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. This is a working board that helps with vision, 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.

Dr. Melissa Serlen

Melissa grew up in southern New Jersey, moved to Colorado in 2002, and has been here ever since. She graduated from Emory University with a degree in History and then earned a Medical Degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1999. She trained in Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and was Pediatric House Staff there from 1999-2002. Melissa practiced Pediatric Emergency Medicine in Colorado for 9 years before joining the outstanding physicians and staff at Boulder Medical Center in 2011. After her many years of ER experience, Melissa really enjoys the opportunity to get to know her patients and their families and work with them on the long-term prevention and treatment of illness and injury.

In her free time, Melissa loves to explore beautiful Colorado with her family camping, hiking, and skiing most winter weekends (and any weekday she can).

Melissa and her family have been a part of the Adventure Judaism community since 2002.  Melissa met her husband Judd in 2002 and, when they got engaged and started searching for a Rabbi to marry them, they found out about the Adventure Rabbi from a mutual friend. Everything about Adventure Judaism really spoke to Melissa, and still does to this day.  Melissa and Judd now have 2 children, Eliza (12) and Micah (10), both of whom have been in the Adventure Rabbi Kids program from an early age.  Eliza started with ARK in Rabbi Korngold’s living room in 2006, and has now joined the 2018 Adventure Class.  She will be a Bat Mitzvah in June 2019 and embraces Adventure Judaism just like her parents.

Melissa credits Adventure Judaism, and its channeling of her love of the outdoors, with bringing Judaism to her family in an accessible (and enjoyable) way and is looking forward to bringing her heart, compassion, and medical expertise to help take it to the next level.

Andy Franklin

Andy is retired from a 30-year career in product R&D positions at Hewlett-Packard and Bell Labs/Lucent Technologies/Avaya as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff. The bulk of his career was spent developing business telephone systems (PBXs) where he created software architectures for Voice over IP telephony products. After his retirement, he worked as a web and e-commerce application developer helping small businesses acquire a web presence. In 2011, he co-founded ShelfX, an automated merchandising technology company based in Boulder, where he continues as VP of Software.

Andy has served on not-for-profit boards including the Emergency Family Assistance Association, where he served as board president in the early 2000s. He served on the board of Congregation Har Hashem where he continues to serve on the finance committee. For 16 years Andy served on the Jewish Colorado board where he took on various positions including Boulder campaign co-chair and Treasurer and member of the Financial Oversight Group. He currently serves on the board of the Colorado Snow Sports Museum and Hall of Fame.

Andy and his wife Audrey have for many years participated in Adventure Rabbi events including Shabbat Skiing at Copper Mountain, an Aspen to Crested Butte hike (round trip in two days!), Passover in Moab, and Rosh Hashanah retreats.

New Members, Bios coming soon!

Joshua Seiden
Michael K. Schonbrun
Carolyn Grant
Dr. Noah Finkelstein