Board of Directors 2021-2022
Brynn Asarch <BIO and PHOTO pending>
Vicki Dansky is passionate about making life meaningful and creating meaning from understanding life’s journey. Judaic studies and spiritual growth have always been priorities for her. Since her retirement in 2019, she has participated in numerous classes through Kabbalah Experience. Filled with gratitude, she is excited to help sustain and grow this incredible resource.
In her past employment as the gift planning officer at Rose Community Foundation, she gained expertise in donor stewardship, planned giving and project management. She has more than ten years of experience in training, coaching and mentoring development professionals and volunteer leadership in endowment building and legacy giving
Michelle Friedman, is a Denver native.
She is a Clinical Social Worker who practiced for 15 years with children, adolescents and families in both private practice and at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center before moving on to her second act, Human Resources Director of a mid size company. In 2016 the company was sold and Michelle is now in her third act, retirement.
She loves the outdoors—biking, hiking skiing, reading and learning. It is this love of learning that brought her to Kabbalah Experience to further her growth in Jewish spiritual life. She is currently in the 3rd year of classes.
Michelle is married to David, also a Denver native, they have two sons.
Dan Jacobson, photo and bio coming soon
Mark Grimm was born and raised in a bedroom community just outside of Chicago. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University in 1972. Mark’s first job in the helping professions was as a caseworker for the Welfare Department in Gary, Indiana working in Aid to Families and Dependent Children. He worked in the housing projects with welfare recipients. From there, he became one of the first licensed nursing administrators running skilled nursing facilities, working in the deinstitutionalization of the Illinois state mental hospitals. As a result, he became interested in studying mental illness.
Mark moved to Colorado in 1976 and enrolled in the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work earning a Master’s degree in Social Work in 1978. He was hired as a crisis clinician at Jefferson Mental Health Center and went on to become the Director of the Center’s Geriatric Program where he created one of the first specialized programs for the treatment of older adults. Mark was licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) In 1984.
He opened his independent practice shortly thereafter specializing in consultation, clinical treatment and organizational development. He joined with 4 other mental health clinicians in 1985 to found two behavioral healthcare companies, Geriatric Resource Organization and Professional Resource Organization. In addition to serving as a managing partner and member of the board of directors, Mark held the position of Director of Geriatric Services. He was responsible for the development, management and implementation of managed care services in 4 states.
Philanthropy and tikkun olam have always been an integral part of Jani Majewski’s life. She humbly refers to herself as a “Professional Volunteer.” Becoming PTA President during her daughter’s elementary school years lead Jani to undertake a great variety of leadership positions on numerous committees in many diverse organizations. From that point on, aside from her devotion to raising her two wonderful children Jari & Josh with her husband, David, her focus and energy has been dedicated to giving back to her community.
Volunteering gives Jani the opportunity to use her leadership, organizational and creative skills to develop and expand programs which in turn, benefit the memberships and communities for which she serves.
Giving back and being productive fills her life with purpose and joy.
Jani is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to serve her community.
Kabbalah came into her life a few years ago and she embraces and is thankful for the spiritual journey it has taken her on and for the increased ability for self-exploration and growth it has allowed her.
Jani’s volunteering work has led her to sit on four Boards of Directors and she proudly accomplishes vital work for each.
Jani lives in NY and is Kabbalah Experience’s first national board member.
Martin Morris is a 3rd generation native Denverite. He is a financial planner and CPA by background. Currently, Martin is a franchisee of an international franchise called Pinpoint Local. He provides web services to small business. Martin’s wife, Carol is the educational director of B’nai Havurah and a disability advocate for Jewish Family Service. Martin and Carol have two grown children, Joey and Lani.
Martin is a lifelong Jewish learner and wanted to learn Kabbalah for a long time. He knew it would be a major commitment to do so and was finally at a point in his life where he could do it. He has just finished my 2nd year with David and is beginning to see the spiritual transformation that is taking place amongst his classmates.
Bettina Kurowski, is President and CEO of IGE, Inc., a commercial real estate business which she took over in 2011. Prior to that, she was the CEO of the California Southland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Among other previous professional activities, she was the CEO of a strategic health care business consulting firm for 10 years, ran 2 large medical centers, and founded a specialty health insurance company. She began her professional career as an Associate Professor at the U. of Colo. Schools of Medicine and Business. Her interest in spiritual studies started in college when she studied comparative religion and continued intermittently for 50 years. Although she studied Kabbalah previously, it was not until she found Kabbalah Experience did it change her life.
Her volunteer efforts include being on the Boards of JewishColorado, the Jewish Outreach Institute, Joint Distribution Committee, and the LA Federation. Previously she held leadership positions on the Boards of the LA Jewish Home and the LA Federation, including being General Campaign Chair.
Bettina holds a B.S. degree with honors in Business Finance from the Univ. of So. Calif; a master’s in Public Affairs with major in Finance from the Univ. of Colo., and a Ph.D. in Public Administration with distinction. She and her husband, Dennis Rose (zl), are the parents of four adult children and the grandparents of six grandsons.
Karen Novick credits her time in Sfat for sparking her love of Jewish learning and travel. Soul searching broadened into a career of Jewish communal service on the east coast starting in her native New Jersey after completing her Masters in Social Work. Having had the privilege of living in NJ, Connecticut, Düsseldorf , Germany and Atlanta, she finally settled in Denver in 2002.
In 2009, Karen helped start a management consulting practice with her husband Robert and worked in various positions including marketing, event planning and serving as the director of the organization’s philanthropic foundation. The business was sold in 2019. During a brief retirement experiment soon after the sale, they traveled frequently in Europe, Israel and the US.
Karen recently became an election judge in her county and has been an active volunteer in JFS, Girls on the Run, Boy Scouts, the high school library and more. She loved the first level of Kabbalah classes taught by Melanie and looks forward to growing more through Kabbalah in the future. Her two kids live and study in Boston.
Colorado makes it easy for Karen to do the outdoor activities she loves like walking her dog Toast, cycling, and swimming. She also cherishes spending time with friends and family playing mahjong, cooking and reading.
Marta Pentecost was born in Portugal but has lived in Denver since she was four years old. She graduated from the University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in English and chemistry as well as a master’s degree in English. She currently works as an editor and project manager at
Morton Publishing Company, a college science textbook company, and she also advocates for the Institute for Science and Policy, encouraging civil dialogue on challenging topics. She loves to read, write, travel, take long walks with her husband and dog, try out new recipes, watch
sunsets, and find whimsy in everyday life.
She became interested in taking Kabbalah classes after a trip to Montana in the summer of 2017. She returned to Denver knowing this was the next thing on her path, did a Google search, and was delighted to discover that Kabbalah Experience had classes starting the very next week! She very much enjoys the classes, the friends she has made, and the constant reminder to practice awareness. She is thrilled to give back to the Kabbalah Experience community by serving in the capacity of Board Member.
Michelle Saxer brings over 25 years of experience to her practice in physical rehabilitation and trauma therapy, treating individuals with chronic pain, injuries
and nervous system dysregulation and helping them experience a new level of wholeness; active presence in their lives. She has devoted most of her life to understanding intimately what it means to be present and aware on a physical, psychological and spiritual level. While NeuroKinetic Therapy, Somatic Experiencing and Shiatsu are core to her approach, her strengths as a practitioner and teacher are rooted in intuition, an ability to deeply connect with people and an intense commitment to helping others live their lives to the fullest and thrive.
Her excitement with Kabbalah Experience and serving on the Board of Directors stems from her desire to be more intimately involved in a spiritual community, to continue to learn and grow, as well as to support others in gaining awareness and presence. Michelle sees spiritual guidance and self-reflection as key elements to deepening our lives and facilitating the understanding of our interconnectedness.
Amy Topelson is a Colorado native and is married with two daughters. She holds a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University as well as a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and second Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology both from UCD. Her career path has included teaching elementary school-age children, working as a KidSuccess School-Based Therapist for Jewish Family Service of Colorado and currently is in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor for AT Family Therapy, LLC.
Amy has always been on a spiritual journey. Her quest for learning and gaining insight to the deeper world around us led her to the Kabbalah Experience. Amy recognized that her love of learning should be balanced with her acts of service and so when the opportunity arose to be on the board at KE, she embraced it. Outside of work and KE, Amy loves spending time outdoors on hikes, biking and taking long walks with her dog, Rocky.