Staff Photos by Jake Rubman
Sarah Glassman – Executive Director
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Vermont and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University. She was a Victims Advocate and Director of Development and Communications at HOPE Works VT, a non-profit dealing with domestic and sexual violence, and a Senior Admissions Counselor and Coordinator of Alumni Outreach at UVM.
“Jewish values have driven much of my professional life,” she says. “I have worked in the non-profit sector, higher education and Jewish communal life to support equity and access for all. My administrative skills include organization, communications, donor relations and inclusive programming, as well as planning large scale community-based events.”
Sarah is looking forward to applying her passion for creativity, innovation and social justice to the OZ community.
Raul Guevara – Facilities Manager
Raul has been with the synagogue over 25 years. Prior to his work at OZ he owned his own bus touring business in Guatemala. As the Facilities Manager for the synagogue, Raul’s responsibilities range from daily maintenance of the facility and grounds, serving on the House Committee, managing the kitchen, and serving on the Capital Campaign Construction oversight committee to managing the coordination of life cycle events and holiday events. He also delights in the children of Ohavi Zedek and makes time during Hebrew School hours to help with snacks, play or the invariable need for bandaids or a caring listener. The b’nai mitzvot often mentions him during their speeches with great appreciation for his care and wisdom. He lives with his wife Kathy Guevara in Hinesburg. They have three daughters, two son in laws, five granddaughters, and two grandsons. Email [email protected]
Tari Cote – Office Manager
Tari started at OZ as Administrative Assistant and is currently the Office Manager. Tari’s responsibilities range from maintaining the online calendar and website, creating the weekly e-newsletter, event publicity, contacting B’nai Mitzvah families for information, payroll, coordination of holiday events and much more. In addition to her office duties, she has assisted in the catering for our B’nai Mitzvahs as well as lending a hand in the Shalom Shuk. Tari has worked 19 years in the printing business, as well as in the healthcare field, and has earned certificates in HR Management and Paralegal Studies, as well as a degree in liberal studies. She has 3 grown kids, 1 granddaughter and 1 grandson. Tari lives in Jericho with her husband Mike, as well as her Pomeranian, kitty and chickens. Email [email protected]
Naomi Barell – Hebrew School Principal
Naomi has traveled a long and windy road to her position as Hebrew School principal here at OZ. After getting her degree in Jewish history at Barnard, she moved to Israel where she worked in a myriad of jobs – graphic designer, photographer, breakfast cook, barrista and government licensed tour guide. She returned to the states and made her way to Burlington where she had a couple of kids and started teaching. She has taught in many different grades and was on the Hebrew School Committee for a couple of years. As principal, she wants to promote a sense of community amongst the kids and their families in the school. She believes in making our ancient history and traditions more relevant and accessible to kids. Naomi lives with her partner Jade and their four children. In her spare time, she tends to her farmstead of chickens, sheep, turkeys and a llama. Email [email protected]
Karen Robair – Shalom Shuk Manager
Karen was born and raised in Burlington. She has worked in Nursing, Insurance Specialist, Forensic Banking and Retail. She enjoys volunteering at local shelters and Coaching Little League. She has 3 beautiful children and enjoys cooking and baking with her husband Gary. They live in the new northend of Burlington and to them family is everything. A simple life is an easy life. Email [email protected]