Board of Directors 2019-2020

The Kabbalah Experience Board of Directors comprises a diverse group of donors and students who generously devote their time and effort to the fiscal stability and strategic growth of the organization.

Gwen Crawford,

Ken Diamond, is the Interim Co-President. Ken has been connected to KE as a student and a board member for nearly a decade. His first introduction to Kabbalah came from meeting Dr. David Sanders and listening to his presentation on the idea of miracles. Ken’s curiosity was sparked and he ended up with him enrolling in class. At the time Ken may have chalked up that first meeting to “coincidence,” but after becoming KE student he soon realized it was no coincidence at all….

Ken moved to Colorado from Florida in 2000 to enjoy all that the mountains have to offer (and escape the humidity and cockroaches). Professionally, he is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Apartment Investment and Management Company, an owner/operator of apartments across the country. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his son and doing outdoorsy things such as hiking, backpacking, and snowboarding.

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Sharon Sagel is married to Scott (for 22 years!) and has three children aged 16, 14, and 12. She is a pediatrician in private practice. In her free time, Sharon loves to do things outdoors (like hike and ski).

She took some religion classes (including Kabbalah) in college and spent some time in Israel when she was younger. Sharon has been interested in doing some other learning and has loved learning with you in the past. The timing of Kabbalah Experience with my place in life was a perfect way to bring me to KE.

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.

Morgan Sicklick Outside of KE, Morgan is a company artist with Wonderbound, a contemporary ballet dance company located just outside of downtown Denver. She also teaches ballet to young dance students at the Colorado Conservatory of Dance in Broomfield and other metro area studios. Morgan is a New Jersey native but now calls Colorado her home. She became introduced to KE through her friendship with Melanie. Looking for something to engage in outside of dancing, Morgan joined a KE class in January of 2017 and is excited to become more involved in the organization!

Amy Topelson is proud to say she is a native of Colorado. She graduated from Brandeis University in 1998 with a BA in Psychology and then went on to get her Colorado teaching license while student teaching at Stanley British Primary School. Amy then earned an MA in Educational Psychology from CU Denver. Shortly thereafter, Amy married became a mother and decided to take some time off from teaching so that she could enjoy raising her children. That didn’t last long as Amy decided to go back to school to get her MA in Counseling Psychology from CU Denver, graduating in 2009. When her two children were school age, Amy worked at Jewish Family Service of Colorado as a School-Based Therapist in their KidSuccess program. While working full time, Amy took on the role of PTO president at DJDS and sat on the school’s board during her term. Today, she currently owns and operates her own counseling private practice, AT Family Therapy, LLC where she specializes in couple and family therapy in the DTC area. Outside of work, Amy enjoys skiing, hiking, reading historical fiction and getting together with friends and family..

Amy’s spiritual journey started in high school as she grew up the “token Jew” in her Longmont High class. She made a purposeful choice to go to a college where she would have a new experience living and learning alongside a mostly Jewish student body. After college, Amy continued her Jewish learning at the Jewish Experience, taking classes with Rabbi Leban and Rabbi Wasserman. When an opportunity arose to go on a women’s trip to Israel with JWRP (now Momentum) in 2010, Amy decided this would be a great opportunity to delve deeper into her spiritual self and world. Amy went again on a JWRP trip as a Madricha in 2016 and then again in March 2019 with Aish Women’s Destiny trip. Amy had never heard about the Kabbalah Experience until her friend Melanie Gruenwald (whom she met years earlier at the HEA preschool and later their kids went to DJDS together) started teaching there this past year. Amy eagerly signed up for her Soul class and was hooked! She went on to take Space and Time and can’t wait to continue taking courses at KE. Amy thoroughly enjoys learning at the KE and is honored to help support this special learning center by participating as a board member. Amy hopes to bring her experience in education, her enthusiasm for learning and community, and her commitment to supporting the KE in any way she can.