MEET THE BOARD
Linda is a Program Manager who focuses on talent development, hiring processes, team culture and diversity and inclusion. Her recent work includes content and video creation for Microsoft highlighting the AI and Advanced Architectures team culture to quickly grow a team of hardware and software engineers.
Linda brings her social science and change management background to STEM outreach activities including gender and racial equity in K12 and higher education, human capital development and employee communications for tech and scientific companies. As an anthropologist, she’s passionate about creating healthy workplace culture for her clients.
Formerly CEO of Bookey Consulting, a woman owned company for over 20 years, her clients are included in the Who’s Who of top global companies and education entities, including Microsoft as a preferred vendor, Real Networks, ACM, BCS, NSF, Stanford, TechBA, Washington Wine Industry Foundation, ChemPoint and University of Washington. Collaborative, creative, and a strategic thinker, she enjoys building deep relationships, facilitating initiatives, and defusing difficult situations. She volunteers as a site visitor with WBENC to certify women-owned businesses. Past board service includes Temple B’nai Torah for 5 years, including as First Vice President and Washington State Jewish Historical Society for 5 years as VP.
Jeff and Vivian (z”l) moved from New York to Redmond in 2012 to be closer to their son and his family. They all became Kol Ami members soon thereafter and both grandsons became Bar Mitzvah at Kol Ami. Jeff is happily retired from a career in teaching and running a student travel business. This has allowed him to pursue his goal of studying Yiddish. He was instrumental in getting a Yiddish class in Seattle started in 2013, which grew into a series of classes over the years. He still attends two classes a week. Jeff became active at Kol Ami as a member of the Life and Legacy Team. In addition to his CKA Board membership, Jeff volunteers at the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle and is the Secretary of the Mt. Rainier Chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. Jeff enjoys hiking, pickleball, good food, and wordplay of all sorts.
Immediate Past President
Mike and Debbie joined Kol Ami in 2014. Mike retired in 2019 from a career spanning engineering, business leadership, and management consulting to focus on social sector causes and tikkun olam. In addition to being co-president of Kol Ami, Mike serves on the Sammamish Planning Commission and the Sammamish YMCA Board, and he volunteers with Washington Trails Association and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. Mike enjoys learning, photography, hiking, cycling, and time with his family including four grandchildren.
Rhonda and her family have lived in Kirkland since 2002—almost as long as they’ve been Kol Ami members. She’d love to meet for coffee, hear your ideas and concerns, and help you get more involved at Kol Ami.