Board of Directors
2018-19 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
First Vice President
Ronit Alcheck Bodner
Member at Large
- 2018-19 BOARD MEMBERS
- Karen Alter
- Sheira Ariel
- Jill Blair
- Ronit Alcheck Bodner
- Anessa Farber
- Lisa Friedman
- Abi Karlin-Resnick
- Guy Katsav
- Nittai Malchin
- Guy Miasnik
- Adin Miller
- Guy Rom
- Tali Ronen
- Amber Rosen
- Kim Samek
- Ron Sandel
- Yaron Simler
- Karen Strobel
- Tzipor Ulman
- Emily Waldorf
- Matthew Weeks
Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School is a nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors composed of parents and community members. The responsibilities of the Board include strategic planning, financial oversight, and formulation of school policies, which are implemented by the staff. Members are elected to two-year terms at the school’s annual meeting.
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Karen Alter is currently the COO for the CocoTerra Company, an early-stage venture creating a breakthrough “food-tech” appliance. She has spent the majority of her career in the technology world, moving to California to join Intel in 1992. At Intel, she lead groups focused on marketing, communications and integrated business functions such as pricing, forecasting, revenue management and factory planning. Since 2000, she has worked primarily as a CMO or COO at a number of startups in spaces as varied as electric cars, solar power, enterprise software and mobile apps. She received her AB (in Government) and MBA from Harvard University. Karen has a long history with the Hausner Board, having been a community member for eight years (including four years on the EC), and a parent member for four. She has also served on the Boards of the Palo Alto JCC, Hillel at Stanford, and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, and recently stepped down from the Common Sense Media Silicon Valley Advisory Council. Karen lives in Palo Alto with her daughter Sophie, a Hausner graduate.
Sheira Ariel has been a parent at Hausner since Fall 2008. She completed her third year as the Chair of Parent Kesher in June 2015; prior to that role, she spent two years co-leading the Parent Kesher Speaker Series. Sheira also served as a member of the Jewish Community Federation’s South Peninsula Regional Impact Grant Initiative Committee. Sheira holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business in both Psychology and Management and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Sheira’s professional passion is to help organizations engage their employees, and she currently consults part-time. She draws on her in-depth understanding of individual and group behavior as well as her strength in quantitative and qualitative analysis when working with clients on various employee communications, change management, and organizational effectiveness initiatives. Sheira lives in Mountain View with her husband, Jonas, and her three boys Avi, Liam, and Ilan, a third grader at Hausner.
Secretary, Executive Committee COMMUNITY MEMBER
Jill has spent her career engaging in and bridging the public, private and independent sectors, including nonprofits and philanthropy. She has worked as a researcher, analyst, advocate, consultant, social entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion and skills are in helping organizations and their leaders build a healthy, joyful, creative, values-based culture, skilled at using information and experience to achieve meaningful results. With a deep dedication to civic engagement and democratic practice, Jill has launched and led two philanthropic affinity groups – the Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service and PACE – Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement. She was a founding partner of Informing Change, a California-based evaluation and consulting firm that provides information-based consulting to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and leaders.
In February of 2017 after ten years of working as an independent consultant, Jill accepted a one-year assignment as Senior Fellow for Strategy & Organizational Effectiveness with the Peninsula Jewish Community Center in Foster City. Reporting to and supporting the CEO on issues of strategy, culture, practice and performance, Jill is particularly excited to have joined the Center at a moment when JCCs, like other Jewish legacy institutions, are facing critical questions of social value and relevance given changing times and needs. In addition to her service on the Hausner Board, Jill serves as a member of the Strategy Committee of the Seattle CityClub; and the Governance Committee of Palo Alto Players. She also serves proudly as a mentor for the “Scoop” Jackson Leadership Fellows program, a leadership development program which she helped design. Jill and her lifetime partner and wife, Fay Twersky, share their joyful lives with their two amazing children, Jaz, a Kehillah graduate, and of course, David-Nathan, a proud Gideon Hausner alum.
Anessa Farber is currently the Fiscal and Administrative Officer for San Mateo County Health Department’s Public Health, Policy and Planning and Emergency Medical Services Divisions. She has worked in the County of San Mateo for thirteen years in multiple roles, including analyzing the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Mental Health Services, helping the County Manager start the Community Corrections Partnership to implement Public Safety Realignment and implementing multiple child welfare program and process improvements for Juvenile Probation. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Political Science and returned four years later to obtain a Masters of Social Work from the same university, specializing in Program Evaluation and Program Planning. Anessa and her husband George are the proud parents of three Hausner students – Gabby (8th), Raya (5th), and Nathan (K)–and long standing members of the community, having both graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto. All of the kids’ grandparents and great-grandparents live within a five mile radius! When not working, parenting or spending time with kids and friends on Hausner campus, Anessa loves to go to theater and concerts, travel, and listen to audiobooks.
President, Executive Committee
Guy has been Managing Director, Healthcare Investment, at Ganot Capital since 2009. He has extensive financial and strategic experience with healthcare companies. At Ganot, Guy oversees investments in biopharmaceutical and medical device companies as well as buyouts of healthcare service companies. Guy currently serves on the board of directors of eight portfolio companies, ranging from healthcare services companies with thousands of employees to med-tech and biotech startups developing life-altering, cutting-edge technologies. Prior to joining Ganot, Guy worked in global healthcare investment banking for eight years, focused on M&A, most recently at Lazard. Guy also served as a combat medic, infantry, in the Israel Defense Forces. He graduated from Tel Aviv University with degrees in law and economics, and received an MBA from Columbia University. Guy lives in Los Altos with his wife Gili and their three children, Ari, Ellie and Adam, all current Hausner students.
Nittai Malchin currently works as an Investment Banking Analyst at GCA Advisors, a global middle-market investment banking firm. Prior to beginning his full-time career, Nittai received a Masters in Accounting from the University of Michigan (Ross School of Business) and a BS from the University of Southern California. As a Junior in High School, Nittai founded One Love Advocates, a non-profit organization aimed towards improving the quality of education in Haiti following the catastrophic 2010 earthquake. As part of his efforts, he raised over $20,000 and led two trips to Haiti, putting time and resources towards developing a mobile computer program for tent schools in the Port-au-Prince area. Nittai is a Hausner graduate, having attended the school K-8. His three younger siblings, Talia, Yahli, and Leo, all attended Hausner as well.
Vice President, Executive Committee PARENT MEMBER
An innovative and entrepreneurial manager in the philanthropic sector, Adin has nearly 20 years of success in building, implementing, and directing visionary and strategic efforts bringing about positive social change. He has held senior roles at several philanthropies – most recently at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (JCF) in San Francisco – where Adin developed and implemented new strategies, initiatives, programs, research, collaboration and processes to bring about positive change and impact. Adin holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University, and a Strategic Public Sector Negotiation certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Immediate Past President, Executive Committee
Since moving to the Bay Area in 1998, Tali has been actively involved in the Jewish community, devoting her time to organizations such as the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Community Federation, where she chaired the South Peninsula Impact Grant Initiative Committee. Tali is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program. In her eight years on the Hausner Board, Tali has served on the Nominating Committee and chaired the Development Committee and the Head of School Support and Evaluation Committee. She has served on the Executive Committee for five years, as First Vice President and then President.
Born and raised in Israel, Tali holds a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Administration and Organization from Tel Aviv University. She also has a Masters of Science in Human Resources and Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. Tali worked as an Human Resources Manager for several years before committing her time to volunteer work. In addition to her many volunteer activities, Tali teaches Pilates from a private studio. She and her husband Amit, live in Mountain View with their two children, Maya and Ittai, both Hausner graduates.
Amber Rosen is the Deputy Chief of the San Jose Branch of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California. She has been a federal prosecutor for more than 20 years, specializing in white collar fraud. She did a stint in the appellate division, arguing cases before the Ninth Circuit, and is now a supervising attorney. Originally from Michigan, she moved permanently to California in 1995. Amber attended Harvard University for college and went to law school at UC Berkeley. She lives in Los Altos with her husband and two daughters. She previously served on the Hausner Board while her children were in preschool. Both daughters are Hausner graduates who currently attend Mountain View High School.
Kim is an attorney at Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel, LLP, specializing in estate planning and administration. She began her legal career at Heller Ehrman LLP, where she regularly counseled organizations, including Hausner, regarding labor and employment matters. Kim earned her law degree from New York University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She served on the Board of Directors of Congregation Kol Emeth and was a founding member and Managing Director of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Kim lives in Los Altos with her husband Alex and their two children.
Ron Sandel is a business executive and an active member of the Bay Area Jewish community. He is currently VP of Growth and Operations at Chegg, an education technology company focused on improving learning outcomes for High School and College students. Previously, he spent five years at Yahoo, where he led strategic operations in the Office of the CEO. Ron earned a BA in Economics from Brandeis University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is an involved father of four, three of whom currently attend Hausner.
Dr. Yaron Simler is a seasoned executive with global, multidisciplinary management experience for public and private high-tech companies. Yaron was CEO in his last three positions at telecommunications, mobile, networking, and video infrastructure technology companies. Most recently he began working at Stanford University as a senior client executive for Stanford Health Care. A native Israeli, who grew up secular, Yaron is married to Rabbi Serena Eisenberg, the Executive Director of Hillel at Stanford. Through the relation with Serena, Yaron was introduced to the richness of pluralistic, progressive and egalitarian Judaism.
Emily Waldorf holds a BA in Art History and French from Scripps College and an MA in French from Middlebury College. While her background is in the art world, Emily’s most recent focus has been as a community volunteer. In addition to her work on the Hausner board, where she chairs the Development Committee, Emily also serves on the Board of Directors of the Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Emily co-chaired the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center Gala in 2015. She has chaired the Early Childhood Education Fundraising Committee at the OFJCC and currently co-chairs the Preschool Committee. Emily has also served as a trustee of Scripps College. Emily and her husband Greg Waldorf have three children, two of whom are current Hausner students. She is also an avid equestrian and competes on the local hunter circuit.
Matthew Weeks is Co-Founder and CEO of HealthyOps, a Healthcare IT Informatics company serving hospitals, clinic systems and other healthcare service delivery organizations. He also serves as chairman of a money transfer company and advisor to several other technology companies. Matthew began his career in San Francisco and has spent over 30 years in financial services, including commercial and retail banking, consumer behavior and analytics, brokerage and investment banking and software services targeting small and micro-businesses, including Moodys, BofA, Wells, and Intuit. Later he co-founded or led companies in the interactive, mobile and social media sectors and in the emerging online and mobile payments marketplace. Matthew is active in the startup and venture community as a mentor, start-up guy, connector and consigliere.
A native of Palo Alto, Matthew has been a member of Temple Beth Am almost since its inception, receiving his Bar-Mitzvah with Rabbi Sydney Akselrad. He attended Gunn High School before earning a degree in English Literature at Amherst College and subsequently an MBA in Finance and The Entrepreneur Program Certificate at USC’s Marshall School of Business, where he has served on the National Board for over 20 years, has served as President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and is a President’s Ambassador.Matthew lives in Redwood City with his wonderful wife Sharon Brown and their daughter Rebecca, a Hausner graduate.