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SDJA Leadership

2019-20 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.

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.

Laura Galinson

Laura Galinson

Committed philanthropist and long-time advocate for the Jewish community, Laura brings invaluable insight and leadership to the Board.

Heidi Gantwerk

Heidi Gantwerk

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

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.

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

As a business owner and entrepreneur, Daniela brings to the board her expertise in business development and strategy.

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.

Sonia Mandelbaum

Sonia Mandelbaum

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

Dr. John Neustadt

Dr. John Neustadt

World-renowned researcher and integrative medical expert, Dr. Neustadt brings incredible expertise and knowledge to his trusteeship.

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.

Neil Shaw

Neil Shaw

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

Heidi Silberstein

Heidi Silberstein

As a champion of the Jewish community and member of several non-profit organizations, Heidi brings an invaluable commitment to the Board.

Rabbi Yael Ridberg

Rabbi Yael Ridberg

Past Board President, author, commentator, and rabbi of Congregation Dor Hadash, Yael brings passion and leadership to her trusteeship.

Laura Vainer

Laura Vainer

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

Daniel Varon

Daniel Varon

As a Deputy District Attorney for 12 years and active member of the Jewish community, Daniel brings talent and commitment to the Board.

Caryn Viterbi

Caryn Viterbi

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

Dan Zagursky

Dan Zagursky

As Vice President of strategy and business development at BandwidthX, Dan brings invaluable business development strategy to the Board.

Senior Leadership Team

Kwaku Aning

Kwaku Aning

Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking (CIET)

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 David Frank

Rabbi David Frank

Interim Chief Jewish Officer and Interim 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