Immediate Past President
|Rabbi Brett Isserow|
|Jackie Flynn Sheckels|
Sandy Barmak, Stephen A. Bodzin*, Lynne Bolotin, Warren Cohen, Jerome Dick*, Bennett Finkelstein, Isaac Fleischmann*, Michael Friedlander, Manny Gale*, Suzy Goldhammer*, Carol Gordon, Joyce Grand, Jean Gurman, Herman Hohauser, Trish Kent, Chet W. Kessler, Bunni Latkin, Alvin Pesachowitz, Connie Pesachowitz, Allon Shiff, Lawrence Vogel
*of blessed memory
In May 2019, we welcomed our new board members who are diverse geographically, and also by age, gender, professional skills, and backgrounds. They also bring extensive Jewish knowledge, former synagogue leadership, young leadership, business acumen, HR, and management experience. You'll find below bios for our Class of 2018-2019.
David Yaffe is a semi-retired energy lawyer and is Senior Counsel to the Washington, D.C. law firm of Van Ness Feldman LLP. He also has been an Adjunct Professor of Energy Law at the George Washington University Law School for the past ten years.
David has a long history of involvement in the Northern Virginia and national Jewish communities. He and his wife, Deborah, have been longtime members of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria. He is a past co-president of that congregation and led the extensive renovation of the synagogue. He was the last chair of Hillels of Greater Washington and has been a Board Member and a Past Officer of Hillel International for the past nine years. David was a Board Member of the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning, a recipient agency of The Jewish Federation of
Greater Washington. He has been active at the J for the past few years as chair of its leadership development committee for several years and as president-elect.
David is Past President of the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association and was a member of the University’s Board of Trustees through June 2018.
David and Deborah reside in Arlington. Their immediate family includes two grown daughters, a son-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Susan Kristol moved to Northern Virginia in 1985. She and her family are members of Congregation Olam Tikvah, where she served as president. Susan volunteers in the Fairfax County school system and with MarineParents.com, a national organization that provides support to Marines and their family members. She has also served on the board of the Washington Chamber Symphony, the Madeira School, and Gesher
Jewish Day School.
After receiving a Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University, Susan taught Greek and Latin at the University of Pennsylvania and Brandeis University. She enjoys teaching adult education classes on Biblical topics at Olam Tikvah and studying Biblical Hebrew at Adat Shalom in Bethesda. She and her husband Bill have three married children and five grandchildren.
Yelena Lingel is an Executive with Accenture Federal Services supporting government clients with a focus on change management and system implementation.
She became involved with the J through the Strategic Planning Task Force and has since served on various committees, currently serving as the Chair of Leadership Development. In her free time, Yelena enjoys spending time with friends and family. She is well-known as a foodie, and when schedules allow she loves traveling.
Born in Ukraine, raised in Baltimore, Yelena received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Maryland, double majoring in Finance and Supply Chain Management. She currently lives in Merrifield with her husband, Derek, and son, Max, who loves attending the preschool at the Pozez JCC.
Eleanor Saslaw is a career educator. She has been a teacher, and a counselor, both in the school setting and in private practice. Additionally, she served as a Director of Student Services in Fairfax County Public Schools and taught graduate counseling courses at George Mason University. In 2004, Eleanor was appointed to the State Board of Education and served until 2012. She was elected as its President in 2010.
Eleanor presently serves as the Immediate Past Chair and member of the Virginia Community College System Board.
Eleanor was originally a charter member of the J, and then rejoined a couple of years ago. Eleanor chairs the Pozez JCC Committee for a Just and Caring Community.
David Selden, a native of New Jersey, has lived and worked in greater Washington since the early 1980s. Employed with ICF since 2004, David is Senior Vice President for business development and special projects involving business strategy, process improvement, and other cross-company and interdisciplinary pursuits. His business development work involves diverse Federal and State government public policy and governance issues concerning environmental protection, public health, transportation, natural disaster recovery, homeland security, housing, and community development. David has a B.A. in Geography from Clark University and an M.S. in Cartography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
David is the Immediate Past-President of Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation (NVHC) where he has been a member for more than 30 years. He traces his deep commitment to Judaism, the Jewish community, and Israel to his family upbringing and in particular his volunteer experience in Israel during the Yom Kippur War and subsequent studies at Hebrew University. David writes poetry, enjoys mentoring colleagues, and gets tremendous satisfaction from helping people find employment and develop their career paths. David shares this love and commitment to helping others and all things Hewish with his wife Julie Wallick. David and Julie live in Reston.
Edward Weiss practices law with Bregman, Berbet, Schwartz & Gilday, LLC where he concentrates on corporate, intellectual property, and commercial law. He has assumed leadership positions in various Bar associations, is widely published on law-related topics, and has been a frequent lecturer on various IT and corporate law subjects.
Ed earned his B.A. from Dickinson College, his M.A. from the University of Illinois, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Ed has served as a member of the Executive Committee and Secretary of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington; as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Food for Others; as a Trustee of Gesher JDS; as President of Congregation Olam Tikvah; as a Member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer of JSSA of Greater Washington; as an Assistant Scout Master for BSA Troop 1533; and he has tutored adults with disabilities at NOVA Community College.
Ed is married to Karen Tovey. They have two adult sons, Josh and Ben.
Lisa Miller started her career as a research biologist at the Cancer Institute of NIH and moved into management positions after starting her family. Most recently, she was president and an owner of Dynaxys, a women-owned technology and accounting contractor in Silver Spring. In addition to its business success, the company achieves substantial local recognition for its effort to achieve workplace excellence and in its promotion of employee health and wellness. Prior to joining Dynaxys, Lisa was a Senior Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) in its Washington D.C. government consulting practice where she was the Account Manager for the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Education with a focus on strategy and process
improvement. As a volunteer, Lisa conceived of and developed two before- and after-school daycare programs in Montgomery County Public Schools; was President of the Board of Directors of the Westmoreland Early Childhood Program, and served as a member of the Board of the Montgomery County Child Day Care Association.
Lisa grew up in Bridgeport, CT and in Brooklyn, NY and attended the University of Wisconsin. She has two children and two grandchildren.
Since meeting her partner, Bennett Finkelstein, and moving to Virginia, she has heard many heartwarming stories of the herculean efforts and community impact in the birth and growth of the J. Impressed with the wealth of programs offered and reminded of the importance that the Pozez JCC played in her life, as well as in the lives of her family, she wanted to use her expertise to support J’s efforts to enhance community. She joined the Pozez JCC Board in 2016 and served in the role of Assistant Treasurer prior to assuming her new responsibilities as Treasurer.
William Gale grew up in Annandale and moved back to Northern Virginia after a hiatus in California. He is the Arjay and Frances Miller Chair in Federal Economic Policy in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. He is Co-Director of the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture of the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute and author of Fiscal Therapy: Curing America's Debt Addiction and Investing in the Future. He is the proud father of two adult children (who attended preschool at the J), an avid tennis player and yogi, and lives in Fairfax with his partner Diane Lim.
Edward Faggen is a native of Brooklyn, NY, and a graduate of Samuel J. Tilden High School and Brooklyn College, where he was the president of the House Plan Association, an organization of social groups. That is where he met Tamara, whom he married during his second year of law school at Rutgers University. Ed worked in Washington for the Federal Aviation Administration. He became the FAA’s lawyer for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. When the airports were transferred to the newly formed Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, he left the government and became the first general counsel and vice president of the Airports Authority.
Now retired, he devotes his time to volunteering in citizenship, literacy, and ESL training, his community association, the City of Fairfax arts community, and on the board of the Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (the J). He also served as Board President of the Northern Virginia Youth Symphony Association when his daughter was a member of the orchestra.
Ed and Tamara are long-time members of the J, where their two children went to Camp Achva, and of Congregation Olam Tikvah, where the children were bar and bat mitzvah. Their children now live in Newton, MA, and Chicago, IL and they have two wonderful grandchildren in Newton.
Robert A. Shapiro, received a B.S. in Pharmacy and worked as an executive for a regional drug store chain in Michigan. Subsequently, he joined a trade association in Virginia and was an executive at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. He was appointed to the State Board of Pharmacy by the Governor of Michigan where he served eight years, four as Chairman. He has served on numerous professional committees, including the Wayne State University, College of Pharmacy, and Oakland University, School of Nursing, advisory boards.
Bob was active at the JCC of Metro Detroit, where he served 12 years as a Board member and Officer. Since moving to Arlington, he has spent 10 years as a Board member of our J. He and his wife, Maureen, are members of Agudas Achim Congregation, where he also served as a Board member and Officer. They have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Scott Brown brings three decades of experience to his coaching practice, Scott Brown Leadership Coaching, LLC, which he founded in 2015. He served as Executive Vice President and Vice President for Talent at Hillel’s International Headquarters, focusing on professional leadership, recruitment, and hiring for a diverse, global workforce. Before joining Hillel’s International Headquarters, he was Executive Director of Hillel at University of Maryland. In its early years, Scott served as Associate
Executive Director of the Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia designing and developing new programs while overseeing the transition to the new facility — our current building. Scott began his professional career leading Jewish overnight camps in Cleveland and St. Louis. He currently serves as Immediate Past President of the J and Vice President of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Scott has served on the board of Bread for the City.
Scott holds a certificate in Leadership Coaching from the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University. He has been designated at an advanced level as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and works with clients throughout the country. Through his commitment to innovation and leadership, he earned Hillel the prestigious Prism Award from the Metro DC chapter of ICF. He also was honored by the Washington Business Journal Human Resources Leadership Awards for Ethics and Mentoring. Fairfax County (Virginia) Public Schools recognized his volunteer leadership with their Human Relations Award, and Hillel awarded him the Exemplar of Excellence Award, its highest honor for professional staff. He earned an M.A. in Management from Webster University and a B.A. from Ohio University. Scott has been married for over 30 years and has three children and two grandchildren.
Harold G. Belkowitz is an attorney at Belkowitz Law, PLLC, located in Fairfax. Harold practices education law (primarily special education law and school discipline), business litigation, and employment law throughout Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He is committed to serving our community and volunteers his time to several organizations, as well as serving as a Commissioner on the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission. Harold graduated from Brandeis University and Syracuse University College of Law.
Harold and his wife, Cheri, live in Fairfax Station and have three children – Allison (who just received her Master's Degree in psychology from Brandeis University), Emily (who attends Goucher College), and Sam (who attends South County High School and will attend Miami University in Ohio in the fall).
Linda Blair "took the [road] less traveled by/and that has made all the difference" (Robert Frost). Marrying almost 56 years ago, nurturing a growing family of four children as they all participated in Tex's career military exploits, the family moved a lot, finally settling in Springfield, Virginia. She reopening her educational pathways to continue her college education, earning a B.A. and M.A. in English from George Mason University and a Ph.D. in American Literature from The George Washington University. Her career direction in Fairfax County Public Schools wound through teaching English and The Theory of Knowledge, serving as an English Department Chair and ultimately the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Coordinator at Thomas A. Edison High School. Since returning nine years ago, she has shifted her compass, traveling extensively with Tex and often with one or all of her five grandchildren. Perhaps the most surprising and fulfilling route, the powerful intersection of mind, body, and soul, has been almost daily physical fitness training at the J and the honor of being part of the Pozez JCC Board.
Cynthia Cohen has been involved in Virginia's Jewish community for many years, after moving to this area to complete her medical training in 1985. Currently a psychiatrist in private practice, she specializes in anxiety disorders and enjoys teaching Georgetown and VCU medical students as well as The George Washington University psychiatry residents. Her ultimate goal is to help physicians communicate with patients in a caring, effective manner. Among several leadership roles for the J over the years, she has served on the Pozez JCC board and co-chaired galas and helped develop the leadership development program.
Cindy holds a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and an M.D. from Pennsylvania University College of Medicine and completed her residency at Georgetown University.
In her not so plentiful spare time, she plays the flute and joins Chabad of Fairfax activities along with her husband Lee. She has two fantastic sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and five awesome grandchildren.
Cindy grew up in Huntington, NY in a family dedicated to community service and values continuing that tradition by serving on the Pozez JCC Board.
Fred Diamond is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Excellence in Sales (IES), a leading provider of enterprise sales training, programs, and services for the world's top companies including Oracle, Salesforce, and Intel. Fred is also the host of the award-winning Sales Game Changers Podcast.
Fred presently serves on The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Board of Directors, is a member of Congregation Beth Emeth, and raises funds for the Northern Virginia Family Service. A native of Philadelphia, Fred religiously follows the Phillies and takes photos of every Wawa he passes. He has a B.A. from Emory University and an M.B.A. from San Jose State University. Fred has three children, one of each residing in Northern Virginia, Harrisonburg, and Royal Oak, Michigan.
Marilyn Hausfeld has been part of the Pozez JCC since its inception and has been instrumental in the success of many of its programs. She was the Co-Chair for Fair in the Square, the first Jewish fair in Northern Virginia. Marilyn founded the Center Company, the professional theatre of the Pozez JCC, and acted as artistic director for 15 years. She co-chaired the Camp Achva 2007 Reunion and Co-Chaired the 2008 JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® held in Fairfax and has done major fundraising on the J’s behalf. She has been on the Pozez JCC Board so many times, she can't remember when she
started, or stopped!
Professionally, Marilyn is an actor/singer who has performed on many Washington area stages including The National Theatre, Kennedy Center, Round House, Theater J, Source, U.S. Holocaust Museum, and the Smithsonian. In addition, she created the role of Debbie Strauss on NBC's Homicide.
Marilyn comes from Brooklyn, NY and received her B.A. in English from Brooklyn College. She earned an M.A. from The George Washington University. She was chosen as a fellow at the International Cabaret Conference at Yale where she performed at the Iseman Theatre.
Marilyn and her husband, Michael have lived in Virginia all their married life and have three children and four grandchildren.
Rabbi Brett Isserow was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was a partner in a firm of Chartered Accountants and Auditors until leaving South Africa for Israel in 1986. Ordained in June 1991 from Hebrew Union College's Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio, he began his tenure as Assistant Rabbi of The Temple and was named an Associate in May 1994.
Rabbi Isserow is the Rabbi Emeritus of Beth El Hebrew Congregation and also involved in the wider community as a Board Member of the Pozez JCC; as a member of the Ethics Committee of Inova Alexandria Hospital; as a Vice President of both the Washington Board of Rabbis and President of the Mid-Atlantic CCAR Board and in a number of other interfaith and Jewish organizations. Currently, he serves on the Budget and Finance Committee of the CCAR and as Co-Chair of the Audit
Committee. In 2016, Rabbi Isserow received an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College in honor of his serving 25 years in the active Rabbinate.
Rabbi Isserow is married to Rabbi Jinny Isserow, an artist, and they have two children, Anna and Jesse.
Lisa Kubiske is a recently-retired U.S. Diplomat who enjoyed a career in Latin America, China, and Washington D.C. Starting from coordinating U.S. search teams following a major earthquake in Mexico in 1985; assignments focused on democracy, prosperity, and security; she rose through the ranks to become U.S. Ambassador to Honduras (2011-2014). Her overseas assignments have included Brazil, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Shanghai. She served under Secretary of State Shultz in the State Department's Operations Center and Executive Secretariat Staff. She earned State's highest award for her earthquake relief work. Prior to joining State, Lisa was an economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since retirement, Lisa has been a guest lecturer at universities and think tanks on Honduras development, and diplomacy.
Lisa joined the J while the main building was still under construction. She and her family have attended many of its programs over the years. With the help of a superb personal trainer at the J, she lost 45 pounds (over two years), and gained a whole new group of friends from the J-Fit Health Club! She especially enjoys the J's principles of inclusiveness and community service.
Lisa and her husband reside in Fairfax. Their immediate family includes two grown sons and a daughter and son-in-law, plus a granddaughter.
Sam Pozez grew up in Washington D.C. and attended Georgetown Day School from K-12. He currently graduated from American University Washington College of Law. At school, he enjoyed his work as a pro bono student attorney for the community and economic development law clinic, where he worked with local small businesses and nonprofits. Professionally, he is pursuing a job in real estate law. Sam earned his undergraduate degree with a major in Business Management and a double minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, Lousiana.
Since moving back to D.C., Sam has gotten more involved in the Jewish community and looks for opportunities to expand his role and meet new people with similar interests. Sam currently resides in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington D.C. When he is not working, he enjoys volunteering, golfing, grilling, traveling, and spending time with his family, especially his two brothers Alex, who is in medical school in New York, and Eli, who is a photographer in town.
Jamie Schiffman serves as the Vice President and Managing Director of the Schusterman International Center, the headquarters for Hillel International. Prior to this role, she served seven years as a Senior Member of the Human Resources and Talent Team. Prior to her work at Hillel International, she spent seven years on campus helping to create Jewish life for thousands of students at the Hillels at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Pennsylvania, and Rutgers University. A native of the Chicago suburbs, she received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign and an M.A. in Student Development in Postsecondary Education from the University of Iowa-Iowa City. She currently resides in Annandale with her husband Andrew and their daughters, Madeline and Naomi.
Jackie Flynn Sheckels is the National Leader for the Legal Channel Business Development team for BDO. She has more than 15 years of electronic discovery, records management, and information technology experience. Jackie routinely consults with large domestic and international clients in the healthcare, telecommunications, technology, government contractor, energy, and education industries with regard to formulating defensible cybersecurity, preservation strategies, forensic analysis, data analytics, and document review. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). Jackie and her husband, Mike, live in Annandale with their two children and energetic dog, Pinot.
BJ Shiff has created marketing plans and materials for companies and nonprofits in a variety of fields for 30+ years. Additionally, she has enjoyed volunteering at the J and several local schools. An ongoing member of the J’s Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival for 10 years, she is currently Co-Chair. BJ also Co-Chaired the J's Capital Campaign and Cycle Fest. An avid walker and lover of the arts, she resides in Fairfax with her husband, Allon Shiff, and assorted pets. Their two "kids," one who lives in Richmond, and one who studies at George Mason University. They both attended the J’s preschool and Gesher Jewish Day School.
Daniel Shore is a Ph.D. candidate in the Workplace Psychology program at George Mason University, from where he also received his Master's degree in the same field. He has lived in Northern Virginia for 6 years and became connected to the J through befriending the shlichim who came through Fairfax. For the past year and a half, he has been part of the J's Community Engagement Task Force and has helped lead the
effort to launch the Community Connections Survey project. Through his graduate education, Daniel's skill set has grown to include the creation of survey and focus group protocols for evaluating peoples' attitudes and perceptions. He is thrilled to share these skills with the team at the J, having long been an engaged member of the Jewish community in Northern Virginia, and, before moving here, in his home state of Illinois — from Peoria to Chicago — and at the Reform overnight summer camp
Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute. Daniel is very much looking forward to serving the J and becoming even more committed to the exciting initiatives taking place as a new member of the Board of Directors.