Lay Leadership


President - Steven Koch

Steven A. Koch is serving his second term as president of Temple Beth-El. He has organized various fundraising events, serves on the Ritual Committee and previously chaired the Adult Education Committee. Steve is passionate about Temple Beth-El and the New York Yankees. Make sure to wave when you find him riding his bicycle on the Dutchess Rail Trail and in the Town of Poughkeepsie!


VP Finance - Michael Witman

Michael works in futures - taking care of infants at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Having seen his own children reach Bar Mitzvah, he wants to make sure other families get to experience that same pleasure.


VP Education & Culture - Susan Bergman

Susan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stony Book University with a bachelor's degree in Geology. She was the first member of our congregation to complete the year long Keshet Leadership Project. Her experience with the Keshet Leadership Project has been valuable in promoting diversity and openness within our community--particularly with LGBTQ members and prospective members. Susan was approached in 2017 to take on her current leadership position as her talents are a natural fit. When not at TBE, Susan works as a specialist for United Healthcare and randomly interjects quotes from "The Princess Bride" into casual conversations.


VP of Operations - Andrea Hagan


Treasurer - Roger Lewin

Roger has been a member of TBE for 32+ years since marrying his wife, Cindy. They have two children who grew up in TBE, from namings, education, b’nai mitzvah, and many years in USY. Roger has worked for IBM and then Global Foundries in Fishkill for over 37 years as an equipment engineer and for the last decade with financial responsibility for the maintenance of the manufacturing equipment. While his grandson is unlikely to live in the Hudson Valley, his dream is that Temple Beth-El will be a desired place for all those grandchildren who do.


Secretary - Rocille Schmidt

Rocille Schmidt has been the Recording Secretary to the Board of Trustees for three years and has served as a Temple Beth-El Trustee since 2009. Rocille also serves as an occasional Torah Reader and is a member of the High Holiday choir. Rocille is a dog-lover and has a passion for downhill skiing. She is married, has lived in Poughkeepsie for over 40 years, and has one son.

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