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HOS Search Committee

Our Head of School Search Committee is a representation of our school constituents and includes members with connections to the Early Childhood Center, Lower and Upper school, past and current leaders, and members of our esteemed faculty. The members of our Search Committee were chosen based on a distinct set of skills, backgrounds and perspectives that they will bring to the search process. We are thankful  for their service, dedication, and commitment to SDJA.

Search Committee Members:

Jessica Fink (Co-Chair) – Jessica is a parent of students in the 1st and 3rd grades and has been an active member of the Board of Trustees, including as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board and as Chair of the Committee on Trustees.

Theresa Dupuis (Co-Chair) – Theresa is a past President of the Board of Trustees, a parent of an SDJA alumnus and a grandparent of two children in the SDJA Early Childhood Center.

Ann Jaffe – Ann is a principal founder of the SDJA Carmel Valley campus, a past President of the Board of Trustees, and a parent of three SDJA alumni.

Barbi Dorfan – Barbi is a parent of two alumni and a student in the upper school.  She is the President of the upper school PTO, an office she has held for three years.  She is also a member of the Board of Trustees.

Caryn Viterbi – Caryn is a parent of three alumni, a current member of the Board of Trustees, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board.

Cheryl Eisen – Dr. Eisen is the upper school Science Department Chair and is leading our current CAIS/WASC accreditation process.  Prior to her teaching position at SDJA, Cheryl served on our Board of Trustees for several years. She is the parent of two alumni.

David Michan – David is a parent of one lower school student and is a member of the SDJA Finance committee. David is an alumnus of SDJA.

Elliot Scott – Elliot is the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees, a member of the Executive Committee of the Board, and the parent of two lower school students and one upper school student.

Laura Vainer – Laura is the parent of one SDJA alumna and an SDJA senior.  She has been a member of the SDJA Board of Trustees for several years and serves on the Committee on Trustees.

Maggie LaPlante – Maggie is a third-grade teacher who has worked at SDJA for three years.  She has served on various committees within the lower school, including the Leadership Committee, the Technology Committee, and hiring committees for lower school teachers.

Russell Silberstein – Russell is a past member of the Board of Trustees and of the Executive Committee and was a co-chair for our $15 million “Our Family is One” Campaign.  He is a parent to one lower school student and two upper school students.

Sonia Mandelbaum – Sonia is a current member of the Board of Trustees and was a co-chair of the “Our Family is One” Campaign.  Sonia is parent to one lower school student and one upper school student and is an alumna of SDJA.

Heidi Gantwerk – Heidi is the parent of three SDJA alumni and is the current President of the Board of Trustees.

Rabbi Philip Graubart – Rabbi Graubart recently completed his tenure as the Chief Jewish Officer at SDJA, and was previously the Senior Rabbi at Congregation Beth El.  He is the father of two SDJA alumni.

Trish Shaw – Trish has two children at SDJA, one in the lower school and one in the upper school.  She is a past President of the Early Childhood Center PTO and was a Board President of Hillel Academy of Tampa Bay.

Ariela Berkstein – Ariela is SDJA’s School Relations Officer and Chaim’s executive assistant, and will be the staff person for our committee. With her exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills, she will play a big part in keeping us focused and on track.  We are fortunate to have her on our team.  She has two daughters who attended SDJA.