Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Officers of the Board 

President: Orr Shakked
Vice President: Martin Lowenstein
Secretary: Deborah Stadtner
Treasurer: Amy Kux
Immediate Past President: Rose Barlow
At-Large: Marty Friedman
At Large: Christine Leppones


Trustees

Rose Barlow
Scott Barshack
Jeffry Bernstein
David Cohen
Marci Dollinger
Becky Fenster
Ellen Finestone
Marty Friedman
Adrea Golderg
Jennifer Grossman
Steve Grossman
David Horowitz
Erin Kahn
Amy Kux
Jason Lehman
Christine Leppones
Martin Lowenstein
Orr Shakked
Stacey Silver
Deb Stadtner
 


 

Rose Barlow

As a longtime supporter of Marin’s only Jewish day school, Rose is the Immediate Past President of the Board of Trustees and serves on the following committees: Executive, Head Support and Evaluation, Budget and Finance, and Advancement. 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 2004-2005 head of school search committee, Secretary of the Board and Chair of the Committee on Trustees. A year ago Rose 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 Co-Chairs the Jewish National Fund's 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 and Hannah, now college graduates, 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.
 

Jeffry Bernstein

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 Cohen

David currently serves on the Budget and Finance Committee and chairs the Audit Committee, and previously served on the Governance, Investment and Sukkot in Yosemite committees. 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 for conference groups such as 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.
 

Marci Dollinger


Marci is excited to join the board of Brandeis Marin, after serving on the faculty as a teacher for 12 years. Professionally, Marci has been a Jewish day school educator for her entire teaching career. Marci currently serves on the boards of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, AABGU and Camp Newman and past board service includes leadership at the Osher Marin JCC, Congregation Rodef Sholom, the Jewish Community Relations Council and co President of the Osher Marin JCC preschool. Marci is an alumna of the Wexner Heritage Program and AABGU’s Zin Fellows Leadership Program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brandeis University, and a Master’s in Education and teaching credential from UCLA. Marci and her husband, Marc Dollinger, Ph.D., (past president of the Brandeis Hillel Day School Board) live in San Rafael, California, and have two daughters – Rivi (Rebecca) and Shayna, both alums of our beloved Brandeis.


Becky Fenster

Becky is both an alum student and faculty member of the Brandeis campus in Marin. She spent over a decade as a classroom teacher at Brandeis Hillel Day School - Marin, teaching in both the Lower School and Middle School. During her teaching tenure, Becky also 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, Rodef Sholom and Brandeis Marin; she has also participated in the Shalom Hartman Institute for Emerging Leaders on the OMJCC campus. Becky is now participating in the Federation Fellows program, having been matched with partnering agency, Shalom Bayit. As a Marin County native, Becky remains committed to being an active member 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 ten years ago.  Since 2011, Ellen has served as a board member in various capacities for Brandeis Hillel Day School and Brandeis Marin. As a member of the BHDS Board of Trustees, she served on the Committee on Trustees to form the Marin Working Group that established Brandeis Marin as an independent school. Ellen and her husband, Barry, became members of the Marin Working Group. Ellen was very active in the Parent Association at Brandeis Marin, helped to revitalize tefillah onegs, and chaired various committees including the new family welcome team as well as co-chairing the first Brandeis Marin Spring Simcha fundraiser.  At this time, she sits on the Advancement Committee and focuses on fundraising for the school.  Ellen also serves as a member of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay board and was President of the Parent Association there for 5 years. Ellen received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (Go Blue!) and the proud mom of three Brandeis Marin  graduates. She considers herself a community builder who loves to bring people together to celebrate everything and anything!


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.
 

Adrea Goldberg

Adrea has been an active volunteer throughout her children’s education. Currently serving on the Executive committee of the Brandeis Parent Association, Adrea began her service in 2010 at the JCC preschool, serving on various committees throughout her 5 years on campus, culminating in leading the Parent Association as co-president. Transitioning into the Tiburon public schools, Adrea again was an active volunteer from 2013-2017, holding several roles on the PTA as well as being invited to become a member of the Strategic Planning Collaborative. Adrea and her husband, Danny, found their true community at Brandeis Marin in 2017, where she has enjoyed connecting with parents and staff alike. Adrea has children in 6th and 3rd grade respectively.  Prior to moving to California, Adrea worked in development for the Friends of the IDF and the Anti-Defamation League after which she entered into finance with her most current position at Golden Gate Lending Group here in the Bay Area. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan.


Jennifer Grossman

Jennifer owns Izundo Solutions, a software development firm, in partnership with her husband, Steve. Previous to that, she was a learning and development consultant specializing in leadership development, a career that spanned 20 years. Jennifer 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 four years, two as president, and headed up many committees throughout her time at Brandeis. She also serves on the board for Children for Change, an organization that empowers youth to become global changemakers and make a positive impact in the world.  Jennifer and Steve have one child at Brandeis Marin and hosted Brandeis Marin’s first official international student, their nephew from Korea, who graduated in 2020.
 

Steve Grossman

Steve currently serves on the Budget and Finance Committee at Brandeis Marin.  He recently retired and is presently doing some restaurant consulting. After graduating from Baruch College in New York City, Steve worked for an international CPA firm in their New York office, specializing in restaurants, hotels and casinos for 15 years. After becoming a partner in the firm, he transferred to their San Francisco office and worked there for the next ten years. In 1994, Steve left public accounting to become the CFO for one of the largest Burger King franchises in the country, a position he held for the next 21 years before retiring. During his time in the Bay Area, he served as President and several times as Treasurer for Congregation Kol Shofar. Currently he is an active member on their Finance Committee. Steve lives in Mill Valley with Jackie, his wife of 49 years. He has two sons and two grandsons who also live in the Bay Area. Steve’s youngest son attended Brandeis from 3-8 grade in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Steve is a sport nut and has season tickets to several Bay Area sport teams.
 

David Horowitz

David is the founder of Agilon Capital, LLC, a systematic, quantitative hedge fund that specializes in corporate bonds, and is headquartered in San Francisco. Prior to founding Agilon, David worked at BlackRock, Inc as the Deputy CIO of Systematic Fixed Income. He has served on the Board of Urban Blazers, an organization that was dedicated to providing transformative outdoor experiences to under-resourced kids in Philadelphia. David graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Computer Science Engineering and a BA in Finance. David lives in Mill Valley, with his wife and three children, all of whom attend Brandeis Marin.
 

Erin Kahn

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 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.
 

Jason Lehman

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.


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 has been a member of the Committee on Trustees for the past 5 years. A fifteen-year software sales veteran, Christine is the founder of EF Ninja, an executive function coaching service. She works in local schools as well as one-on-one, to teach students planning, time management, and organizational skills. She also guides parents on the best ways to support their children in developing these critical habits. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and a mom of one current student and one Brandeis Marin alum.
 

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 San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and of the Israel Religious Expression Platform. From 2010 - 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 two children at Brandeis Marin and one graduate: 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. Orr has two sons who currently attend Brandeis Marin.


Stacey Silver

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 (8th grade) and Mia (6th grade Mill Valley).
 

Deborah Stadtner

Deborah has a passion for serving the Jewish community. In addition to Brandeis Marin, she serves on the Boards of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, the Jewish Community High School of the Bay, the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center and the Advisory Board of URJ Camp Newman. She is a member of both the Executive Grants Committee and the nominating committee for Jewish Community Federation. Deborah is a past president for the Osher Marin JCC and a former Board member for Congregation Kol Shofar. As a past 19-year parent at Brandeis Hillel Day School/Brandeis Marin, she served as a Parent Association president 2006-2007 and was an annual fund chair for three years, among serving on many committees. 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, Joshua, Rebecca, Jonathan and Jacob, who are Brandeis Marin graduates.