Our Board

Jackie Balyeat

Jackie & her husband Goose (Jeff) first moved to Colorado to be closer to 2 of their 3 children. After building a home in Hartsel, they decided to be closer to civilization and moved to Breckenridge and now Silverthorne; thereby making their kids, grandkids, friends and rest of family much happier to have a place to stay when hitting the slopes. Jackie is a former CPA who enjoys spending time with family, traveling, cooking, hiking, skiing, reading and playing Mah Jongg. She has served on Temple Boards, committees and taught Sunday school before SOS but is now thrilled to serve this wonderful congregation as its president. She loves meeting new people through SOS and is happy that our congregation doesn’t have a brick-and-mortar location as it allows for experiences in beautiful venues throughout the county.

Vice President
Margaret Gilbert

Margaret and her husband always knew that when they retired, Colorado would be their destination.  They have been skiing out at Aspen/Snowmass for over 30 years, but that just became too far when their daughter Lindsay got married, moved to Highlands Ranch and began a family. Finding Summit County and SOS was beshert for them.  Everything just fell into place and SOS was a huge piece of that. They felt everyone was very welcoming and made so many friends right off the bat. For Margaret, it was great to have found women with similar interests in hiking, skiing, cooking, knitting and who knew, Mah Jong! And the outdoors in general. She was happy to volunteer for whatever was needed at SOS. She had been very active at their congregation of 30 years in New York, having served on many committees, including being on the executive board for about 10 years. So she was happy to have a new Jewish home that seemed to need her as well. Margaret is honored to have been asked to be Vice President and looks forward to serving alongside our President.


David Lippa

David was born in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Colorado in 1974. He has been married to Beth for 17 years. They have three sons: two married, two grandchildren. David is a former CPA with Lippa & Associates, P.C. since 1981 who recently retired in June 2017. David and Beth have had a second home in Summit County since 2004. David’s past affiliations: CASA volunteer and treasurer, Board member and treasurer of Jewish Family Services of Colorado (now JFS), Board member and treasure of Stoney Brook Homeowners Association, Denver Board member and treasurer of Anchorage West Homeowners Association, and Board member and treasurer of Emily Griffith School Foundation. His Interests are skiing, golf, traveling, boating, off road Jeeping reading and playing on the computer.

Ruth Kaplan

Ruth is originally from the Washington, D.C. suburbs. She and her husband Larry moved to Colorado in 1980. She taught special education and later 4th grade in public schools for about 30 years.  They raised their two children living in Evergreen for 23 years.  Their daughter and her husband recently moved to Frisco where she will be the librarian for the Summit Middle School. Their son lives in Centennial with his wife and 15 month old precious daughter. Ruth and Larry moved into their vacation home in Frisco two years ago after finding themselves spending more time year round in Summit County than in Evergreen and the front range.  Recently they made the move to Breckenridge. After making Summit County their permanent home, they joined SOS,  and now feel like they have been members forever! They both love the warmth of the community, the services,  and enjoy all of the social and service opportunities as well.  They hope to meet and or see all of you at the annual meeting or in the near future.

Director of Events
Ira Tane


Director of Membership
Vicky Kelman

Vicky lives in Eagles Nest, Silverthorne with her husband Dan Fishman. She was immediately welcomed by Synagogue of the Summit and dove in quickly as our Director of Membership. She is a PSIA certified ski instructor at Copper Mountain, just completed her tenth year and currently works as a guide for the Over the Hill Gang; best job in Summit County! Vicky has served on the board for the JCC in Tempe, Arizona, the Boulder branch of Allied Jewish Federation, and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Jewish National Fund in Denver, Co. She has two adult children; Loni Taylor residing on Cortes Island in British Columbia, and Aaron Taylor living in Denver, CO.


Director of Social Action
Marci Aerenson

Marci and her husband have been in Summit County since August, 2015 when their youngest son started college.  They spent much of their married life dreaming/planning for this move and happily their sons followed them from Delaware to Colorado as well.  They joined SOS before they even moved here as they knew that connecting with the Jewish community would be a big part of  feeling comfortable in their new home.  As Social Action Chair, Marci enjoys making connections with other organizations and helping SOS meet the needs of our broader community.  Before moving to Colorado, she became a licensed massage therapist and now works part time at the Keystone Lodge and Spa.  Favorite passions here in the mountains include road biking, hiking, skate skiing, alpine skiing and all of their new, wonderful friends.

Rabbi Liaison
Adrienne Frechter

In 2016, Adrienne and her husband Allen left their home in Massachusetts to go on an adventure in their Airstream trailer and forgot to return! After a year of exploring North America, they sold their home back East and moved full-time to the Wellington neighborhood of Breckenridge. One of the ways Allen convinced Adrienne to move to Summit County was the presence of SOS, which has become a second home to them both. In her previous life, Adrienne was Director of Admissions and Marketing at The Rashi School, a reform Jewish day school in Dedham, MA and before that was Senior Vice President of marketing at Fidelity Investments. She was active at Temple Shalom of Newton, sitting on the Board, Chairing the Membership Committee and teaching Judaica in the religious school.  Since arriving in Summit County, Adrienne has enjoyed hiking, road biking, swimming, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and learning to play Mah Jongg.  She and Allen have three grown children, living in Denver, Manhattan, and Washington, DC.


Immediate Past President
Jonathan Knopf

Jonathan Knopf and his family have been a members of Synagogue of the Summit since 2010. He joined the SOS Board in 2014 serving with his wife Susan, as co-Fundraising chair. In 2015, he joined the By-Laws committee to revise the SOS By-Laws. In 2016, he became Vice President on the SOS Board and developed the Policies and Procedures Manual, detailing Board member roles and conduct. In 2017, Jonathan was elected President of SOS and served for two years in that capacity. In 2018, he spearheaded SOS’s first Mitzvah Day that will be an annual tradition in the years ahead. He is now Immediate Past President and will serve on the SOS Board through 2020. Outside of SOS, Jonathan has been named Executive Director of the Summit and Grand County non-profit, Friends of the Lower Blue River.


Director of Religious School
Caroline Falkenburg




Administrative Assistant
Angela Reider

Angela and her family moved to Summit County in 2002 and joined SOS shortly thereafter. She has been our Administrative Assistant since 2005 and has enjoyed watching the congregation evolve. She and her husband Richard have three daughters: one in Manhattan, two in Colorado; two grandchildren. Their youngest daughter is a Sophomore at CU Boulder (Go Buffs!). Angela worked for Summit County Libraries for many years and has a background in the Arts. Interests include cooking, gardening, art, hiking, traveling, non-fiction books, animals. She and her husband currently reside in Centennial and Evergreen along with their two dogs and cat who thinks he is a dog.