Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

President - Rose Barlow
VP - Eric Zimmerman
Secretary - Colleen Horowitz
Treasurer - Orr Shakked
Immediate Past President - Marty Friedman



Rose Barlow

As a longtime supporter of Marin’s Jewish day school, Rose is the current Board President and serves on the Executive, Head Evaluation, Budget & Finance, Facilities and Governance Committees. Rose is also the co-chair of the Advancement Committee. 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 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 SHRM. Rose is married to Chris Barlow and their daughters, a college graduate and a college junior, both attended Brandeis Marin.


Scott Barshack

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.


David Cohen

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 Fenster

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 Finestone

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 7th grader at the school.


Marty Friedman

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.


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. Colleen currently serves as the Secretary of the Brandeis Marin board


Jennifer Grossman

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 1 child at Brandeis and are hosting Brandeis Marin’s first official international student, their nephew from Korea.


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 two daughters at Brandeis Marin.


Rebecca Lendl

Rebecca is a nonprofit consultant and strategist who supports organizational growth through community-building, program design, planning, and fundraising. With a deep connection to arts and culture, Rebecca has worked with leading cultural institutions in San Francisco and New York including Creative Commons, Headlands Center for the Arts, Creative Time, and MoMA PS1. She has a BA from The New School, an MA from Hunter College, and was a public service fellow at New York University. A native Californian, she lives in Marin with her husband and their two children, one at Brandeis Marin and one soon to start.


Christine Leppones

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

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 Lowenstein

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 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 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.


Tony Smorgon

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 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, 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 Stadtner

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.


Steve Wilkes

Steve served as a Brandeis Hillel Day School trustee from 2012 to 2015 and as chair of the Brandeis Marin Budget and Finance Committee of the Brandeis Marin board from 2015 to 2018. 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 is a recent graduate of Brandeis Marin.


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 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.