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.
2018-2019 Board of Trustees
Ex Officio Members
Head of School
Immediate Past President
Suzana Fischer Hotimsky
Rabbi PJ Schwartz
Arnnon Geshuri – Board Chair
Arnnon Geshuri is proudly serving as the Board Chair for Yavneh Day School. He has been involved with the Board of Trustees for several years holding various committee and leadership roles including VP of Strategic Planning. 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.
Adam Dorsay works as a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Jose. He also serves as an educator and consultant to Facebook’s eCrimes Department, whose primary mission is the protection of children. Adam is the father of two boys at Yavneh and recognizes the importance of a Jewish education (especially because he and his wife met when they were eight-years-old in Hebrew School!).
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.
Seth Silverstein has worked for 20 years throughout Silicon Valley in Finance, Marketing, and Business Analytics. He loves good food, cooking, and fitness (to balance all the good food!). He has spent the past 4 years as the Treasurer and member of the Board at Yavneh. He is married with two children at Yavneh.
Dena Acevedo is a current APJCC preschool parent and a 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.
Jennifer Copaken is an east coast transplant and Yavneh parent. With a BA from Harvard in History and Literature, she joined Teach for America and taught in New York City public schools. Inspired by her students, she returned to graduate school and went on to a career in musical theater choreography. She continues to find ways to pursue passions for education and the arts. Jennifer and her family are members of Congregation Sinai.
Orly Friedman currently serves as the Interim Head of School at Khan Lab School. Her teaching experiences include a summer at a Shanti Bhavan, a boarding school for Untouchables in rural Tamil Nadu, India, and teaching lower grades in DC public schools with Teach for America. She is also a founding math content creator for LearnZillion. Orly has a degree in Urban Studies from Yale, an MA in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University, and an MBA from Stanford. She enjoys spending her free time in the mountains and has summited the Aiguille Du Tour, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Rainier and Mt. Shasta with a ski descent.
David Gaertner has been on Yavneh’s Board since 2005 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.
Scott Evan Guggenheim
Scott Evan Guggenheim is the recipient of the “Award for Excellence in Theatre-for-Youth and Development of New Audiences” by the American Theatre Wing (giver of the coveted Tony award) and the Helen Diller Family Fund Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. He is an accomplished producer, director, playwright, educator, and not-for-profit administrator. He has created award-winning and nationally recognized works for regional, non-profit, and commercial theatre companies and educational institutions. Along with his wife and his brother, Scott created The Retro Dome and leads the team at Guggenheim Entertainment, Inc, an events, design, and marketing firm. Scott also serves as the Executive Director of The California Academy for the Creative and Performing Arts. Scott has a daughter in 8th grade at Yavneh where she has attended since kindergarten.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Jeffrey Salowe is a software developer at Google, Inc. and has over 25 years of experience as a software architect, inventor, and educator. He holds 20 patents and has published numerous papers. Jeffrey received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He is the father of three children who attend or have attended Yavneh.
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.
Lew Wolff is currently is Chairman of Sunstone Investors, Inc., Chairman Emeritus of Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball, and co-owner of the San Jose Earthquakes. As the largest developer of offices, hotels, and parking structures, Lew is credited with the redevelopment of downtown San Jose. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he earned his MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Lew is a supporter of Children’s Hospital, Stand up to Cancer, and a proud grandparent to three current and former Yavneh students.