Board of Directors
The following community members are serving as JFCS East Bay’s Board of Directors for the term of July 2018 to June 2019.
Marshall Langfeld, Treasurer
Katherine Haynes, President
Katherine 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 previously the Director of the Health Futures Lab at Institute for the Future, Director of the Technology and Exchange Core for the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Planning and Operations Officer for the California Health Care Foundation’s Quality Initiative, and Executive Director of Diversity and of Equitable Care for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. 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 and became president in 2018.
Paul Raskin, Vice President
Paul 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.
Rochelle Zak, MD, Secretary
Shelley 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.
Marshall Langfeld, Treasurer
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.
Susan Adler-Bressler, MD
Sue recently retired after serving as 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.
Joel ben Izzy
Joel 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 most recent book, Dreidels on the Brain, was published in 2016. He joined the board in 2015 and lives in Berkeley with his wife, Taly Rutenberg, who is a psychotherapist.
Rachel 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.
Janis Burger, MPH
Janis retired in early 2018 from First 5 Alameda County after twenty years as Deputy Director and later CEO. She received her MPH from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and worked for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency for fifteen years with a focus on maternal, child, and adolescent health. She provided leadership to many countywide initiatives, including the Alameda County School-Based Health Center Coalition, Help Me Grow Developmental Screening, and others. Janis has served on many national, state, and local advisory boards in public health, early childhood policy, and health care. In retirement, Janis has been pursuing her passion of documentary photography and is continuing to consult in early childhood policy. Janis lives in Berkeley and joined the board in 2018.
Deena 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 has 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 currently 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. Deena 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.
Alfred M. Norek
Al 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.
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. 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. 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 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 currently lives by Lake Merritt in Oakland.
Maharat Victoria Sutton
Maharat Victoria is the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley. She was ordained through Yeshivat Maharat in 2014. A graduate of Barnard College, with a BA in Biological Sciences, she also holds a Grand Diploma in Pastry Arts from the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. She was the rabbinic fellow for synagogue initiatives at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and the intern for synagogue education at Ohav Sholom, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Merrick, New York. She completed the Rabbis Without Borders rabbinical student fellowship and has participated in various interfaith initiatives. Prior to stepping into a clergy role, Victoria was involved with community organizations in New York City focusing on homelessness, literacy, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Maharat Victoria lives in Berkeley and joined the board in 2018.
Rachel Wick, MPH
Rachel is a senior program officer at Blue Shield of California Foundation, leading an initiative focused on designing the future of health in California. Previously, she led statewide policy and systems change efforts at the Foundation focused on improving access to integrated primary care, mental health, and substance use treatment for low-income Californians. Rachel also spent eight years at the Consumer Health Foundation in Washington, D.C., implementing and evaluating a health equity and advocacy strategy. Her volunteer service has focused on public benefits enrollment, immigrant rights, and women’s reproductive health and justice. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the College of St. Benedict and an MPH in health management and policy from the University of Michigan. She joined the JFCS East Bay board in 2018 and lives in San Francisco.