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Meet Our Staff

Temple Beth El is a collaborative undertaking made possible by our dedicated and talented staff members. Meet our Temple staff, who work with clergy, lay leaders and congregation members to assure the smooth functioning of our Temple.

Karen Kagan, Office Manager
Karen graduated from Penn State with a marketing degree and worked in advertising in Manhattan and San Francisco. She has three grown children, all of whom attended Temple Beth El Religious School and grew up volunteering for Religious School and Temple events.  Karen served on the Temple Board from 2009-2013 as VP of Education.  In 2015, she started working part-time in the office and part-time as Religious School assistant, and within 6 months moved into a full time office position.

After being a very active volunteer for so many years, Karen has a soft place in her heart for volunteers and the kind of support they need from the office, and that became her mission. Starting her 7th year in the office and 4th year as Office Manager has only made her heart grow fonder for our congregants, who have become her extended family.
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Robin Winans, Accounting Clerk
Robin is a State of Illinois retiree who fulfilled her lifelong dream to retire to Florida in 2020 when her son, Jackson, transferred from Loyola Chicago to a Florida school.
You can reach Robin at


Neidy (Dee) Hernandez, Administrative Assistant

Dee graduated from the prestigious Berkeley School of Business, and moved to SW Florida in 2005 to be closer to family, and where she met her husband, Nick Everett. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, interior decorating, and family time.
You can reach Dee at


Michael Nolan, Maintenance

Michael enjoys staying busy! Besides working at the Temple, he is also a real estate broker with over twenty years experience in Lee County and the broker / owner of Florida Luxury Broker Realty, with an office in downtown Fort Myers. He also assists his wife Ana Mae with her business “Philippines Box Company”,, which helps Filipinos like herself ship boxes of items to loved ones and charities in the Philippines. He has two daughters, Anna and Sophia.









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