professor of Management and Sociology Emeritus in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Faculty Member of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, and Associate Member of the Center for East Asian Studies. His research, writing, and speaking on China continue as do his travels to the PRC.
Vice President: Joanne Mercer
Joanne was raised in Los Angeles, California. She received a BA in Humanities from UC Berkeley and an elementary teaching credential from San Francisco State University. She taught elementary school for several years before retiring to raise her family. Married to Elliott, a retired neuroradiologist, for 48 years, they have three boys, Jeffrey, Justin and Greg, as well as four grandchildren. A longtime member of Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach, Joanne served as Director of Religious Education there for 19 years. Currently, she is a docent at the Orange County Museum of Art, a contemporary art museum, and leads weekly tours for students. She also works with high school students on their admission essays at a college counselor's office. The family began coming to Sun Valley in the 80's and became part-time residents in 1991. Joanne and Elliott became members of WRJC when Rabbi Levy was there as clergy. Joanne is thrilled that there is a Jewish presence in the Valley, and has served on the Development Committee.
Past President: Leonard Cohen
Lenny was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, in 1947. He has a B.A. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.D. from Yale Medical School. Lenny practiced gastroenterology in the San Francisco East Bay for 35 years and was on clinical faculty of UCSF for years. He is married to Linda and has two children, Eric and Casey. Lenny and Linda began coming to Sun Valley in 1980 and have been part-time residents since 1999. He has been on the board of Berkeley Hillel for 14 years and served as president for four years. Past board member and member of Congregation B'nai Shalom, Walnut Creek, CA. Board member of AJC, San Francisco.
Treasurer: Judith Teller-Kaye
Judy and her husband David have been coming to Sun Valley for the summer for over 10 years. They spend the balance of the year in Boca Raton, Florida. Professionally, Judy spent the majority of her working life at Accenture, the global consulting and outsourcing firm. She retired as a partner. Her volunteer activities since retiring have included serving as the treasurer for in the Boca Raton Friends of the Library; serving as the treasurer for her 750-home HOA in Boca Raton; co-founder of Boca Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, a watchdog group; editor of a weekly Get Out The Vote newsletter for the Palm Beach County Democratic Party; and corresponding secretary for the Democratic Club of Boca Raton & Delray Beach.
Linda is best known for her work as creator of the Sun Valley Jewish Film Festival for the Wood River Jewish Community. She and her committee continue to produce a successful valley-wide Film Festival for the entire Sun Valley community.
Linda has a BA in Spanish; she speaks Spanish fluently, and earned a minor in Education. She has studied at the University of Madrid, and has taught English as a Second Language in Cartagena, Colombia and at Palmetto Senior High in Miami. Linda also studied Journalism, and was a reporter/writer for the Miami News, the San Diego Tribune, and the West Kendall Gazette, writing mainly news and feature stories.
She served on the Federation Women’s Division Board in Miami and in San Diego. She also served on the National Council for Jewish Women where she has been a delegate to Washington. She has also served on the WRJC Board and served as Social Chairman. Linda is Co-Chair for Idaho AIPAC, is very active, including every year by hosting a highly attended caucus with both of Idaho’s pro-Israel U.S. Senators. She has attended several national AIPAC conferences. .
Linda is the founder and continues to produce the Sun Valley Jewish Film Festival for the WRJC. She also produces a smaller festival at Tamarisk Club in Rancho Mirage.
Linda is married to Jay Cooper and together they have 4 children and 7 grandchildren. Their home and residence for 6 months is in Sun Valley and the other 6 months in Rancho Mirage, California. They have lived in Miami, Jacksonville, Florida, La Jolla, and New Zealand.
Her hobbies are playing bridge and golf, cooking for friends, and dancing. She taught Israeli Dance for many years, and continues to love ballroom dancing. She and her husband Jay have traveled all over the world, but their favorite travels include boating in the British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.
Jami Delgado moved to Sun Valley with her husband and three kids almost a year ago from Newport Beach, California. Her husband is a new physician at St. Luke’s Hospital. Originally from Los Angeles, Jami moved to Newport Beach in 1998 after completing her graduate program in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy. She worked for many years for Aspira Foster and Family Services where she served as a social worker and supervised several grant programs for children with disabilities and their families. Jami later received her PPS credential in School Psychology and volunteered part-time within the school district while raising her three children full time. During that time, Jami also served on her children's elementary school foundation board and helped to raise over 100k for the enhancement of children’s services within the school. Currently, Jami works at the Lee Pesky Learning Center assessing students with learning challenges. She is also a certified yoga instructor who recently began teaching in the valley. She has embraced the Wood River Valley as her new home and is active in Papoose Club and other community organizations. The Wood River Jewish Community has embraced the Delgado family with open arms and has served as an extended family in the absence of her own. Judaism played a strong role in Jami’s life growing up and her goal is to continue those traditions and create lifelong friendships along the way.
Joe and I came to Sun Valley in 1998 on a skiing vacation with friends and loved it so much we bought a home in SunPoint that was not even built. After moving in we discovered the WRJC and knew we made the correct decision. We had found a community. When we are not in Sun Valley, we live in Bethesda, Maryland. We have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grand-dog who live in Washington, DC. We have just brought a home in Golden Eagle and plan on making Sun Valley our legal residence. I was born in Norfolk, Virginia and went to Lesley college and the Mason School of Business.
Naomi Fine Sloan
Born and raised in New York City Graduated from La Guardia High School of Music & Arts (The "Fame" School) in 1959 and enrolled at the University of Florida (I was the Integration Movement). Married to Don Fine and moved from Florida to Las Vegas to open the Men's Store for Ceasars Palace in 1966 and joined the only Temple and served on the Sisterhood Board for eight years. Joined the Las Vegas Junior League in 1972and was President of the Southern Nevada Arts Council for 5 Years. Also Programmed small Music Instructional Concertsin the School District under the Young Audience Program. Started coming to Sun Valley in 1968 with the early group of people from Las Vegas Part Time Local by 1975 and a Full Time Local by 1976. My Daughters Betsi, Ivy and Nevada went to both Public and Community Schools and on to Colleges. Met Helen and Ben Goldberg early on and started having Shabbat together and so "Temple Beth Baldy" started and the rest is history.
Susan grew up in the suburbs of New York city, and was raised in the orthodox tradition. She was educated at Smith College and, married Ron shortly after graduation. She and Ron moved to Greensboro, North Carolina shortly thereafter as Ron was working in the textile industry. They lived there for over 40 years, raising their three children , Cynthia, Jonathan and Annie. Both were very active in the Jewish Community. Susan was president of the local chapter of NCJW, and very involved in the establishment of a Hebrew Day School and a Jewish Family Services. Ron was president of the Jewish Federation as well. Professionally, Susan received a masters degree in Social Work from UNC –Chapel Hill. For many years she worked in a group Psychiatric practice providing individual, family and marital therapy. She was one of the founders of divorce mediation in the state of north Carolina, and was deeply involved in training other professionals, both therapists and attorneys. In 1999, the Greens came to Sun Valley to ski and, by the end of that year, bought a vacation home. But each year when it was time to go home, they both hated to leave. So, eventually, they decided to move to Sun Valley (Ketchum) as full time residents. Susan has always been active in the WRJC, and was president of the board for three consecutive years from 2009-2011. She currently serves on the board as chair of the ritual committee.
Ken Lewis was born in New York and received his undergraduate degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 1955, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1958. He clerked for a U.S. Federal judge in New York after graduation from Law School, and then moved to Portland, Oregon, where he practiced law. In 1963 he joined Lasco Shipping Co., which operated a fleet of ocean-going vessels carrying cargoes throughout the world. Ken was President of Lasco Shipping Co., from 1979 until his retirement in 1994. He served on the Board of Directors of two international marine insurance organizations: the Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association, Ltd., of London, England (1986-1994); and the Swedish Club (of which he was Deputy Chairman) of Gothenburg, Sweden (1987-1989). He has traveled extensively in Asia, beginning in 1963 to Japan and Korea and in 1979 to China, making over a hundred visits to these countries. Ken has served on the boards of many non-profits – most notably he was the founding chairman of the “I have a Dream” Foundation in Oregon. He is one of the founding members of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation in Sun Valley.
Eileen grew up in Los Angeles after her family moved from New York when she was a young child. While attending UCLA and studying bacteriology, she worked for a professor who was doing research on cholera. She then moved back to New York and worked for the Public Health Service in a reference laboratory, identifying bacteria that hospital laboratories could not. When she and her husband Fred returned to California, she worked at UCLA and UCSF Hospitals in the Clinical Laboratories. After their sons Ian and AJ were born, she concentrated on volunteer work in schools and the community. She has been living part-time in the Wood River Valley since 1999.
I was born in Washington DC and I am an only “child”. I experienced a physical assault in grammar school as a "dirty Jew" and I was the first Jew in the private girls school I attended. I am a Wellesley graduate. I worked for the family firm on Wall Street. We started a puts and calls operation which I thoroughly enjoyed running. Today we run a real estate business in Washington. I have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. I am divorced. For many years I was a Head Start volunteer. One primary interest today is stopping female genital mutilation so prevalent in Africa and to an extent with those Africans who brought that practice here. I string beads into necklaces which I sell to create awareness of the problem and to raise money for the organization Tostan. (see Tostan.com) They educate village women and have sponsorship from UNFPA and USAID among others. I serve on the board of AJC in Washington and am involved with the Symphony, Washington Ballet, AIPAC, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Planned Parenthood, the Watergate and Ring House. I am on the board of the Sawtooth Botanical Gardens. I started the Wood River Jewish Community, The Hospice of the Wood River and the Crisis Hotline.
I am a single 57 year old man born and raised in Seattle, Washington. I was raised in a conservative household with orthodox grandparents. I have a 26 year old daughter that loves to ski with me and enjoys being Jewish, as much as I do. I have been and continue to be a successful restaurateur in Seattle as well as a real estate investor, who is fortunate enough to be able to take most of the winter off and live in Sun Valley. I enjoy living in the town of Ketchum and walking to the bus for skiing or into town. I ski, cycle, hike, travel and stay in shape working out at the gym. I am happy I can be of service to the Wood River Jewish Community and serve on it's Board of Directors.
Bob was born and raised in New York City and has lived in the city and/or suburbs entire life except four years at college. He and wife Lynda now spend summers (4 months +/-) in Sun Valley and rest of year in New York and/or Longboat Key, Florida. Two grown children (Casey and Carrie) also live in NYC. Bob got his B.A. from Brandeis and J.D. from NYU Law School and has been a commercial real estate lawyer (mostly NYC owners and developers) in NYC since law school graduation and practiced at a few major law firms, currently at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler. Bob has been a board member of Beach Point Club, American Songbook Project and some other small not for profits in New York and is currently a board member of the Mabel Mercer Foundation and Elkhorn Golf Club and serves on WRJC Development, Film and Find a Rabbi Committees. He was a member of Temple Emanuel in NYC growing up and Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York until a few years ago. Bob’s hobbies and activities include golf; hiking and biking; trap and skeet shooting; tasting wife’s baking and cooking; and napping (especially in mountain air – but Florida beaches are good too).
Neil moved to the Wood River Valley in 1995 with his wife Julie. Neil and Julie and originally from the East Coast – New York and Virginia, respectively. Neil has been in the financial world for 31 years, and with Wells Fargo Private Banking in Ketchum for the past 12 years. He is also a member of The Community Library Endowment Committee. Neil and Julie have two children: Emily, 16, a junior at The Community School, and Riley, a first grader at Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum. Neil and Julie are both very civic minded and Neil looks forward to serving on the WRJC board for a second time.
Executive Director: Claudie Goldstein
Claudie was born and raised in a small town in Normandy, France. Upon graduation from business school, Claudie was hired as the first woman to be trained as an executive by France's largest department store chain. Within a few years, she rose to the position of head buyer, one of three, and innovated new procedures and buying patterns for this 80 store chain. She married Bob and left her job to develop an import business with her new husband. They developed one of the largest import businesses, wholesaling and distributing American activewear in Europe. Fifteen years later, Claudie moved to Sun Valley with Bob and their son Jeffrey. She became an American citizen, converted to Judaism, and became a cowgirl – complete with horses. Claudie has been a member of the WRJC since 1995, serving as Social Chairman for many years. Claudie was hired as Executive Director of the WRJC, a position she relishes and works at with enthusiasm.