Dr. Dalia Hochman joined Gann Academy as Head of School in 2019. Dr. Hochman is well known for her leadership and strategic advisory work for Summit Public Schools, the high-profile Silicon Valley charter network funded by The Chan Zuckerberg Education Initiative. Previously, Dr. Hochman served as the Director of K-12 for Next Generation Learning Challenges, managing a $40 million grant program to seed new, innovative high schools across the United States. Dr. Hochman began her career as a high school history teacher and school administrator in New York City. She holds a BA from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
In addition to her nationally-known academic leadership, Dr. Hochman has deep connections to Judaism, Torah, and Israel. She is a graduate of Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, Prozdor at Hebrew College, and Camp Ramah Palmer. After college, Dr. Hochman studied at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem during a Dorot Fellowship in Israel.
Originally from Lexington, Dr. Hochman is married to Dr. David Schidlow, a pediatric cardiologist, and they have three children: Benjamin, Gabriel, and Eliav.
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Wendy Falchuk joined Gann Academy in 2019 as The Director of Admissions. Prior to Gann, Wendy spent many years as an educator and administrator in both Jewish and secular schools. She also served on the board of The Buckingham Browne & Nichols School and The Carroll School, as well as other non-profit organizations. Wendy brings a passion for Jewish education and educational accessibility to Gann. Wendy has a BA from The University of Hartford, an MA from Lesley University and continues to study Jewish and educational leadership. Wendy is the proud parent of two children.
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Trine Lustig has 20 years of non-profit fundraising and management experience. Prior to joining Gann, she was Vice President of Philanthropy at the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island for seven years. She spent more than a decade consulting with an array of non-profit institutions, including Brandeis University and the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School (later KSA) and also partnered with the Prospero Group to advise numerous institutions including hospitals, schools, and camps. In this capacity, she provided a comprehensive approach to agencies with diverse needs, including annual campaigns, capital campaign, planned giving, special events, and board development. Trine launched her fundraising career at the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island as Director of the Women’s Alliance and Associate Endowment Director. She is a graduate of Brown University and has a double Master’s degree from Brandeis University at the Hornstein/Heller programs. Trine lives in Easton with her husband Tedd and their three daughters.
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Isaac joined Gann Academy in June of 2020 as the Interim Chief Financial and Operations Officer. Before joining Gann, Isaac worked at Magic Beans for 16 years. He held a wide range of jobs at Magic Beans and served as their CFOO for almost ten years. Isaac holds a B.A. from Brandeis University in Economics, where he also minored in Business, and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. He serves on the board of Brandeis Hillel and has been involved with many non-profit organizations over the years. Isaac lives in Brookline with his wife Alison and their three children.
William Foster is president of the Gann Academy Board of Trustees.
William Foster has been active in the Gann community over the past seven years as a parent, board member, and overall Gann fan. William is married to Rachel Foster, the past Gann Parent Association President. They have two children attending Gann this year: Trudi '21 and Lucy '24. Their son Jacob, graduated in '19 and they look forward to their youngest child, Lilah, eventually joining the class of '27.
As a board member, William has helped Gann craft its strategy, build the trustee group, and co-chaired the search committee that recruited Dr. Hochman to Gann.
Professionally, William is the head of the consulting practice at the Bridgespan Group – an advisory firm that works with nonprofit leaders and major philanthropists worldwide. Since joining the firm in 2002, William has supported the success of some of the nonprofit sector’s most innovative philanthropies (e.g., Blue Meridian Partners, TED, Pew Charitable Trusts) and some major nonprofit transformations (e.g., Youth Villages and Anti-Defamation League). He has a particular focus on the diligence, structuring, and supports required for philanthropic “Big Bets” and strong funding models for nonprofits. William has helped his foundation clients and a number of individual donors to craft some of the largest gifts in the sector. William has published on these topics in the Harvard Business Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Prior to joining Bridgespan, William worked at Bain & Company. He received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
William looks forward to supporting Gann’s continued success over the coming years.
Michelle Black is a dedicated community leader in the Greater Boston Jewish community. She serves on the boards of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), Gann Academy, and The Rashi School. Currently, Michelle chairs CJP's Governance and Nominating Committee and is a co-chair for Rashi’s comprehensive campaign. In addition, she serves on the Governance committee for both Gann Academy and Temple Beth Elohim, as well as the development committees for Gann Academy, The Rashi School and Temple Beth Elohim.
Michelle earned her M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and spent more than 10 years working as a consultant, both to non-profits and corporate organizations in the fields of leadership development, corporate strategy and organizational change management. She now applies her business skills and experience to the non-profit arena acting as an ambassador, community builder, fundraiser, and strategic advisor.
Originally from San Francisco, Michelle lives in Waban with her husband Darren and their four children.
Elizabeth 'Liz' Cooper is secretary of the Gann Academy Board of Trustees.
Liz is an independent educational consultant, working to help high school students with learning differences navigate the college admission process. Liz is an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the Vice President of the IECA Learning Disabilities Committee. Liz is a graduate of Brandeis University and Boston University School of Law. Liz practiced bankruptcy and commercial law at the law firms of Gaston & Snow and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., and for the past 20 years has been deeply involved in Jewish and educational organizations. At Gann, Liz is a Board Officer and Trustee, and is a past President of the Gann Parent Association, past chair of the Gann Head of School Support and Evaluation Committee and served on the Head of School Search Committee. Liz is an active member of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, having served as a Trustee and on many committees, including the Rabbinic Search Committee, and was the long-time chair of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Committee. Liz has also served as PTA President in the Lexington Public Schools and as the chair of the Lexington PTA Council. Liz is a lifelong resident of the Boston area, and lives in Lexington with her husband Scott. Liz and Scott are the proud parents of two Gann alumni, Madeline ’12 (a 4th year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College) and Benjamin ’14 (a software engineer at an Artificial Intelligence start-up company in Boston).
Sheldon Hanau has worked as Chief Strategy Officer at Proficio Capital Management since 2019. Prior to his current role, Sheldon was Managing Director at Wellington Management and the Director of Industry Research Americas. Before joining Wellington, Sheldon spent 21 years at Credit Suisse, with his last position as Head of Sales and Distribution.
An active member of the Jewish community, Sheldon served as Treasurer for Young Israel of Sharon, as well as Director of Development, President, and Chairman of Striar Hebrew Academy. He currently sits on the Maimonides finance committee. Sheldon earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Chemistry from Yeshiva University.
Jill Smith has been actively involved with Gann for the past 5 years, serving as a trustee and on the Finance Committee. Jill also served for several years as a trustee of The Rashi School, and on various committees at CJP.
Professionally, she has spent nearly 20 years as a CEO of several private and public technology companies. Jill currently serves on the boards of several global public corporations and private companies. She started her career at Bain & Company, where she rose to partner, after earning her M.Sc. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
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Dr. Adam M. Koppel is Managing Director of Bain Capital Life Sciences. He initially joined Bain Capital, the Boston-based private equity firm, in 2003. Previously, Adam was EVP of Corporate Development and Chief Strategy Officer at Biogen, and was an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Co in New Jersey. He sits on the Board of Directors of Aptinyx, Cerevel Therapeutics, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Foghorn Therapeutics, Solid Biosciences and Viacyte.
Adam was a former board member at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. He currently sits on the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Board of Trustees, the Partners Healthcare Innovation Advisory Board, the Society for Neuroscience Investment Committee, and also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Boston Museum of Science.
Adam received an MD and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He also received an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an AB and AM in History and Science. Adam lives in Wellesley with his wife Brenda Haynes, MD, and three children.
Bil Zarch is the current Executive 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 has been an active professional in the Boston community as the Director of the High School at Prozdor, where he oversaw the period of growth from 150 to 900 students. 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 is an active member of the Jewish community, having served on a number of committees, boards and task forces. He currently sits on the board of The Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, and is 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 5; and Danya, grade 3 and are members at Temple Hillel B’nai Torah in West Roxbury.
Danielle Remis Hackel leads marketing at HarbourVest Partners, a global private equity firm based in Boston, focusing on business development for institutional investors and prospective clients. Prior to that, Danielle was a managing director at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the investment management division of State Street Bank and Trust.
Danielle is a director of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a trustee of Solomon Schechter Day School. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. Danielle lives in Brookline with her husband Michael and their children Rose (Gann '24) and Harris.
Deborah Margolis is the Chair of the Department of Education and Community Studies at Merrimack College, where she also serves as a Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy, as well as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs. Previously, she was an adjunct professor at Wheelock College and Lesley University.
Her area of specialty is children and adolescents’ social emotional development especially as it impacts school and other group settings; her research has been published in numerous books and scholarly journals.
A former member of the Board at the Solomon Schechter Day School of the Merrimack Valley, Professor Margolis also served on the Board of Trustees at Bellesini Academy, where she chaired its Education Subcommittee.
Professor Margolis has a Ph.D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College, a M.Ed. ins Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College/Columbia University.
Diana Lloyd is an attorney at Choate Hall & Stewart LLP where she co-chairs the firm’s Government Enforcement and Compliance practice group. Diana has more than 20 years of experience in federal and state government enforcement matters, internal investigations, and related business and securities litigation.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston, she received numerous awards for excellence from the U.S. Attorney and various federal law enforcement agencies. Diana has been ranked among the top 50 women and top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers, recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer since 2005, and is listed in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America. She has been selected for inclusion in The International Who’s Who of Business Crime Lawyers each year since 2010 and is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.
Diana lives in Sharon and has two children, both of whom graduated from Gann Academy.
Janice Gross has been practicing law as an attorney at Goulston & Storrs PC for more than 20 years. She has an expertise in real estate-related joint ventures, all forms of partnership, and mergers and acquisitions.
Originally from Montreal, Janice lives in Newton with her husband Stephen and their three children.
Jay Ruderman has focused his life’s work on seeking social justice by advocating for people with disabilities worldwide and educating Israeli leaders on the American Jewish Community. As President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, his ambitious approach has led the Foundation to become a leader in inclusion and disability rights advocacy both nationally and in Israel. Jay’s emphasis on philanthropy has been instrumental in the Foundation creating programs around the world, raising awareness on social media and the creation of the Foundation’s often cited White Papers. He has never shied away from controversy, consistently challenging Hollywood and those in power to push issues forward.
Jay graduated from Brandeis University with honors and received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jay’s career began in law as an Assistant District Attorney before enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces, becoming the Liaison between the IDF and Diaspora Jewry. After his service in the IDF, he became the Leadership Director for AIPAC in Israel. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Organization on Disability and the University of Haifa, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Funders Network and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Jay and his wife Shira live in Boston with their four children. Their daughter Tamar is in 9th grade at Gann.
Jessica Carroll is an active member of the Greater Boston Jewish community. She has played multiple roles at The Rashi School, where she served on the Board of Trustees, Co-Chaired the Parent Committee, and Chaired the Welcoming Committee; she currently serves on the Development Committee of the Board.
An active member of Temple Beth Elohim, Jessica serves on the Governance Committee and Development Committee, and has chaired the synagogue’s “Evening to Remember.”
Jessica also serves on the Development Committee and Real Estate Committee at Jewish Family & Children’s Services, and on the Parenting with Purpose Committee at Gateways, which provides special education services and support to diverse learners in Jewish educational settings.
Professionally, Jessica works in commercial real estate at United Properties Group, as the asset and property manager for more than 600,000 square feet of retail, office and industrial space. Previously, she spent over a decade at Capital One as Director of Project Management and Operations.
Jessica is a graduate from Washington University in St. Louis with a focus on Psychology and Business. Jessica lives in Dover with her husband Mike and their three children.
Jonathan (“Jonty”) Joffe is an experienced business leader focusing on the integration of strategy, structure and finance for a wide range of organizations. In addition to running his own consulting practice, he is CEO of QTec Analytics, a group of family offices investing in artificial intelligence and data analytics companies in the US, Israel and the UK. He was previously a senior partner at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte) where he ran the Strategy and Finance practice for many years.
Jonty has been involved in community affairs from a young age. He was a prominent anti-apartheid activist in South Africa, first as the President of the National Union of South African Students, and later as a human rights lawyer. He is the past President and current Board member of South Africa Partners, a Boston based non-profit supporting large-scale HIV and Early Childhood Development projects in at risk communities.
Jonty is a product of the Jewish Day School system in South Africa, having attended King David throughout his schooling, other than a period living in Israel from 1966-1968. His late father was the Honorary Life President of the South African Board of Jewish Education and a leader of the Jewish Education Committee of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Jonty has a BA (economics) and LLB from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) from Harvard Law School. He is married to Lisa Fishbayn Joffe and they have three children. Their son Jacob graduated from Gann in 2019.
Josh co-founded Causemo (acquired by The Pursuant Group), a software platform that enables nonprofits to fundraise intelligently and efficiently. He also co-founded Lesson Squad, a venture-backed software company for the music industry, and a venture capital fund that has invested in 30+ startups across healthcare, software, consumer products and other industries.
Josh is a graduate of Brandeis University (chemistry & economics) and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Joshua is a Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he is the head of the Organizational Behavior unit and faculty chair of the Program for Leadership Development, the Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning, and the MAOZ HBS executive education program. Previously Joshua served on the board of Solomon Schechter Day School, where he chaired the Head Support and Evaluation Committee.
Joshua received his B.A. from Yale University and his A.M. (Sociology) and Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University, where he was also a Fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions. Joshua joined the HBS faculty in 2000 after three years on the faculty at the University of Michigan as a Fellow in the Society of Scholars.
Joshua and his wife Sara Schutzman live in Brookline with their daughter Yael (Gann Class of 2023). They are members of Congregation Kehillath Israel.
Leigh Weiss is a leader in McKinsey & Company’s North American Organization Practice. For 20 years she has lead client work on organizational effectiveness in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to McKinsey, Leigh served for a year on the faculty of the Harvard Business School as a post-doctoral fellow. She was also an investment banking financial analyst at Goldman Sachs in London.
Leigh earned an A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is a former trustee of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, home of PJ Library, and is an active member of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. Leigh and her twins live in Cambridge with her partner Ken.
Lisa Popik Coll has been involved with Jewish social service, education, and Israel-related organizations in the Boston area for more than 20 years. She currently sits on the boards of Gann Academy and Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools.
Lisa graduated from Mount Holyoke College, earned a master’s degree in geography from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She worked in the capital planning department of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and then switched gears to work on several political campaigns. She was then a political analyst at Harvard’s Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East. She worked closely on the launch of Family Table (New England’s Jewish Food Pantry) and served as a consultant to Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) on many of its programs, including the recently launched Jewish hospice program.
Lisa and her husband Arieh reside in Newton and are the proud parents of three children, all of whom graduated from the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston (SSDS) and attended Gann Academy. Lisa and Arieh are passionate about making day school affordable and accessible to all who desire a Jewish education.
Michael J. Bohnen is the founding chair of Gann Academy. A self-described “day school junkie,” he was president of Solomon Schechter Day School (SSDS) of Greater Boston and national chair of Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, which merged into Prizmah: the Center for Jewish Day Schools. An active leader in the Jewish community, Michael was also chair of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and served as national chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.
Professionally, he has been president of the Adelson Family Foundation since 2007. Prior to that, he was a partner at the Boston law firm of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, where he is now of counsel. Michael was listed in Best Lawyers in America, Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Chambers USA. He is the co-author of a book about Massachusetts Corporate Law and taught at Boston University and Northeastern Law Schools.
Michael is a graduate of Providence Hebrew Day School, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School. He lives in Newton with his wife Joyce. They have great two daughters (both day school graduates), two wonderful sons-in-law and four amazing grandchildren (all in day schools).
Michelle Herzlinger has been a professional secondary school educator, in both Jewish and secular school settings, for public and private institutions in New York City. Most of her career was spent at The Rodeph Sholom School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where Michelle was a secular classroom teacher and later served as the Department Head of Jewish Studies for Early Childhood through eighth grade.
Michelle has served on numerous boards and committees for several Jewish organizations including Westchester Fairfield Hebrew Academy in Greenwich, CT; Jewish Family Services of Greenwich; The Abraham Joshua Heschel School in Manhattan; and most recently Gateways Access to Jewish Education in Boston. Currently, Michelle serves on both the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for The Maimonides School in Brookline, MA. She holds a B.A. in English and Jewish Studies from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and received her M.A. in Teaching and Curriculum from Teachers College at Columbia University. She has three children, one at Gann and two at Maimonides.
Nicole Gann has dedicated much time in recent years to volunteering in the Jewish community. Currently, she serves on the board of the Jewish Community Relations Council, where she is a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.
She also serves on the board of Camp Yavneh, where she is a member of the Executive Committee.
Until 2018, Nicole was on the board of the Jewish Community Day School (JCDS), serving as co-chair of the Development Committee. In March of this year, she co-chaired the JCDS annual fundraiser, Matters of Taste.
Nicole is a graduate of the Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program, and is a proud member of the “Acharai Chai” class.
She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and Boston University’s School of Law. She is an attorney, licensed in both California and Massachusetts, although not currently practicing.
Originally from California, Nicole and her husband, Josh, live in Newton with their three children.
Scott Cohen formerly served as president of the Gann Academy Board of Trustees and currently serves as chair of the Governance Committee.
Scott is a serial entrepreneur and investor in the media space. A veteran of both print and online media businesses, Scott was on the team that built, launched, and ran The Boston Globe’s Boston.com. He went on to start and sell three companies, invest in others, and is currently the co-founder of an information service based in Cambridge.
He is an active member of the Boston Jewish community, serving on the Jewish Learning and Engagement Commission at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), and is the immediate past chair of CJP’s Day School Education Commission. Scott is a supporter, mentor, director and/or advisor to numerous organizations focused on Israel, including Our Generation Speaks at Brandeis University’s Heller School, MassChallenge-Israel, Achim L’Chaim (“Brothers For Life”), The Israel Project, AIPAC, and others. He also helped launch JNS, a global news syndication service that is successfully embedding objective coverage on Israel into mainstream media.
Scott lives in Needham with his wife Kathleen. They have two children at Gann Academy and one Gann graduate at Skidmore College.
Sean is the CEO of Newton based SixCapital, LLC. SixCapital is a real estate private equity and investment firm that specializes in commercial and multi-family assets in the Greater Boston area. As CEO of SixCapital Sean is responsible for overseeing the company’s executive team, sourcing investment portfolio assets and orchestrating Six Capital’s vertical corporate platform. He has managed limited liability companies that own and operate real estate for more than 15 years. In addition to running SixCapital, Sean is a Founder and Principal of Wilder & Chavez LLC, and Sycamore Property Management.
Sean is a Trustee at Gann Academy and a member of the Finance Committee. Sean also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Rashi School where he was a past Treasurer. Sean has a B.A. from Boston College and earned his M.B.A. from the Boston University Questrom School of Management.
Talia is a family mediator at The Mediation Group in Brookline and serves on the ethics committee at Boston Children's Hospital. She spent the last part of her career as the program director of the Young Parents Program at Boston Children's Hospital. She is an active member and former board member of the Washington Square Minyan and Minyan Kol Rinah in Brookline, and a volunteer mediator at the Community Dispute Settlement Center.
Talia lives in Brookline with her husband, Yoni, and their four children, who all attend Boston's Jewish Community Day School (JCDS). Originally from the Chicago area, Talia is a graduate of Ida Crown Jewish Academy, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics. She has also studied at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Pardes in Jerusalem.