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About the Yavneh Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is comprised of volunteer parents and dedicated community members who are committed to quality Jewish education. The Board sets policy and standards, ensures fiscal responsibility, and acts as ambassadors for the school. The Board encourages parental and community involvement in Yavneh and actively solicits support for the school.

2021-2022 Board of Trustees

Alison Ruebusch
President

Sarah Munson
Vice President

Howard Solovei
Treasurer

Dena Acevedo
Secretary & Parliamentarian

Ex Officio Members

Cindy Schlesinger
Head of School

Arnnon Geshuri
Immediate Past President

Rabbi Joshua Berkenwald
Community Rabbi

Trustees

Rebecca Dishotsky
Audrey Fox
David Gaertner
Jonathan Katz
Ran Metz

Yuval Minkowski
Shoshana Ohriner
Lindsay Roller
Helen Solnit
Debra Eskinazi Stockdale

Dena Acevedo
Dena Acevedo is Senior Counsel at Juniper Networks in the Corporate Legal Group. Dena has a BA from Cornell University, MBA from Webster University, and JD from Boalt at UC Berkeley. Prior to her legal career, Dena served 5 years as a Human Intelligence Collector in the US Army during which time she deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In her “free time” she enjoys relaxing with a good book and visiting the Campbell farmers market.

Rebecca Dishotsky
Rebecca Dishotsky is a Silicon Valley native, working as a communications professional at eBay. With her husband, Kirk, and two growing daughters, she enjoys music, gardening, cooking, movies, hiking and spending time with family and friends. The family are members of Temple Emanu-El in San Jose and live in a 100+-year-old Craftsman home in the Rose Garden area.

Audrey Fox
Audrey has spent the past 20 years working for or with independent schools, including 9 years on the board of Charles Armstrong School, 3 of which were as board chair. Audrey’s children attended Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School and her nephews attended Yavneh. She recently moved to Los Gatos and is honored to serve a school whose mission she strongly believes in.

David Gaertner
David Gaertner has been on Yavneh’s Board since 2010 including serving as Treasurer for three years. David has held various leadership positions in software and sales at IBM where he has worked for over 25 years. He earned MBA and MS Software Engineering degrees from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a BA from UC Berkeley. His children’s Yavneh education continues to positively influence them today.

Arnnon Geshuri
Arnnon Geshuri has been involved with the Board of Trustees for several years holding various committee and leadership roles including VP of Strategic Planning and President. Professionally, Arnnon is a Human Resources professional working for Silicon Valley companies for over 20 years. He earned his B.A. in Psychology and minor in Management from University of California, Irvine and his M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from San Jose State University. He currently sits on several start-up advisory boards and academic advisory boards including the Mechanical Engineering Department Advisory Council at San Jose State University and the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business Master of Science Program in Business Analytics.

Ran Metz
Ran Metz is the Vice President of Sales Planning and Product Development for the Retail Business Unit at SanDisk. Ran earned his MBA from Recanati Business School and BSc in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University. Prior he was a Director of Project Management for EDS. Before his career in high tech, he served six years as Captain in the Israeli Navy.

Yuval Olivier Minkowski
Yuval Olivier Minkowski is a parent of Yavneh students for over seven years. He is an international professional with practice through Europe, Israel and the U.S.  Yuval has worked with large technology companies in the telecom, finance, and entertainment industries as well as with a few startups.  Yuval holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a master’s degree from Tel Aviv University.

Sarah Munson
Sarah Munson is currently an executive at WineGame where she continues her entrepreneurial career after founding and running a chain of popular wine bars in Seattle called the Local Vine. Prior to starting her own business, she built her career in Product Development, Merchandising, and Marketing for companies including Estee Lauder, Beauty.com and several start-ups. She began her career consulting at Bain & Company and earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor’s in Economics and Public Policy from Pomona College. Sarah is a candidate for Master of Wine certification and earned Diploma from Wine & Spirits Education Trust.

Shoshana Ohriner
Shoshana Ohriner is a Conservative Rabbi with training as a multi-faith hospital chaplain. She is very involved with the local Jewish community and leads the Shabbat and holiday services for young children at Congregation Beth David. In addition, Shoshana has a passion for cooking and baking and runs two successful kosher food blogs, along with teaching occasional cooking classes. She is the mother of three boys, all current or future Yavneh students.

Lindsay Roller
Bay Area native, Lindsay Roller has worked in various formal and informal Jewish education settings from synagogue preschools and religious schools in Los Angeles to Camp Ramah in Ojai. She enjoys reading, cooking and crafting and is excited to share these passions with her children. She is married to Rabbi Nathan Roller, Rabbi Educator at Congregation Beth David and their oldest child is entering kindergarten at Yavneh.

Alison Ruebusch
Alison Ruebusch recently retired as the Principal at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, CA. Prior to serving as the academic leader, she served as both department chair and instructor for mathematics. Starting at Kehillah at the beginning of its third year, she was instrumental in building Kehillah into the school it is today. Earlier in her career, she was an electrical engineer in the high tech sector. She earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and her teaching credential in mathematics from San Jose State University. Alison also currently serves on Congregation Beth David’s Board of Directors.

Helen Solnit
Helen Solnit is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) specializing in strategic partner technical integrations. As a Bay Area native, she spent time at Yavneh herself. Helen currently lives in San Jose with her husband and two daughters (both attending Yavneh).

Howard Solovei
Howard Solovei is a parent of two former Yavneh students now in middle school.  A UC Berkeley graduate, he is also a member of Congregation Sinai and spent two years at Machon Pardes in Jerusalem. Howard has spent over 30 years as a finance professional and is now managing private capital funds invested in marketplace lending. He enjoys getting outdoors with his family.