Sign In Forgot Password

TOS Officers and Trustees 2021-2022


Mark Gale

Mark and his family have been members of TOS since 2014.  They regularly attend  Shabbat B'yachads, and both children have now graduated ARS, celebrating their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs in the sanctuary.  Mark managed technology teams for large computer companies and start-ups in Chicago, and consulted for Scient Corp., before moving to Cambridge and joining Akamai Technologies.  Seeking a change, Mark turned to the food service industry and now works part-time as a personal chef, hosting cooking classes and catering small events.  Mark joined the Board of Trustees two years ago, providing business operations support as part of the finance committee.  As president-elect he continued his work supporting operations and working with the treasurers on budgeting and fundraising.

Co- Treasurers

Richard Stern

Richard Stern grew up in Charleston SC, attending Sunday School at the US’s oldest Reform Temple, followed by attending middle school at Addlestone Hebrew Academy. He remains involved with his Southern Jewish roots via participation in The Jewish Historical Society of SC and the College of Charleston’s Jewish Studies program.

After graduating from the University of Florida, Richard moved to Atlanta to begin his accounting career with the largest regional CPA firm in Atlanta.  Nearly a decade later,  he founded Richard H Stern CPA PC, a tax and consulting firm, which recently celebrated 20 years of service.

In 2013, Richard and his Partner, Dr. Lance Goodman relocated to the South End section of Boston, where Richard quickly became involved in several non-profit organizations, including United South End Settlements (USES) and South End Business Alliance (SEBA).  Lance and Richard became a members of TOS in 2014, followed by Richard joining the TOS Board of Directors in 2017.

 Elliott Puretz

TOS is the first temple Linda and I have ever belonged to although our three kids had bar and bat mitzvah’s. We have been TOS members for about 4 years and enjoy the Temple activities, services and members.

I am a retired Associate Professor of accounting from Merrimack College in Andover where I taught accounting and taxation for over 40 years. I am a licensed CPA and have an MBA from Boston University. I maintain a small accounting practice servicing small businesses, individuals and not-for-profits.

I look forward to helping the Temple to achieve its financial goals working with Richard and the Temple staff  

Recording Secretary

Sarah Esterquest

Sarah Esterquest (she/her) has been part of the TOS community since Rosh Hashanah 5779 and is enthusiastic about improving TOS’s visibility as a welcoming and inclusive Jewish resource in the greater Boston area.

Sarah is a mechanical engineer by education and has spent the last decade working in the medical device and pharmaceutical fields. She is currently the Associate Director of Design Assurance at a California-based in vitro diagnostics startup, where she aims to implement "healing the world" through a novel technology related to sepsis detection. In addition to her work, Sarah is a rabid fan of all things motorsport, including Formula 1, IndyCar, World Endurance Championship, Dakar, and multiple other series. She is an alumna of the FIRST Robotics Competition and an impassioned advocate for girls and women in STE(A)M fields

Term Ending 2023

Hillary Golden




My daughter and I have been a part of the TOS community for many years. We came to TOS by way of TCEE then ARS and HomeBASE. 

Originally from New Orleans, I moved to Brookline in 2006 when I decided to switch careers and become an elementary school teacher. We've always felt like TOS was more of a family than just a temple or preschool. It is that sense of community is that sets TOS apart from other temples.

Denise Karlin

Denise J. Karlin is an attorney who is Senior Legal Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, who is eagerly looking forward to retirement in the winter of 2022 after working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 35 years.  Denise and her husband Bill Jarosz have been members of Temple Ohabei Shalom since 2010.  Denise has served on the Temple’s Board of Trustees since 2012 and has served as President of the TOS Sisterhood since 2016. Denise has also served on numerous Temple committees over the years and currently serves on Ritual Worship, Inclusion, and Kayla’s Caring Community.  Denise and Bill live in Brookline with their miniature poodle Luna, and their cat Tony. 

Jessica Ullian


Jessica has been a member of Temple Ohabei Shalom since 2013 and has co-chaired the Social Action committee since 2019. Her children attended the Trust Center for Early Education as toddlers and are now Hebrew-school students at ARS. Jessica is a writer and editor specializing in nonprofit communications, and lives with her family in Brookline. 






Term Ending 2024

Sarah Hanley

Originally from Maine, Sarah moved to Boston after high school to attend Emerson College. She works in digital marketing/analytics, and loves traveling and dog-sitting. Sarah has been a Jamaica Plain resident for the past 10 years where she now lives with her wife and turtle. She has volunteered for organizations such as GLAD, Community Servings, and IFF Boston, and is excited to serve the TOS community.

Alisa Kahn Ridruejo