Rabbi Marc Baker has served as Gann Academy's Head of School since June 2007. A native of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, Marc attended Phillips Academy Andover and received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University. Marc then spent four years at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem as the recipient of a Dorot Fellowship and as a pioneer of the Pardes Educators Program. He received his M.A. in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Danny Landes, Director and Rosh Yeshiva of Pardes. Marc has participated in the Day School Leadership Training Institute, a program of the William Davidson Graduate School of Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary and in "Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership from The Principals' Center" at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2011 he was one of five Jewish educators from across the country to receive the Pomegranate Prize from The Covenant Foundation which honors and nurtures exceptional, emerging professionals. Marc lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife, Jill, and their four children, Elisha (Gann '21), Meital, Maor and Alanna.
Rabbi Marc Baker Chosen as Next CJP President
Gann Academy proudly congratulates Head of School Rabbi Marc Baker who has been selected as the next President of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). We are excited to see Rabbi Baker recognized for the combination of vision, intellect, and compassion that we so appreciate at Gann. Rabbi Baker will remain at Gann throughout the current school year, and will assume his new role in July. The Gann Board and Senior Leadership Team have already begun planning for the future, with confidence and excitement about what lies ahead.
Jacob Pinnolis joined Gann Academy in 2005 and has served as Director of Teaching and Learning since 2011, overseeing Gann's academic department chairs and guiding the professional development of the faculty. Jacob manages a robust program of reflective teaching, feedback and mentorship that is a cornerstone of Gann's educational approach. Prior to his current role, Jacob taught Tanakh and Mishnah at Gann and the Solomon Schechter High School of New York. A past recipient of awards in Jewish education from JTS and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Jacob has led workshops on reflective teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has edited Gleanings, an online journal of Jewish Education. Earlier in his career, Jacob taught philosophy at the University of Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of California at Berkeley, and he continues to teach analytical philosophy at Gann. A graduate of Harvard University and The Jewish Theology Seminary's Davidson School, Jacob lives in Newton with his wife Sarah. Together, they are proud parents of Ayelet (Gann '12) and Noah.
Farrah Rubenstein leads the school's recruitment and admissions efforts, works with colleagues in academics and student life to ensure the successful transition of new students to Gann, and oversees the committee of faculty and staff that reviews applications of prospective students and families. Farrah joined Gann Academy in 2013 as the school's first Director of Enrollment Management. Before coming to Gann, Farrah worked at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), where she was the Director of Leadership and Board Development and a Major Gifts Officer. She has nearly 20 years of experience in education, development, and volunteer engagement in the Boston Jewish community. She is a graduate of Brandeis University. Farrah lives in Natick with her husband and their two children.
Gail Schulman is Gann Academy's Chief Operating Officer, where she is responsible for all of Gann's business functions including Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Community Partnerships, Financial Aid, Facilities, Technology and Operations. Gail also oversees and implements major initiatives at the school. Prior to joining Gann in 2016, Gail spent more than 20 years managing complex businesses in the high tech sector, serving as CEO, COO, and head of strategy. She also consulted to numerous technology companies, focusing on strategy, operations, and business development. A passionate volunteer leader, Gail has served as the board chair of Kesher Newton, led committees focused on youth and education at Temple Reyim, and served as fundraising and recruitment chair at Teen Voices. She is a graduate of Harvard University. Gail lives in Newton with her husband and two children.
Frank Tipton oversees the overall educational program and manages the daily educational operations of Gann Academy. Frank joined Gann in 2015 with two decades of administrative and teaching experience in secondary schools, most recently as a Dean of Students and Instructor of History and the Social Sciences at Phillips Academy Andover. At Phillips Andover, Frank also served as a house counselor, academic advisor, and as a member of the Community and Multicultural Development Office. Prior to that appointment, Frank acted as college counselor and taught history at the Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, OH. He began his secondary school career as a history teacher at Wellesley High School in Wellesley, MA. Frank is a graduate of Columbia University and has a master's degree from Georgetown University. He currently lives in Lexington with his husband, Jonathan Krasner, and his children Ariel (Gann ‘20) and Gideon.
Jennifer Weinstock has more than 20 years of development experience and, prior to Gann in 2013, she was Strategy Manager for Growing Annual Fund Revenue at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education for six years, and spent more than a decade at WGBH, Boston's public broadcasting station, as the senior Major Gifts officer, Director of Stewardship, and Director of the Major Gifts Annual Fund. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and was in the first cohort of the Wexner Field Fellowship. Jennifer lives in Brookline with her husband Amiel and three sons, Aaron, Jonah (Gann '21) and Nathan who all attend Jewish day school and Jewish camp.
Frank Litwin currently serves as the president of the Gann Academy Board of Trustees.
Frank is a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council and has been actively engaged at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), including participating in the Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program, co-chairing the CJP Lawyers Team, and co-chairing the CJP Attorneys’ and Accountants’ Dinner. Frank has been actively involved at The Rashi School, including serving on the building committee which secured and developed the new Rashi School campus.
Frank is a director and former executive committee member at Goulston & Storrs, an Am Law 200 firm. His legal practice specializes in complex commercial real estate matters.
Frank graduated with a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and received a J.D. from the Harvard Law School. Frank is involved in various professional associations and organizations and he has held numerous committee and board positions with a number of organizations, including the American Bar Association, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and the Boston Bar Association.
Frank and his wife Barbara live in Newton, and all three of their children have attended Gann Academy.
Scott Cohen is president-elect of the Gann Academy Board of Trustees and 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 cofounder 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.
Lisa F. Wallack is a vice president of the Gann Academy Board of Trustees. She serves as co-chair of Gann’s comprehensive campaign and previously as co-chair of Gann’s Annual Fund Committee. She also serves on Gann’s Nominating and Governance Committee.
Lisa is also involved at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), where she serves as co-chair of CJP’s Annual Campaign, as co-chair of CJP’s Strategic Israel Engagement Committee, as a member of CJP’s Board of Directors, its Development Committee, Governance and Nominating Committee, and Commission on Strategic Priorities. Lisa is a former co-chair and former participant in the Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program, a recipient of the Circle of Excellence Awards for both Leadership and Growth, and the Young Leadership Award. She is a graduate of the United Jewish Communities Young Leadership Cabinet and CJP’s Me’ah program.
Lisa is also involved at The Rashi School where she co-chaired the Campaign for Rashi and was a longstanding member of The Rashi School Board of Trustees. She is also very involved at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) where she serves as the president of the New England chapter and a member of the international board of directors.
Lisa holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D., summa cum laude, from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Lisa and her husband Neil live in Weston and are members of Temple Beth Elohim. They have three children, all of which attended The Rashi School and either are attending or graduated from Gann Academy.
Adam Suttin is the treasurer of the Gann Academy Board of Trustees.
Adam is the managing partner and co-founder of J.W. Childs Associates, a private equity firm. Prior to joining J.W. Childs, Adam was with Thomas H. Lee Company.
Currently, Adam serves as the president of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and as a board director of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). He is a graduate of the Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program.
Adam received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Moore School of Engineering of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Newton with his wife Hope and their three children.
Elizabeth 'Liz' Cooper is secretary of the Gann Academy Board of Trustees.
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, has served on and chaired several committees, and is a past President of the Gann Parent Association. Liz also chairs the Gann Head of School Support and Evaluation 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 has been 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 graduate of Dartmouth College and current rabbinical student at HUC-JIR) and Benjamin, ’14 (a Dartmouth College senior, majoring in Computer Science).
Benjamin Sigel is the clerk of the Gann Academy Board of Trustees.
Ben is an attorney and director of client and community relations with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovesky and Popeo, P.C.
He is currently a board member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), American Jewish Committee (AJC) New England, the American Society of the University of Haifa, the New England-Israel Business Council (NEIBC) and the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB). He is also an active member of the Israel and Overseas Committee of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston, and actively involved with the Jewish Community Center (JCC).
Ben is a member of the Washington Square Minyan. He and his wife Gabrielle live in Brookline with their four children.
Rabbi Marc Baker, Head of School Gail Schulman Farrah Rubenstein Jennifer Weinstock Frank Tipton Rabbi Sara Meirowitz
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.
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).
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.
Alan Crane’s Jewish communal activities have included serving as president of the board of trustees of Gann Academy, president of Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, and vice president of Temple Reyim. Alan is currently a member of the board of directors of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), and serves on the CJP Commission on Strategic Priorities and as co-chair of the CJP Jewish Learning and Engagement Commission.
Alan is a partner and entrepreneur at Polaris Partners, a venture capital firm where he works with leading academics to start and build biotechnology companies focused on discovering and developing novel drugs to treat life-threatening diseases. Alan has served as founder, chairman and CEO of multiple companies and has been involved in five initial public offerings and several company acquisitions.
Additionally, Alan is actively involved in the life sciences initiative at Harvard where he serves on the selection committee for the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab and has served as an expert-in-residence at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Alan has also served as a board member of the Boston Children’s Hospital Trust and founder of the Autism Consortium.
Alan earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, master’s degree and M.B.A. all from Harvard and also attended Harvard Medical School for two years prior to deciding to pursue a business career.
He and his wife Leslie have three children all of whom attended Gann Academy.
Rachel Foster will be president of the Gann Parent Association for the 2018- 2019 academic year. While currently focused on raising her four children, she has been a teacher, independent school admissions officer, as well as worked in human resources and investor relations for a high-tech startup in Silicon Valley. Rachel majored in human development and family studies at Cornell University and earned a Master’s in Education from Lesley University.
Rachel is an active volunteer at each of her kids' schools as well as the Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) program for new moms.
William Foster is a partner and head of the consulting practice at Bridgespan. Since joining the firm in 2002, William has supported the success of some of the sector’s leading nonprofits and philanthropies, with a focus on issues of strategy and scale. His clients have included Youth Villages, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and Communities in Schools. William works closely with Bridgespan’s office heads and partner group to help guide the overall consulting practice.
Based on his clients’ experiences, William has dedicated himself to research on the topic of nonprofit funding models and their relationship to philanthropy. Among his publications are: “When You’ve Made Enough to Make a Difference” (Harvard Business Review, 2011), “Ten Nonprofit Funding Models” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2009), “How Nonprofits Get Really Big” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2007), and“Should Nonprofits Seek Profits” (Harvard Business Review, 2005).
William has served as the Executive Director of the Jacobson Family Foundation, an outcomes-oriented funder making grants in the United States and Israel.
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 lives outside of Boston with his wife Rachel and their four children.
Linda Greenseid is a retired certified ophthalmic technician. She has been an active member of the Jewish community for the past 37 years, serving as president of Epstein Hillel School (formerly Cohen Hillel Academy) from 1988-1992 and as president of Gann Academy from 2000-2003. She has also served on the boards of the Solomon Schechter Day School Association, Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA), and North Shore Teen Initiative (NSTI). Linda worked at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, which merged into Prizmah: the Center for Jewish Day Schools, as chair of the Community of Practice on Leadership.
Linda is the recipient of the Bureau of Jewish Education Keter Torah Award, the Cohen Hillel Academy Leadership Award, the Ernie Haas Presidential Leadership Award and, together with her husband David, the Israel Bonds Unity Award. Now living in Florida for much of the year, she serves on the Grandparents Committee at Donna Klein Jewish Academy where two of her grandchildren are enrolled.
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.
Danielle Remis Hackel will shortly assume the role as head of marketing at HarbourVest, a private equity firm. Most recently, Danielle was a managing director at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the investment management division of State Street Bank and Trust. Prior to joining SSgA, Danielle worked for Deutsche Bank in New York and in London.
Danielle is a trustee of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and chairs the Financial Services Committee of Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). 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 two children.
Josh co-founded Causemo, a venture-backed donor acquisition platform that enables nonprofits to fundraise intelligently and efficiently. He also co-founded two online marketplaces, Lesson Squad and Write Wedding, and is retained by startups to assist with go-to-market and fundraising activities.
Josh received a B.A. in Economics and Chemistry from Brandeis University and is now pursuing an M.B.A. at Harvard Business School.
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.
Cynthia Marcus is a strong supporter of Jewish education and of Israel. She is a past president of Gann Academy, and a current trustee of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) New England, Boston Jewish Film Festival, and American Society for Technion. Additionally, Cynthia is a past trustee of Women’s Philanthropy at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), past chair of CJP’s Boston Haifa Committee, and past co-chair of CJP’s Annual Campaign.
Cynthia and her husband Bill live in Chestnut Hill. They have three children and six wonderful grandchildren.
Sharon Mishkin has been involved in many organizations over the years including Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), The American Heart Association, Chabad at Chestnut Hill, Gift of Life, Israeli American Council (IAC), AIPAC, and Gateways. Currently, Sharon is on the board of Friends of the IDF (FIDF) and the board of overseers at Children’s hospital. She also volunteers at Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston (SSDS) where three of her four children attend.
Sharon graduated from Concordia University then went on and earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Education from McGill University. She taught at Solomon Schechter Day School in Montreal for five years.
Originally from Montreal, Sharon lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband Mark and their four children.
Yakir Siegal is a partner in the Monitor Deloitte Strategy practice at Deloitte Consulting. He has worked in a variety of industries since originally joining Monitor Group in 1994, including life sciences, energy, manufacturing, construction, consumer products, information services, telecommunications, high technology, and financial services. Within these industries, he has worked on corporate and business unit strategy, commercial capability building, marketing and organic growth strategy, stakeholder management, new business development, leadership development, and organizational design. He currently focuses on the life sciences and healthcare industry, advising clients on ways to navigate through a rapidly changing environment. Yakir rejoined Monitor in September, 2011, after spending two and a half years as EVP Strategic Planning and a member of the Executive Committee at Suffolk Construction. Prior to joining Monitor, Yakir received an A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University, where his research focused on ultrafast laser spectroscopy, semiconductor physics, and nonlinear optics.
Yakir was one of four students that made up the first graduating class of the Jewish Day School in San Antonio, which his parents helped found, so he understands the value of a Day School education. Yakir lives in Brookline with his wife Wendy and their two daughters, a junior at Gann and a recent Gann graduate.
Jill Smith has been CEO of several private and public technology companies, and is currently president and CEO of Allied Minds, a UK-listed intellectual property commercialization company. Jill also serves on the boards of several global corporations and private companies.
Jill earned her M.Sc. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and started her career at Bain & Company, where she rose to partner and worked in the London and Boston offices. Her personal and business travels have taken her to more than 60 countries, and she speaks several foreign languages.
Jennifer Slifka Vidal has served in leadership roles, on the boards of, and in various committees at The Rashi School, Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center, and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP).
Jennifer is a graduate of Tufts University and American University’s Washington College of Law. She is an attorney, although not currently practicing.
Jennifer and her husband Luis live in Newton and are active members of the Boston Jewish community. They have three children, the eldest is currently serving in the Israel Defense Forces.
Leigh Weiss is a leader in McKinsey & Company’s North American Organization Practice. During her 17 years with McKinsey she has led work with clients in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors on organization design, governance, transformational change, and talent management. 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 currently serves on the board of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, home of PJ Library, and is an active member of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. Leigh is the mother of twins currently in the 5th grade.
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