Susan Alpern-Fisch, Development Consultant
Susan Alpern-Fisch has joined the temple staff as a part-time Development Consultant. A professional fundraiser for more than 35 years, Sue has worked for nonprofits in the fields of arts, education, children’s health, the environment and American-Israel politics. She is a graduate of Cornell University and earned an MA in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University.
Sue has served on the Board of Directors at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, where she and her family have been long-time members, and was also on the Board at Bethesda’s Imagination Stage. She and her husband Ricky were actively involved at Georgetown Day School, where their two daughters, Emily and Abigail, attended for 22 consecutive years.
Sue considers herself an “adopted member” with Micah as her second spiritual home, and she is especially honored and excited to be part of the extraordinary Micah team. When not at Micah, Sue can be found singing Alto-1 in the community choir “Choralis,” hanging out at The Phillips Collection, shopping at Antique Fairs, daydreaming about the beach, and adding up frequent flier miles to visit her daughters in Seattle and Boston.
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Jeannelle D’Isa, Office Administrator/Chief Relationships Officer
Jeannelle came to Temple Micah in 2014 after exploring retail management, a think tank, and editorial work at several DC-area NGOs. She loves research of all kinds, but particularly enjoys translating pre-Holocaust Yiddish plays, poetry, and recipes; she cherishes her rejection letter from Marge Piercy. She attended Brandeis University, enjoys baking and spreadsheets, and lives in the Maryland suburbs with her wife and child.
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Robin Fender, Special Events and Administrative Associate
Josue Portillo, Custodian
Miriam Swartz, Communications and Administrative Associate
Miriam joined the Temple Micah team as the Communications and Administrative Associate in June. She is a Kansas City native and a newly-minted cum laude graduate of Lafayette College with a double major in sociology and history. Miriam was a camper at OSRUI in Oconomowoc, WI, as well as the President of Lafayette’s Hillel for two years, and she is so excited to be starting her professional career in the Jewish community in DC. In her spare time she can be found quietly humming showtunes or not-so-quietly reliving the Royals’ 2014 and 2015 World Series runs.
Rhiannon Walsh, Bookkeeper
After a fun but unfulfilling first career as a hair stylist, Rhiannon discovered that math wasn’t so bad after all, and that she even had a knack for bookkeeping. Prior to joining the Temple Micah staff in 2014, she worked with a bookkeeping company specializing in small business development. When not crunching numbers, Rhiannon spends her time hiking, gardening, and seeking out the best cup of coffee in the city.
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