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fredi Bleeker Franks

Interim Operations Manager


fredi has been a member of Congregation Emanu El for more than 30 years, serving in many capacities, including as Sisterhood and PTA president, Mitzvah Day Chair, Treasurer, and currently as VP, Education. She is active in the community as well; she serves as a docent and is on several committees at the Holocaust Museum Houston. Before retiring, fredi was employed by the UTHealth Science Center, Houston, where she began in the human resources office and managed the Medical School human resources office. For more than 25 years fredi served as the Chief Business Officer for the Department of Ophthalmology, responsible for grants and contracts, budgeting, and human resources for the department. fredi served on the board and executive committee of the Women of Reform Judaism, and still travels to sisterhoods by request to work with them on leadership development, strategic planning, and conflict resolution. She is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism board, serving on several committees including Board Engagement and the Committee on Endowments, Trust Funds, and Investments. As one of URJ’s mentors in the benchmarking project, she works with congregations reviewing data and assisting with strategic priorities. As a member of the Emanu El Executive Committee, fredi has worked with many of our current staff members and has developed an excellent working relationship with them. In her interim role, fredi will be running day-to-day operations and management for the temple, Helfman and Becker.