• Executive Director
    Executive Director

    Lisa Kranseler
    Phone: 206-774-2277

    Lisa has been the Executive Director of the Society since 2006 and brings a unique blend of talents to the organization. She is a lover of all things historic but also believes that we make history every single day. Lisa would love to bring a Jewish Heritage Center or Museum to our community.
    As a CPA with over 30 years experience, and with a Masters degree in taxation, Lisa has extensive experience conducting complex research programs. Using her Certificate in Museum Studies from UW, she has produced programs and exhibits that have been well received not only by the Jewish community, but also by the general public of Washington State. Lisa continues to reach out to many organizations to form partnerships and develop public awareness.

    Lisa served as a Board Member on the Association of King County Historical Organizations for over six years and is a past recipient of the Gus Norwood Volunteer Scholarship from the Washington Museum Association, a winner of a Fellowship from the Council of American Jewish Museum Association and was awarded a grant by the American Association of State and Local History for Project Management at the Washington State History Museum. Currently, Lisa teaches in the Museum Studies Certificate Program at the University of Washington.

  • Operations & Office Manager

    Shmuel P. Kahlke
    Phone: 206-774-2277

    Shmuel applies a broad education focused in philosophy and Jewish studies, history and thought, in the service of developing strong and diverse community. Having lived and worked in a variety of different Jewish communities he made the move to Seattle several years ago and is grateful to call the Emerald City home.

    While Shmuel was active in his first career in printing and design it became clear that his passion was elsewhere. In migrating into a new career as a Jewish professional he acquired a master of Jewish studies degree building on an undergraduate education in philosophy and anthropology. Shmuel fills out his time as an educator of various Jewish studies topics, is an artist, designer, and Japanese sword instructor.


  • Archivist

    Jessica Jones
    Phone: 206-543-1895

    In addition to the office staff, the WSJHS contracts with a professional archivist to maintain and grow the Washington State Jewish Archives collection housed at the University of Washington. 

    Jessica has a B.A. in Social Sciences and earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Washington in 2015. She has experience in academic, government, and museum archives and is a state-certified librarian. She is a past recipient of the Seattle Foundation Scholarship for Academic Performance and Community Involvement and the Northwest Archivists At-Large Student Scholarship. Prior to becoming an information professional, Jessica worked for many years in executive administrative roles at Seattle non-profit organizations until her passion for genealogy led her to a career in archives.

  • 4Culture

    4Culture is an important sponsor of the WSJHS.