Board of Trustees
President: Emily Reisbaum
Vice President: Jordan Green
Treasurer: Ellen Phillips
Secretary: Tori Rosen
Chuck Goldman, z”l
Meet the Board Members:
JJ Berney is CEO and Founder of TriOaks Capital Management L.P., an
alternative asset manager in New York. JJ has spent 14 years in the financial
services industry focusing on companies in the media, entertainment,
Internet, telecommunication services, gaming, lodging, and leisure industries.
JJ graduated from Brandeis University. He joined the Hannah Senesh board in
2010, became Vice President in 2011, and sits on the development and finance
committees. He and his wife, Michelle, have three children: Ruby (4th Grade),
Eva (2nd Grade), and Sam (age 4). The family resides in Park Slope.
Ofer Cohen is the founder and president of TerraCRG, a commercial brokerage
and advisory firm in focusing exclusively on Brooklyn. Ofer has more than a
decade of experience marketing and selling properties. Ofer served in the
Israeli Defense Forces and holds a BS in Business, Management and Economics from the State University of New York. He and his wife, Limor, live in the Prospect Heights with their twin daughters (one of whom, Daya is a fifth grader at Hannah Senesh). In his spare time he enjoys road biking, gourmet cooking and fine wine.
Amy joined the board in 2007. Most recently she has opened BYKlyn Cycling and Fitness. Her other work experience includes 8+ years in consumer packaged goods marketing at Kraft Foods and other companies. Amy has worked with several non-profit institutions including the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, CASES and the Park Slope Jewish Center, where she served on the Board from 2004-2007. Amy has an MBA from Wharton, an MA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from Vassar College. Amy is married to Janno Lieber, and is the mother of three children: Rhea (2014) Simon (7th grade) and Frayda (6th grade).
Gary Gottlieb grew up in the East New York section of Brooklyn. He is a graduate of MIT and Stanford, where he received a Ph.D. in Operations Research. He was an associate professor at New York University and later Director of Fixed Income Research at Sanford C. Bernstein. He has two children: Sara, who graduated from Hannah Senesh in 2003 and is a junior at the University of Vermont, and Alexander, who is married to the Senesh middle school math teacher, Geneva. He is now retired and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Mary.
Jordy Green is managing director of Portland House Partners LLC, the New
York subsidiary of a Melbourne, Australia-based global private hedge
fund. Jordy started his career in congressional politics in 1990, serving NH
Congressman Richard Swett, son-in-law of Congressman Tom Lantos of
California, as a staffer and then manager of Swett's successful re-election
campaign. From early 1993 to 1997, Jordy lived in Eastern Europe, working for
the Dutch investment bank, ABN AMRO, where he helped source and execute
corporate finance transactions throughout the region, and in Russia. In 1997 he
and his colleagues started a public equities investment fund with Portland House Group of Australia. Jordy and his wife Samantha have three boys: Duncan (9), Reeve (7) and Tucker (4).
Pam is a special counsel at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, where she has been
in the ERISA/employee benefits department for 22 years. Prior, she worked
in the closed panel pre-paid legal service department of a small private law
firm in Manhattan. She has a BA in French from State University of New York
at Binghamton, a JD from New York Law School, and an LLM in tax from New
York University School of Law. She also studied abroad at the Universite de
Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France, and at the Mandarin Chinese Language
Institute in Taipei, Taiwan. She is married to Bill Miller and is a Hannah Senesh
parent of 3 kids—Marisa, 2010; Ethan, 2011; and Jared, 2014.
Kitty is a valued member of the Carroll Gardens community. Living on 2nd
place for many years, Kitty has seen the development of Senesh and knows
how important the school is to the neighborhood and beyond. Kitty uses
her extensive business background in line-of-business leadership in the
telecommunications industry to advise start-up and growth companies on
business strategy, operations excellence, management optimization, and product development and roll-out. She is on the advisory boards of Mobile Search Security LLC and consultants2go. In the community, she is President Emerita of the Board of Trustees of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and was an active member of the board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music for 10 years.
Adam has been in legal practice in New York since 1992. His work includes
federal and state criminal defense and public interest litigation. Adam was
previously an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County, New York where
he worked on major felony trials and appeals. His current practice includes
federal white-collar criminal defense as well as death penalty litigation, narcotics, international terrorism, organized crime, violent felonies and environmental crimes. Adam also serves on the board member of Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, a parks conservancy joint venture with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Adam is married to Barbara McGlamery and is parent to Lorenzo (7th grade) and Ezra, age 7.
Ellen Phillips has a deep commitment to Jewish education. She currently works
as the Assistant Librarian at the Ramaz Middle School and has sent all four of
her children to Ramaz. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester with
a Masters from City University of New York. Ellen has been a member of the
Hannah Senesh Board since 2001 and has served as Treasurer since 2002.
She and her husband Phil are residents of Cobble Hill and Ellen volunteers at Ohel Ayalah. She supports HSCDS because she believes in Jewish education for all, not just observant families. Also, because the kids love the school so much!
Emily is a co-founder of the law firm Clarick Gueron Reisbaum LLP, a litigation
boutique specializing in complex commercial and intellectual property matters.
Previously, Emily was an Assistant United States Attorney’s Office for the
Southern District of New York and an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
Emily earned her JD at New York University School of Law, and her BA at the
University of Michigan, where she met her husband Scott Medintz. She and
Scott have three children, all of whom have been at Hannah Senesh since
kindergarten: Solomon (2013), Joshua (2015), and Miranda (2019).
Marcella Kanfer Rolnick
Marcella Kanfer Rolnick focuses on creating meaning and value every day through her diverse family enterprise – which includes GOJO, the global leader in professional skin care and hygiene solutions, and an array of early-stage ventures and two philanthropic foundations. Marcella serves on multiple for-profit and non-profit boards, including American Jewish World Service. She earned her BA in Public & International Affairs at Princeton University and MBA from Stanford University. This is her first year on the Hannah Senesh Board. She and her husband, Josh, live in Prospect Heights with their three children, Meyer (4th grade), Heshel (2nd grade), and Lev (age 4).
Tori was one of the founding members of Senesh and Chair of the Board during the school’s first years. Tori rejoins the Board after a long hiatus, which she says is a little like a parent getting to know her adult child: a combination of pride, astonishment and genuine pleasure at discovering what a wonderful person the child has become. Tori’s professional career in financial services marketing spans three decades, the last twenty of which were in pension services at TIAA-CREF, where she was Vice President of Institutional Marketing Strategy. In addition to her professional career, Tori has served as president of the Park Slope Jewish Center, and president of Shir Chadash: The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus. For several years, she volunteered as a college mentor at a Brooklyn public high school. Born in the mountains of Virginia, she graduated from Guilford College in North Carolina, and completed her master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Syracuse University. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband David and their daughter Sarah (Hannah Senesh Class of 2006 and currently a Master’s student in paleo-pathology at Durham University in England.)
Andy is the Chief Operating Officer at 100 Resilient Cities, a non-profit dedicated to helping cities become better equipped to deal with the economic and natural stresses which threaten them. Andrew holds a masters degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University, as well as a BA in Economics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He lives in Clinton Hill with his wife, Micki Fagan, and their two children, Asher (4th grade) and Levi (2nd grade).
A native Chicagoan, Gina Schmeling has lived in Brooklyn since
1998. She is a graduate of Stanford University with Honors in
Humanities, and holds an MA from New York University in
Humanities and Social Thought. She was a Critical Studies Fellow at
the Whitney Museum of American Art. Gina is a nonprofit consultant
with expertise in social media integration, leadership coaching, digital
engagement and fundraising. She collaborates with professionals on
Jewish Innovation across sectors. Gina and her husband, Alani
Golanski, live in Downtown Brooklyn with sons Creeley (Class of
2017) and Cy (Class of 2020). When not online, she’s in the park with
Marion served as a Judaica librarian for the past 26 years in various settings: K-
8 day schools, JTSA as music librarian and at the high school level at Heschel.
She has MA degrees in French Literature (NYU) and Interdisciplinary Jewish
Studies (JTSA), and her degree in Library Science is from Pratt. She has two
children and four grandchildren. She is an avid cook, gardener and outdoors
person with very strong interests in the environment and organic foods. She and
her husband Ron live in Brooklyn.