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Our Board of Directors

Marisa Connell, President

Marisa Connell joined Ner Tamid in 2011, after relocating to San Diego from upstate New York. Immediately drawn to Ner Tamid, she and her enthusiastic now-9 year old daughter quickly became regulars.  Marisa and another member soon started our Rosh Chodesh women's group (questions? please contact her!) to grow the bond between the women of our community and - to be frank! - make friends! She is grateful to the people she has met at Ner Tamid and looks forward to meeting more as our kehillah grows. She previously served as VP, Education before being elected president in 2016. In the real world, Marisa works in program management at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. You can reach her at



Jon Pearl, Executive Vice President

Jonathan Pearl is one of the newest members to join the board (January 2016) and is excited about the opportunity to serve the synagogue and its members.  Lisa, Jon and their three daughters live in Scripps Ranch.  Their oldest daughters celebrated Bat Mitzvahs at Ner Tamid in 2013 and 2015. Jon is a partner at a law firm in San Diego where he focuses on labor, employment and education law issues.  Jon encourages members and prospective members to contact him if they have questions, concerns, ideas or news to share at



Corey Eagle, VP, Finance

Corey and his family moved to the San Diego area in 2001 and joined Ner Tamid in 2007.  He was born and raised on the East Coast and went to school in Washington D.C. at The George Washington University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. Professionally, Corey has worked as an auditor at a Big 4 Accounting firm, and then as an accounting, financial and litigation consultant.In addition, Corey is accredited as a certified public accountant (CPA) and a certified fraud examiner (CFE).  




Ann Spector, Acting VP of Ritual

Shortly after moving to Poway in 1989, Ann and her family (husband, Andrew, and infant son, Sam) joined Ner Tamid in order to affiliate with a local, Conservative, egalitarian synagogue. She was recruited for the Board and has served as Recording Secretary, Ritual Committee member, Education Chair, Ritual Committee member, and Vice President. In addition, Ann served as Treasurer of the Ner Tamid Sisterhood which was an active organization until 2005.

Her son, Sam, attended religious school and became a Bar Mitzvah at Ner Tamid. Ann reads Torah and chants Haftarah and enjoys participating in Shabbat and holiday services.

Ann grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received a B.A. in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and an M.B.A. from UCLA Graduate School of Management. She worked in commercial banking for several years in northern California before starting a family and relocating to Poway when her husband accepted a job in San Diego


Evan Cohen, VP. Education

Evan Cohen joined Ner Tamid in 2012 with his wife Gigi, and daughters Monica and Sierra. Monica attends CSU San Marcos (his alma mater!) and Sierra is in 2nd grade and attends our Hebrew school. When he's not surfing in Del Mar or hanging out with family and friends, you can find Evan at his Encinitas office of Edward Jones Investments where he provides finance, investment and retirement planning guidance to families in North County San Diego.





Myla Kelly, Recording Secretary

Myla is currently serving the Ner Tamid community as the Recording Secretary of the Board. Myla joined Ner Tamid Synagogue in 2004. Born in San Bernardino, California, she is a third generation native Californian. She grew up in Pasadena, California, completed her Bachelors degree at Point Loma Nazarene University, her Master’s degree at San Diego State University, and she has been married to Kenneth W. Kelly since 1977. Myla has served as the San Elijo Campus Librarian for MiraCosta College since 1988.




Sara Reisman, VP, Membership

Sara and her family moved to San Diego (for the second time!) in 1998 from Washington D.C. and joined Ner Tamid in 2002. Originally from Tucson, she attended the University of Arizona with a BS in Biochemistry and received a Master of Public Health/Health Service Administration from San Diego State University. After a few years working in hospital software, Sara "retired" to take care of their 3 kids - Maya (21), Jeri (18) and Jake (15). Ner Tamid has become such an important extended family to the Reisman family. Sara, along with her husband, Joe, and kids love to host a Ner Tamid party!



Mark Baker, VP, Grounds & Facilities


Debbi Gourley, VP, Outreach & Publicity



Diana Finkelstein, VP, Communications

Diana Finkelstein is one of newest Board members, having joined Ner Tamid with her husband, Sol, in 2015. Originally from Canada, Diana has resided in the San Diego area for almost 40 years, raising two daughters and acquiring two sons in law and one granddaughter in the interim. A retired nurse, she enjoys painting, reading, Mahjong and dining out. Seeing a need for an empty nesters group at Ner Tamid, Diana started a Gourmet Group two years ago which has been going strong ever since.

Fri, November 16 2018 8 Kislev 5779