President – Amber Caulkins
Amber Caulkins and her husband Josh moved to Chandler, Arizona, in 2018 with their three children after spending a decade in New England. Having grown up in Arizona, Amber is happy to be closer to her family and thrilled to have found such a warm, welcoming congregation at NefeshSoul. Prior to becoming a high school English teacher, she spent ten years working in the non-profit sector, most recently for Mayyim Hayyim, a Jewish organization in Newton, MA, where she led an effort to establish an international network of inclusive and welcoming mikva’ot. As director of the network, Amber worked closely with board members on strategic planning initiatives, developing shared goals, and designing international conferences for network members. She also managed a national advisory council for the network and led members through the process of prioritizing communications, fundraising, and programmatic goals. Since joining Congregation NefeshSoul, Amber and her family have actively participated in the numerous services and programs offered, and she is excited to support the growth of this community as the board president. Serving on the board gives her a chance to stay connected to her love of Jewish communal work in a volunteer capacity and to support opportunities for people to become more engaged with Judaism. Her husband Josh works at Arizona State University in Tempe, and they both enjoy spending time outdoors with their children, attending Shabbat services and education programs at NefeshSoul, and finding ways to engage with their community.
Vice President – Finance/Treasurer
Don Hoffman is a native of Los Angeles. Don came to Phoenix in 1985. With a background in accounting and management, he became an entrepreneur and started or acquired several businesses over the following 25 years. In 2001 Don began giving back to the community by serving on the boards of several non-profit organizations. In 2007 Don met Joyce Glass and they have been together ever since. Don and Joyce learned about Nefesh Soul in 2013, and are happy to be able to serve the congregation.
Co Chair Ritual Committee
Louise Moskowitz–A native New Yorker, Louise is a graduate of Pace College in New York City where she earned a BA in Human Relations. Louise is also a graduate of University of Phoenix with a Masters in Organizational Management and a recipient of an Advanced Certificate in Corporate Community Relations from The Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College. Although recently retired from Arizona Public Service, she was responsible for statewide educational and low-income outreach programs. She continues her community outreach by volunteering as chairperson for Chandler’s Housing and Human Services Commission, during the holidays serving food, volunteer site coordinator for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), and Chandler’s Back to School program. Louise’s daughter Jacquelin (Jacque) is the house manager for Desert Cove Recovery Center. In her spare time, Louise is involved with genealogy in the search of her family history and loves spending time with her daughter.
Co Chair Ritual
Jan Parsons-Speyer is a long time educator. She enjoys the outdoors with her wife, Sheri.
Jim Hoffman is a retired aerospace engineer and program manager and has lived in the Phoenix area since 1980. He currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in the foster care world. He has many hobbies and interests including model aviation, gardening, fishing, travel, old radios, finance and tennis. Jim is happily married to Sharon Hoffman and between the two of them have three children, five grandchildren and a dog.
Adult Education Committee Chair
Jennie Hermey is originally from Ohio. Jennie transplanted to Arizona in 1980. She graduated from Ohio University (1972), and later took a Nursing Degree at gateway Community College ( 1993). She worked as an OR nurse in the Scottsdale Health System, as a Campus Health urgent care nurse (at ASU), and most recently as a Clinical Case Manager for a regional health insurance company, serving Medicare/Medicaid clients. She keeps busy in retirement with her genealogy work, and is currently teaching a Jewish Responsa class at Congregation NefeshSoul. She is an original member of NefeshSoul, a past Board member, and now has once again joined our Board. She lives in Mesa, where many hours of her day are spent trying to tame her seriously unruly feline, “Stella Kowalski”. Jennie is honored to serve as a Board member, and is committed to helping CNS do great things in the future, with an especial focus on adult education programming.
Caring Committee Chair
Sharon Hoffman is a native of Pennsylvania who moved to Arizona in 1983 as a single parent. She married Jim in 1999 and together, they have a wonderful blended family which includes three children, five grandchildren, and one dog. Professionally, Sharon worked in the electronics field as an In-Circuit Test Engineer and has been retired since 2011. In her retirement, she keeps busy by volunteering with Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, the Read to Succeed program run by Chandler library, and helping out weekly in her granddaughter’s first grade class. Hobbies include reading, travel, knitting, cooking and baking.
Tom Puklin moved to Arizona in 1985 with Cynthia and their three sons. Taking the bar exam seventeen years out of law school had not been a career goal for him, but he was certain here is where he wanted to be, and in the spring of 1987 he was admitted to the practice of law in Arizona. In time Tom had transferred to the Maricopa County Attorney’s office where he joined the Organized Crime and Racketeering Unit, but after almost a decade in the criminal courts he returned to private practice. Tom retired in 2013. He recognized that he missed being in a community where he could attend services and enjoy the holidays with which he had grown up. And then he discovered Congregation NefeshSoul.
David Hertzberg is originally from New York.He moved out to Arizona in 1981 where he practiced as a Chiropractic Physician.During his 15 plus years he has an office in Mesa and Tempe.He went back to New York where he met and married his wife Debbie in 1988.She is a registered Dental Hygienist and been for over 40 years.They have three grown children Tara, Dane and Talia.David retired from his Chiropractic practice and furthered his education to become a licensed Stockbroker and Investment Consultant which he has been doing for 23 years.David is an Eagle scout and has always had a passion for the great outdoors.He enjoys fishing, hiking and camping especially with his family.David has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity,Project Cure and Feed my Starving Children which he has done several times with his children.David is an avid reader and is always interested in learning more.