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SDJA Leadership

2017-18 Board of Trustees

Michel Cohen

Michel Cohen

An independent financial advisor at LM Group and co-founder of Downtown Works, Michel brings finance and business development expertise.

Barbi Dorfan

Barbi Dorfan

As an SDJA parent, artist and entrepreneur, Barbi brings an invaluable level of insight and acumen to the board.

Theresa Dupuis

Theresa Dupuis

Having served as SDJA Board President, and on various community organization boards, Theresa offers valuable leadership expertise.

Jessica Fink

Jessica Fink

As a graduate of Harvard Law School and a Professor of Law, Jessica brings legal and educational expertise to her trusteeship.

Heidi Gantwerk

Heidi Gantwerk

Heidi is the founder and principal of HG Consulting Group, LLC, with expertise in strategic planning and civil engagement.

Ben Handler

Ben Handler

Ben brings over 14 years of experience in commercial real estate acquisitions and valuable business development strategy to his trusteeship.

Daniela Jinich

Daniela Jinich

Owner of Y-3 La Jolla, Daniela brings to the board her expertise in business development and strategy.

Sonia Mandelbaum

Sonia Mandelbaum

SDJA alumna and parent, Sonia served on the SDJA Advancement Committee for many years and offers advancement and marketing expertise.

Eduardo Podolsky

Eduardo Podolsky

As the current Vice President of Asset Management at LLJ Ventures, Eduardo offers incredible leadership and finance guidance.

Elliot Scott

Elliot Scott

Current SDJA parent, Elliot brings more than 20 years' experience in finance and real estate investment to his trusteeship.

Russell Silberstein

Russell Silberstein

As the owner and principal of Carmel Capital Partners LLC, Russell brings his finance and investment expertise to his trusteeship.

Rabbi Yael Ridberg

Rabbi Yael Ridberg

Author, commentator, and rabbi of Congregation Dor Hadash, Yael brings passion and leadership to her role as SDJA board president.

Laura Vainer

Laura Vainer

Philanthropist and active member of various local community organizations, Laura brings community engagement expertise to her trusteeship.

Lee Goodman

Lee Goodman

Lee brings many years of leadership and finance experience to the board, having served as President and CEO of Jerome’s Furniture.

Trevor Klein

Trevor Klein

With 12 years' experience in strategic planning, e-commerce and online marketing, Trevor brings immense knowledge and strategy to the Board.

Neil Shaw

Neil Shaw

Entrepreneur and distinguished veterinarian, Neil Shaw, is a valuable asset to the Board who brings invaluable knowledge to his trusteeship.

Daniel Varon

Daniel Varon

An active member of the Jewish Community and spouse to an SDJA alumna, Daniel works as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County.

Caryn Viterbi

Caryn Viterbi

As the former San Diego County Deputy District Attorney for over 20 years, Caryn offers incredible leadership and expert advice.

Senior Leadership Team

Ariela Berkstein

Ariela Berkstein

Executive Assistant, School Relations Officer

Skip Carpowich

Skip Carpowich

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer

Keri Copans

Keri Copans

Director of Admissions

Yael Edelstein

Yael Edelstein

Early Childhood Center Director

Rabbi Philip Graubart

Rabbi Philip Graubart

Chief Jewish Officer/Director of the Advanced Institute for Judaic Studies

Chaim Heller

Chaim Heller

Head of School

Rachelle Jagolinzer

Rachelle Jagolinzer

Director of Advancement

Kelley King

Kelley King

Head of Lower School

Michael Quigley

Michael Quigley

Head of Upper School