Our Professional Staff

Mary Lawrence brings more than 30 years’ experience in executive leadership, entrepreneurism and publishing to Kehillah. She has held CEO roles in different nonprofits, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, La Leche League International, and Cornucopia Cancer Support Center. Mary loves writing, gardening, reading historical novels, and most of all, spending time with her three children and six grandsons. One of her favorite sayings is “Don’t wait for people to be friendly; show them how.”


Chief Executive Officer

Stephanie joined Kehillah in 2008. She was often the first person to greet members and visitors. While she is now focused on the business side of operations, she still has time to greet everyone with a smile!
Prior to Kehillah she was a franchise business consultant with experience in financial management, marketing, and customer relations.
Stephanie lives in Durham with her family.


Director of Operations and Finance


Interim Director of Lifelong Learning

Emory joined Kehillah as our Media and Marketing Coordinator and is responsible for updating both the Kehillah Synagogue and Preschool websites, managing our social media accounts and online presence, and directing marketing campaigns for our programs. She is a Senior Advertisement and Public Relations Major from Davidson, NC.


Social Media Coordinator 

Krystal joined Kehillah in May 2018 as our Jewish Preschool Director. She has worked with young children and families for over 25 years, starting as an infant teacher and progressing to managing preschool centers and consulting within the childcare field. Her passion for young children is evident as soon as you meet Krystal. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s in Education Management.


Director of Kehillah Jewish Preschool


AV Coordinator

Sherrie rejoined Kehillah in July 2022 as our office manager.


Office Manager

Sherri joined the staff of Kehillah in August of 2013 as the Education Director. She retired in June 2022. Not one to retire so completely, she took on the coordination of Rabbi Jen’s calendar. 


Rabbi’s Calendar Coordinator