Our Senior Staff
Robin RoederChief Communal and Executive Officer
Originally from New York, Robin relocated to Scottsdale in 1991 with her husband Cliff. Robin grew up on Long Island, and lived in Manhattan for eight years after college. Robin & Cliff have been married for over 22 years and have two daughters, Elana and Alexa, both born in Scottsdale. Robin’s and her family have grown “Jewishly” with their children through Jewish pre-school, religious school, bat mitzvah, Confirmation, Hebrew High, summer camp and the NFTY EIE High School in Israel program, which they have both attended. They have been members of CBI since 1999 and have participated in the various volunteer opportunities offered at CBI including, Mitzvah Day and the Thanksgiving meal program. Robin has also served as a member of the Religious School Committee and the Camp Daisy and Harry Stein Camp Committee.
Robin holds a BS in Finance from the University of Buffalo and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She has worked in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry for the past 30 years, 22 years at Henkel Consumer Goods Inc. (acquired The Dial Corporation). She is currently the Vice President of Supply Chain Planning for North America.
She is a past Board member for the Leader to Leader Institute, Peter Drucker Institute for Non-Profit Leadership in New York (2009- 2011) and participated in various community activities including the United Way and the Crohns and Colitis Foundation. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, yoga, travel, interior design, and keeping up with her daughters.
Gail GilmartinDirector, Clergy, Administrative & Member Services
Gail has extensive experience in non-profit administration and development as well as a deep connection to the Jewish community. Gail provides administrative support to the Clergy and Robin Roeder, ensuring strong communication and scheduling with our members.
Shaleen HillChanen Preschool, Director
Shaleen Hill, M.A., as the new Director of Young Family Learning & Engagement at CBI’s Chanen Preschool. Shaleen received both her BS in Early Childhood Education and an MA in Special Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (“UNLV”).
Shaleen brings nearly two decades of experience working with babies, toddlers and young children in both administrative and in-class roles within prestigious programs such as Las Vegas Country Day School which far exceeded our stated skills and competencies. We are confident that our children will continue to love their preschool, and our teachers will thrive under Shaleen’s direction. We know when you meet Shaleen, you will immediately feel the warmth of her smile along with the embrace of her energy and spirit.
Shaleen, her husband, Ryan, and children Dion (9) and Ellie (7), recently moved from Las Vegas and are excited to call Arizona their home.
Terry TaubmanExecutive Director Emeritus
Terry Taubman was the Executive Director of Congregation Beth Israel from 1989-2015. She now serves CBI as the Executive Director Emeritus. Terry has 4 children and is married to Lon Taubman, an attorney.
Rachael Kaplan-VanLandinghamDirector of Youth Education and Engagement
Rachael Kaplan VanLandingham grew up at CBI and became a Bat Mitzvah on the bima of the Goldsmith Sanctuary. She spent three formative years at Camp Charles Pearlstein, and received her BA from NAU. She is truly ‘one of our own!’ Since graduating and earning her certificate in elementary education, Rachael has taught at Basis Scottsdale, and most recently, she has been a first grade teacher at Pardes Jewish Day School. Rachael is so excited to return to her roots at CBI, and inspire the next generation of Jewish youth to find their own way towards a strong and confident Jewish identity. She brings excitement and energy for connecting with our elementary through high school aged students, and will also be spending time each week at Camp Stein this summer. I can’t wait for you all to meet Rachael at our special consecration celebration & shabbat service tomorrow, May 6th. Rachael will begin officially on June 13th. I thank you all for warmly welcoming her (back) to CBI!