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Matheson, Sheskin and Benzion Nominated as Board Officers; TI Election Set for Jan. 3.........posted Dec 11, 2010
All members of Congregation Tikvat Israel are encouraged to exercise their vote on Jan. 3 to shape the next governing board of the synagogue.
Nominated by the congregation on Dec. 19 for officer positions on the board were Rodney Matheson, 1st vice president; Eugene Sheskin, treasurer; and Lynne Benzion, assistant recording secretary. Newcomers nominated for two-year board terms were Sally Kram, Barry Lipsy and Betsy Miller, while three others were nominated to serve a second term: Hillary Berman, Mort Davis and Moira Green. Rob Kline was nominated to fill the one remaining year on the board seat vacated by Matheson.
Congregants will vote on one contested seat -- a rarity in recent years at Tikvat Israel -- as the representative (comptroller) of the Broadman-Kapolan Early Childhood Center. Two synagogue members were nominated for the slot: Kelcey Klass and Rosie Chernoff.
The annual election will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3, in the sanctuary. About 10 days prior, all individual and family members of the synagogue will receive a mailing about the nominees for elective office. All voting takes place in person; no absentee balloting is allowed.
A brief biographical summary of the three newly nominated board officers follows:
Member of TI for about 7 years and a member of the board of directors for the past two two years (including a seat on the budget committee). Volunteering efforts include Baltimore Road cleanup project, synagogue beatification days, ECC carnival helper, Rimonim School parent facilitator on long-range planning. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and lived in the United States since 1986. Completed B.S. degree in South Africa and masters degree at Towson University. Currently leads the patient and staff education department and organizational development efforts at Frederick Memorial Healthcare system in Frederick, Md., and serves as a board member of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce business and education roundtable.
Member of TI when Temple Israel merged with Beth Tikva in mid-1990s. Volunteer efforts include board treasurer for two years early in the last decade. Born in Washington, D.C., and educated at local universities. Now works as a CPA and worked primarily with the Internal Revnue Service for six years as a revenue agent and with U.S. Customs Service for 28 years in international trade.
Member of TI for 20 years. Volunteer efforts include Bonim adviser, Youth Commission member, Youth Commission chair, membership committee chair and mashgiach. Originally from Newport News, Va., and a graduate of University Virginia (major in English, minor in environmental science). Has worked as owner of an educational toy business, substitute teacher and, for the past seven years, associate director of Rockville Economic Development for the City of Rockville, helping entrepreneurs start companies and existing businesses in Rockville grow.