Office Staff

Elizabeth Hacket: Database Administrator

Elizabeth has recently joined the Temple Sinai staff as Database Coordinator. She previously served in a number of multi-faceted support roles with start-up, retail, and government organizations. Above all, Elizabeth specializes in providing enthusiastic solutions to technical problems while developing a deeper understanding of the user as an individual.

Elizabeth was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys watching the birds at Lake Merritt, learning languages, and cooking.

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Betsy Bigelow-Teller: Executive Assistant

Betsy Bigelow-Teller is delighted to have joined the Temple Sinai staff. She has worked and volunteered in numerous non-profit organizations focused mostly on the environmental and education, including the Green Schools Initiative, Berkeley High School Development Group, Berkeley Public Libraries Foundation Neighborhood Libraries Campaign, and Berkeley Food Network. She has been a freelance writer and editor for small businesses since 1992. She enjoys being in nature, her outdoor "boot camp," reading & learning, and spending time with friends and family.

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Nicole Vasgerdsian: Communications Coordinator

Nicole was born in Berkeley and grew up in Moraga, California. She studied graphic design at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and moved back to the Bay Area, claiming Oakland as her home upon graduating. She started her career in advertising agencies in the East Bay Area working on magazine, newspaper, outdoor and online advertising campaigns. After the ad business, she shifted focus and went to work for a fundraising and event planning business whose clients were mainly non-profits and foundations. 

After starting a family, Nicole decided to focus on her freelance graphic design business and has been working with Temple Sinai on a freelance basis for over five years, recently joining the staff as Communications Coordinator.

Nicole lives in the Rockridge area of Oakland with her husband and two daughters.

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Janet Snyder: Educational Department Administrative Assistant 

Janet just joined the Temple Sinai staff as the Educational Department Administrative Assistant. She previously worked for Telecare STRIDES, STAGES, STEPS, JAMHR & AOT/CC, as an Office Coordinator for five Alameda County out-patient mental health programs. 

Janet grew up in Occidental and lives in Oakland. Janet graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. In her spare time Janet is an avid Oakland A’s fan, she also enjoys hiking, nature and spending time with her dogs. 

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