Bonni Pomush, Executive Director
Originally from the East Valley suburbs of Phoenix, AZ, Bonni moved to Orange County and joined the TBESOC team in January 2010. Before finding the joys of working for “her people” she had administered programs for 15 years in government agencies (the Kyrene School District, Arizona State University, and the City of Chandler). With a masters degree in family studies and bachelors degree in psychology, she led large departments with hundreds of employees and multi-million dollar budgets to nationally accredit childcare centers, turn budgets with deficits into revenue generators, and create performance based pay systems with multi-class employees. At Temple Beth El, Bonni has held a variety of positions supporting our marketing and communications, b’nai mitzvah, teen leadership, and religious school programs. Since 2015 she has served the congregation she proudly calls her spiritual home as our Executive Director. That same year, Bonni and her wife Patti celebrated their 10th anniversary with a Jewish wedding at TBESOC. (They adore children, but do not plan to have any of their own.) Each has committed their career to being of service to the community…with much joy!
Wendy Yesharim, Program Director/B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator
Wendy Yesharim wears many hats at Temple Beth El. She is the Program Director and B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator at Temple Beth El. She has been dedicated to the field of Jewish education for more than 20 years. Starting out as an assistant pre-school teacher on the east coast, she quickly learned that she has a love for supporting children and families. She also takes great pride in creating and developing, an educational consulting business focusing on the emotional and physical developmental needs of adolescents. Wendy earned an Early Childhood teaching and administrative certification from Saddleback College. She is passionate about insuring that children have a positive and loving school experience. Wendy cherishes her time in and outside of the classroom. Temple Beth El has been her home since the opening of the ECC in 2001. Playing an active role in the Orange County Jewish community has allowed her the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of countless families. Fostering strong connections between parents, children and communities is her greatest passion.
Myka Thompson, Assistant Director
Myka is a Southern California native and the proud mother of two sons, Bryson and Preston. In 2011, she found Temple Beth El as a parent looking for an exceptional preschool to place her youngest son. Both the Judaic curriculum and full inclusion program were big draws for Myka. In 2013, an opportunity to join the Early Childhood Center staff arose, and Myka became the face of the temple’s preschool, greeting families, helping teachers, and working closely with the director to support the needs of the ECC program in its entirety. Starting in 2015, Myka moved into a full-time position with the temple and now supports our wide variety of programs, services and members. She is the go-to person at the temple for everything, and meets every challenge with a bright smile and can-do attitude. When Myka isn’t at the temple, she is enjoying her boys’ many baseball practices and games, or spending quality time with friends and family at the beach.
Pam Uber, Accounting Manager
Originally from the Cleveland area, Pam moved to California in 1986, and currently resides in Anaheim Hills. She has a BA in Finance with a focus in accounting, and several years of experience working in the field. Pam began her career at Temple Beth El in February of 2006 and is excited about her future within the community here. Outside of work Pam enjoys spending time with her son and daughter, who are both married
Kellie Herrick, Coordinator
Born and raised in Southern California, Kellie currently resides in Huntington Beach. She is the proud mother of two sons, Jonathan and Kyle. Jonathan is currently serving in the U.S. Navy and Kyle just started high school. Kellie received an Associates of Science Degree in Accounting from Irvine Valley College and an Associates of Art Degree in Paralegal Studies from Western College. Outside of work Kellie enjoys spending time with her son supporting his activities in his Filmmaking Club. She enjoys musical theater, reading, the beach, camping, baseball and hockey. Kellie is very excited to continue her career at Temple Beth El after working for Disneyland Resort in Anaheim the last 18 years where she was even awarded Cast Member of the Year in 2015!
Juan Rodriguez, Maintenance Lieutenant
In 2003,Temple Beth El hired Facility Services Partners Inc.to provide the custodial support for our facility. At that time, Juan was working at SOKA University as Facility Services’ Facilities Engineer, and ever since has been leading the custodial team here at the temple. Juan loves that no two days are the same at Temple Beth El! He does everything from fixing, repairing, and maintaining equipment to set ups and clean-ups. Juan and his wife have four children that they are raising in Aliso Viejo.