Board of Directors
Tamara Kreinin, Co-Chair
Tamara Kreinin currently directs the Population and Reproductive Health Program at the Packard Foundation. Her experience in health and human services spans more than 25 years. She served as the Executive Director of Women and Population at the United Nations Foundation where she designed and implemented significant initiatives to improve life for women and girls globally, with specific emphasis on reproductive health, comprehensive programs for adolescent girls, US policy on behalf of women and girls, global south advocacy, and partnerships with UN agencies. Before her role at the United Nations Foundation, Tamara served as a consultant for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including a year as interim executive director of the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers. For several years, Tamara served as president/CEO of SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, where she was a leader in the national dialogue on sexual health and rights. Prior to joining SIECUS, Kreinin was the director of state and local affairs at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, in Washington, DC. There, she developed and implemented a comprehensive strategic plan for states and local communities to reduce teenage pregnancy. She has advised governors, legislators, state and local public health officials, and advocates on effective public health policy. From 1990 to 1994, Ms. Kreinin was the founding executive director of the New Orleans Council for Young Children. Ms. Kreinin is the co-author of Girls' Night Out, a book about women's groups across America, published in August 2002 by Crown, Random House.
Susan Augenblick Raskin, Co-Chair
Susan A. Raskin is former Managing Editor of Maryland Medicine, the Maryland State Medical Society medical journal. Susan is a member of the Miriam's Kitchen Task Force, as well as a certified food manager and sous chef at Miriam’s in Washington, D.C. During her 12 years living with her family in West Virginia, she was a founding board member of Mercer Healthright, a free clinic in Bluefield, WV; the first Bluefield, WV volunteer helpline, now run by the local United Way; the Mercer County (WV) Public Schools Academic Boosters; and Librarian of Congregation Ahavath Shalom. Susan has been involved in community activism for 30 years. She and her partner, David, are the parents of eight children (including 3 in-law children) between them and three grandchildren.
Joyce Antler is the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Brandeis University, where she chairs the American Studies department. She is the author, most recently, of You Never Call! You Never Write!: A History of the Jewish Mother (Oxford, 2007), which won the Emily Toth Award of the Popular Culture/American Culture Association for Best Book on Women's Issues in Popular and American Culture. The book was also awarded the Sophie Brody Medal Honorable Mention Citation from the Jewish American Library Association for Outstanding Achievement in Jewish Literature. Her other books include The Journey Home: How Jewish Women Shaped Modern America; Lucy Sprague Mitchell: The Making of a Modern Woman; and Year One Of The Empire: A Play of American Politics, War, And Protest (with Elinor Fuchs). She is the editor of Talking Back: Images of Jewish Women in American Popular Culture; America and I: Short Stories by American Jewish Women Writers; co-editor of The Challenge of Feminist Biography: Writing the Lives of Modern American Women; and Changing Education: Women As Radicals and Conservators. A Founding Board member of the Jewish Women's Archive, Antler also serves as Chair of the Jewish Women's Archive's Academic Advisory Council.
Olivia Cohen-Cutler is Senior Vice President, Standards and Policy, ABC, Inc, where she leads the department responsible for the acceptability of all entertainment programming, promotional and public service announcements, and commercial material broadcast on ABC networks and serves as the company's liaison to groups concerned with issues of broadcast content. Olivia, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, serves as Chair, the MorningStar Commission founded by Hadassah, advocating for strong and diverse media portrayals of Jewish women, and as an advisory board member for the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA Hillel. She holds a BA, with honors, and an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from Simmons College, where she is a founding member of the Simmons Leadership Council, a Corporator, and has endowed a scholarship supporting women students who are first-generation Americans in honor of her parents. Olivia earned her J.D. cum laude from Boston College Law School. She is a frequent guest lecturer at universities, colleges and non-profits around the country and a contributor to The New Gatekeepers: Emerging Challenges to Free Expression in the Arts (2003, National Journalism in the Arts Project, Columbia University). Olivia and her husband Andy are blessed with a long marriage and two remarkable grown children.
Barbara B. Dobkin, Founding Chair
The Founding Chair of JWA's Board of Directors, Barbara Dobkin now chairs the Board of American Jewish World Service. An advocate for women in both Jewish and secular life, she also serves on the boards of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, the White House Project, Lilith Magazine, and the Women's Funding Network. Dobkin was the founder and Chair of Ma'yan: the Jewish Women's Project of the JCC in Manhattan and Chair of the Board of the Hadassah Foundation. She is a significant supporter of and advisor to a variety of feminist organizations in the United States and Israel.
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Sue Bricker Dorn
Sue Bricker Dorn is an experienced development professional, serving as the Vice President and Vice Provost for Development at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and as Deputy Director for Development and Public Affairs at the Museum of Modern Art. She was also Vice President for Resource Development and Public Information at the Bank Street College of Education, Vice President for Resource Planning and Development at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, and Associate Vice President for Development and Director of Medical School Development at Yale University. A former teacher of emotionally handicapped teenage boys, she has consulted at the American Jewish Historical Society and Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. A graduate of Stanford University and the Bank Street College of Education, she volunteers for Stanford and is co-chairman of her 55th Class Reunion. An active member of the Central Synagogue in New York, she has two great kids and three wonderful grandchildren. Sue grew up in the Pacific Northwest but has lived in Manhattan for many years.
Gloria Feldt is the leading expert and an expert leader in women's rights, health, media, and politics from where the personal meets the political. A former teen mom who became leader of the world's largest reproductive health care provider and advocacy organization, she was dubbed "the voice of experience" by People Magazine. She's a powerful voice for women through her books, keynote speeches, and media commentary. Gloria's newest book, in collaboration with actress Kathleen Turner, is Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles and was published by Springboard in February of 2008. Her two previous books are The War on Choice: The Right-Wing Attack on Women's Rights and How to Fight Back and Behind Every Choice Is a Story. Her commentary has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, ELLE, and MS magazines among others, and on-line in Alternet, Salon, The Huffington Post, Daily Kos, WIMNsVoices, Women’s e-News, and RH Reality Check. Gloria has appeared on most major radio and television news and public affairs programs and is a SheSource expert. Currently a fellow of the International Leadership Forum, she serves on the Women's Media Center board of directors and the advisory board of Our Bodies, Ourselves. Vanity Fair magazine named Gloria one of America's "top 200 women legends, leaders, and trailblazers." Glamour magazine honored her as Woman of the Year. She was one of Women's e-News' 2007 "21 Leaders for the 21st Century." She and her husband, Alex Barbanell, have a combined family of six children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They live in New York and Arizona.
Roz Garber, Treasurer
Roz Garber is the former President and CEO of Garber Travel Services, Inc. In this role, Roz was the primary architect of the company's vision as well as its chief strategist and executive leader. Possessing more than 30 years of organizational leadership experience, she oversaw the management and development of the company's staff, services, operations and resources. Earlier in her career, Roz served as Executive Director of Hadassah in Boston and, prior to that, as Assistant Director of the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. Roz holds an M.A. from Brandeis University, a B.A. from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the Travel School of America. She is an Executive in Residence at the Brandeis international Business School, and serves on the Boards of the Jewish Women's Archive, the Brandies International Business School, Mayyim Hayyim, Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center, and The Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston.
Michelle Kratvin Gary
Michelle Kravtin Gary is an attorney who formerly practiced administrative and corporate law in the Washington D.C. office of Winston & Strawn. Her involvement as a leader in the Jewish community started in her teenage years in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia and has continued in every community in which she has lived: Washington D.C., Atlanta, Boston and New York City. She has been an active member of the American Jewish Committee for the past 14 years. Starting with the Executive Committee in Atlanta, she presently sits on the Board of the New York Region where she is active in diplomatic and interfaith outreach. Michelle also sits on the Board of the New York Region Anti-Defamation League, where she is active in government and public affairs. While in the Boston ADL, she worked on Jewish-Catholic relations. Always interested in interfaith relations, Michelle was active in the World Pilgrims organization of Atlanta, a group of Muslims, Christians and Jews that regularly met and traveled the world together. Michelle is a very big proponent of continuing Jewish education, having taught Hebrew to adults in her congregations for the past 25 years. She also tutored special needs students to become B’nai Mitzvah in the Gateways Program of Boston. She was a Holocaust educator of adults and children at the Bremen Jewish Museum in Atlanta. She sat on the Board and studied at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem for 6 years. She was a co-founding parent of the Jewish Primary Day School in Washington, DC. Michelle was educated at Northwestern University, Georgetown University (A.B.) and Georgetown University Law Center(J.D.). She lives with her husband Marc Gary in New York City. They have a daughter, son and daughter-in-law.
Karla Goldman is the Sol Drachler Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan where she directs the Jewish Communal Leadership Program and teaches in Judaic Studies. She is the author of Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Finding a Place for Women in American Judaism (Harvard, 2000). She served as Historian in Residence for the Jewish Women’s Archive from 2000-2008 where she spearheaded projects like This Week in History and JWA's celebration of the 350th anniversary of American Jewish community. Prior to her work at JWA, Karla taught American Jewish history at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati where she was the first female member of the tenure-track faculty. Her research focuses on how American Jewish experience has reflected the social, gender, class, racial, and political identities available to Jews within broader American contexts like cities, social movements, and universities.
Marion Gribetz is President of Gribetz Mencow Consultants, an independent consulting firm with a focus on strengthening Jewish life and experiences throughout the world. She serves on the faculty of Hebrew College, Newton, MA and the DeLet @Brandeis program. In recent years, she has devoted much time to crafting new models of Professional Development for Jewish educators including directing PDI (professional development institute) for BBYO professionals and the Pardes Educator Program. Marion has also served as a Senior Research Associate at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandies University and co authored a number of studies relating to the impact of Jewish education. Her most recent publication is as a contributor to Learning and Community: Jewish Supplementary Schools in the Twenty-First Century (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life, 2009). She has also coauthored curriculum materials for adults and teens. Marion holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an MA from Tufts University. She was in cohort three of the prestigious Mandel Jerusalem Fellows program and under the auspices of that fellowship did advanced graduate study at Hebrew University in Jewish Education and Jewish Art. A founding board member of both the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School (currently known as Kehillah Schechter Academy in Norwood, MA) and the Gann Academy in Waltham, MA, Marion currently serves on the board of her synagogue, Temple Israel in Sharon, MA. She is married to Dr. Robert Rubin and they are the proud parents of three grown sons and soon to be daughters in law.
Lynne Himelstein is the co-director of the Story Archive of Women Rabbis and sits on the board of the Jewish Women’s Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. She is the Lion of Judah Endowment Chair for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She has served as the Lion of Judah Endowment co-chair for National Women’s Philanthropy. In Indiana, she was the State Public Affairs Chair for the National Council of Jewish Women for Indiana and the Women’s Campaign Chair for the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. She also served as the General Campaign Chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, the Governmental Affairs Chair for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Indiana, and on the board of directors for the Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis.
Patty Jacobson is a Senior Principal in Managed Market Services at IMS Health, where she works in product management, operations, and project management. Prior to IMS, Patty spent 7 years at Combined Jewish Philanthropies in Boston, where she was the VP of Marketing and then CIO and Director of JewishBoston.com. Before her work in the Jewish community, Patty founded a software consultancy which was acquired during the dotcom boom. As a volunteer, Patty started the GLBT Team at CJP and advocates for inclusion in the Jewish community. She holds an S.M. from the MIT Sloan School and a B.A. from Yale University.
Ann Kirschner is University Dean of Macaulay Honors College of The City University of New York, which serves 1,900 students in partnership with the eight senior colleges of CUNY. Her career spans an unusual range of experiences and organizations. As an entrepreneur, her start-up businesses include PRIMETIME 24, NFL.COM and FATHOM, a for-profit online learning venture in partnership with Columbia University, London School of Economics, and other leading institutions. She is a distinguished author and speaker on education policy and strategy, careers, and digital media. Her first book, Sala's Gift, (Simon and Schuster, 2006), tells the story of her mother's wartime rescue of letters from Nazi labor camps, and has been published in German, Polish, Italian, French, Czech, and Chinese. Her new book, Lady at the OK Corral: the True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp, was published by HarperCollins in March 2013. A graduate of Princeton University, the University of Virginia, and University of Buffalo, she lives in New York City with her husband, Dr. Harold Weinberg, and is the mother of Elisabeth, Caroline, and Peter.
Karen Secunda Levy, Clerk
Karen Secunda Levy received her Masters of Teaching degree from Harvard University and worked as a special education teacher. Levy sits on the national board of Facing History and Ourselves, is on the Board of Young Audiences of Massachusetts, and is on the board and is a Vice President of the Handel and Haydn Society. A graduate of Wellesley College, Levy is on the leadership gifts committee of Wellesley College.
Lisa Mednick Owen
Lisa Mednick Owen is, and has been, involved in initiating, leading and participating in several community based, educational and social justice organizations. She currently sits on the Law School Board of Advisors at George Washington University, as well as on the Board of the Johns Hopkins Hillel. Lisa is also currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Citizens Committee for Children, a Co-Chair of the Class of 2015 Parent’s Council at Johns Hopkins University and a founding member of the NY Leadership Council for American Jewish World Service. Lisa started her legal career practicing corporate law at the firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, and then spent nine years as in-house counsel at Dow Jones & Company, Inc. She currently works with as the Director of External Relations for LV Adhesive, a conversion services and specialty paper products supplier to the graphics arts industry. Originally from Los Angeles, Lisa received her B.A. in Political Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. from George Washington University, and has also earned two professional certificates from the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies-one in Arts Administration and the other in Fundraising & Development. She lives with her husband Steve Owen in New York City and has two grown sons.
Barbara Ellison Rosenblit
Barbara Ellison Rosenblit won the Covenant Award in 2004 for being an exceptional Jewish educator, and has received numerous accolades for her ability to integrate Jewish and secular learning. She is a teacher of humanities and tanakh and Director of Mentoring at the Weber School, a transdenominational Jewish high school in Atlanta, Georgia. Barbara's wide-ranging interests have taken her Jerusalem to study at the Pardes Institute, to Siena, Italy to study Dante under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and to Japan as recipient of a Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund award. "The mission and materials of JWA have changed my teaching and changed me, too," says Barbara, "They helped pull me out of my fascination with the Biblical period and into an awareness of the power and importance of women whose lives can guide ours."
Leah Rosovsky is Harvard University's Vice President for Strategy and Programs. She was the Executive Administrative Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University for six years. Rosovksy was the Associate Dean for Administrative Planning at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University from 2001 to 2006. She came to Harvard in 1995 as a major gifts officer for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Rosovsky spent the first part of her career in the entertainment industry and consulting. She served as president of the Board of Directors of Temple Israel in Boston from 2009-2011 and remains active there as the head of the Development Strategy committee. Rosovsky received her AB in 1978 and her MBA in 1984, both from Harvard University.
Susan Levin Schlechter
Susan Levin Schlechter is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, instructing students becoming English teachers. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Schlechter has a Ph.D. in English education from NYU and taught high school English in New York City for 14 years. Schlechter is on the board of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, an independent Jewish day school in New York City, and JBI International (formerly the Jewish Braille Institute of America).
Marian Scheuer Sofaer
Marian Scheuer Sofaer is an attorney who handled Holocaust restitution claims in eastern Germany after reunification. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Attorney General of the New York State Department of Law, as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, and in private practice. She is a producer of the film Poumy about a young Jewish mother's role in the French Resistance in WWII. She is the project director for the exhibition in the restored synagogue in Chennamangalam near Cochin in India (soon to be part of the Muziris Heritage Project), and she edited and published Hanukkah in Eight Nights: Bring the Past to Light, a history-oriented handbook for celebrating Hanukkah. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and Columbia Law School and is the manager of an innovative commercial arbitration service, Federal Arbitration, Inc.
Nicki Newman Tanner
A Founding Board member of the Jewish Women's Archive, Nicki Newman Tanner is a trustee of several institutions, including WNYC (New York's public radio stations), the New York Community Trust, StoryCorps and Auburn Theological Seminary. On the Board of Wellesley College for 18 years, Tanner co-chaired the capital campaign for Wellesley that broke all fundraising records for liberal arts colleges and debunked the myth that women do not give as much as men. She created and chaired, for 20 years, the Oral History Project for New York's UJA-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.
Diane Wohl, a past president of her Conservative synagogue, is a past chair of the Long Island Women's Campaign of the UJA. She is an endowed Lion of Judah, a member of the Giving Circle of the Jewish Women's Federation, and a member of the Limmud FSU International Steering Committee. Diane is very involved with Hillel at Hofstra University and also sits on both the International Board of Governors and National Board of Directors of Hillel, where she co-chairs the Hillel Israel Committee. She is a member of the Gurwin Jewish Foundation Board which oversees a nursing facility and assisted living complex, and also sits on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Board of Directors of UJA Federation of New York, where she is a member of the Hillel Task Force. Diane is focused on building a strong Jewish connection in the Former Soviet Union through Hillel, Project Kesher and Limmud. Diane and Howard, her husband of over 40 years, have three children and five grandchildren.
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