Our Staff

Mindy Haas
Executive Director

Mindy Haas

Most recently from Raleigh, NC, Mindy Haas is eager to serve Lexington's Jewish community.

Born and raised in New York, Mindy moved to Boca Raton, Florida in 1987 with her husband Russell (34 years). Both proud of the success of their children Skylar (28) living in Nashville, Tenn. as the Regional Program Director for BBYO, Inc. and Marissa (32) proud mom of Darby (12) and Xander (9) living in Charlotte, NC. Mindy has a bachelor’s degree in Education and Child Development from the State University at Oneonta, NY.

Mindy came to Lexington from Raleigh, North Carolina. In Raleigh, she served as the Director of Operations at the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary, after a successful 10 months as the Financial Resource Development Director. Having moved to Raleigh in 2016, Mindy was brought to the Jewish community through her role as the Senior Development Director at the March of Dimes and her years in the hospitality industry as the owner/operator of the Emenar Serving Company for 20 years in South Florida.

Mindy continues to be an active volunteer in PTA for the past 28 years, currently serving on the National PTA Governance Committee. As a past State President for Florida PTA, today Mindy serves as a consultant and committee member on the Board of Directors. Mindy was selected as the Volunteer Coordinator for the 2011 National PTA Convention. She was honored as the first National PTA Advocate in 2015 and acknowledged with a National PTA Lifetime Achievement Award, just to mention a few! She also developed programs that address bullying and to help raise awareness of the Childhood Obesity Crisis. Her passion is building leaders and creating an inclusive environment for all.

As a passionate leader Mindy also served as a board member of the KidSafe Foundation in Boca Raton, FL a nonprofit bringing awareness and keeping children safe from sexual abuse.

Mindy is a lifelong martial artist. Along with her family, Haastyle Martial Arts Academy was born and follows them throughout their travels. Through the years Mindy has been invited to build leadership, assist in company growth and development in numerous for-profit companies.

She loves a cup of coffee accompanied with a good conversation and is looking forward to meeting the members of the Jewish Federation of the Bluegrass community.

“He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader” -Aristotle

Director of Camp Shalom

Tamara Ohayon

As a mother with a young child, Tamara feels blessed to continue working in this nurturing Jewish community where programs like Federation's PJ Library, the congregations' Kids Shabbat services, and so many other family and youth programs, can enrich their lives in Lexington.

Tamara Lena Ohayon grew up in Los Angeles, CA. She spent many summers as a camper and staff person at Camp JCA Shalom in Malibu, and started attending college in southern California before transferring to the University of Kentucky in 2002. Tamara received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Studio with an emphasis on Ceramics, Fiber Arts, and Digital Media. In 2005, Tamara was hired as a Staff Associate for JFB and has since transformed her role multiple times, evolving and growing with the job. Tamara was promoted through multiple titles over the years and was hired in 2016 as Executive Director.

As a mother with a young child, Tamara feels blessed to continue working in this nurturing Jewish community where programs like Federation's PJ Library, the congregations' Kids Shabbat services, and so many other family and youth programs, can enrich their lives in Lexington.

Chief Engagement Officer; Shalom Editor

Daniel Baker

Daniel decided to call Lexington home after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Kentucky (UK) in 2011.

Daniel Baker was born in Paterson, NJ and moved to southern Kentucky with his family in 2006. He decided to call Lexington home after receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Kentucky (UK) in 2011. Daniel is a Certified Volunteer Administrator (CVA) who loves to give his time back to the community, especially through his involvement in Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a national coed service fraternity. In APO, Daniel is currently an advisor to the chapter at UK and the Co-Founder and President Emeritus of the APO Bluegrass Alumni Association.

Daniel joined the JFB team in July 2016 after having assisted with a variety of Federation initiatives, including Yom Ha’Atzmaut festivities and coordinating Young Bluegrass Jews (YBJ) programming. His local involvement came shortly after a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip in 2012, where he fell in love with the Jewish community. Daniel has been active at Temple Adath Israel (TAI) through Generation TAI, the Temple’s chavurah for adults ages 20-40. His role with JFB includes working on Shalom Magazine and Shalom Events, managing JFB’s website and social media accounts, and assisting with YBJ outreach and programming.

Co-Director of PJ Library

Carly Conatser

Carly is a writer and yogi who somewhat recently landed in Lexington and is excited to meet and serve the Jewish community of the Bluegrass.

Carly Conatser (Sachs) is the Co-Director of PJ Library and Editor-in-Chief of Shalom E-News. She is the author of her own collection of poems, The Steam Sequence, as well as the editor of the poetry anthology, The Why and Later. Her most recent collection, Descendants of Eve is forthcoming in the Delphi Poetry Series from Blue Lyra Press. In addition to working at the Federation, Carly teaches yoga at Baby Moon and Sterling Hot Yoga.
Director of Jewish Family Services

Paula Mertens

Paula, husband Eli, and twin sons Henri and Matthew moved to Lexington in 2000 and found a warm and welcoming home at Temple Adath Israel.

Paula Lopez Mertens was born in Tucson, AZ. She grew up in an Air Force family living overseas as well as numerous states. This upbringing introduced her to many different cultures and ways of living that she says formed one of her basic traits of being able to adapt to new situations quite easily.

She returned with her family to her parents’ home state of Kansas when her father retired from the Air Force and graduated from Kansas State University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. Paula has always been dedicated to helping others but her passion lies in assisting the elderly. Her 30-year career includes working in nursing homes in Kansas, Iowa and Florida in long-term and skilled care, physical rehabilitation and psychiatric care. She has also worked in home care as a Case Manager in Iowa, a Humana Care Manager, and Care Coordinator at Comfort Keepers in Lexington.

Paula, husband Eli, and twin sons Henri and Matthew moved to Lexington in 2000 and found a warm and welcoming home at Temple Adath Israel. Though she hasn’t been heavily involved in the community in recent years, she’s very excited about returning and serving in a much more active role.

Paula also helps her husband in their business with editing, writing, and distribution of TravelHost of the Bluegrass magazine. Eli is the love of her life as well as her sons, but in close second is their beloved dog, Lexi. An avid animal-lover, Paula also enjoys reading, attending concerts with music of all varieties and traveling.

Co-Director of PJ Library

Susan Voglesong

Susan loves to volunteer and you can generally find her at a meeting either for PTA, her HOA, Girl Scouts or various Jewish activities.

Susan Voglesong has lived In Lexington since 2009. She was born in Indiana and went to Indiana University where she majored in history and political science and met her husband, Travis. She keeps busy with her four kids, Brayden, Josslyn, Genevieve and Charlotte. She loves to volunteer and you can generally find her at a meeting either for PTA, her HOA, Girl Scouts or various Jewish acitivities. She loves dogs, cats and baking. Susan is excited to be sharing her love of reading with Jewish Families in Lexington with the PJ Library program.
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