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Our Staff

Rob Allen, Executive Director

Rob began his tenure at Beth Sholom in June 2020 and is integral in the day-to-day business of running the congregation. He wears many kippas: interacting with congregants on a daily basis, coordinating life cycle events and anything else that comes across his desk.

Rob brings a wide variety of experiences to Beth Sholom. He earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from San Francisco State University, followed by a career as a writer and reporter for United Press International in Chicago and for other radio, newspaper and online news agencies. Later he served in supervisory, project management and training positions for United Airlines; as a public relations manager and director of administration for an independent Orthodox congregation in Denver; as manager of Jewish educational and community programs and teacher for special needs families and students at a family and child services organization in Los Angeles; and most recently as executive director of the Denver Academy of Torah Minyan.

He was a board member of the Alzheimer's Association Colorado Chapter, where he also directed volunteers and volunteer programs.

Rob is a native of Colorado but lived for many years in southern and northern California, where his ancestors founded Napa Valley's first kosher winery in the late 1920s. An avid writer and lyricist, he has performed for more than than 25 years as a singer with the Colorado Hebrew Chorale and the all-male a capella choir at his synagogue. He plays piano and guitar, but only for himself or those with impaired hearing, and is looking forward to spending time with his immediate family, including a grandniece, in D.C.

To contact Rob, call 301-663-3437 or email him at


Katelyn Vaughan, Office Manager
Katelyn joined the Beth Sholom staff in June 2019. She has more than 12 years of professional office experience, mostly in education, office management and general HR management. Her areas of expertise are in marketing, Human Resources and CRM databases.

Katelyn helps with the day-to-day functions of the office, which include assisting with event planning, maintaining the membership database, updating the website and supporting Beth Sholom’s relationships with advertisers.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and two Masters of Arts in Humanities from Hood College, with concentrations in Medieval and Renaissance studies. She lives in the Frederick area with her three sons and four cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing with her cats, traveling and reading.

Katelyn looks forward to meeting you all—stop by to say “hello!”

To contact Katelyn, call 301-663-3437 or email her at

Fri, January 28 2022 26 Shevat 5782