Our Board of Directors
President: Jeffrey Rose
Professionally, Jeff has been involved in guiding marketing and public relations activities for some of the top businesses and consumer lifestyle brands in America. He is a co-founder, with his wife Elena, of The Rose Group, an agency that has represented clients ranging from Moet & Chandon to Sony Entertainment to Bristol Farms to Brookfield Properties. Additionally, Jeffrey has worked on a range of high-profile reputation management and crisis communications issues such as the release of U.S. journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee who were held captive in North Korea.
He was a producer of the hit independent film Waitress, which spun-off the Tony-nominated Broadway play of the same name. Most recently, as one of the early employees of Amazon Studios, he shaped marketing and PR campaigns for a number of TV shows winning multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Awards, including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Previously, an executive at Miramax Films and an agent at William Morris Agency, Jeff is a graduate of UCLA, with a BA in political science. He lives in Los Angeles and in Sun Valley where his daughter Eden has been teaching WRJC Sunday School and Hebrew School while attending Community School, along with her brother Auggie.
Vice Co-President: Dana Henry Berntson
Dana is a Licensed Acupuncturist and owns a thriving private practice with offices in Ketchum and Twin Falls. Dana is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches classes locally at Zenergy and for private clients. Dana is profoundly influenced by how acupuncture and yoga can open the heart and the energy channels, nourish our organs and body systems, and bring harmony and balance to our lives.
Dana holds a Master of Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College and a Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University. She lives in Hailey with her husband and their black lab Betty and is passionate about all that the Wood River Valley and the alpine landscape that surrounds it have to offer: hiking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, and the endless fresh air and sweeping vistas.
Dana is honored to have joined the Board of Directors at the Wood River Jewish Center. After moving from New York City to the Wood River Valley in 2001, Dana started tutoring the Bnei Mitzvah students in 2008 when the WRJC was between Rabbis. At first a temporary arrangement, Dana was motivated by her pride in heritage and her newfound love of teaching young adults to make a long-term commitment to this work. In the spring of 2018, Dana took her first trip to Israel with her father to volunteer with the Israel Defense Forces, an inspiring experience that she looks forward to repeating, potentially by leading a youth group.
Vice Co-President: Noa Ries
Born in Israel and raised in Australia, Noa moved to the Wood River Valley with her husband and two young daughters four years ago. Her daughters are six and nine and she is incredibly passionate about their having a strong sense of identity and pride in their heritage.
Past Co-President: Susan Green 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. Susan and Ron were both very active in the Greesboro 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 returned to Board membership in 2017 as chair of the Ritual Committee. Elected to the presidency in 2018, Sue has again served in that capacity for two years; in 2020 she was elected with Josh Kleinman as co-presidents for the next term. She is thrilled to be taking part in the planning for a permanent home for the WRJC. This is a wonderful milestone for the community to achieve and celebrate.
Past Co-President Josh Kleinman
Josh and his wife Rowena have been coming to Sun Valley for four decades, enjoying both summer and winter activities. Whether skiing Baldy, biking, hiking or fly fishing around the valley, Sun Valley is truly Josh’s home away from home.
A retired periodontist in Vancouver, B.C., Josh has been actively involved with the Vancouver Jewish Community for over 40 years. He has served as President of Vancouver, Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University as well as VP of Congregation Beth Israel. Josh has been a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and is a Past President of the BC Society of Periodontists and Alpha Omega Dental Fraternity.
Since retiring, Josh has started painting 3D Agamographs. When he is not volunteering his time both in Vancouver and for the WRJC, Josh and Rowena love spending time with their two daughters Samara and Debra, their sons-in -law, Jeff and Eric and their grandchildren Zachary, Alexis, and Mira. Samara and Debra and their families enjoy being in SV, summer and winter and the whole family recently celebrated Josh and Rowena’s 50th wedding anniversary this past winter in Sun Valley.
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.
Secretary: Coni Foster
Like many people in the Wood River Valley, Coni moved here to be closer to family. Lucky for her that her son Jesse Foster and her teenage grandsons Conrad and Bryce chose such a wonderful community to call home.
Every year when Coni came to visit from South Florida, she would stop in to the WRJC and chat with Claudie. Little did she know what a good idea that was. When she moved here, she already felt connected.
Through the years Coni has been most drawn to service and volunteer environments. In New Mexico she was involved with Altrusa International, a women’s service organization. In Florida, she volunteered with the Jewish Community Services of South Florida and the Greater Miami Region of Hadassah. Att Temple Bat Yam of East Fort Lauderdale, Coni served on the leadership track for both the Board of Directors of the Sisterhood and the Temple. Coni had a CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) internship with Vitas Hospice and served for years as a volunteer facilitator with the Children’s Bereavement Center’s partnership (providing peer support for grieving children and their families).
Currently, Coni volunteers with the Hospice of the Wood River Valley, the Senior Connection and WRJC. She has enjoyed being part of Souper Suppers, helping with the Ladies Luncheon and the Summer Picnic. She serves as WRJC's Caring Committee Chair.
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 four children and seven grandchildren. Their home and residence for six months is in Sun Valley and the other six 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.
Over the last 40 years Phil has founded and operated businesses in the fields of electronics, real estate and finance. Currently he manages a large portfolio of secured real estate loans funded by his company, primarily in California. He also manages a personal real estate portfolio.
Phil grew up in a Zionist family in New York that was very committed to its Ashkenazi heritage. His family continues that tradition; Phil and his wife are very active in and support various Jewish organizations locally and in Israel. Phil has three children: his eldest son Noah is an electrical engineer for a medical start-up in Boston, his son Ari works in the Office of the President & CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, and his daughter Hallie made Aliyah in November and is currently studying in an ULPAN program and living in Tel Aviv.
Phil's wife, Cathy, practiced law for almost 30 years, served as a trustee for several more years, and has served on numerous nonprofit boards over the last 40 years.
Amy Natterson Kroll, her husband Steve, and their family have been members of the Wood River Jewish community off and on for 20 years.
They first joined after their first visit to Sun Valley more than 20 years ago and remained members for a number of years until their visits to Sun Valley abated as their children grew older.
Amy and Steve now are part-timers in Sun Valley and one of the first things they did when they purchased their home was to re-join the WRJC.
Amy is a partner in the law firm of Morgan Lewis & Bockius in the Washington DC and New York offices. She also is on the board of the National Capital Poison Center in Washington DC and the board of Goucher College Hillel.
Ron Greenspan and his wife Susan have owned a home in Sun Valley for 11 years and have been permanent residents for the past three years. They also maintain a condo in Los Angeles. Their son (Douglas), daughter-in-law (Lauren) and granddaughter (Marley) live in New York.
Ron worked on the WRJC real estate committee previously when the existing office lease and alternative sites were being evaluated and is currently serving on the Building Committee in connection with the evaluation, purchase and fund raising for WRJC's new home in Elkhorn. Susan and he have been enthusiastic participants with Lew’s Wednesday morning Jewish Bike Brigade! For a while more, Ron still works. He is a senior executive with the largest financial and operational restructuring firm and co-leads its global real estate restructuring and finance group. He is a recovering lawyer, having previously practiced law after graduating from Harvard Law School. He is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy, is a member of its Finance Committee, and is a trustee of the affiliated non-profit Foundation which is the largest nationwide provider of grants to pro bono bankruptcy and non-profit financial literacy organizations. He is a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) and Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor (CIRA), skills we hope the WRJC never needs.
Juli and her family moved to the Valley full time from San Francisco 25 years ago. Her family vacationed here since the 1980’s with her husband Michael’s family, who have been coming here since the 1940’s.
Michael and Juli raised our two children here: Greg (29), who lives and works in Seattle and Nicole (26) who lives in Sausalito and works in San Francisco.
Juli is a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she studied communications and graphic design.She worked in graphic design and communications for close to 30 years, but now works part time in retail.
Shortly after moving to the Valley in 1995, she met Harriett Parker Bass and Jill Eshman and joined the WRJC. Since then, she has either served on the Board or on any one of a dozen WRJC committees.
Bob was born and raised in New York City and has lived in the city and/or suburbs his 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. He is on boards at New Villager condominium in Sun Valley and Club Pointe condominium in White Plains.
Bob’s hobbies and activities include golf; hiking and biking; trap and skeet shooting; tasting Lynda's baking and cooking; and napping (especially in mountain air – but Florida beaches are good too).
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 active wear 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.