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Congregation Beth Shalom

Jewish Community in Bozeman, Montana

Richard Wolff, President
Richard Wolff, President

Richard Wolff is President of Congregation Beth Shalom. Richard also is a retired professor at Montana State University and specialized in telecommunications. He earned a PhD in physics at Columbia University and a BS in engineering physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Richard has also served as president of the Intermountain Opera, Bozeman. Richard enjoys hiking, cycling skiing and the outdoors. He is married to Janel Carino and has two adult children and three grandchildren.


Robert Uhlmann
Robert Uhlmann, Vice President

Robert Uhlmann has been a member of Congregation Beth Shalom for 12 years. He and his wife Sally live in Bozeman and have been civically active in the community, holding events for MSU, Eagle Rock, the Museum of the Rockies, the Tributary Fund and several other non-profit organizations.   They hosted a talk with Israeli Deputy Consul Lustig at their home in March 2011.

Robert Uhlmann was the co-founder and chairman of Broadcast Data Systems, a company which tracks radio and television stations and identifies songs and commercials as they are played.   He has started several businesses, mostly in computer networks, communications and broadcast radio and television industries.

He has served as a board member of the Museum of the Rockies. Previously he served on boards in Kansas City, such as the Lyric Opera, and on the board of local technology councils such as the Kansas City Area Development Council’s SmartCities and the mayoral-created Fast Forward Committee.

Born in Kansas City, Mr. Uhlmann lives in Bozeman, Montana. He holds an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University.



Sara Schwerin, Treasurer

Sara Schwerin moved to Bozeman with her husband and two children in June 2015. Prior to that, Sara lived in New York City, working in the banking industry for approximately 20 years. Most recently, she led Citi’s Mergers & Acquisitions effort within the power & utilities sector in North America as a Managing Director, responsible for M&A strategy, client coverage, origination and execution. Over the course of her career, she has advised corporate clients and boards on transactions with an aggregate deal value in excess of $120 billion in a variety of industries. She also served as co-chair of Citi’s Diversity Committee for Corporate & Investment Banking in North America in 2011 and 2012. Sara is currently a member of the board of Big Sky Youth Empowerment, serves on the national advisory board of MSU’s Leadership Institute, is Co-President of the Parent’s Association at Morning Star Elementary School and teaches an enrichment math class at the same school.  She enjoys flying (instrument-rated private pilot), hiking, skiing, & oil painting. Sara holds a BA from Dickinson College and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.



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Janel Cariño, Secretary

Janel Cariño and her husband Richard Wolff have lived in Bozeman since 2003.  Janel grew up in Southern California, and has a BA from Occidental College in Los Angeles.  She earned an MA (linguistics) from Columbia University Teachers College, and an MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Yeshiva University).  Additionally, she holds a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and worked as a psychiatrist on staff at New York State Psychiatric Institute and in private practice in New Jersey until moving to Bozeman.  After moving to Bozeman, she practiced part-time as a psychiatrist for almost a decade, but now pursues her long-term avocation as a healer in the human energy field.  She and Richard have two children and three grandchildren, all of whom live in Brooklyn, NY.  Janel enjoys studying, gardening, and being a grandmother, and wishes that there were more hours in each day in which to pursue all the activities she likes to do.



Steven Eagle, Board Member At Large

Steven J. Eagle is a part-time resident of Bozeman. He also is a law professor at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia,  and specializes in the relationship between private property rights and government regulation. He studied economics at the City College of New York, and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. Steven also is a member of Temple Rodef Shalom, in Falls Church, Virginia, where he is a former vice president. He and his wife Carolyn enjoy hiking and music, and have a son and two grandchildren.



Franke Wilmer, Board Member At Large

Franke has been a member of Beth Shalom for 12 years. She is a full professor and has served as Department Head of Political Science at Montana State University where she teaches International Relations, International Human Rights, International Relations theory, International Law, and the Politics of War and Peace. She has written three books, most recently, a textbook on international human rights and was a co-founder of the Gallatin Human Rights Task Force. She also served 8 years in the Montana House of Representatives, as Chair of the Montana Human Rights Commission, as a member of the Environmental Quality Council, the Governor’s Financial Capital Advisory Council, and as the legislative liaison to the Montana Board of Investments. She is married to Gary Balaz, and has one daughter and four grandchildren, who all live in Bozeman. This is her third term on the Board of Congregation Beth Shalom.



Lisa Roots, Temple Administrator
Lisa Roots, Temple Administrator

Lisa Roots joined the Congregation Beth Shalom family as Temple Administrator in August 2007. She has a BA from Duke University in Psychology. Prior to joining Congregation Beth Shalom, Lisa worked as a project manager for a regional broadband and VoIP company. Lisa also enjoys teaching fitness classes, working out and volunteering at her children’s school. She is married and has 2 children.