Board of Trustees

The Adventure Judaism Congregation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Our programming is sustained in large part by contributions. Members of our Board of Trustees are vital to the stainability and well-being of the congregation. They help with staff recruitment, programming and development.

We are currently recruiting additional board members. If you are interested, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Doug Brown

Doug founded in 1989, and is Managing Director of, Regent Properties, a Real Estate Investment Company that has acquired over 7 million square feet of office and retail projects and over 13,000 acres of land primarily in the southwestern United States. He is a cum laude graduate of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania and received his JD degree from UCLA where he graduated Order of the Coif.

Doug has sat on numerous boards before including Temple Sha’arei Am, the Los Angeles Zoo and Alternative Living for the Aging which builds affordable housing of the elderly.

Doug’s hobbies focus exclusively on his wife Abby and their four kids, Gavin, 26, Emma, 22, Leo 20 and Toby 15.

Doug and his family are members of the Adventure Judaism community, and his son Toby is a graduate of the Adventure B’nai Mitzvah Class.

Doug and his wife brought Rabbi Jamie to Israel with the family to officiate at the ceremony, a joyous occasion which included singing and dancing on the way to the Western Wall. What Abby and Doug love most about Adventure Rabbi is that it made Judaism much more meaningful and relevant for their son Toby.

Walter Charnoff

Walter Charnoff is widely recognized as a subject matter expert in real estate analytics and rental market evaluation. With over fifteen combined years of knowledge and competency in the securities and real estate investment technology verticals, he is frequently called upon by mainstream media outlets to provide professional expertise in both televised and print-based formats. Prior engagements include live interactive and taped interviews with CNN, Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, Forbes, and Investor’s Business Daily. He has also acted in the capacity as a panel member and roundtable discussion participant at various industry trade events and strategic partner client conferences.

He has also received numerous industry recognitions including the Top Fifty Real Estate Investment Opinion Makers and Market Leaders Award in both 2011 and 2012, bestowed by Personal Real Estate Investor Magazine.

Charnoff’s accomplishments include the development, deployment, and sale of multiple patent-pending technologies for the financial services and real estate sectors. Additionally, he founded and currently serves as Chairman for a successful software development firm that caters to said sectors.

Walter Charnoff lives in Boulder County Colorado with his wife of 16 years, a daughter and a son, and a menagerie of pets. His hobby is attending sporting activities with his family.

Wally and his family have been active members in the Adventure Judaism Congregation for years. His daughter and son are graduates of the Adventure B’nai Mitzvah class, and the family delights in attending Adventure Rabbi retreats. Wally credits the Adventure Judaism for making Shabbat meaningful to his family.

Amy VanMatre

Amy has been involved in the Adventure Judaism since 2003. She participated in our Women’s Grand Canyon Backpacking Trip and she and her family have attended every Passover in Moab.

Amy is a software developer and entrepreneur. She and her husband Nick own Envirtuo, a software development and consulting company in Denver.

Amy is known for her unique talent of combining software development and team building. In the tech world, where developers and project managers often take on distinct roles, Amy is able to combine skills from both realms.

Amy is thrilled to take on a leadership role to help the Adventure Rabbi Program grow to a new level, and is excited to watch her son Milo grow up in the Adventure Rabbi Kids program.

New Members, Bios coming soon!

Joshua Seiden
Dr. Melissa Serlen
Michael K. Schonbrun
Andy Franklin
Carolyn Grant