Meet the 2016-17 Board of Trustees:
We are pleased to present this background information on Trustees and Officers for the 2016-17 Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston Board.
Lauri Union – President
Lauri Union has been a member of the Schechter board since 2011. In her board capacity, Lauri co-chaired the Reaching Higher! Strategic Planning Committee. Currently, Lauri serves as President of Schechter and Chair of the Board of Trustees. Previously, Lauri served on the Finance, Strategic Plan Implementation Oversight, Financial Aid Policy Review, Sustainability and Marketing Committees. Lauri's career has focused on turnaround management and organization building first as CEO of Union Corrugating Company for 14 years, during which time the company was transformed from a small nearly bankrupt enterprise into an industry leader, and most recently in a one-year role as drop-in management for a seafood distribution and manufacturing business. Lauri is a CJP Acharai Fellow (2012-2014), was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School from 2011-2013, is a former elected member of Brookline Town Meeting and now serves on the Union Corrugating company board. Lauri is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Stanley Rosenzweig, live in Brookline with their four children: Benjamin, grade 8; Ariela, age 15; Elena, age 11; and Natalia, grade 3.
Frederic Leif – Finance Chair
Frederic Leif is a Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Abrams Capital, a Boston-based investment firm founded in 1999. Fred joined Abrams Capital in 2010 which is when he and his family moved from Stamford, CT to Newton, MA. Prior to joining Abrams Capital, Mr. Leif was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at DKR Capital, a global multi-strategy alternative investment firm where he worked for more than 10 years. Mr. Leif graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a B.S. in Accounting. Fred and his wife Lori have 3 children Rebecca, grade 8, Ryan, grade 3, and Ruby, grade 3.
Ellis Morris – Development Chair
Ellis is a CPA and founding partner of Morris & Morris, P.C., where he continues to actively manage the firm, consisting of 25 professionals, and provide a wide range of professional services to a full complement of business and individual clients. He began his professional career with a seven-year tenure at a Big 8 CPA firm in New York and Boston. Prior to starting Morris & Morris, P.C., Ellis was the CFO for a 30-million dollar multi-entity company.
Currently, Ellis is the Executive Vice-President of Temple Israel of Natick and has been both the Treasurer and Vice-President of Finance over the previous seven years. Four years ago, Ellis was named the first recipient of the MetroWest Jewish Day School’s Keter Shem Tov Award (the Crown of a Good Name). Last year, Ellis, a former Board Member of JFS, and his wife Barbara were honorees at the Jewish Family Service of Metrowest "Seize the Dream" Gala. Ellis was Co-Chair of the 2015-2016 Schechter Annual Campaign. Ellis graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Accounting. He and his wife Barbara have one child, Ashley, who is in her final year at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.
Jerald Korn – Committee on Trustees Chair
Jerald Korn is the Chief Compliance Officer and lead commercial and healthcare regulatory attorney at TESARO, an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company. Jerald has worked at several small to mid-size biotech companies since beginning his career in private practice, representing primarily healthcare clients on a range of topics, including non-profit governance. Jerald has been active on the committee for trustees (governance and nominating) since 2012, having helped to revise the Schechter bylaws. He graduated from Harvard University and Boston University School of Law. Jerald and his wife Lauren, who is co-chair of the Parent Association, live in Newton with their three children: Seth, grade 5; Justin, grade 2; and Ezra, kindergarten.
Terri Brown Preuss – Clerk and Communications Liaison
Terri Brown Preuss most recently served as VP for Trustees and chair of the Committee for Trustees from 2013-2015. She also served on the Head of School Search Committee from 2012-2013. From 2011-2013, Terri was co-chair of the Schechter Parent Association, a thriving organization of dedicated Schechter parents who volunteer their time and efforts for the enhancement of the school community. Previously, from 2009-2011, Terri was a co-chair of the Schechter Hesed Community, a volunteer group of parents who assist those in need in the Schechter community. She has held other roles at Schechter as well, including grade representative, room parent and soccer coach. Professionally, Terri has a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable Nancy Gertner in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, and worked for several years at the ACLU of Massachusetts. Terri is married to Gil Preuss; they have four children: Shoshi ’09; Sarah ’13; Yoni ‘16; and Maya, grade 7.
Rabbi Elan Babchuck '96
Rabbi Elan Babchuck is Director of Innovation at Clal, where he is building an innovation incubator to support, fund, and mentor Jewish entrepreneurs around the world. Prior to joining Clal, he served as Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El in Providence, RI, where he became the first religious leader to be named one of the city’s " 10 to Watch." He was ordained by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in 2012 and earned his MBA that year, as well. Elan has been an entrepreneur for more than half of his life, and has been involved in the founding of multiple ventures, including for-profit and social enterprises. He was the Founding Board Chair of Tzedek America, a Jewish social justice gap year program, and currently serves as an active leader with JOIN for Justice. He is an alumnus of the Rabbis Without Borders fellowship, and is in the current cohort of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s Clergy Leadership Program and Clal’s LEAP fellowship. Elan lives in Providence with his wife, Lizzie Pollock, and their children: Micah, age 4; and Nessa, age 1.
Chris Elliot is completing his 21st year as the head of school at Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley. Previously, Chris worked for 21 years at Landon School in Bethesda, MD in a variety of roles: fifth grade teacher, middle and upper school history teacher, admissions director and head of the middle school. Professional experiences include the following: member of the Association of Independent Schools of Maryland Board of Advisors for six years, member of the AISNE Membership Committee for six years and member of four visiting teams for school evaluation/accreditation, three as team chair. For the past eight years, Chris has been on the board of advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club. A graduate of Princeton University, Chris is married to Karen Gill who recently retired from the development office at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge. Chris has two children, John and Kathryn; two step-children, Taylor and Jordan; and three grandchildren, Aiden, age 12; Iris, age 2; and Lake, age 4 months. Chris lives on the Tenacre School campus in Wellesley.
Robert Finkel - Strategic Facilites Chair
Rob Finkel is chair of Schechter’s Strategic Facilities Committee, a position he has held since 2013. Rob is also a member of the Board of Directors of Temple Emanuel and is past chair of the Temple’s Youth Task Force. Rob is vice-chair of the City of Newton Economic Development Commission where he serves on the City's Business Excellence Awards committee. Professionally, Rob is a business, real estate and non-profit attorney and co-founder of the law firm of Kerstein, Coren & Lichtenstein in Wellesley. Rob is a graduate of Brandeis University and Cornell Law School and lives in Newton with his wife Sherene, and children, Josh '14, Leora, and Shira
Joshua Grodin '97
Josh is a VP and Manager of Commodity Trading at Wellington Management Company. Previous to Wellington, Josh was the Head Trader at HighVista Strategies, an endowment style asset manager focused on attractive long-term risk-adjusted returns, where he worked for 10 years. Prior to HighVista, Josh was a research analyst at 033 Asset Management, a Boston-based long/short hedge fund focused on small-cap equities, where he covered the internet, gaming and media sectors. Josh received a BS summa cum laude from Boston University with a concentration in finance. He is a Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton alum having attended from kindergarten until grade 8, graduating in 1997. Josh has a sister Leah who is also a graduate ’00. Josh was Co-chair of the Solomon Schechter Alumni Committee from 2010-2012. He currently serves on the board of trustees for the University Club of Boston. Josh and his wife Amy live in Brookline.
Danielle Remis Hackel - Strategic Planning Chair
Danielle Remis Hackel is a managing director of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the investment management division of State Street Bank and Trust. Danielle works in the institutional client group of SSGA, having been at the firm for 13 years in various areas of product and marketing. Prior to joining SSGA, Danielle worked for Deutsche Bank in New York and in London. Danielle holds a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Danielle is a trustee of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She lives with her husband Michael and children, Rose, grade 5; and Harris, grade 3
Roger Klein - Investment Chair
Roger Klein is an investor, focusing primarily on commercial real estate and companies. He serves on other nonprofit boards, including the regional board of the American Technion Society. In the past, he was an adjunct and visiting law professor and head of the legal department at a publicly traded company. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he lives in Newton with his wife, Rachel Coben, and his sons Noah, grade 4; and Ari, grade 2.
Lauren Korn - Parent Association Co-Chair
Lauren Michaels Korn is currently serving her second year as the Parent Association (PA) Co-Chair. Previously, Lauren served as the PA New Family Liaison working to welcome new families to the Schechter community. Lauren has also served as a PA Grade Representative, organizing social events and volunteers for grade-wide milestone events to create community and support the teachers. Lauren has also enjoyed volunteering at countless library classes in the Lower School, and at pizza and Chinese lunches. Lauren founded the Schechter PA Mahjong group by teaching free classes to Schechter parents and organizing twice monthly games. Lauren also teaches Mahjong through Newton Community Education. Professionally, Lauren has a law degree from Boston University School of Law and worked in litigation for several years. Recently, Lauren has been devoting time to The Women’s Lunch Place, a day-time shelter for women in Boston and The Parental Stress Hotline, which offers counseling services to any parent who has a need. Lauren is married to Jerald Korn and lives in Newton with their three children: Seth, grade 5; Justin, grade 2; and Ezra, kindergarten.
Esty R. Lobovits '90
Esty R. Lobovits previously served as Schechter’s alumni fundraising co-chair for the past three years. Esty is a corporate litigator (mostly in healthcare cases) at Skadden Arps and lives in Cambridge. She previously worked as a corporate litigator at Kirkland & Ellis in New York. Her mother, Lisa Rosenfeld, is an attorney and works at the Massachusetts State House at the Committee on Children and Families. In addition to being a past president of Schechter and Gann Academy, Esty’s father, Alan Lobovits, is a pediatrician and the president of Southboro Medical Group. While practicing as an attorney, Esty has always been committed to pro bono work, helping to secure legal immigration status for victims of domestic violence and juveniles who traveled to the US unaccompanied from Latin America. She attended Emory Law School in Atlanta and graduated in 2007. Prior to her graduation from Emory, Esty had a career in New York in public relations/business communications and graduated from Barnard College with a degree in English literature in 1998. Esty has two siblings who are also graduates of Schechter: Ellie ’94 and Ethan ’97. Esty lives in Cambridge with her husband, Erik Sabot.
Joshua Margolis '80 - Head of School Support and Evaluation Chair
Joshua Margolis attended Solomon Schechter Day School and is a parent of a current fifth grader at the school. Joshua, his wife Sara Schutzman, and their daughter Yael live in Brookline, where they are members of Congregation Kehillath Israel. Joshua is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. His research and teaching focus on leadership, ethics, and organizational behavior, and he is the faculty chair of the HBS Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning.
Lori is graduate of a Jewish day school in Montreal, an experience which shaped her ongoing commitment to a thriving Jewish education. She lives in Needham, with her husband Neil Denbow and their three children, one current Schechter student: Max, grade 7, and two Schechter alum-Sam ’14 (grade 11); and Zoe ‘16 (grade 9). Lori has served on the Schechter board since 2014. She is currently serving on Schechter’s Strategic planning oversight committee, with a focus on "21st century learning through a Jewish lens." Lori is focused on helping to building bridges from "what is," to "what might be," helping children, adults and organizations alike unleash their individual and collective purpose, passion and potential. Lori is a principal and executive at Magil-Laurentian Realty, a commercial real estate investment, management and development business, headquartered in Montreal. Lori obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal and an LLB from Osgood Hall Law School in Toronto.
Sandy Remz is an attorney and the managing shareholder of Yurko, Salvesen & Remz, P.C., a business litigation boutique law firm located in Boston’s financial district. He has spent his career in private law practice, having previously been a partner at other major Boston law firms. Sandy currently serves on the Generations Campaign Committee. Sandy’s involvement in the community includes: current president of the board of Yad Chessed; former long-term board member of Camp Ramah in New England, where he was president from 2004 to 2008; former member of CJP Commission on Caring and Social Justice; and a former board member and co-chair of Executive Director Search Committee for Hillel at Brandeis. Sandy’s wife, Arlene Remz, who once served as President of the Schechter Board, is currently the executive director of Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. Both are members of the Newton Centre Minyan. Their three children are graduates of Schechter: Tamar’99 of New York is the Chief Partnership Officer for the Grinspoon Foundation; Adina ’01 is the former executive director of the Jewish Disaster Response Corps, made Aliyah to Tel Aviv in 2015 and married Josh Tenby there in August 2016; and Jonah ’05 who is now working in New York as an analyst for the investment bank of Houlihan Lokey.
In addition to serving as Vice President of Development, Abby Sosland is also active in the Parent Association serving as a grade representative. Abby serves on the board of the Family-to-Family Project, a non-profit that provides grants to homeless or at-risk families to help them obtain or retain housing. Abby is a project manager on the Housing and Community Development team at ICF International, a consulting firm based in Fairfax, VA. She graduated from the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, earned her A.B. from Harvard College and J.D. from Duke University School of Law. Abby and her husband, Mark Goodman, live in Waban with their two children: Sophie ‘16 (grade 9) and Lily, grade 7.
Ari Sussman '92
Ari Sussman is a member and former chair of Schechter’s Marketing Committee (2011-2014). He is also the former co-chair of Schechter’s Alumni Committee (2005-08). In addition, Ari is a member of the finance committee for Camp Yavneh. He is currently employed as the Senior Director of Global Product Management for Vistaprint. He graduated from McGill University and Harvard Business School. Ari and his wife, Jessica ‘96 live in Boston with their son Max, age 5.
Roz Garber Toledano
Roz Garber Toledano has served Schechter in a variety of capacities, including as a member of Schechter’s Gan Shelanu Oversight Committee and the Head of School Evaluation Committee. She is also former co-chair of Grandparents’ and Special Visitors’ Day; founding board member, Mayyim Hayyim; former board member and officer, Jewish Women’s Archives; board member and Executive-in-Residence, Brandeis International Business School; former executive director of regional Hadassah office.; religious school principal at Beth Shalom, Needham; assistant director of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts; and president and CEO of Garber Travel. Roz has five children: Yaffa Garber Tilles; Rabbi Ilana Garber ’91; Shira Strosberg, Schechter’s Director of Enrollment and Marketing; Michael Toledano ’00; Dan Toledano ’01; and eight grandchildren: Noam (attends West Hartford's Schechter) and Yaron Berkowitz, ages 7 and 5, respectively; Ayden (grade 2), Caleb (Gan Shelanu) and Rafael Strosberg (Gan Shelanu), Avishai and Micah Tilles, ages 4 and 1, and Joss Toledano, age 8 months. She resides in Chestnut Hill with her husband, Allan Toledano.
Bil Zarch is the new Director of Camp Yavneh. Prior to this, Bil was a Head of School at Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore and Lander-Grinspoon Academy in Northampton. Bil was an active professional in the Boston community as the Director of the High School at Prozdor and oversaw the period of growth from 150 to 900 students. Being back to Yavneh, he comes full circle as he spent seven summers on staff including in a number of leadership roles. Bil earned his bachelor’s degree in public communications from SUNY Buffalo, a master's degree in Jewish education from Hebrew College in Boston, and is a fellow and graduate of the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI.) Bil has been an active member of the Jewish community having sat on a number of committees, boards and task forces including co-chairing the Rabbinic search at the Jewish Community of Amherst. He has been the recipient of an award for Exemplary Jewish Community Leadership from the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Bil is married to Rebecca Peterfreund Zarch. They will have two children start at Schechter this fall; Raviv, grade 2; and Danya, kindergarten.
Yosef Zweibach was born and raised in Israel. After serving three years in the Paratroopers Brigade he earned his B.S. degree from Boston University. Currently, Yossi is the head of Quant Sales at Barclays Capital. He is on the board of directors of Congregation Shaarei Tefillah, and a co-chair of CJP's Young Financial Professionals division. Yossi lives in Newton with his wife Rebekah, and three children Lauren, grade 3; Rachel, kindergarten; and Abigail, Gan Shelanu.