Professional Staff


Rabbi Marla J. Feldman, Executive Director (, 212.650.4050), has been with WRJ since 2012, having previously served as the Director of Development for the URJ and Director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. She is a Reform rabbi, ordained at HUC-JIR in 1985, and a lawyer, receiving her JD from University of Florida in 1993. She is the author of numerous articles and publications and has served on the boards of many non-profits dedicated to social justice. Feldman has led or participated in social action missions throughout North America, Israel, Africa, and elsewhere around the world. In her spare time, she writes feminist modern Midrash.


Administration & Operations

Robin Cohen, MBA, Manager of Operations (, 212.650.4056), oversees the day-to-day operations and board management for WRJ. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Robin is a former synagogue executive director and development director within the reform movement and served as the interim executive director for WRJ in 2011. While she was raised in South Florida, Robin has also lived in Atlanta, GA and Philadelphia, PA. She loves cooking and baking, teaching others about essential oils, eating Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream and is a very proud Penn State Mom. 

Bayley Swain, Administrative Assistant (, 212.650.4065), holds a bachelor’s degree in European History from Smith College and a master’s degree in Religion & Ethics from Yale. She is enormously fond of strong coffee, public radio and almost anything written by Grace Paley.

Marissa Besner, Administrative Assistant (, 212.650.4062), assists WRJ staff and members in maintaining efficient operational, communications, and development initiatives.  She has a very diverse background, having studied classical opera at The Juilliard School of Music, and received her BA in Media and Communications.  A born and bred New Yorker, Marissa enjoys live music, stand-up comedy, clean laundry scent, board sports, antiquing, collecting oddities, and taking naps on the subway but never missing her stop.  



Ally Karpel, Reproductive Justice Campaign Associate (, 202.387.2800), works out of the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C. She works on reproductive justice for the Reform Movement, per the partnership between Women of Reform Judaism and the Religious Action Center. Ally was deeply engaged in social justice work during her time in college, which included co-founding and facilitating the Bella Abzug Social Justice Fellowship, serving as president of the University Interfaith Council, and Participating in the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Founders’ Fellowship.

Alyson Malinger, Advocacy & Communications Associate (, 212.650.4057) assists with both advocacy and communications efforts for the WRJ.  She works closely on WRJ’s social justice efforts, as well as the Weekly Digest and the WRJ blog. Alyson grew up in Aberdeen, NJ. She is a May 2017 graduate from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and political and civic engagement. Aly is obsessed with Thai food, Seville, Spain and anything related to Sara Bareilles. 


Marketing & Communications

Megan Friedlander, Manager of Marketing & Communications (, 212.650.4066), oversees and coordinates all internal and external marketing and communications for the organization. A Kansas native, she recently moved to New York City after beginning her career in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring her new city with her husband, Robb and dog, KayCee.

Alyson Malinger, Advocacy & Communications Associate (, 212.650.4057) - biography listed under Advocacy


Meetings & Conventions

Amanda Feldman, Manager of Meetings & Conventions (, 212.650.4054), oversees planning and logistics for the WRJ Fried Leadership Conference as well as other conferences, board and committee meetings, and additional programs. A lover of travel, Amanda enjoys being able to attend WRJ events in different locations. She is also a member of the Garden City Jewish Center Sisterhood in Garden City, NY with her mom, an avid reader and cook who loves spending time with friends and family, and a fan of the New York Rangers.



Shari Schulner, Manager of Philanthropy (, 212.650.4072), oversees the organization’s fundraising efforts, including the YES Fund & Lifeline Endowment and Annual Campaign. She has a Master's degree in Childhood Special Education from Hunter College and a BA in English, Literature and Rehtoric from SUNY Binghamton. Previous to WRJ, she worked in development serving low-income youth and their families. She loves yoga, exploring new neighborhoods, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. She grew up in Rockland County and now lives in Queens with her husband, Ethan. 

Mallory Kahn-Johnston, Philanthropy Associate (, 212.650.4058), assists in fundraising efforts, including annual appeals, Chai Society, Ner Tamid and Board Giving. She recently returned from living in Israel where she worked for the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism. She grew up in Connecticut and was active in NFTY Northeast and attended URJ Eisner Camp. She received her BA in International Studies from Washington College and her MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University of the Negev. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her husband Martin and two Israeli rescue cats, Namair and Shai. 


Programs & Affiliate Services

Heather Lorgeree, Manager of Programs & Affiliate Services (, 212.650.4063), handles support for all potential, new, and current affiliates and serves as the staff liaison for the WRJ Districts. Heather is an active member of Temple Beth Or Sisterhood in Washington Township, NJ, where she was proud to be honored as a WRJ Unsung Heroine and most recently, a Woman of Valor. Heather enjoys baking cakes and making ice cream and is also an avid Chicago sports fan; she supports all of the teams, but the White Sox are her favorite. 

Jenny Levy, Engagement Associate (, 212.650.4060), assists with program and affiliate services, including Lilith Salons, Or Ami Awards, Tzedakah Collectives, the Chai Mitzvah Project, and other sisterhood support. She completed her M.A. in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previous to WRJ, Jenny lived in Tel Aviv for over five years, where she worked at nonprofits serving at-risk youth and promoting women’s reproductive health rights. She moved to New York in the Spring of 2019 and spends her spare time teaching yoga, volunteering with new immigrant women, traveling, and exploring New York City.