Jewish Federation & Family Services is pleased to present the 2020 Board leadership slate.
The Board approved the 2020 Board slate on November 6, as proposed by the Nominating / Governance Committee. The slate is subject to JFFS member approval at the Annual Meeting, scheduled for Monday, December 9.
All JFFS members in good standing are eligible to vote on the 2020 Board slate at the Annual Meeting. A member in good standing is one who has made a contribution of $18 or more to the JFFS Annual Campaign in 2019 or 2018. If you have not yet made your contribution, you can do so here before attending the Annual Meeting.
Stephen H. Gordon, Chair of the Board
STEPHEN H. GORDON served as the founding Chief Executive Officer and President of Opus Bank, with nearly $8 billion in total assets. Additionally, he served as a member of the Bank’s Board of Directors from its inception in 2010 and was its Chairman for eight years. Stephen was also the Chairman of the Opus Community Foundation, which focuses its philanthropic efforts in the areas of affordable housing, community development, education, financial literacy, critical health issues, and the arts, and gave nearly 800 grants to non-profit organizations on the west coast during his tenure. Previously, Stephen was the founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Commercial Capital Bancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary companies, and the Chairman of the Board of Fremont General Corporation and Fremont Investment and Loan, and CEO of both companies, when he was brought in to turn around the companies. He was also an investment banker at Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P., a New York based investment banking firm, where he served from its inception in 1988 until 1995, and was a Partner from 1992. Stephen attended the University of Arizona.
Stephen, his wife Madaline, and his daughters Madison (27) and Sophia (23), have consistently supported philanthropic causes in their community, both directly and through the Gordon Foundation, including Tarbut V’ Torah Community Day School, Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot, the Merage Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County, AIPAC, Sage Hill School, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and Second Harvest Food Bank of OC.
Heather Kline, Vice Chair of the Board
HEATHER KLINE has been actively involved in the OC Jewish community since 2003. She has served as President of the Jewish Federation & Family Services Women’s Philanthropy Council, as well as Vice President for Social Action. Heather is a member of the National Women's Philanthropy Board of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and is a recipient of JFNA’s Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award. She has been Chair of Philanthropy on the JFFS Board, and a member of the Learning Committee (Passport to Jewish Life® and other educational grants). Heather is a graduate of the second cohort of the JFFS SKILLSETnpo® Leadership Institute. She has served three terms on the Board of Trustees of Temple Bat Yahm as Trustee of Education, and was honored in 2013 as TBY’s Woman of the Year. In 2015, she and her husband, Jon, were honored for their service to TBY, as well. Heather is also involved in AIPAC and CASA Orange County. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Emory University and a graduate of the Boston University School of Law. Originally from Miami, Florida, Heather currently lives in Newport Beach with her husband and her children, Meredith, Max, and Ellie.
Lori Schwartz, Immediate Past Chair
LORI SCHWARTZ has served in a number of leadership roles at Jewish Federation & Family Services: Board Co-Chair, President of the Women’s Philanthropy Council, Chair of the Planning & Funding Council, and Co-Vice President of Reading Partners. In 2016, Lori was honored with the International Lion of Judah Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award, and in 2011 was an OneOC Spirit of Volunteerism honoree for her work with Reading Partners. An avid knitter, Lori has been instructor and leader of the JFFS Women’s Philanthropy Mitzvah Mavens Knitting Circle since 2009. Lori earned her B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, and a J.D. from Golden Gate School of Law. She worked briefly in the area of commercial law, and then joined McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach to negotiate commercial airliner contracts, retiring after 10 years to raise her family. Lori and her husband have been members of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot for 28 years.
Stuart B. Wolfe, Secretary
STUART B. WOLFE is the Co-Founder of Wolfe & Wyman LLP, a regional law firm based in Irvine. He serves as the Chair of the firm's Banking, Lending & Finance practice group, and held the 2017 Chair of the Banking & Lending Section of the Orange County Bar Association. Stuart is active in many community organizations, including previous service on the Board of Jewish Federation & Family Services and involvement in the JFFS Solomon Society and the Anti-Defamation League. Stuart was the 2017-18 Solomon Society "Mensch of the Year” and has chaired Solomon Society’s annual Late Night event three times. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Temple Beth El of South Orange County and the Orange County School of the Arts Foundation. Stuart lives in Newport Beach with his wife Susanna, and their two daughters, Julia and Gabby. They are members of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot.
Barry Aronoff, Treasurer
BARRY ARONOFF was born and raised in Southern California. After graduating from Gonzaga University in 1982, he returned to the Inland Empire to work for, and eventually head up, Gate City Beverages, a family business started by his grandfather. After a foray into sales and management training for Fortune 500 companies, Barry was instrumental in selling the family business, which had grown to over $200 million in revenue and 500+ employees. Barry also served on the Board of Security Bank of California. As the current Owner and President of Aronoff Capital, a finance company, Barry calls on his multifaceted background in order to provide bridge and short-term loans. Barry enjoys being part of the Orange County Jewish community; he’s been an active member of the Solomon Society for the past three years.
RABBI DAVID ELIEZRIE is the Founder and Rabbi of Congregation Beth Meir HaCohen / North County Chabad Center. He attended rabbinical school in Israel and completed his studies in Brooklyn, then founded the Chabad House Jewish Student Center at the University of Miami, where he served as a chaplain. Three decades ago, Rabbi Eliezrie and his wife Stella started the Chabad Center in Anaheim, which they moved to Yorba Linda in 1988. Rabbi Eliezrie is president of the Rabbinical Council of Orange County and Long Beach, serves on the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency, and is Chabad's National Liaison to Jewish Federations of North America. He is a member of the Internet Commission of Lubavitch World Headquarters, the Advisory Committee of the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, the Coordinating Committee of the National Jewish Retreat, and the International Conference of Shluchim. He and his wife have six married children and a growing clan of grandchildren.
ROGER F. FRIEDMAN is a partner of Rutan & Tucker, LLP, and a member of the Business Litigation Section. He is also Chair of the firm's Corporate Restructuring and Creditors' Rights Group. Roger received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California, Riverside, and earned a Juris Doctor degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, where he served as a contributing author and staff member on the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy. Roger volunteers with the Board of Directors of We Give Thanks, a nonprofit that each year provides free Thanksgiving meals to approximately 13,000 people; grants college scholarships to graduating seniors; supplies free Veteran's Day meals to hundreds of veterans; and gives hundreds of volunteers the opportunity to give back through these events. Roger lives in Irvine and has been a member of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot for 16 years. He has two teenage children.
MARC GARELICK is a family law attorney and partner at Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers, LLP, and has been selected as a Rising Star with Southern California Super Lawyers for past six years. Marc was born and raised in Allentown, PA, and received his B.S. Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Classical Civilizations, from the University of California, Irvine. He earned his J.D. from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, CA. Marc is an active member of the California State Bar Association and the Family Law Section, as well as the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Jewish Bar Association. He participated in the Glass Leadership Institute of the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish National Fund, and the Solomon Society and The Network at Jewish Federation & Family Services. Marc is the chair of the JFFS Engagement Committee and was awarded the Blossom Siegel Young Leadership Award in 2017.
GWEN GLUCKMAN has more than 30 years of business leadership experience in Silicon Valley software companies. She is the former President of EIS Group, and previously served as CEO and President of Liquid Engines, where she grew the company to serve the Fortune 1000 market. She was also President and CEO of Intelligent Results, and was instrumental in transforming it into a predictive analytics company. Gwen served as COO of BackWeb Technologies, a company she took public in 1999, and she spent eight years with Oracle in executive positions. Gwen currently chairs the Jewish Federation & Family Services Strategic Planning Committee. She has also been a Board member of the Volunteer Center of Silicon Valley. Gwen holds a degree in Economics from Rutgers University. She and her husband Phil live in Newport Coast.
HEATHER KLINE (see "Officers" above)
ERIC KRAMER is Founder and President of Structure PMG, a full-service property management company, where he is responsible for strategic planning, long-term business growth, and management of day-to-day operations. Prior to forming Structure PMG, Eric was Vice President and Senior Development Manager for Essex Property Trust, a multifamily REIT, where he negotiated and structured acquisitions, leases, loans, joint venture partnerships, and dispositions, and was directly involved with all aspects of real estate investment and development, representing a portfolio valued at approximately one billion dollars. Eric has also been a commercial real estate broker with Grubb & Ellis Company and Sperry Van Ness Investment Real Estate, and worked with Centers Business Management. Eric received his Bachelor of Science in Regional Development from University of Arizona, a Certificate in Construction Management from UCLA, and an MBA from University of Redlands. He is a licensed California Real Estate Broker.
LORI REZNICK is a graduate of the inaugural cohort of Jewish Federation & Family Services’ SKILLSETnpo® Leadership Institute, and she joined the JFFS Board of Directors in 2010. Lori has also served on the JFFS Family Services Advisory Committee, and acted as both Co-Vice Chair and Vice Chair of Family Services on the JFFS Board. Lori was instrumental in establishing Mandel House, the organization’s first Jewish home for adults with special needs and provided guidance in the opening of the second home, Horwitz Family House. She assisted the Governance Committee in the revision of the JFFS bylaws, and chaired the JFFS Planning & Funding Council in 2017. Lori is a retired real estate attorney with degrees from UC Berkeley and Hastings College of Law. She served on the Board of Trustees for Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot from 2010-2015. Lori currently resides in Laguna Niguel with her husband Michael.
MICHAEL SHAPIRO was born and raised in Wooster, Ohio, and received his BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and his MBA in Finance from Columbia University. Michael began his career in finance with Salomon Brothers in New York, then spent more than 20 years working with private real estate developers and as a real estate investor. At the end of 2015, Michael and his partner purchased the Southern California rights to Relocation Strategies, a consulting firm that plans and coordinates the relocation of corporate offices and industrial operations. Michael and his wife Margot moved from Michigan to Orange County in 2005. They currently live in Laguna Beach and are supporters of both The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County and Congregation B’nai Israel. Michael has been an area council member of AIPAC in both Michigan and Orange County. He and Margo have a son and two daughters.
RABBI NICO SOCOLOVSKY is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton, California. He grew up in Buenos Aires and immigrated to Israel in 2002. In 2010 he initiated the Shchuniya, a home for Jewish renaissance in Haifa. He also worked with Rabbis for Human Rights, directing the Center for Economic Rights in Hadera, Israel. Nico graduated from Haifa University with a BA in Educational Management and Jewish Thought and an MA in Jewish Thought. Following his studies in the Israeli Rabbinical program of the HUC, he was ordained as a rabbi in Jerusalem in 2013. Rabbi Nico came to California after two years working in Singapore and South East Asia. He is a Brickner Fellow for social justice leadership in the Union for Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center. He is married to Noga, and they have three children, Amitai, Nitzan, and Guilad.
BARRY ARONOFF (see "Officers" above)
KENNY BEARD is an entrepreneur who loves “the business of business and the art of negotiation.” His current work focuses on commercial and residential real estate investments. Kenny is very active and dedicated to the Orange County Jewish community, and was an Executive Committee member on the Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School Board. He currently serves as Chair of the Jewish Federation & Family Services Solomon Society and leads its L’Chaim Club, which he started in 2018. As a founding member of Solomon Society, Kenny has been involved with JFFS since 2008, serving both on the JFFS Board and Executive Committee. In 2016, he received Solomon Society’s “Mensch of the Year” award. Kenny enjoys basketball, biking, hiking, boating, snorkeling, and snow and water skiing. Kenny was the nation leader with both the Indian Guide and Indian Princess programs and enjoys spending time with his wife Dede and their three children Kayla, Koby, and Gabi.
NADINE DURBACH, LCSW, works as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist supporting individuals, couples, and families coping with the challenges found in relationships, effective communication, and healthy aging. Nadine’s diverse background in child development, oncology, dementia, and geriatric care management lends to her unique perspective and understanding of the complexity of human dynamics. Since 2011, Nadine has served on the Board of the Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation & Family Services. As the group’s current President, she oversees a council of 60 philanthropists, contributing to the successful fundraising of $1.4 million. Additionally, Nadine is co-founder and Board Member of Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, an organization dedicated to empowering Orange County’s Jewish women. Nadine lives in Irvine with her husband Raoul Dubery, their three teenagers, and golden doodle.
STEPHEN H. GORDON (see "Officers" above)
ADAM MILLER is a business attorney and Managing Partner at Miller Miller Gerber LLP, a Newport Beach-based law firm, where his areas of practice include business litigation and transactional work. Adam was born and raised in Orange County, and grew up at Temple Sharon and later at Congregation B’nai Israel. He is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, and received his Juris Doctor degree from New York University. For more than five years, Adam has been hosting his own annual charity wine tasting called Uncork for Hope, and recently started the Uncork for Hope Foundation to benefit at-risk youth. Adam participates in the CHOC Follies, an annual production benefiting Children's Hospital of Orange County. He is the incoming Co-Chair of Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Cabinet after serving on Cabinet for six years, including Vice Chair of Education and Leadership Development.
LORI SCHWARTZ (see "Officers" above)
SCOTT SEIGEL and his wife Leslie operated California Closets for 36 years before selling their business to First Service in 2017. While Scott continues his role as Strategic Advisor to the CEO, he has embraced a new life filled with philanthropy and charitable board work that includes his recent position as President of Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach and Vice Chair of Development at Pacific Symphony. Scott is also the leader of a community-wide Distinguished Speaker Series that has brought to Orange County such speakers as William Shatner, Gary Sinise, Dennis Prager, Kobe Bryant, Rabbi David Wolpe, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, Ron Wolfson, Peter Walsh, and Vince Ferragamo. Scott and Leslie were honored by Heritage Pointe with a Lifetime Achievement Award. They have two children, Joshua (31) and Ashley (28).
MICHAEL STOLL is the former Founder and President of UT Brands, LLC, a retail distribution business, and worked in the retail distribution industry for more than 25 years. Outside of work, Michael has dedicated philanthropic time to his local Jewish community. Along with his father, David, he was the founder and visionary co-chair of Solomon Society at Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County. He also proudly serves on the Jewish Community Foundation Board. Michael is a California native and lives in Newport Beach with his wife Amy, their son, Jacob, and their daughter, Emily, who both attend Tarbut V’ Torah Community Day School. Michael enjoys biking, skiing, and hiking.
DAVID S. WEINBERG earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his law degree from WSU Law. David served as a Deputy District Attorney and Private Attorney before serving on the Orange County Superior Court Bench for 10 years. More recently, David has worked the last 19 years as a Private Judge, Arbitrator, Mediator, Settlement Judge, and Special Master specializing in Family Law and Business Matters. An active member of many Boards throughout his professional life, David has also served six years on the Board of TVT and previously served for eight years on the Jewish Federation & Family Services Board. David has received numerous awards.
STUART B. WOLFE (see "Officers" above)
SAM WYMAN is a co-founder and senior partner at Wolfe & Wyman LLP. He is highly involved in the Jewish community, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County, where he is Vice President, Philanthropic Development. He spent nearly 10 years as a member of the Board of Directors at Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School, including three years as Board Chair. Sam also served previously on the Board of Jewish Federation & Family Services, where he was the Founder and Chairman of the Family Philanthropy Venture Fund. Sam is currently on the Executive Committee of JFFS Solomon Society and co-chair its Missions Committee. In 2011, he was named Solomon Society "Mensch of the Year." Sam and his wife Susan, and daughters Kyra and Reesa, are members of Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach.
Hal Kravitz, MD