Board of Trustees

CCJDS Leaders

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.

Jay Koppelman, President

President, 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, UC Berkeley; AB, UCLA.

Paul Candau, Senior Vice President
CEO and President, Marble Bridge Funding Group. Former member, Board of Directors, Temple Isaiah. 2000 Lesser Symposium Nominee. Partner with U.S. Small Business Association in Oakland One Stop Capital Shop. MBA, St. Mary's; MA, Sports Management, UC Berkeley; BA, Economics and Physical Education, UC Berkeley.

Michael Conneran, Treasurer

Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP.  JD, University of California, Hastings College of the Law; AB, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Mark Fickes, Secretary
Partner, Cannata, O'Toole, Fickes & Almazan, LLP. President, Board of Directors, Temple Beth Abraham. JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law; MA, French Literature, Johns Hopkins University; BA French, UC Berkeley.

Cristina Wornick, Executive At-Large
President, Arcadia Landscape Design. Former Board member, Temple Isaiah, and former Co-Chair of Early Childhood Education for Gan Ilan Preschool. BA, Philosophy and English, Duke University.

Judy Yudof, Executive At-Large
Board President, Jewish Community Center of Contra Costa Country. Past International President, The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Council member, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Board member, Hillel and Masorti Foundation. Member, Advisory Board of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (Los Angeles). BA, Temple University.

Jori Carmel, Immediate Past President

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, UCLA.

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.

Mila Wichter, Founding President
Senior Project Manager, Genentech Inc. Formerly with IBM, Federal Reserve Bank, United Airlines and Kaiser. Wexner Heritage Foundation Fellow. BA, Political Science, UC Berkeley.

Jon Berlin

Executive Vice President, Member Service and Sales, Chevron Federal Credit Union
. MBA, Stanford University; BA in Economics, magna cum laude, Harvard University.

Steve Breitbart

President, TFC Credit Corporation. Former Treasurer and Board member, Congregation B'nai Shalom. Certified Public Accountant. BS, Economics, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Ken Cohen
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.

Jeffrey Elfont
President, Pinnacle Capital Management, Walnut Creek, CA. Former Board member, Northern California AIPAC. Certified Public Accountant. BA, Economics, UCLA.

Emily Galdes
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Diablo Clinical Research, Walnut Creek, CA. Former Chair, CCJDS Annual Gala. JD, UCLA; BA, University of Virginia.

Leo Hmelnitsky
Head of Global Equity Trading at 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. Master of Science from New York University’s Stern School of Business, with concentration in finance and computer science.

Limor Margalit
Sales Manager, Bay Alarm Co. Born and raised at Kibbutz Mishmar HaSharon and worked on the campaign of fellow kibbutz member Ehud Barak for Prime Minister of Israel. Major (Ret.), Israeli Defense Forces. BA, Political Science and International Relations, The Open University, Tel Aviv.

Isaac Negrin

Anne Petrowsky
Co-founder, Right Trac Financial Group. Active member, AIPAC, the Jewish Community Federation of the East Bay, and Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living.

Lisa Sadikman
Freelance writer and editor, Literary Mama. Vice President, Women's Philanthropy Division, Jewish Community Federation of the East Bay. MA, Journalism, UC Berkeley; BA, Political Science and History, Duke University.

Karla Smith, Past President
Educational Therapist. Board member, AIPAC, Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay, andthe Jewish Community High School of the Bay. Former Board member,Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living. Former Vice Chair, Center forJewish Living and Learning. Former Board member, Camp Ramah. 1988-1998Vice President of Congregation B'nai Shalom. MA, EducationalAdministration, St. Mary's College; MA, Curriculum and Education,Teacher's College, Columbia University; BA, Political Science and Psychology, USC.

Vicki  Sherman

Jeremy Weinstein
Attorney, Law Offices of Jeremy D. Weinstein, P.C. JD, University of California; BA, UC Berkeley, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa; BA and MA, with honors, in law from Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, England.

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