Fred Rothstein

Executive Director

Fred Rothstein came to Neveh Shalom in 2001 after a stint living in Israel with his wife Nora and three children. Fred brings leadership know-how from a rich career serving the Jewish community. Ask him about the L.A. Dodgers.

Mel Berwin

Director of Congregational Learning

Mel Berwin believes in an innovative, hands-on approach to Jewish learning, and brings this passion to her role directing the ALIYAH youth education program and adult education at Neveh Shalom. Mel has forged the way in the area of inclusion, bringing Neveh Shalom to the forefront as a congregation that welcomes every student and serves all needs.

Membership & Engagement Director

Michelle Caplan supports members and welcomes new members as well as runs programs and events, working with Neveh Shalom’s groups to create strong connections.

Leah Conley

Director of Early Childhood Education

Leah Conley’s boundless energy and love for learning echo through the halls of our Foundation School. Under Leah’s vision, our preschoolers ask questions and think about the world around them in new ways. Learning runs deep and is tons of fun in Foundation School.

Dena Marshall

Development Director

A long-time Portland resident, Dena supports Neveh’s growth through fundraising and relationship building. An avid swimmer and traveler, she is the mother of two Portland Jewish Academy and BB Camp kids.

Finance Director

Allyson relocated to Portland from Northern Virginia with her husband and daughter. She comes to us from Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC where she worked as the Director of Finance and Administration for 10 years. Allyson is excited to get to know Portland and the members of Congregation Neveh Shalom over the coming year.

Kurt Rice

Facilities Director

Kurt Rice helps to make sure the building is working well, clean and in good shape for the community. He is always striving to leave it better than he found it, with a tool at the ready and a can-do attitude.

JoAnn Bezodis

Education Administrator

JoAnn Bezodis is a caring and highly organized professional. The friendly face in our ALIYAH program, she keeps all aspects of youth education running.

Communications Coordinator

Brian Rohr helps with the development of printed and online communications materials, including flyers, The Chronicle magazine,  and emails to bring news and information to the Neveh Shalom community.

Marg Everett

Administration and Cemetery Administrator

Marg handles membership accounting questions and assists Finance Director in her functions. She also works on cemetery reservations, troubleshooting issues at the cemeteries, unveilings, and inquiries regarding family members in our cemeteries. In addition, she works with the Institute for Judaic Studies handling accounting and finance with the Executive Director.

Lisa Richmond

Clergy Assistant and Event Coordinator

Lisa Richmond wears many hats as our Clergy Assistant, Event Coordinator, and Facility Manager. Lisa will answer questions and assist in planning Jewish life cycle events from brit milah and baby namings, to b’nai mitzvah and weddings. If you have questions about the use of our building for your simcha contact Lisa.


Lisa Marie is the friendly person who answers the phone or greets you at the front desk when you enter the office. Say hello and let her know how she can best help you.

Darlene Arntson


Darlene works with the Finance Director, filing and organizing our offices.

Tori Nunnenkamp

Accounting Assistant

Tori works with the Finance Director, organizing and assisting to ensure timely processes of credit cards and bank withdrawals for congregants. She loves stylish boots and cheese.

Patricia Alcaraz

Facilities Support & Event Staff