Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Rose Barlow

As a longtime supporter of Marin’s Jewish day school, Rose is a member of the Budget & Finance and Investment Committees. From 2003-2011 she served as a trustee of Brandeis Hillel Day School. During that time, she was variously a Marin campus Parent Association Co-President, Chair of the Annual Fund, member of the 2004/5 head of school search committee, Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Committee on Trustees. Rose is the Executive Director of Zero Breast Cancer and a Taproot Foundation pro bono capacity building consultant. She is an executive board member of the Jewish National Fund’s Northern California Region. She serves on the JNF Nefesh B’Nefesh task force and the Arava Institute For Environmental Studies Campaign Committee. Rose is an alumna of the Universities of Cape Town and the Witwatersrand. Her early career was in industrial relations. She is a professional member of SHRM. Her daughters, a college senior and a college freshman, both attended Brandeis Marin.

Ron Beller

Ron Beller is a Wexner Fellow in the 2016 cohort and is on the board of The Kitchen and the SFJCC. Ron is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Caliber Schools, a Bay Area charter school management organization that founds and runs free public college preparatory schools serving disadvantaged communities. Its first school is in Richmond, CA and it will open its second school this year in Vallejo. He founded and is currently chair of the governors of King Solomon Academy, a free public K-12 school serving a disadvantaged community in central London that has been the top performing non-selective school in the UK for he past two years. He founded and is a board member of Ark Schools, a network of 34 free public schools operating in disadvantaged communities in the UK now serving approximately 20,000 students. Ron had a 20+ year career in finance. He spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs, where he was a partner, and was founder of investment firms Peloton Partners and Branch Hill Capital. Ron has been married to Jennifer Moses for 26 years. They live in San Francisco. They have three children; the youngest of the three currently attends Brandeis Marin.

David Cohen

David currently serves on the Budget and Finance Committee and previously served on the Sukkot in Yosemite Committee. David is Senior Product Director for Commercial Property at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, where he has worked for 25 years in various underwriting and management roles. He holds the Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter designation and has spoken in many national forums about the unique risks and sustainability-related benefits associated with green buildings. David grew up in suburban New York and holds a B.A. in Economics from Williams College. David has a daughter at Brandeis Marin.

Marc Dollinger

Marc previously served seven years on the board of Brandeis Hillel Day School, with three as its president. He is immediate past-president of the board at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, academic affairs vice president of Lehrhaus Judaica, and a member of the board of URJ Camp Newman. He is a past winner of the Jewish Community Federation’s Volunteer of the Year award, as well as the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Courageous Leadership award. Marc serves as the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at San Francisco State University and is the author of three books in American Jewish history. He and his wife Marci, a member of the Brandeis Marin faculty, have two daughters, both Brandeis graduates.

Ellen Finestone

Ellen has been fully immersed at Brandeis Marin since she moved to the Bay Area from Cincinnati with her family six years ago. She has been very active in the Parent Association at Brandeis Marin, helped to revitalize tefillah onegs, and chaired various committees including her current role with the New Family Welcome Team. Ellen served on the BHDS Board of Trustees and sat on the Committee on Trustees. Ellen is actively involved with Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and served as a liason between BHDS and Congregation Kol Shofar. Ellen is the current President of the Parent Association at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay where her older children attend school. At this time, Ellen is Vice President of the Brandeis Marin Board and sits on the Committee on Trustees. Ellen received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is the proud mom of two Brandeis graduates and a current 5th grader.

Marty Friedman

Marty has served as a Brandeis Hillel Day School trustee since 2010 and is currently President of the Brandeis Marin Board of Trustees. Marty is the CEO of Friedman Investment Management Corp, a real estate and asset management company. Prior to that, he served as a vice president at J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. in New York where he specialized in fixed income securitization. Marty received his B.A. and MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a past-president of the board of directors for the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center and the proud father of two Brandeis Marin graduates.

Jeff Halbrecht

An orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in San Francisco, Jeff is a Wexner Fellowship alumnus and former member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of the JCF. He was a founding board member of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay and a former board member of the JCCSF. He is active in AIPAC and pro-Israel politics. He has two children at Brandeis Marin.

Colleen Horowitz

A native of Marin, Colleen is a registered nurse who volunteers her time and talent at various public health organizations, including a program that supports low-income pregnant mothers at risk of developing postpartum depression and at the RotaCare clinic in San Rafael, where she helps uninsured members of the community receive high quality healthcare. She holds degrees from Western Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania. She has three children: two current Brandeis Marin students and an up-and-coming one.

Amy Kux

Amy is a Marin native and currently serves on the Audit and Budget & Finance Committees. Amy is a financial and accounting executive with over 15 years of operational & accounting experience specializing in the technology sector. Amy has a daughter at Brandeis Marin.

Leah Lamstein

Leah was born and raised in Mexico City and came to the United States when she was a teen. She holds a JD from Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. Following law school, Leah worked as a trial attorney for the San Diego Public Defender’s Office and then went on to private practice. She also worked for the S.F. County Bar and the S.F. Family Court as a family law facilitator. Since 2003, Leah has dedicated herself to volunteering, including as Mitzvah Chair for the Early Childhood Education (ECE). She currently sits on the Brandeis Marin board of trustees and was on the Marin Governance Committee. She is also co-chair of the Tikkun Olam Committee. Leah has two sons at Brandeis Marin.

Christine Leppones

Christine is an active parent in the Brandeis Marin community, having served on the executive team of the Parent Association since 2011. She was also a member of the Marin Governance Committee. She is a fifteen-year software sales veteran who started her career at Oracle Corporation. Recently, she was able to merge her technology experience with her passion for education by piloting an application for the college access non-profit, 10,000 Degrees. She also teaches spoken word to students at Marin County Community School in San Rafael through her volunteer work at the Beat Within, a San Francisco based non-profit. Christine graduated from the University of New Hampshire. She’s the mom of two Brandeis Marin students.

Michelle Lerman

Dedicated to the estate planning professional community, Michelle C. Lerman founded and co-chairs the Marin County Bar Association Mentor Group and co-chaired the Marin County Bar Association Estate Planning Section for many years. She founded Lerman Law Partners, LLP over 20 years ago with her husband, Jeffrey H. Lerman, former President of the Marin County Bar Association. Author of Create Your Best Legacy and a frequent guest on radio and TV, Michelle represents clients throughout California, with offices in Century City, San Mateo, San Francisco, and San Rafael (the Lerman Law Building). Known as the “Real Estate Investor’s Lawyers”, in addition to probate, trusts and estate planning, Lerman Law Partners, LLP assists clients with loan work-outs, real estate transactions, litigation and business succession. Michelle and Jeff, her husband of 34 years, live in Marin County, California and have 4 adult children.

Martin Lowenstein

Martin is a partner in a private equity and real estate investment company. From 2010 to 2013, he was board chair of the Jerusalem American International School, and has also chaired capital campaigns at The Marin School and at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo. He has also trained boards of schools and synagogues locally –– as well as various non-profits in Israel –– on governance and resource development. Martin received his BS from Tufts University and his M.B.A from Georgetown University. He is a Wexner Heritage Fellow. Martin has two children at Brandeis Marin, and one about to start.

Orr Shakked

Orr grew up in Israel, served as a captain in the Israeli military, and received his B.A. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his master’s degree at UC Berkeley. Orr has spent the last fifteen years at tech companies building new product lines, online marketing, and business development. He currently combines his passions for travel and technology and leads global online marketing for TripAdvisor. Previously, Orr ran product and business development for Hotwire. In addition to his career, he has served on the board of San Francisco Hillel and has been very active in AIPAC and pro-Israel politics. He is a Hartman Institute Emerging Leader and is very involved with the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research Community Council. Orr has two sons at Brandeis Marin.

Sandy Stadtler

Sandy previously served on the Brandeis Hillel Day School board from 1985 to 1991 and as treasurer from 1989 to 1991. He also served as the BHDS board liaison to the Marin campus project during the time the campus was being built. Sandy was the managing partner of Stadtler, Rosenblum & Saris, CPAs, until his retirement in 2014. He is the past-president of ACPA International, a consortium of over 80 accounting firms around the world. Currently, Sandy serves on the board of Sinai Memorial Chapel, and is the immediate past-president; is the president of the Arthur Szyk Society; holds seats on numerous Jewish community boards; and volunteers at Legal Aid of Marin. Sandy received a B.A. from Columbia University, a B.H.L. from the Teacher’s Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary, and an M.B.A. from New York University. He has three adult children, two of whom are alumni of BHDS.

Steve Wilkes

Steve has served as a Brandeis Hillel Day School trustee since 2012, and is currently chair of the Brandeis Marin Budget and Finance Committee and of the Investment Committee. He also served on the Marin Governance Committee. Steve heads the San Francisco office of the Boston-based law firm The Wagner Law Group. Prior to his current position, he practiced law as a partner in major national law firms, was deputy general counsel for a Fortune 500 Company, and was general counsel for a global merchant-banking firm. Stephen received his B.A. from the University of Rhode Island and his J.D. and M.B.A. from Emory University. Stephen is a member of the American Bar Association, and has previously served on the board of the Marin YMCA, Temple Beth El (Dallas), and various civic organizations. Stephen has three children, one of whom attends Brandeis Marin.

Diane Zack

Diane currently serves on the boards of Stanford University Hillel, Lehrhaus Judaica, Urban Adamah, the Board of Trustees of Brandeis Marin, the Marin Impact Grants Initiative Committee of the SFJCF, the West Coast Chairmen's Council for American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and is a Capital Campaign chair of Congregation Kol Shofar. She previously served as president of Kol Shofar. She is also a co-founder of the OMJCC Preschool. She has assumed many leadership positions for the SF Jewish Community Federation including chair of major gifts, president of YAD, and co-chair of L'Atid Leadership Program, and has also served on the JCF Board of Trustees, the Endowment Committee, and the Endowment Foundation Council. Diane received her B.A. from Harvard College and her J.D. from Hastings College of the Law. Diane has three children who attended Brandeis.

Eric Zimmerman

Eric previously served as a Brandeis Hillel Day School trustee for six years, from 2008 to 2014. He co-chaired the Marin Task Force, which was chartered by the board to develop strategic growth plans for the Marin campus, and also served as a member of both the Marin Working Group and the Marin Governance Committee. Eric served on, and chaired, Brandeis Marin’s Marketing Committee for several years prior to joining the board of trustees. Professionally, Eric is an entrepreneur focused on healthcare technologies, and has helped build several successful businesses in health information technology and consumer health. He currently serves as chief marketing officer at RedBrick Health, a Minneapolis-based population health company. He holds a BA and Masters from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He’s the proud dad of two Brandeis Marin alums.