Meet the Temple Sholom Staff
Administrative Assistant to Rabbi Weisblatt & Executive Director
Laurie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, followed by a move to New York City, where Laurie spent a decade performing in Broadway and National Touring musical theatre productions. In addition to Laurie’s musical theatre career, she has dedicated a significant amount of her time to charitable organizations. In 2001, Laurie was granted the honor of becoming Miss USO, in which she spent a year travelling extensively throughout the world to provide entertainment and support for US troops and veterans. In addition, Laurie created and implemented music and theatrical programming for New York City’s Young Adult Institute, an organization that provides recreational opportunities for men and women with developmental disabilities. In Chicago, Laurie has donated her voice to numerous events for Bright Pink, a nonprofit organization that provides Breast and Ovarian cancer awareness and support for young women. In addition, Laurie has served on several leadership committees for the Jewish United Fund’s Young Women’s Council.
Laurie is married to Brad Akers. In the evening, Laurie and Brad moonlight as singers of family favorites, You are My Sunshine and Somewhere Over the Rainbow to an audience of three boys, Isaac, Levi and Ashton.
Gan Shalom Operations Coordinator
Education Administrative Assistant
Director of Early Childhood Education
Assistant to Rabbi Goldberg & Cantor Ben-David
He was raised in Toledo, Ohio and is the youngest of his siblings. Rodney relocated to Chicago in 1977 where he met wife of 34 years. They have 3 beautiful daughters, 1 son, 6 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
Rodney is a man of faith with a spirit of excellence. We are very glad he is part of our team.
Interim Executive Director
Her areas of expertise include relationship building, fiscal management, staff supervision both professional and volunteer, and program development. Margaret spent the first half of her career in social work and health care administration and holds Master’s degrees in Health Care Administration from Webster University in St. Louis, MO and Theology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. When she is not working, she and her husband enjoy bike riding, hiking, and exploring new places—like Chicago! We are very happy that she is here.
Associate Director of Religious Education
Engagement & Outreach Manager
Director of Development
Gan Shalom Program Coordinator
CPA, Financial Services Director
Family Engagement Coordinator
Director of Lifelong Learning
Assistant to Rabbi Conover & Development