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.

2022-2023 Board of Trustees

Sarah Munson
President

Lindsay Roller
Vice President

Nurit Ambrose
Vice President

Abby Morrill
Treasurer

Marci Gordon
Secretary & Parliamentarian

Helen Solnit
Head of School Transition

Dena Acevedo
Head of School Transition

Ex Officio Members

Rabbi Joshua Berkenwald
Community Rabbi

Trustees

Hana Anderson
Rabbi Josh Berkenwald
Eric Carlinsky
Rebecca Dishotsky
Debra Eskinazi – Stockdale

Jon Katz
Stephanie Rothstein
Cyndi Sherman
Mark Stockdale
Kari Wolff

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.

Nurit Ambrose
Nurit is currently a Senior Human Resources Manager at Cohere Technologies, Inc. Prior to moving to Silicon Valley, she was the Community Planning & Innovation Associate at the Jewish Federation of San Diego County. Nurit earned her B.A, in Marketing at San Diego State University. She has been the Chair of the Development Committee at Yavneh since 2020. Nurit currently lives in San Jose with her husband and two boys who have been attending Yavneh since Kindergarten.

Hana Anderson
Hana Anderson is a “Jewish day school native” from Atlanta, Georgia. She has a BA in Literature & Anthropology from Boston University and a JD from Emory University. Hana has worked as an attorney, a writer, a copyeditor, and a grant writer. She is co-chair of the San Jose chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, and a member of Temple Emanu-El.

Eric Carlinsky
With a background in music and sound engineering, Eric moved from NJ to the Bay Area in 2007 to work for Apple. He has a passion for technology and creative problem solving and leads large teams with empathy and a customer service approach. Eric’s deep appreciation for education is rooted in his parents’ experience as public school teachers. Eric enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three children (all attended Yavneh).

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.

Marci Gordon
Marci Gordon has been a Yavneh parent for the past 6 years.  She is a non-profit and fundraising professional and currently serves as the Director of Institutional Giving for UC Merced;  previously, she had been the Senior Development Director for the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley.  She has expertise in the areas of board development, fundraising, outreach and engagement, and strategy development. 

Abby Morrill
Abby Morrill works in the Technical Accounting group at Adobe Systems, Inc. and has previously worked in the Finance/Accounting functions at other publicly traded companies in addition to auditing. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting from the University of Arizona. She is a parent of a current Yavneh student and has a younger child at the JCC. Abby enjoys all things to do with sports and is often found at her children’s games.

Sarah Munson
Sarah Munson was most recently an executive at WineGame where she continued 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’s Bumble and Bumble, 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 a Diploma from Wine & Spirits Education Trust. Sarah is the Chair of the Finance Committee and Board member at ETR, a non-profit organization committed to improving outcomes and advancing health equity for youth, families, and communities. Sarah and her husband, David Doctorow, have three kids, two dogs, and one very wily cat.

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.

Stephanie Rothstein
Stephanie Rothstein is a 19-year educator with expertise in strategic planning, design thinking, project-based learning, real-world application, education technology, and innovative learning practices. She previously started, chaired, and taught in the LEAD pathway at Los Gatos High School and she currently supports Academic Innovation and Educational Technology for the 31 schools in Santa Clara Unified School District. Stephanie loves Yavneh and has been happy to be part of this school community for many years through her three children soon-to-be in Kitah Chet, Vav, and Alef.

Cyndi Sherman
Cyndi is a Yavneh alumni parent, current grandparent, and former board member who cares deeply about the mission and success of the school community. She is currently the Senior Director of Preschool, Youth, and Family Engagement at JSV. She has three step-children, three children, and five grandchildren.

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).

Mark Stockdale
Mark lives in Gilroy, CA with his spouse Stephanie, where they run a hunter jumper equestrian barn. He currently works as a finance manager at Peet’s coffee overseeing the retail space. Mark has a deep passion for learning about microeconomics, physics, and human behavior.

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