Professional Staff

Marie E. Lewis

Office Administrator

Marie E. Lewis was born and raised on Chicago’s southeast side. She moved to the Valley of the Sun in the summer of 2020 to live the 2nd half of her life. She is the mother of two, Summer, a graduate of Columbia College of Chicago and a dance instructor at Arthur Murray Dance Studio; and Jamilah, a third-year journalism major at South Illinois University-Carbondale. 

Marie received her Associate’s Degree from Lexington College in Hotel Management and has worked at Hilton Chicago and Starcom MediaVest over her 30-year career. In December 2003, she started working at JUF News in Chicago, as an Advertising Assistant. Over her 16 years at the Jewish United Fund (JUF) she has worked as an Administrative Assistant for Community Outreach working with Birthright Israel, MASA, and the Communications Department. In 2014, she was promoted to Publishing Manager of JUF News which included editing the Simchas, What’s Happening (calendar), For A Blessing (obituaries), and the Guide to Jewish Living in Chicago (in print and online). She returned to school to study Applied Communications with a focus on Public Policy at National-Louis University. 

Marie hopes to use her years working in the Jewish community assisting Congregation Or Tzion.

Pam Carson


Pam Carson started with Congregation Or Tzion in February 2019, as a bookkeeper through an agency and became an employee in August 2019. She drives for Lyft and Uber in her spare time. Pam lives with her two sons, Chance (22) and Shaun (21). She enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her dogs, Missy and Gordo. On July 3, 2019, her son, Shaun and his girlfriend, Faith welcomed a baby girl, Ryleigh Alexander Carson, into the family. Pam is very much enjoying being “Mimi” to this new baby girl.

Andre Ivory

Education Director

Andre is a dedicated Jewish Educator with 20 years of service to Jewish communities in Los Angeles, Toronto, Canada, and for the last 10 years here in the Valley of the Sun.

Andre’s love for working in Jewish education has its roots in many summers inspiring youth as an educator at Camp Ramah in Canada, in addition to four years spent as a Kadima / USY Advisor and regional staff member, to youth directorship at Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto, Canada and at Or Chadash. He has served the valley of the sun Jewish community as camp director at the East Valley JCC, Program Director and Director of Youth Education at Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley, and an educator with the Bureau of Jewish Education. Andre is committed to deepening lifelong learning in the areas of Jewish holidays, Shabbat, and contemporary Jewish thought and spirituality.

Away from his service to the Jewish community, Andre coaches ice hockey with 23 years of experience behind the bench.