Professional Staff

Executive Director, Alissa Messian

Alissa Messian joined Kol Shalom as Executive Director in March 2022. Prior to Kol Shalom, she served as the Executive Director for Tifereth Israel Synagogue in San Diego, CA. Overseeing the day-to-day operations with a strong and deep commitment to the Jewish and local community.

Alissa was previously the Administrator for Seacrest Village at Rancho Bernardo in San Diego for over five years. As Administrator, Alissa oversaw and directed the daily business operations of the Independent Senior Living community, based in the Jewish tradition. Alissa was dedicated to ensuring gracious living, hospitality and unsurpassed care and well-being for the seniors in her community.

Alissa has also held a position with Jewish Family Service, providing outreach for their senior programs.  As a former educator in the Los Angeles area, Alissa has a strong connection with and is passionate about Judaism.

Alissa is originally from New York and has two sons. In her free time, she enjoys being with family, exercising, playing golf, and traveling.

Alissa believes in making a difference every day and living life to the fullest.  She has a strong work ethic, believes we push ourselves to be our best, inspire others, focus on solutions and make an impact through our talents, passion, and hard work.

Administration and Communications Coordinator, Samantha Greenwald

Samantha or “Sam” grew up in the Montgomery County Jewish community, including attending religious school, participating in BBYO and Hillel, and as a camper and staff member at Camp Louise. She is passionate about sports and athletics and interned at the JCC Association in New York City, organizing the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games and Arts Fest.

Sam eagerly joined the Kol Shalom staff in April 2021 and has all that it takes to keep our community connected and engaged. When you meet Sam, you will immediately be taken by her enthusiasm, welcoming nature, and willingness to serve our members.