Our Staff

Karen Martin, Executive Director


Karen Martin grew up in Wyoming, OH and  comes to K. K. Bene Rockdale Temple after working for most of a decade in Chicago, most recently for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, as Assistant Director of Metro Chicago Hillel. In that role, she was second in command of a multi-campus Hillel, responsible for seven campus programs. Karen also has experience working in several synagogues in the Chicago area, as well as Miami University Hillel. A cum laude graduate of Kenyon College, Karen took part in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago, and received a Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies from the Spertus Institute of Learning and Leadership. Karen is moving back to Cincinnati with her husband Stewart, their son Sam, and Charlie, their dog. She’s a novice guitar player, singer, and possibly the world’s slowest marathon runner.


dsc_7216Sean O’Brien, Accountant


Sean joined the Rockdale staff as our Accountant in July 2005. He has more than 20 years of non-profit accounting experience in small and medium non-profit organizations. Sean received a BS in accounting from Ohio State University. (Go Bucks!) During his childhood, Sean lived in Australia for 4 years. In his free time, he likes to hike, bike, do yoga, and travel.


reedaReeda Miracle, Facility & Event Manager


Reeda is going on her 16th year of being Rockdale’s Facility & Event Manager. Before Reeda came to Rockdale, she worked with a catering business and had other managerial positions. She is married with three children. She recently went to Germany to visit her son who was playing professional volleyball over there. When Reeda isn’t working, she is spending time with her grandchildren, remodeling her house, and playing volleyball.


Paige Barker, Executive Assistant


Paige became our new Executive Assistant in June 2017. She earned a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Ohio University, and most recently helped coordinate a food pantry for a non-profit in the Greater Philadelphia area. Paige grew up in Cincinnati, and in her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, going to the movies, and traveling. She is happy to be back in her hometown, and is looking forward to becoming a part of the Rockdale community.


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Patty has been our Office & Communications Coordinator since December 2015. Prior to coming to Rockdale, she worked for a church for 9 years. She has a background in information systems. Patty is happily married with 2 children. She has done a lot of volunteer work and outreach projects for schools & churches. In her free time, Patty enjoys spending time with family & friends, cheering on the FC Cincinnati team, and attending her kids’ sporting events.