The School’s Board of Trustees actively contributes expertise in an array of fields – business, education, finance, law, and public service – as parents and as dedicated community leaders.
Michael Conneran, President
Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP. JD, University of California, Hastings College of the Law; AB, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.
Karla Smith, Vice President
Board member of Congregation B’nai Shalom. Educational Therapist. Former Board member, AIPAC, Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay. Former Board member, Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living. Former Vice Chair, Center for Jewish Living and Learning. Former Board member, Camp Ramah. 1988-1998 Vice President of Congregation B’nai Shalom. MA, Educational Administration, St. Mary’s College; MA, Curriculum and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; BA, Political Science and Psychology, USC.
Anat Yoder, Treasurer
Co-Founder and Principal, Yoder Wealth Management. Formerly a structural engineer engaged in large-scale projects including the Bay Bridge. Certified Financial Planner™ and Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist. BS, Civil Engineering, and MA, Structural Engineering, University of California Berkeley.
Victoria Sherman, Secretary
Public policy consultant with expertise in campaign management, voter outreach, and messaging. Volunteer and writer for local political campaigns. More than 20 years of experience as a Registered Nurse in academic and outpatient settings. Volunteer RN for The Order of Malta Clinic in Oakland. BS in Nursing, BA in Legal Studies from John F. Kennedy University, and an MA in Public Leadership from the University of San Francisco.
Jori Carmel, Past President
Founder and former Executive Director of several multi-site preschool/child care programs. Board member, Women’s Philanthropy Division, Jewish Federation of the East Bay. Former Board member, Contra Costa Jewish Community Center. MS Ed. Early Childhood Education, Wheelock College, Boston; MBA coursework, Golden Gate University; BA, Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles.
Jay Koppelman, Immediate Past President
Former President (retired), Accent Mortgage Corporation, Walnut Creek, CA. Former Campaign Chair and Board Executive Committee member, Jewish Community Federation of the East Bay. Former Board member, Temple Isaiah. First Lieutenant in the US Army Signal Corps. MBA, University of California, Berkeley; BA, University of California, Los Angeles.
Mila Wichter, Founding President
Retired as Senior Project Manager, Genentech Inc. Formerly with IBM, Federal Reserve Bank, United Airlines and Kaiser. Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellow. BA, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley.
Certified Financial Planner™, Gateway Advisors. Chartered Life Underwriter™ and Chartered Financial Consultant™. Former member, Development Committee of Temple Sinai of Oakland and Community Investment Committee of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay. BA, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles; MA and MPhil, Politics, New York University.
Dean of Students at the College Preparatory School in Oakland. Previously Dean of Students and Theater Director at the Drew School in San Francisco and teacher at the Riverdale Country School in New York. Former Director, Camp Kee Tov, a Jewish day camp in Berkeley, and director of a well-regarded sleepaway camp in upstate New York. Longtime community volunteer focused on addressing the problem of homelessness by working with shelters and delivering meals. BA, University of California, Los Angeles.
Adjunct faculty, Judaics, SFSU. Former executive, Oracle Corp. and IBM. Former President, Lehrhaus Judaica Board of Directors. Former Board member, Congregation Netivot Shalom. MA, Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union/UC Berkeley; BS, Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Head of Global Equity Trading, Mellon Capital. Board member at the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, member of the Advisory Board at the Chabad of Contra Costa, chair of Limmud Bay Area 2013 and co-chair of Limmud FSU West Coast 2016, member of the San Francisco Security Traders Association, former Board member the Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the East Bay. MS, New York University’s Stern School of Business, with concentration in finance and computer science.
Vice President of Clinical Development, Myovant Sciences. Previously in leadership roles at BioMain, Amgen and Merck & Co. Member, Organizing Committee for Limmud FSU, West Coast. Clinical training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco. BA, Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz; MD, University of California, Davis.
Antioch businessman. Past President, Jewish National Fund in Northern California. Member, Israel Overseas Committee, Jewish Federation of the East Bay. Representative of Congressman Jerry McNerney on the Contra Costa County Democratic Central Committee. Retired from the Israeli Defense Forces, Special Forces Parachute Unit, with the rank of Captain.
Vice president of LPC Real Estate Corporation. Past volunteer roles include serving as a policy consultant to the CCJDS Finance Committee. Degree in Business Administration from University of Connecticut.
Head of the Healthcare Law Group, Senior Associate General Counsel at Genentech, Inc. Previously Regional Legal Director for Emerging Markets Europe and General Counsel of Israel subsidiary of Pfizer Inc.; attorney in private practice at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; Federal Prosecutor; and Clerk in The White House, Office of Counsel to the President (William Jefferson Clinton). Co-chair of the 2018 Limmud Bay Area Conference and former member, Board of Directors at the American International School in Israel. JD, University of Michigan School of Law; BA, Tufts University.
Co-founder and CEO of the Behavioral Intervention Association, serving children with autism spectrum disorder. MA in special education from Cal State-San Francisco and BA in cognitive science from University of California, Irvine. Also studied executive leadership at the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley.
Colin Schlesinger, PhD, Past President
Former Executive, ICI South Africa. Former Development Director, Chevron Chemical Company. Former Vice President, Temple Isaiah. Former Chairman, Sandton Hebrew Nursery School (South Africa). Former President, South African Institution of Chemical Engineers. PhD, Chemical Engineering, Imperial College of the University of London; Post Doctorate, Rice University.
Chief Executive Officer of Tawonga Jewish Community Corporation, aka Camp Tawonga. Senior consultant for Tawonga Institute, specializing in justice and equity work, crisis management and women’s leadership training and mentorship. Member, Next Generation Leadership Council for the Jewish Democratic Council for America and many leadership committees, including the Diversity and Justice Committee at the Jewish Federation and the Leadership and Strategic Planning Committee for the JCC Association of North America. BA from Sonoma State University and studied Executive Leadership at Brandeis University.
Major Gift Officer at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Over a decade of global experience in building and deepening relationships with donors, leaders, and community members. Past Board member, Jewish Day School of the Lehigh Valley and Contra Costa Midrasha. MA degrees in Religious Education and in Jewish Nonprofit Management from Hebrew Union College; BA in English and Judaic Studies from University of Connecticut.
Officer at Bento for Business, a financial services company. Previously, Founder and CTO at Fashion.me, the leading fashion social network in South America, and named One of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and a LinkedIn Influencer. Former Partner and CTO at Hedging-Griffo, a wealth-management company later acquired by Credit Suisse, and author of a weekly column on entrepreneurship in the online version of the largest newspaper in Sao Paulo. BA, Computer Science, and MBA.
Partner, Gordon-Creed, Kelley, Holl & Sugerman, LLP. Current Board Service: The Crucible; American Safe Climbing Association; Sonoma Valley Authors Festival. Past Board President, San Francisco Senior Center. Former Board Member, Black Rock Arts Foundation. JD, George Washington University School of Law. AB, Vassar College.
Retired executive. Past positions included: Interim Executive Director, Jewish Community Center of the East Bay and The Magnes Museum; CEO/Network Director, Sierra Pacific Network of the Veterans’ Health Administration; COO, Telecare; CEO/Administrator, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Martinez; and consultant to government agencies in Romania and Albania. Past President: Jewish Community Federation of the Greater East Bay, Operation Dignity, Women Health Care Executives. Past Vice President, The Judah Magnes Museum of the West. Past Board Member: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, The Brookdale Institute of Gerontology and Human Development, Home For Jewish Parents, Jewish Children and Family Services. BFA, Textiles, California College of Arts and Crafts; Masters of Public Administration, Golden Gate University.