Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed five members of the Jewish community to the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, his office announced Oct. 23:
- Chuck Berk of Atlanta, the president and CEO of BCR Properties. He previously owned R.S. Andrews of Tidewater and was vice president of Sears Home Improvement. He is the chairman of Israel Bonds’ Atlanta board and co-chair of the Republican Jewish Coalition of Atlanta. He earned a bachelor’s in business administration from Bucknell University. He and his wife, Bonnie, have two children and four grandchildren.
- Claire D’Agostino of Sandy Springs, a past president and current board member of Temple Sinai. She sits on the board of Birthright Israel and is active in the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. She is a Leadership Atlanta graduate and holds master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Georgia State University. She and her husband, Robert, have three children and five grandchildren.
- Evan Jacobs of Brookhaven, a speech language pathologist at Lakeside High School in DeKalb County. She is a member of Congregation B’nai Torah. She earned a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, State Court Judge Mike Jacobs, have three children.
- Sara Kogon of Sandy Springs, the founder of West 44. She sits on the national council of AIPAC and the executive council of the Atlanta chapter of AIPAC. She is involved with Federation, the Jewish Women’s Fund of Atlanta, the William Breman Jewish Home and the Epstein School. She earned a bachelor’s in psychology and a master’s in business administration from Emory University. She and her husband, Ross, have four children.
- Lisa Olens of Marietta, who works in economic development for Georgia Power. She sits on the boards of SafePath Children’s Advocacy Center, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and Congregation Etz Chaim. She previously was on the boards of the Cobb County Community Foundation, Jewish Family & Career Services, and Federation. She is a graduate of Leadership Cobb and recipient of the W. Wyman Pilcher Jr. Award for community service. She also was awarded SafePath’s Hearing Children’s Voice Award for Service and the JF&CS Herbert Cohn Meritorious Service Award and was an honoree of the YWCA of Northwest Georgia’s Tribute to Women of Achievement. She earned a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Duke University and a master’s in finance from Georgia State. She and her husband, Attorney General Sam Olens, have two children.