Spokane Area Jewish Family Services is located in the building of Temple Beth Shalom. We are extremely grateful to TBS for donating office and program space, and for all of their ongoing support.

1322 E. 30th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99203
Office: (509) 747-7394
Cell: (509) 413-8254

Neal Schindler, Director

Neal Schindler

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Neal Schindler has lived in the Northwest since 2002. He worked in journalism in Seattle before moving to Spokane to earn a master’s degree in counseling from Eastern Washington University. Neal has provided counseling and social services to diverse populations since 2010. He was raised in a Reconstructionist congregation and is currently a member of Congregation Emanu-El. He loves his work as director of SAJFS. The Jewish values that are most important to Neal include humor, resilience, community, food, intellectualism, and healthy skepticism. He lives with his wife, son, and two cats in West Central Spokane.

Meet the SAJFS Board of Directors:

Marti Martin, President
The Spokane Jewish Community has been a big part of my life since moving here in 1991. I served for many years on the Temple Beth Shalom board as both a member-at-large and president. In 2003, I joined the SAJFS board, eventually serving as president. Once again, I have the honor of being president of this organization that is near and dear to my heart.

Julie Morris, Vice President
In addition to her work on behalf of SAJFS, Julie is a retired teacher, a member of Hadassah’s National Portfolio Council, and chair of the Hadassah Foundation, and she sits on the board of the Spokane Therapeutic Courts Foundation.

Lenya Treewater, Secretary
Lenya has been a dance/movement therapist in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years. After completing her training at the State University of New York at Brockport and at Antioch New England Graduate School, Lenya moved to Oregon. As DMT had little presence in the Pacific Northwest, Lenya helped to found the Oregon Study Group, which continues to be a strong network of Oregon therapists. She worked mainly with mental health populations in various settings until she moved to Seattle and focused her work on the elderly. She has lived in Spokane for several years and is an active member of the Jewish community.

Dr. Carl Baum

Dr. Miriam Berkman
A position as a counseling psychologist at Eastern Washington University brought me to the Spokane area in 1992. I have been actively involved in the Reform Jewish community and have served as president of the board for Congregation Emanu-El (CEE). Coming off the CEE board, it was a natural transition to now serve on the board for SAJFS. I grew up with a strong sense of social justice developed by my parents’ words, deeds, and commitment to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). I hope to bring the skills I have honed over the years to develop relationships, honor all peoples, and thoughtfully engage in meaningful decisions that affect the Spokane community at large, and the Jewish community in particular.

Holly Thompson Duffy
Holly works as an Environmental Protection Specialist for Indian Health Service.

Diana Koorkanian-Sauders (She/Her)
Diana works as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the areas of health policy and program development. She works with HHS staff on oversight and support of the Health Center Program, which provides comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary care services to over 28 million people throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Pacific Basin.  Diana received her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and her master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Diana recently completed a four-year term as board president of Congregation Emanu-El and currently serves on the board as past president and as the CEE representative on the TBS Education Committee. She enjoys additional volunteer and tikkun olam work through her involvement in the Spokane Alliance and working with other TBS and CEE members to support local Afghan refugee families. Diana and her husband, Dr. Rob Sauders, have two children (Joshua, 14, and Naomi, 12) and enjoy life on the South Hill with their two dogs, Sasha and Anoush.

Dr. Liat Kriegel
Dr. Kriegel is a social worker and a social work researcher. She works as an assistant research professor at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University.

Robert Morgan, J.D.
Robert is a retired attorney with particular expertise in elder law. He is a former board member of LJD Jewish Family & Community Services in Jacksonville, Florida.

Larry Weiser, J.D.
A longtime director of University Legal Assistance at Gonzaga, Larry retired in 2015 after 35 years of service to his alma mater. He has a lengthy history with Gonzaga Law, going as far back as 1973 when he started as a student. Larry spent his entire Gonzaga Law career as director of the Elder Law Project, and the last 10 as director of the Clinic. While he taught different classes, he was best-known for his expertise in Elder Law, Dispute Resolution, Negotiation and Mediation, and Administrative Law.

Nancy Wickre
Nancy was born in New York City and moved to Spokane in 1982 after living in Nashville and Portland. She worked as a nurse practitioner with a specialty in diabetes and retired in 2019. She enjoyed volunteering for several years on Temple Beth Shalom’s Senior Tea Committee and is excited to join the board of this worthwhile organization.