Lesley Bumgarner, President
Lesley grew up as a member of Temple Israel in Westport, Connecticut. Nineteen years ago, upon moving to Oklahoma, Lesley and her husband, Chris, became members of Temple Israel in Tulsa. Their three children, Grant, Ava and Charlotte, have become B’nai Mitzvah and Confirmed at Temple Israel. Lesley has a Bachelor's degree in Film and Television and Master's Degree in Elementary Education. Lesley is a teacher part time, and spends many more hours doing volunteer work. Some of the organizations for which she has volunteered include: The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in Education, the Booker T. Washington Foundation for Excellence, Holland Hall and Riverfield Country Day School. The heart of Lesley's volunteer efforts has been her spiritual home, Temple Israel. Lesley has served as President of Temple Israel’s Sisterhood, Co-Chair of the Rabbi Search Committee, and has been a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee for several years. In addition, she has served on the following committees: Membership, Outreach, Communications, and Education. Lesley especially enjoys volunteering her time at Temple Israel and was recognized as Sisterhood Volunteer of the Year in 2010. Lesley appreciates the rich history, warmth and vibrancy of Temple Israel and hopes to use her talents to ensure the strength of our congregation as we move into the future.
John Clayman, President Elect
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.
Susan Woitte, Vice President
Susan was born in Highland Park, IL but most of her school age years were spent in a suburb of Pittsburgh called Monroeville, PA, where her family was actively engaged at Temple David. In 2003 she moved to Tahlequah, OK with her husband, Dr. Gregg Woitte, and their two daughters, Jessica and Allison. Their daughters became Bat Mitzvah, were confirmed, and served as madrichim at Temple Israel. Susan is a librarian at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah and has served in Tulsa as the Temple Librarian, Vice-Chair of the Youth Committee, Co-Chair of the Youth and Education Committee, a Board Member and on search committees for the Director of Youth and Education as well as the new Senior Rabbi. By being actively involved at Temple Israel, Susan never stops learning, gets to know great people, and makes Judaism a meaningful part of her whole family's life.
Donnie Suter-Levin, Treasurer
Donnie Suter-Levin was born in Tokyo, Japan. She grew up living in various parts of the world and the United States, as a Army brat and then by serving in the Air Force. She had a job transfer with Williams from Salt Lake City in 1995 and has been a Temple Israel member ever since. Her responsibilities at the temple range from serving as the Sisterhood treasurer, the Temple treasurer and the Monday morning office volunteer. Currently, she works part-time for WPX Energy as an Accounting Manager. Her family includes husband. Itzik Levin, and his son, Yishai, along with his daughter-in-law and three granddaughters. Donnie also has a daughter, Heather, along with Heather’s husband and three children and two grandchildren. Donnie appreciates being part of the Temple family and doing what is best for the Temple to go forward into the next 100 years.
Karen Davis, Secretary
Karen Davis and her husband, Barry, have been Temple members for over 50 years. They have three adult daughters, two sons-in-law and two precious grandchildren. When their children were young, Karen was involved in many Sisterhood and Sunday School activities. She was a 3rd grade Sunday School teacher. She led a Strategic Planning process for the membership and board and currently serves on the Temple Israel Board of Trustees and the Temple Israel Foundation Board. She recently co-chaired the Temple Centennial Committee. Karen is retired from Tulsa Community Foundation where she directed community planning efforts and assisted donors to develop strategic philanthropy initiatives. Before that she was director of The Tulsa Office of the Center for Nonprofits. Karen has over thirty years of community experience as a board member, volunteer and staff member in the not-for-profit community. She is a past Board Chair of Junior League of Tulsa and of Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa where she also chaired the Family Health Coalition. She has served on Boards of Tulsa Community College Foundation and the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. Karen is the recipient of the David Bernstein Distinguished Leadership Award by Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, as well as the “Community Hero Award” by Oklahomans for Equality. For her work with the Community Development Initiative, “Step Up Tulsa,” Karen received the Outstanding Partner Recognition Award by “Tulsa Area Community Schools.” Karen is a graduate of the University of Tulsa. In her role as Secretary, Karen hopes her experience with Board development will help the Board develop leadership skills among individuals and to work as a group to further Temple Israel’s mission and vision.