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.
Stephen Galoob, Secretary
Stephen Galoob is an associate professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he joined the faculty in 2013. Stephen and his wife Mindy Galoob have two children, Sam (10) and Isaac (5). 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 and his family feel lucky to have found Temple Israel. As a trustee, Stephen looks forward to keeping Temple Israel as a vibrant and welcoming place for Jewish families. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys reading and talking about philosophy, watching OU sports, and having dance contests with Sam and Isaac.
Malcolm Milsten, Co-Honorary President
Paula Milsten, Co-Honorary President
Dr. David Nierenberg
Dr. Allen Smith
Dr. Shana Deneen
Dr. Myron Katz
Representatives to the board
Peg Kishner, Co-Sisterhood President
Mary Arlan, Co-Sisterhood President
Dr. Peter Rao, Brotherhood President
John Sieler, Temple Israel Foundation President