Our Team

Woman with helping hands

Administrative Staff

Tasho Wesley, Executive Director 


2018-2019 Executive Committee

Gillian Gansler, Chair

Devorah Lowenstein, Vice Chair

Robin Rosen, Secretary

Bill Dupee, Treasurer


Board Members

Rachel Silverman, Board Member

Candice Gulden, Board Member

Daniel Newman, Board Member

Margaret O’Brien, Board Member

Shari Steinberg, Board Member

Morris Cohen, Board Member

Lisa Haddad, Board Member

Christelle Evans, Board Member

Lynne Wurzburg, Board Member

Margery Kellar, Board Member

Kim Gnatt, Board Member

Helen and Frank Spiegel


When Rabbi Mark Wilson spoke to Helen Spiegel in 1983 about homeless women in Atlanta and the need for a women’s shelter, she didn’t know the profound effect this conversation would have on her life.  It was the beginning of a new chapter in her life — to lead other compassionate and dedicated souls to create the Shearith Israel Shelter for Homeless Women. Helen knew from personal experience how it felt to lose a home. As a refugee from Germany who escaped the Nazis and came to the United States, she knew how terrible it was to be displaced and adrift.  Little did she know, though, that she would become a supreme organizer, networker, shoulder to cry on and crusader for women in need of shelter, understanding and support.  It was a new world of very hard realities, she recalled.  Our plan was to provide a family atmosphere for these women, but it was unlike any family we had known,  Helen remembers.  “We learned to check for weapons and eventually to become much more selective to find women who we could really help.

Helen and Frank devoted 18 years to running the shelter and to helping create stability and hope for homeless women in Atlanta.