Rabbi Alan D. Londy, D.Min.
Rabbi Londy is a native of Troy, New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Rabbi Londy began his career as an assistant rabbi in Beth El Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland. Five years later, he moved to Orlando to serve for 12 years as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel. During his tenure in Orlando, his congregation was selected as a Synagogue of Excellence by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism – Southeast Region designated to only a limited number of congregations in the U.S. Following his time in Florida, he moved north to serve for six years as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Sholom of Smithtown, NY.
In the summer of 2006, Rabbi Londy joined the staff of Temple Israel of the City of New York as the Rabbi/Educator. In his role at Temple Israel, he deepened the educational offerings of the synagogue and also shared rabbinic duties with the senior rabbi, David Gelfand.
In July 2011, Rabbi Londy arrived at The New Reform Temple as the Interim Rabbi. A year later, he was elected the Senior Rabbi of the congregation. Rabbi Londy is passionate about creating at The New Reform Temple a commitment to Life-Long Jewish Learning. He is active in the interfaith religious community.
He is also dedicated to his own professional growth. Fifteen years ago, he became one of the first rabbinic fellows of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. In the spring of 2009, Rabbi Londy received his Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling sponsored jointly by the HUC-JIR and the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health. Rabbi Londy is a recent graduate of the Leadership Institute for Congregational Educators. He is a member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.
He is married to Jane Londy of Fairfield, Connecticut. They have two children, Leora who lives in Israel; and Noam who is studying environmental sustainability. The Londys are the proud owners of an Airedale Terrier named Murray. They reside in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City, MO. Contact Rabbi Londy at email@example.com
Educational Administrator: Shelley Rissien
President: Ann L. Darke
First Vice President: Tom Barnett
Second Vice President: Ann Baum
Secretary: Leslie Mark
Treasurer: Tom Isenberg
Arthur L. Stern
Board of Directors:
Irwin E. Blond
Robert N. Epsten
Bradley Freilich, M.D.
Beth G. Thompson
Steven R. Unterman, M.D.
Ann and her husband Kenneth Baum live in Stilwell, KS. Ann spent her professional career in development positions and in other roles with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Kansas City Philharmonic. In addition to her commitment to the NRT, Ann currently serves in volunteer roles for the Nelson, the Kansas City Symphony, the Mid America Regional Council and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. She is also passionate about women and family issues, education, classical music and visual arts, environmental issues, travel, biking, hiking and horseback riding.
Irwin is a lifelong Kansas Citian. He is a graduate of Pembroke Country Day, Williams College (where he was captain of the basketball team) and the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School. He is a shareholder at Polsinelli PC where he specializes in commercial real estate law. He is currently an Advisory Board member and a past Chair of the Kansas City chapter of the JCRB/AJC. He also served many years on the National Board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where he was Vice Chairman. He and his wife Sharyn together have five children. The youngest (Sam) was confirmed at NRT.
Ann L. Darke, J.D., CFP®
Ann is a private client advisor for The Commerce Trust Company and has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Commerce, Ann served as Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Kansas City. Ann has a law degree from Boston University School of Law and an AB from Connecticut College. She also has her Certified Financial Planning (CFP®) designation. She was named one of the Nation’s 100 most Exclusive Wealth Advisors by Robb Report Worth magazine in January 2004 and October 2006. Ann is also Vice President of Village Shalom and Treasurer of the Jewish Community Foundation, Past President of the Estate Planning Society of Kansas City, Past President of The New Reform Temple and Past President of the Children’s Mercy Planned giving Society. Ann has two daughters, Jessica and Maxie.
Dan is President and Chief Operating Officer of Barkley, an independent advertising agency with a wide range of local and national clients. Dan joined the NRT in the early 2000s. His wife Kristen converted to Judaism and their children attend religious school at NRT. Dan also serves on the regional board of Teach For America and the Loose Family Foundation Board.
Michael is a native New Yorker who moved to Kansas City after marrying the former Megan Morrison, originally from Salina, KS. Michael is currently the Senior Business Development Officer at QM Power, Inc., a manufacturer of high efficiency electric motors, actuators and generators. Before, QM Power, he spent most of his career in the financial services industry. He is an identical twin and his interests include sports and music among others. He earned a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Colgate University and his MBA in Finance and Management of Organizations from Columbia University. Michael and Meg live in Leawood and they have four children; one attends KU, two attend Shawnee Mission East and one is at Corinth Elementary School.
Donna has been a temple member since moving to Lee’s Summit in 1979 as a teenager. She and her husband Chris were married at the NRT in 1993. They have two daughters, Erica and Paige, who became Bat Mitzvah and were confirmed at the Temple. Donna taught religious school at the Temple for 13 years and recently decided to reclaim her Sunday mornings. She is a clinical social worker at Children’s Mercy Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys reading, lunch with friends and spending time with family. Donna is proud to be a part of the NRT community.
Tom was born and raised in Kansas City. He graduated from Shawnee Mission North, Haverford College and Harvard Business School in that order. He has worked at Western Extralite Company since 1979. He became President in 1992 and when the company sold to Border States Electric in 2014, became its Director of Special Projects. He will retire in June and join the Border States board of directors in August.
Tom is married to Ann, who works part-time as a writer and editor. They have two children. Kate, 28, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. David, 25, lives and works in Kansas City. They also have two dogs, which live at the home, but don’t work much.
Tom has and continues to be involved in the community. He is a board member and former President of Synergy, is a board member of Powell Gardens and The New Reform Temple and former board member of the Kaufman Fund and the NAED. He is a former board member and past President of the Electric League and the Jewish Vocational Service.
His hobbies includes skiing, biking and reading.
Ed moved to Kansas City from Pittsburgh, PA in 1983 with wife Karen and three children. He retired as Vice President of DST Systems in 1986. He has been a longtime member and passionate supporter of The New Reform Temple.
Ted was born and raised in the New York City area, and now lives in Leawood with his wife Sara Ziegler Prince. They have two children. They were married at the NRT in 1989, and moved here in 2013 from Richmond, VA where they had lived for 15 years. For Sara, whose parents were longtime members of the NRT, it was a return home after heading east for college. Ted’s mother grew up in Kansas City, and Ted has been coming here his entire life to visit family. Ted has spent his career in the freight transportation industry and recently started a business to move perishables by rail instead of long-haul truck. Ted’s Reform Judaism upbringing was greatly influenced by his childhood rabbi, Maurice Davis, who focused on social responsibility and human rights.
Beth G. Thompson
Beth G. Thompson joined The New Reform Temple in 2001. Raised in a Reform Jewish household in Des Moines, Iowa, Beth was Bat Mitzvahed and confirmed at Temple B’nai Jeshurun. Beth has served on a number of civic and nonprofit boards in our community. She holds a postgraduate degree in urban policy and is completing her master’s in social work. Beth and her husband, Gary Thompson, MD, reside in midtown’s Southmoreland neighborhood. Gary is a family physician and CEO of Midtown Family Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri. Beth is honored to serve on The New Reform Temple board and looks forward to working with the congregation to shape our Temple’s future.
Steven Unterman and his wife Ellen Murphy have been members of The New Reform Temple since 1990. They have two daughters, Sophia Marie and Phoebe Eloise, who were both B’not Mitzvah at NRT.