Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees
Officers of the Board
President: Rose Barlow
Vice President: Eric Zimmerman
Secretary: Colleen Horowitz
Treasurer: Orr Shakked
Immediate Past President: Marty Friedman
As a longtime supporter of Marin’s only Jewish day school, Rose is the President of the Board of Trustees and serves on the Executive, Head Support & Evaluation, Budget & Finance, Advancement and Governance committees. Previously she served as a trustee of Brandeis Hillel Day School from 2003-2011. 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 recently retired from the position of Executive Director of Zero Breast Cancer and is a Taproot Foundation pro bono capacity building consultant. She is an executive board member of the Jewish National Fund’s Northern California Region and she serves on the Jewish National Funds' national Nefesh B’Nefesh task force. 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 the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Rose is married to Chris Barlow and their daughters, Rachel, a college graduate and Hannah, a college senior, both attended Brandeis Marin.
Scott has been serving the residents of Marin and Sonoma counties as a psychiatrist for the past 28 years with a special interest in teenagers and young adults. He spent his first 20 professional years as the Medical Director of Mental Health at Marin General Hospital. Currently, he is the Medical Director of the Paradigm San Francisco Adolescent Residential program in San Rafael and retains a private practice in Corte Madera and Petaluma. During his 14 years as a Brandeis parent, Scott served the school as room parent many times, created and organized the Family Talent Show, and was the Chair of the Chesed Committee. He is the proud father of 2 Brandeis alums.
Jeffry Bernstein is a tax attorney and partner at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP. He represents businesses, individuals and families in highly sophisticated income, estate, and property tax matters, both as an advisor and as an advocate. Prior to private law practice, Jeffry was an associate tax professor of law at U.C. Berkeley School of Law ( Boalt Hall) and University of Puget Sound Law School and an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University Law School Graduate Tax L.L.M Program teaching taxation. He is a volunteer with the Justice and Diversity Center in San Francisco. His two children attended Brandeis from K-8 in the 90’s and on to the 2000s. He and his wife Diane have lived in Sausalito for 33 years. Jeffry is a strong believer in a Jewish education coupled with secular studies.
David currently serves on the Budget and Finance Committee and Investment Subcommittee, and previously served on the Sukkot in Yosemite committee. David is Senior Product Director for Commercial Property at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Insurance, where he has worked for over 25 years in various underwriting and management roles. He holds the Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter designation and has spoken widely about the unique risks and sustainability-related benefits associated with green buildings, including at conferences held by the Building Owners and Managers Association, Urban Land Institute, American Institute of Architects, and CERES. David grew up in suburban New York and holds a B.A. in Economics from Williams College. David spent several years working at ski areas in Colorado prior to moving to the Bay Area, and skiing remains a passion to this day. David and his wife Toni have a daughter, Rosie, who graduated from Brandeis Marin in 2018 and is currently enrolled in Terra Linda High School’s Marin School of Environmental Leadership.
Becky spent over a decade as a classroom teacher on the Marin Campus of Brandeis. During her tenure, she participated in the Head of School Search Committee, Compensation Committee and Israel Education Committee. Transitioning out of the classroom, she oversaw the school-wide Curriculum Mapping project, and was the school's Accreditation Coordinator for its 2017 CAIS/WASC accreditation. Becky has also served as Brandeis Marin's first Alumni Relations Coordinator and helped found Mishpacha, the family alumni association. Over the last few years, Becky has also volunteered and co-chaired various committees at the OMJCC and Rodef Sholom; she has also participated in the Shalom Hartman Institute for Emerging Leaders on the OMJCC campus. Becky graduated from Brandeis in 1993. She and her husband, Bryce, have two children and are active members of the local Jewish community.
Ellen has been fully immersed at Brandeis Marin since she moved to the Bay Area from Cincinnati with her family eight years ago. She has been very active in the Parent Association at Brandeis Marin, helped to revitalize tefillah onegs, and chaired various committees including the new family welcome team. Ellen served on the BHDS Board of Trustees and sat on the Committee on Trustees and was part of the Marin Working Group that established Brandeis Marin as an independent school. Ellen is actively involved with Jewish Family and Children’s Services. Ellen is the current President of the Parent Association at the Jewish Community High School of the Bay where her older children attend/ed school. At this time, Ellen sits on the Committee on Trustees & the Advancement Committee. 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 8th grader at the school.
Marty served as a Brandeis Hillel Day School trustee since 2010 and is currently the past-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. Marty is a past-president of the board of directors for the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center and a Wexner Fellowship alumnus. Marty and Vanessa, his wife, are the proud parents of two Brandeis Marin graduates.
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.
Jennifer co-owns a software development firm with her husband, Steve Hong, where he’s in charge of everything technical and she’s in charge of everything else. Previous to that, she owned a learning and development consultancy specializing in leadership development, a career that spanned almost 20 years. She is also a hardstyle Kettlebell expert and bridged the gap between her businesses by hosting kettlebell-based strength-training classes and competing in Kettlebell Sport competitions. Jennifer served on the executive team of the Parents Association for 4 years, two as president, and headed up many committees throughout her time at Brandeis. Jennifer also currently serves on the board for Children 4 Change, an organization built to support children helping children; global citizens who are creating change in their world. Jennifer and Steve have one child at Brandeis and are hosting Brandeis Marin’s first official international student, their nephew from Korea.
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. Colleen currently serves as the Secretary of the Brandeis Marin board.
Erin Kahn is the Senior Program Manager for The Studio Talent Group at Lucasfilm. She sits on the advisory board of The Tug McGraw Foundation. She also currently serves on the CJM annual gala committee and has been a past member of Jewish Community Federation Power of One Gala Committee. Erin is an alumna of Brandeis Hillel Day School - Marin and lives with her husband and 3 children in San Francisco.
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 two daughters at Brandeis Marin.
Jason Lehman is the founder of Headlands Technologies LLC, a global quantitative proprietary trading firm headquartered in Chicago, with additional offices in San Francisco and Amsterdam. He is also co-CEO of HeadlandsTech Global Markets, LLC (“HTGM”), a FINRA registered broker dealer that has grown into one of the leading liquidity providers in the municipal bond market. Prior to founding HeadlandsTech, Jason worked in various roles for Citadel Investment Group, LLC in Chicago including senior positions in several Citadel fixed income businesses. He served on the Board of Directors of the International Securities Exchange (ISE) from 2004-2008, serving as a member of the ISE’s executive committee from 2007-2008. Jason graduated from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania in 1996 with a B.S. in Economics and Finance. He lives in Tiburon with his wife Tracey and 3 children who all attend Brandeis Marin.
Rebecca’s best days at work are spent aligning resources for social change. In her current role as Head of Operations at the Center for Humane Technology, she is working to build a world where technology supports our well-being, shared sense-making, democracy, and ability to tackle global threats. Over the last 20 years, Rebecca has helped grow nonprofit and social impact organizations through program design, strategic planning, and fundraising. She has worked as a consultant and on staff with leading cultural institutions in San Francisco and New York including Creative Commons, Headlands Center for the Arts, Creative Time, and MoMA PS1. A native Californian, Rebecca can be found enjoying art, music, and adventuring around local beaches and trails with her husband and two young children, both of whom attend Brandeis Marin.
Christine has been active in the Brandeis Marin community since 2011, having served on the executive team of the Parent Association for several years as well as the Marin Governance Committee. She is the chairperson of the Committee on Trustees. A fifteen-year software sales veteran, Christine currently runs her own business as an executive function tutor and coach. She works with students of all ages as well as businesses on time management and organizational skills. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and a mom of two Brandeis Marin students.
Michelle Lerman is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the Ca. State Bar Bd of Legal Specialization. She is a top-rated lawyer by Super Lawyer for 2009, 2010, 2017 and 2018, and voted the #1 Favorite Lawyer for Marin/Sonoma by the “J. Weekly” Newsmagazine Readers’ Choice Award 2007. With over 26 years of experience, she is the author of Create Your Best Legacy and a frequent speaker. She founded Lerman Law Partners, LLP 28 years ago with her husband, Jeffrey H. Lerman, former President of the Marin County Bar Association, and they now have offices throughout Northern and Southern California. Dedicated to the estate planning professional community, Michelle 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. UCLA BA Magna cum laude, USC JD. Michelle and Jeff, her husband of 35 years, live in Marin County and have four adult children.
Martin is the Executive Director of Friends of China Camp, which operates China Camp State Park. He sits on the boards of the SF Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and of the Israel Religious Expression Platform. From 2010 to 2013, he was board chair of the Jerusalem American International School, and he has chaired capital campaigns at The Marin School and at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo. Martin received his BS in Civil Engineering from Tufts University and his MBA from Georgetown University. He is a Wexner Heritage Fellow. Martin has three children at Brandeis Marin: Tamara '20, Ben '22, and Maya '26. In his spare time, Martin enjoys running at China Camp, reading spy novels and spiritual books, going to farmers markets with his wife Inbar, and making his children laugh.
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 in marketing, building new product lines, and doing business development. He currently is a Vice President of Marketing at Shutterfly Inc., leading a large team of marketers responsible for bringing consumers to Shutterfly’s online properties. Previously Orr combined his passions for travel and technology and lead global online marketing for TripAdvisor. 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 involved with the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research Community Council. Orr has two sons at Brandeis Marin. Orr has two sons who currently attend Brandeis Marin.
Stacey Silver serves as the Deputy Director for the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows (SOF) where she builds philanthropic and intellectual partnerships in the Bay Area that are critical to the mission of the Aspen Institute - a non-partisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. Prior to her role with the Aspen Institute, she worked for leading cultural organizations such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in leadership marketing, communications, and development roles. She has been active in the Jewish and her children's school communities since moving to the Bay Area 20 years ago as both a volunteer and staff, including serving as co-chair for the Federation Fellow program at the JCF, co-chairing the CJM's Family Gala, and serving as fundraising chair at Park School in Mill Valley. Stacey is excited and honored to join the Brandeis Marin board hoping to bring her expertise in fundraising, marketing, communications and special events to help Brandeis reach its goals. Stacey is married to Jon Yolles and is mother to Sasha (7th grade) and Mia (5th grade at Park School).
Tony relocated back to San Francisco from Australia in 2016 with his wife Jennifer and their five children, all of whom attend Brandeis Marin. Tony is a Director on the Jack and Robert Smorgon Families Foundation. In Australia, he was appointed the Chairman of the Mount Scopus College Foundation. Scopus is the leading Jewish day school in Melbourne, with 1550 students K-12 founded in 1948. He also performed a key role in the formation and growth of Keren Hayesod-UIA’s global forum to strengthen leadership and commitment from the next generation of major donors to Israel. In 2008, Tony became a Wexner Heritage Fellow in San Francisco. He was formerly a Director on the JCC Board of San Francisco. He also served on the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation grant making and allocations committee. In April 2018, Tony was appointed as a delegate to the Wexner Alumni Council of North America. Tony is a Director of the Escor Group, a privately owned Australian company.
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, and his firm merged with Rothstein Kass in 2006 (now KPMG) 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 Past President of Sinai Memorial Chapel, is the president of the Arthur Szyk Society; has held seats on numerous Jewish community boards and on executive boards of several. 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. Sandy tutors B’nei Mitzvah students and teaches at Congregation Kol Shofar. He has three adult children-Joshua (Lily), Jason & Shoshana, two of whom are alumni of BHDS. He has one granddaughter with another on the way in November, 2018.
Deborah has served on the board of directors of the OMJCC since 2007, and is currently Immediate Past President. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Board at Camp Newman and serves on four SFJCF allocations committees. In the past, she has served on the board of directors at Congregation Kol Shofar in an executive committee capacity. A past 19-year parent at Brandeis Marin (previously Brandeis Hillel Day School), she held chair positions for all Parent Association committees, was the President from 2006 to 2007 and was the Annual Fund chair for three years. She has a B.S. from San Diego State University in Business Administration and worked in market research for 20 years. Deborah has four adult children who attended Brandeis.
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 and early-stage company advisor focused on healthcare technologies, and has helped build several successful businesses in health information technology and consumer health. He holds a BA and Masters from UCLA and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He’s the proud dad of two Brandeis Marin alums. Eric currently serves as the Vice President of the Brandeis Marin board.