Board of Directors

July 2017 to June 2018

 

Joel ben Izzy, Vice President
Rochelle Zak, MD, Secretary

Paul Raskin, Treasurer

Susan Adler-Bressler, MD
Rachel Biale
Rabbi Steven A. Chester
Fred Feller
Marshall Langfeld
Deena Levine-Lipsett
Pete Neuwirth
Alfred M. Norek
Katherine Haynes Sanstad
Susan Seeley, Ed.D.
Mira Spaulding

 

Judy David Bloomfield, President

Judy BloomfieldJudy is a graduate of Stanford University and the SF Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs. During her eighteen-year tenure as a program director at United Way of the Bay Area, she led an employer association called One Small Step that advanced the development of work-life programs by showcasing innovative workplace practices through publications and seminars. Judy also served as Founding President of the National Work Family Alliance, the trade association now known as the Alliance for Work-Life Progress. In recent years, Judy has focused on family and community, raising her now teen-age children, Cole and Eliana, with her husband, Leon, and volunteering in the Piedmont schools and at Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland. Judy is active in the Bay Area’s Second Generation community and has organized numerous Holocaust education and remembrance activities. She is writing a book to share the memoirs of her mother, who survived Auschwitz. The project currently involves translating family letters written in Hungarian from pre- and post-WWII years. Judy is also a singer and enjoys performing with various ensembles. She joined the JFCS East Bay Board of Directors in 2013 and became President in 2015.

 

Joel ben Izzy, Vice President

Joel ben IzzyJoel is an internationally known storyteller, author, and story consultant. Since graduating from Stanford in 1983, where he studied English, Creative Writing and Storytelling, Joel has traveled the world gathering and telling tales, always with a specialty in Jewish folklore. In addition to his performances and workshops, Joel has become one of the nation’s leading story consultants and executive story coaches. While his client list is broad—from entertainment to technology to financial services to philanthropy—his focus is always helping clients to harness the power of storytelling for more effective and compelling communication. Joel is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, which has been translated into fifteen languages. His forthcoming book, Dreidels on the Brain, will be published for Chanukah 2016. He joined the board in 2015 and lives in Berkeley with his wife, Taly Rutenberg, who is a psychotherapist.

 

Rochelle Zak, MD, Secretary

Shelley ZakShelley is a physician at the UCSF Sleep Disorders Center. She has spent many years volunteering for JFCS East Bay, particularly through the Holocaust Survivor Services Advisory Committee. She started and now co-chairs the East Bay Tikkun Olam Chessed Day, an annual day of volunteering in the East Bay supported by East Bay Jewish organizations. She is currently a board member of Berkeley Midrasha and previously served on the board of Young Israel of New Rochelle in New York. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the UCLA School of Medicine and the proud parent with her husband, Ari, of twins who recently graduated from Jewish Community High School. She is delighted and honored to be continuing the family tradition of communal work in the Bay Area. Shelley lives in Oakland and joined the board in 2016.

 

Paul Raskin, Treasurer

Paul RaskinPaul is a retired executive previously managing customer service and telecommunications organizations in the health care and financial service industries. He is a graduate of Cornell University and also earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan, both in Operations Research. Paul has served as a member of several community boards, including at Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland where he was a board officer, trustee, and president of the board. Paul and his wife, Flo, live in Piedmont, where they raised two children. He joined the JFCS East Bay board in 2016.

 

 

Susan Adler-Bressler, MD

Sue Adler-BresslerSue is a family practice physician at John Muir Medical Group and the chair of John Muir Hospital’s Department of Family Medicine. She is a longtime member of and leader at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, including a term as board president. She has been very involved in social action issues at Temple Isaiah and helped to start the congregation’s Mitzvah Day. Sue has served on the board of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay as well as Federation’s Volunteer Action Center. She joined the JFCS East Bay board in 2014 and lives in Alamo with her husband, Dave.

 

Rachel Biale

Rachel BialeRachel was born and raised in Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin in Israel. She received her BA and MA in Jewish History from UCLA and her MSW from Yeshiva University. She is the author of Women and Jewish Law and two illustrated books for parents and children and is currently completing a historical novel. Rachel trained as a clinical social worker at Yeshiva University and has worked in the Bay Area Jewish community for over twenty years, including a ten-year tenure as a clinician at JFCS East Bay. She has also served as the Director of Community Education at the Osher Marin JCC, Bay Area Regional Director of Progressive Jewish Alliance (now Bend the Arc), and director of Lehrhaus Judaica’s Bible by the Bay/Lehrhaus 360. She serves on the board of Urban Adamah and the Regional Council of the New Israel Fund. Rachel lives in Berkeley and joined the JFCS East Bay board in 2015.

 

Rabbi Steven A. Chester

Steven ChesterRabbi Chester is rabbi emeritus at Temple Sinai, having retired after a twenty-two-year, highly regarded tenure. He graduated from UCLA and was ordained at Hebrew Union in Cincinnati. He has collaborated widely in both the Jewish and general communities of the East Bay. Rabbi Chester is on the board of the Alameda County Food Bank and joined the JFCS East Bay board in 2012. (Rabbi Chester is on a leave of absence from the board as he serves as interim rabbi at Temple Israel of Alameda.)

 

Fred Feller

Fred FellerFred joined the board in 2012. He is a longtime partner of Buresh, Kaplan, Feller & Chang, a Berkeley law firm specializing in civil litigation. He has been involved with several legal assistance nonprofits, including longtime board service at Bay Area Legal Aid. Fred has also served on various City of Berkeley public bodies, including the Police Review Commission, the Housing Advisory Commission, and the Berkeley South Branch Library Campaign Committee. He has also served on the Aurora Theatre board of directors.

 

Marshall Langfeld

Marshall recently retired after serving for twenty-nine years as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Telecare Corporation, a provider of mental health services to individuals with serious mental illnesses. Marshall currently serves on Telecare’s Board of Directors and previously served on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the East Bay and Temple Beth Abraham, where he was the Treasurer. He attended Indiana University and began his career with the public accounting firm KPMG in St. Louis, Missouri. Marshall and his wife, Lynn, live in Alameda and have a son. Marshall joined the board in 2017.

 

Deena Levine-Lipsett

Deena Levine-LipsettDeena has been principal of her own company for twenty-five years, specializing in cross-cultural consulting for global organizations. She began her cross-cultural career teaching American and foreign students at San Diego State University and has subsequently worked with individuals and organizations from around the world in both the public and private sectors. For many years, Deena has been involved with social justice issues in the East Bay Jewish community, including at Temple Sinai. In the 1990s, she was a volunteer in the JFCS East Bay resettlement program for Soviet émigrés and she is now involved with JFCS East Bay’s resettlement of Middle Eastern refugees. Deena is currently working with co-authors on the 7th edition of a textbook entitled Multicultural Law Enforcement: Strategies for Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society. She and her husband, Michael, are fortunate that their daughters and much of their extended family live in the Bay Area. She joined the board in 2016.

 

Pete Neuwirth

Pete is recently retired after a thirty-five-year career as an actuary and planned giving expert. The author of What’s Your Future Worth?, Pete is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. In his career, he consulted with many nonprofit clients and has also served on the boards of the Hoffman Institute and BK Author’s Coop. Pete joined the JFCS East Bay board in 2017 and lives in Berkeley.

 

 

Alfred M. Norek

Al NorekAl joined the JFCS East Bay board in 2014. He holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and a LLM in Labor Law from New York University. Al was a trial attorney with the National Labor Relations Board working out of the Albany, New York office. While in Albany, he had a long relationship with Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York, during which time he served as a board member, officer, endowment chair, and ex officio legal counsel. Al was an officer of Congregation Beth Emeth, Ne’imah Jewish Communal Choir, United Jewish Federation of NENY, and Capital Repertory Theatre. Al and his wife, Meryl, recently relocated to Walnut Creek to be closer to their grandchildren.

 

Katherine Haynes Sanstad

Katherine Haynes SanstadKatherine has more than thirty years of experience in marketing, communication, public health research, health care, philanthropy, and public service in Jewish community organizations. She was the first Director of the Technology and Exchange Core for the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, the first Planning and Operations Officer for the California Health Care Foundation’s Quality Initiative, and the first Executive Director of Diversity and of Equitable Care for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. She currently directs the Health Futures Lab at Institute for the Future, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Institute for Jewish and Community Research’s Bechol Lashon program. Katherine served as Religious School Committee Chair, First Vice President, and President at Congregation Beth El, Berkeley, where she led the 2006-2007 rabbi search, helped restructure synagogue governance, and led the strategic planning process. Her other public service efforts include working for organizations such as Project Open Hand, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tides Foundation, and Coro Foundation for Civic Leadership, among others. Katherine is a Cal graduate and holds an MBA from UCLA. She joined the board in 2016.

 

Susan Seeley, Ed.D.

Susan grew up in San Francisco, where both her mother and grandmother were born. She traveled the world, living in Switzerland, Guatemala, and Curacao before returning to the Bay Area. Susan has a B.A. in French, an M.A. in History and Educational Administration, and a doctorate in Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco. For twenty years, she worked as a teacher and Dean of Students at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda. She is currently an assessor at the University of San Francisco for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Susan served as president of the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay board twice, and has served on the board of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the board of Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy division. She currently serves on the JCC of the East Bay finance committee and is chair of the Jewish Music Festival steering committee. Susan has five children, two stepchildren, and lots of wonderful, amazing grandchildren. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, Dick, and joined the board in 2014.

 

Mira Spaulding

Mira SpauldingMira first became involved with JFCS East Bay as a volunteer with the Development Committee and has been a board member since 2016. After earning a Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan, she moved to Oakland to serve as an Administrative Fellow at Kaiser Permanente. Mira now works for Kaiser Permanente as Manager for Geriatrics & Supportive Care Services in the Napa Solano Service Area. Mira also serves on the Alumni Board for the University of Michigan Department of Health Management and Policy. She lives by Lake Merritt in Oakland.