Meet the 2017-18 Board of Trustees:

We are pleased to present the biographies of our Trustees and Officers for the 2017-18 Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston Board.

Harvey Freishtat – President
Harvey Freishtat is Senior Counsel to and former Chairman/CEO of McDermott Will & Emery, an international law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers. During his 37 year career, Harvey practiced in the area of health care law, representing many of New England's hospitals, health care systems and other providers of care. He is a past President of Schechter (1988-1989) and most recently co-chaired its Generations Campaign to strengthen the school's endowment. He is a Board Member of Massachusetts Eye & Ear and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as well as a founding Board Member of The Conversation Project. Harvey is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. He and his wife Brenda live in Brookline and have three children all of whom are Schechter graduates.

Frederic Leif – Finance Chair
Frederic Leif is a Managing Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Abrams Capital, a Boston-based investment firm founded in 1999. Fred joined Abrams Capital in 2010 when he and his family moved from Stamford, CT to Newton, MA. Prior to joining Abrams Capital, Frederic was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at DKR Capital, a global multi-strategy alternative investment firm where he worked for more than 10 years. Mr. Leif graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a B.S. in Accounting. Fred and his wife Lori have three children Rebecca '17; Ryan, grade 4; and Ruby, grade 4.

Ellis Morris – Development Chair
Ellis Morris is a CPA and founding partner of Morris & Morris, P.C., where he continues to actively manage the firm, consisting of 25 professionals, and provide a wide range of professional services to a full complement of business and individual clients. He began his professional career with a seven-year tenure at a "big 8" CPA firm in New York and Boston. Prior to starting Morris & Morris, P.C., Ellis was the CFO for a $30 million multi-entity company. Currently, Ellis is the Executive Vice President of Temple Israel of Natick and has been both the Treasurer and Vice President of Finance over the previous seven years. Four years ago, Ellis was named the first recipient of the MetroWest Jewish Day School’s Keter Shem Tov Award (the Crown of a Good Name). Last year, Ellis, a former Board Member of JFS, and his wife Barbara were honorees at the Jewish Family Service of Metrowest "Seize the Dream" Gala.  Ellis was Co-Chair of the 2015-2016 Schechter Annual Campaign. Ellis graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Accounting.  He and his wife Barbara have one child, Ashley '17. 

Jerald Korn – Committee on Trustees Chair
Jerald Korn is the Chief Compliance Officer and lead commercial and healthcare regulatory attorney at TESARO, an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company. Jerald has worked at several small to mid-size biotech companies since beginning his career in private practice, representing primarily healthcare clients on a range of topics, including non-profit governance. Jerald has been active on the Committee for Trustees (Governance and Nominating) since 2012, having helped to revise the Schechter bylaws. He graduated from Harvard University and Boston University School of Law. Jerald and his wife, Lauren, live in Newton with their three children: Seth, grade 6; Justin, grade 3; and Ezra, grade 1. 

Terri Brown Preuss – Clerk and Communications Liaison
Terri Brown Preuss most recently served as VP for Trustees and Chair of the Committee for Trustees from 2013-2015. She also served on the Head of School Search Committee from 2012-2013. From 2011-2013, Terri was Co-Chair of the Schechter Parent Association, a thriving organization of dedicated Schechter parents who volunteer their time and efforts for the enhancement of the school community. Previously, from 2009-2011, Terri was a Co-Chair of the Schechter Hesed Community, a volunteer group of parents who assist those in need in the Schechter community. She has held other roles at Schechter as well, including grade representative, room parent and soccer coach. Professionally, Terri has a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She clerked for the Honorable Nancy Gertner in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, and worked for several years at the ACLU of Massachusetts. Terri is married to Gil Preuss; they have four children: Shoshi ’09; Sarah ’13; Yoni ‘16; and Maya, grade 8. 

Rabbi Daniel Berman
Daniel Berman is the Rabbi at Temple Reyim in Auburndale, Newton, a traditional egalitarian synagogue affiliated with the Conservative Movement. He previously served as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Mishkan Tefila and as a faculty member at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Prior to his rabbinic training, Daniel was a trial attorney at Mintz Levin in Boston, specializing in securities law while also representing individuals seeking asylum. He received his B.A. from Columbia University in Jewish and American History, his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. His wife Sarah is a strategic business consultant. They have two children, Elie age 15; and Mica, age 12.

Robert Finkel - Strategic Facilities Chair
Rob Finkel is Chair of Schechter’s Strategic Facilities Committee, a position he has held since 2013. Rob is also a member of the Board of Directors of Temple Emanuel and is past chair of the Temple’s Youth Task Force. Rob is Vice Chair of the City of Newton Economic Development Commission where he serves on the city's Business Excellence Awards committee. Professionally, Rob is a business, real estate and non-profit attorney and co-founder of the law firm of Kerstein, Coren & Lichtenstein in Wellesley. Rob is a graduate of Brandeis University and Cornell Law School and lives in Newton with his wife Sherene, and children, Josh '14, Leora, and Shira.

Danielle Remis Hackel - Strategic Planning Chair
Danielle Remis Hackel is a managing director of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), the investment management division of State Street Bank and Trust. Danielle works in the institutional client group of SSGA, having been at the firm for 13 years in various areas of product and marketing. Prior to joining SSGA, Danielle worked for Deutsche Bank in New York and in London. Danielle holds a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Danielle is a trustee of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She lives with her husband Michael and children, Rose, grade 6 and Harris, grade 4.

Ben Jabbawy '00
Ben Jabbawy is the founder of Privy, an ecommerce marketing platform. Through Ben's leadership, the company now supports over 150,000 marketers in more than 180 countries. Ben's data-driven approach to marketing has helped brands like UNIQLO, Radio Shack, Hard Rock, Bruegger's Bagels, Ellen DeGeneres and many more. Ben is a graduate of the class of 2000 and lives with his wife Emily and daughter Jordan in Newton.

Roger Klein - Investment Chair
Roger Klein is an investor, focusing primarily on commercial real estate and companies. He serves on other nonprofit boards, including the regional Board of the American Technion Society. In the past, he was an adjunct and visiting law professor and head of the legal department at a publicly traded company. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he lives in Newton with his wife, Rachel Coben, and his sons Noah, grade 5 and Ari, grade 3.

Esty R. Lobovits '90
Esty R. Lobovits previously served as Schechter’s alumni fundraising co-chair for the past three years. Esty is a corporate litigator (mostly in healthcare cases) at Skadden Arps and lives in Cambridge. She previously worked as a corporate litigator at Kirkland & Ellis in New York. Her mother, Lisa Rosenfeld, is an attorney and works at the Massachusetts State House at the Committee on Children and Families. In addition to being a past president of Schechter and Gann Academy, Esty’s father, Alan Lobovits, is a pediatrician and the president of Southboro Medical Group. While practicing as an attorney, Esty has always been committed to pro bono work, helping to secure legal immigration status for victims of domestic violence and juveniles who traveled to the US unaccompanied from Latin America. She attended Emory Law School in Atlanta and graduated in 2007. Prior to her graduation from Emory, Esty had a career in New York in public relations/business communications and graduated from Barnard College with a degree in English literature in 1998. Esty has two siblings who are also graduates of Schechter: Ellie ’94 and Ethan ’97. Esty lives in Cambridge with her husband, Erik Sabot.

Joshua Margolis '80 - Head of School Support and Evaluation Chair
Joshua Margolis attended Solomon Schechter Day School and is a parent of a current fifth grader at the school. Joshua, his wife Sara Schutzman, and their daughter Yael live in Brookline, where they are members of Congregation Kehillath Israel. Joshua is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. His research and teaching focus on leadership, ethics, and organizational behavior, and he is the faculty chair of the HBS Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning.

Rick Melvoin
Rick Melvoin has served as Head of Belmont Hill School since 1993. A 1973 graduate of Harvard College, with a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Michigan, he began his career at Deerfield Academy, he taught, coached, directed plays and served as History Department Chair and Dean of Studies. He returned to Harvard in 1988 as Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, and lecturer in History and Literature. He is the author of New Enland Outpost: War and Society in Colonial Deerfield (W.W. Norton, 1988) and numerous essays on boys' education and school leadership. Active in the community, he has been a member of the Board of Overseers at Harvard University, the Board of Trustees of the Winsor School, the Haverford School and the Epiphany School; the Board of Directos of the The Steppingstone Foundation and Facing History and Ourselves. Rick also served as president of Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland. He recently served as Board president of the International Boys' Schools Coalition and as president of The Headmasters Association. Most important, he and his wife Bunny kvell about their two daughters and four grandchildren.

Lori Polachek
Lori is a graduate of a Jewish day school in Montreal, an experience which shaped her ongoing  commitment to a thriving Jewish education. She lives in Needham, with her husband Neil Denbow and their three children, one current Schechter student: Max, grade 7, and two Schechter alumni-Sam ’14 (grade 11); and Zoe ‘16 (grade 9). Lori has served on the Schechter board since 2014. She is currently serving on Schechter’s Strategic planning oversight committee, with a focus on "21st century learning through a Jewish lens." Lori is focused on helping to build bridges from "what is," to "what might be," helping children, adults and organizations alike unleash their individual and collective purpose, passion and potential. Lori is a principal and executive at Magil-Laurentian Realty, a commercial real estate investment, management and development business, headquartered in Montreal. Lori obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Montreal and an LLB from Osgood Hall Law School in Toronto.

Sandy Remz
Sandy Remz is an attorney and the managing shareholder of Yurko, Salvesen & Remz, P.C., a business litigation boutique law firm located in Boston’s financial district. He has spent his career in private law practice, having previously been a partner at other major Boston law firms. Sandy currently serves on the Generations Campaign Committee. Sandy’s involvement in the community includes: current president of the board of Yad Chessed; former long-term board member of Camp Ramah in New England, where he was president from 2004 to 2008; former member of CJP Commission on Caring and Social Justice; and a former board member and co-chair of Executive Director Search Committee for Hillel at Brandeis. Sandy’s wife, Arlene Remz, who once served as President of the Schechter Board, is currently the executive director of Gateways: Access to Jewish Education. Both are members of the Newton Centre Minyan. Their three children are graduates of Schechter: Tamar ’99 of New York is the Chief Partnership Officer for the Grinspoon Foundation; Adina ’01 is the former executive director of the Jewish Disaster Response Corps, made Aliyah to Tel Aviv in 2015 and married Josh Tenby there in August 2016; and Jonah ’05 who is now working in New York as an analyst for the investment bank of Houlihan Lokey.

Chen Schor
Chen is the Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of resTORbio. Chen has vast experience leading biotech companies across all stages, from formation, building a team and early stage discovery to a publicly traded multi-product company with significant big pharma partnerships. Chen served as Vice President, Global Branded Business Development and Pipeline Management at Teva Pharmaceuticals and at leadership positions at several emerging private and public companies. He was a Partner at Yozma Venture Capital where he led the foundation and growth of multiple therapeutic companies from inception to significant commercial successes. Chen led strategic transactions valued at over $8 billion with companies such as GSK, Amgen, Pfizer, Merck KGaA (co-led) and Cephalon (co-led). He holds a Master's in Business Administration, a B.A. in Biology, a B.A. in Economics and is a Certified Public Accountant. Chen and his wife, Iris, live in Needham with their three children Gili '14; Yoni '17; and Maya, grade 5.

Rachel Jablonka Sohn - Parent Association Co-Chair
Rachel Jablonka Sohn is in her second year as the Schechter Parent Association (PA) Co-Chair. She has served in many roles on the PA prior to becoming Co-Chair. She started as a Room Parent, increasing her involvement to Grade Representative, Schechter Shabbat Network Chair and PA Treasurer. She also enjoys being an active volunteer at Pizza and Chinese Lunch, the Book Fair and wherever volunteers are needed. Rachel has also worked with Schechter  for the past two years, helping to publicize Schechter news through This Week at Schechter, the Shavuon, the Schechter Blog, Facebook and Hadashot. Outside of Schechter, Rachel holds an M.B.A. from New York Universtiy School of Business, in addition to a M.S. in Environmental Science. Before moving to Boston in 2006, Rachel worked in finance at Taro Pharmaceuticals, an Israeli Generic Pharmaceutical. She is married to Jeremy Sohn and lives in Allston with their three children: Elle, grade 6; Shai, grade 4; and Noa, grade 1.

Abby Sosland
In addition to serving as Vice President of Development, Abby Sosland is also active in the Parent Association serving as a grade representative. Abby serves on the board of the Family-to-Family Project, a non-profit that provides grants to homeless or at-risk families to help them obtain or retain housing. Abby is a project manager on the Housing and Community Development team at ICF International, a consulting firm based in Fairfax, VA.  She graduated from the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, earned her A.B. from Harvard College and J.D. from Duke University School of Law. Abby and her husband, Mark Goodman, live in Waban with their two children: Sophie ‘16; and Lily, grade 8.

Ari Sussman '92
Ari Sussman is a member and former chair of Schechter’s Marketing Committee (2011-2014). He is also the former co-chair of Schechter’s Alumni Committee (2005-08). In addition, Ari is a member of the finance committee for Camp Yavneh. He is currently employed as the Senior Director of Global Product Management for Vistaprint. He graduated from McGill University and Harvard Business School. Ari and his wife, Jessica ‘96 live in Boston with their son Max, grade 1.

Lauri Union – Past President
Lauri Union has been a member of the Schechter board since 2011. In her board capacity, Lauri co-chaired the Reaching Higher! Strategic Planning Committee. Lauri served as President of Schechter and Chair of the Board of Trustees. Previously, Lauri served on the Finance, Strategic Plan Implementation Oversight, Financial Aid Policy Review, Sustainability and Marketing Committees. Lauri's career has focused on turnaround management and organization building, first as CEO of Union Corrugating Company for 14 years, during which time the company was transformed from a small nearly bankrupt enterprise into an industry leader, and most recently in a one-year role as drop-in management for a seafood distribution and manufacturing business. Lauri is a CJP Acharai Fellow (2012-2014), was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Harvard Business School from 2011-2013, is a former elected member of Brookline Town Meeting and now serves on the Union Corrugating company board. Lauri is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Stanley Rosenzweig, live in Brookline with their four children: Ariela, age 16; Benjamin '17; Elena, age 12; and Natalia, grade 4.

Bil Zarch
Bil Zarch is the Director of Camp Yavneh.  Prior to this, Bil was Head of School at Krieger Schechter Day School in Baltimore and Lander-Grinspoon Academy in Northampton. Bil was an active professional in the Boston community as the Director of the High School at Prozdor and oversaw the period of growth from 150 to 900 students. Being back at Yavneh, he comes full circle as he spent seven summers on staff, including holding a number of leadership roles. Bil earned his bachelor’s degree in public communications from SUNY Buffalo, a master's degree in Jewish education from Hebrew College in Boston, and is a fellow and graduate of the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI.) Bil has been an active member of the Jewish community having sat on a number of committees, boards and task forces including co-chairing the Rabbinic search at the Jewish Community of Amherst. He has been the recipient of an award for Exemplary Jewish Community Leadership from the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Bil is married to Rebecca Peterfreund Zarch. They have two children: Raviv, grade 3; and Danya, grade 1. 

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