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  • Dr. Dalia Hochman

    Head of School

    Dr. Dalia Hochman is Gann’s third Head of School. She began her career as a high school history teacher, school administrator, and school district leader, working on innovative high school models. Between 2010-2015, Dr. Hochman served as the Senior Program Officer for Next Generation Learning Challenges, a $20 Million dollar grant program funded by the Gates Foundation, where she funded and visited dozens of promising high schools across the United States. A graduate of Yale University (BA) and Columbia University, (PhD), Dr. Hochman has also studied at the Pardes Institute and Hebrew University during a Dorot Fellowship in Israel. Dr. Hochman credits her deep Jewish knowledge and identity, as well as her commitment to social justice, to the education she received as a graduate of Boston’s Jewish educational institutions.

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  • Ben Liston

    Interim Assistant Head of School

    Ben Liston has worked in public school, boarding school, and independent day school settings over the last 20+ years, serving in the Admission’s Office, Dean’s Office, Counseling, and administrative roles.  Before beginning his tenure at Gann Academy, he worked at The Rivers School as Director of Counseling and Wellness for seven years, developing a robust department for the Middle and Upper School Divisions there. Outside of his work with adolescents, Ben has worked on several courses as a Senior Level Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He also is currently on the Board of Trustees at Human Relations Services, a large community based mental health non-profit that serves the residents and townships of Weston, Wayland, and Wellesley.  Ben is a product of independent schools himself. He graduated Cum Laude from The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and was a two-sport Varsity athlete at Colby College.  He earned his graduate degrees from The Harvard Graduate School of Education, holds a School Adjustment Counselor/School Social worker license, and will be serving as Assistant Head of School in an interim capacity this year.
  • Marion Menzin

    Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning

    Marion Menzin is Gann’s new Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning.
    Marion joined Gann in June 2020 as a curriculum consultant managing the creation of our foundational Humanities 9 course, and moved into the role of Director of Humanities in 2021. Over the past couple of years, she has relished the opportunity to collaborate with the school’s dedicated and talented teaching faculty within a warm and inclusive environment. Marion is particularly excited about working with instructional leadership and faculty to help shape our exciting array of learning opportunities across STEAM, Humanities, and Jewish Education, supporting an academic program that prioritizes both rigor and robust student engagement and meaning-making.  Prior to working at Gann, Marion taught History, English, and Spanish, and worked as an administrator, faculty mentor, and instructional design consultant in Boston-area schools. She earned a PhD in History at Harvard, where she also consulted on high school and university-level curricula and taught undergraduate students, winning a Harvard Distinction in Teaching Award. Marion lives in Newton with her husband and four children (including a Gann graduate and current Gann students!). Marion is also a board member of Camp Yavneh and a member of Newton’s Minyan Ma’or. 
  • Rebecca Friedman

    Director of Admissions

    Rebecca Friedman is a graduate of Tufts University with a dual degree in Religion and Spanish. She is an active leader and community member across a broad scope of family and individual activities spanning spiritual, charitable, educational and synagogue life. Rebecca is the mother of four Jewish Day School children.

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  • Isaac Judd

    Chief Financial and Operations Officer

    Isaac joined Gann Academy in June of 2020 as the 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.
  • Trine Lustig

    Chief Advancement Officer

    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.
  • Jenny Gomeringer

    Director, Marketing and Communications

    Jenny joined Gann Academy in December of 2020 as Director, Marketing & Communications. Before joining Gann, Jenny served as Director, Advancement Communications at JCC Greater Boston. She has worked in corporate communications, development and marketing for over 20 years with brands such as Microsoft, Nuance, and IBM, and brings a deep passion for storytelling and brand authenticity to every role. Jenny holds a B.A. from Emerson College.

Gann Academy Board of Trustees


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Lauren Avalos, Faculty Rep.


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Honorary Trustees

Carl Blanchard
Alan Crane* 
Solomon Eisenberg
Josh Elkin
Linda Greenseid*
Bonnie Hausman*
Elizabeth Jick*
Joshua Katzen*
George Krupp
Frank Litwin*
Alan Lobovits*
Cynthia Marcus*
Shari Redstone
Shira Ruderman
Jonathan Sarna
Leo Sprecher*
Sidney Swartz

*Past Presidents