John Clayman, President
John is a lifelong Tulsan and member of Temple Israel. His maternal grandfather was one of the founding members of Temple Israel and served as its second President. John’s late father also served on the Board of Temple Israel. John and Leah raised their three sons, Stephen, Jacob and David, at Temple Israel. Each of the boys was consecrated, confirmed and became Bar Mitzvah at Temple Israel. John is a C.P.A. and Attorney. He attended University of Tulsa College of Law. He was on the Temple Israel Board in the early 1990’s and has served as the Chair of the Cemetery Committee since 1995. John served as the President of the Temple Israel Foundation. He recently co-chaired the Annual Temple Fundraiser with Leah. John has been involved in various religious and community non-profit activities in Tulsa including the Tulsa Jewish Retirement and Health Center Board of Directors, Jewish Federation of Tulsa Past-President, Treasurer and Board member, and a Board member of the Tulsa Development Authority, OSU Foundation, and Youth Service of Tulsa. John’s desire is to utilize the relationships from his life-long affiliation with the Temple toward the continued success and vibrancy of Temple Israel.
Dr. Stephen Galoob, President-Elect
Stephen Galoob is associate professor at the University of Tulsa’s College of Law. Stephen and his wife, Mindy, have two children, Sam (11) and Isaac (6). A native Oklahoman, Stephen became a Bar Mitzvah at Temple B’nai Israel in Oklahoma City. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Stephen attended law school at the University of Virginia, practiced law in Washington, D.C., and received his Ph.D. in law and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Stephen is currently the Vice President of the TU Faculty Senate, and he serves as co-chair of the Youth and Education Committee at Temple. He recently held the office of Secretary of Temple Israel.
Stephen and his family look forward to keeping Temple Israel a vibrant and welcoming place for Jewish families. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys reading and talking about philosophy, watching OU sports, watching Sam play sports, and reading Harry Potter with Isaac.
Jackie Karpman, Vice-President
Jackie Karpman is originally from Westfield, NJ, a suburb of New York City. She met her husband, Adam, at a Hillel event at the University of Cincinnati, and they were married in 2005. They have been living in Tulsa since 2012.
Jackie has become an active volunteer. She has served on the Temple Board of Trustees for the past 2 years and serves as the co-chair of the Youth and Education Committee. Jackie also co-chaired the search for our Director of Education, Outreach and Programming and was a member of the Reference Group, working with consultant David Brubaker. She was instrumental in bringing Jason Mesches to Temple Israel for his concert last August and served as chair of the baking committee for Shalomfest. Jackie participated in this year’s LEAD-TI program and will be co-chairing the Rabbinic Transition Committee with her husband, Adam.
Jackie loves being a part of the Temple Israel family and loves that their daughter, Leah Rose, enjoys coming to Temple as much as Jackie did at a young age. Jackie says that the more involved and invested she has become in the growth and success of our Temple community, the more she wants to help ensure its continued success.
Jackie is a pediatric speech-language pathologist for a home health agency in Tulsa. She enjoys cooking, baking, and traveling with her family.
Mark Lobo, Treasurer
Mark was a member of the first Lead TI class in the 1990s and has served on the Temple Israel Board of Trustees several times. He has chaired the Adult Education and Membership Committees and has been Temple Israel Treasurer, Secretary, and ShalomFest Chair. Mark has been recognized as Brotherhood’s Volunteer of the Year and received the Isaiah Award in 1996. He regularly participates in the Adult Choir, chairs TI’s ARZA Committee, is a member of the Brotherhood board, and co-chairs the Cantorial Search Committee. He was recognized as an Amudim in 2015.
Mark served the Tulsa Jewish Retirement and Health Care Center as Personnel Committee Chair and Treasurer, and he has been a member of Tulsa’s Council for Holocaust Education since its inception. He led the Israel Committee of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa from 1999 to 2007 and currently chairs the Facilities Committee. He has been a docent for the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art since 2010.
Outside of Tulsa’s Jewish Community Mark serves as Vice President of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry, Co-Chair of OCCJ’s Jewish Christian Muslim Trialog Study Group and is a member of the Dialog Institute of the Southwest Advisory Council. He also serves on the Tulsa Global Alliance Tiberias Committee and is on the Advisory Committee for the Oklahoma Israel Exchange.
Mark is a licensed Professional Engineer and currently manages Valve Systems International LLC that developed the Atlas severe service industrial control valve based on patents he was awarded in 2015 and 2016.
Jody Weise Gonzales, Secretary
Jody Weise Gonzales has been a Temple member since 1983. She is currently on the Sisterhood board and has been trustee for the Sisterhood Judaica shop for many years. Jody has volunteered many hours cooking and working for Shalomfest, and helping with Taste of Temple, Chai Tea, and many other Temple events. Jody’s fundraising work has included Sisterhood auctions, cookbooks, musical programs, Mahj Tournaments, and Judaica shopping events for the Religious School and Retirement center.
Jody taught Sunday School for many years, attended Adult Education classes, sang in the Temple Choir and Chanted Torah. Jody was on the Temple Board many years ago, and more recently had the honor of serving on the Rabbi Search Committee. She was named Sisterhood Volunteer of the Year in 2013 and is a Queen Esther.
Jody was born in Chicago and holds a BA in Business. She had her Bat Mitzvah and was confirmed in Oklahoma City and was a youth group Regional Vice President. She earned a scholarship to participate in an Israeli Pilgrimage while in high school and was active with Hillel while in college. She supports the Tulsa Food Bank and Iron Gate, and continues to be involved with the Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges and the Oklahoma Religious Coalition. She has volunteered for the AIDS Interfaith Network, Toys for Tots and is an avid Mahj Jongg Guru.
Her goal on the Temple Board is to help Temple Israel nurture a caring and meaningful environment, a growing and thriving congregation, and be a model of respect for generations to come.
Malcolm Milsten, Co-Honorary President
Paula Milsten, Co-Honorary President
Dr. David Nierenberg
Dr. Allen Smith
Dr. Barbara Waxman
Dr. Shana Deneen
Dr. Myron Katz
Representatives to the board
Donnie Suter-Levin, Sisterhood President
Stuart Benet, Brotherhood President
John Sieler, Temple Israel Foundation President