2021 Board of Directors

 

 


OFFICERS

(1-Year Term)


 

Heather Kline, Chair of the Board

 

HEATHER KLINE has been actively involved in the OC Jewish community since 2003. She has served as Vice Chair of the Federation Board and Chair of its Philanthropy Committee, as President of the Women’s Philanthropy Council, and Women’s Philanthropy Vice President for Social Action. Heather is a member of the National Women's Philanthropy Board of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), where she served as the Vice-Chair of Engagement. In 2018, she received JFNA’s Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award for leadership and excellence in service. Heather was a participant of the second cohort of the Federation’s SKILLSETnpo Leadership Institute. She has served three terms on the Board of Trustees of Temple Bat Yahm as Trustee of Education, and has been honored twice by the Temple, in 2013 as Woman of the Year, and in 2015. 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 Jon.

Stephen H. Gordon, Immediate Past Chair


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. Stephen is an active member of the JFFS Solomon Society and current co-chairs the Solomon Society's L'Chaim Club.

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.

David Siegel, Treasurer

 

DAVID SIEGEL has over 50 years of financial management experience. He founded DMS Financial Services in 2000 and was a financial consultant until his recent retirement. Previously, David was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Presley Companies and its successor, William Lyon Homes, Inc., served on the Presley Companies’ Board, and was responsible for the company’s initial public offering. He has been a Managing Partner of the Newport Beach office of Kenneth Leventhal & Company, an accounting firm, and was Chairman of the Audit Committee of Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. A native Californian, he holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from UCLA. David is a long-standing member of Federation’s Solomon Society. In 2020 he became Acting Treasurer of the Federation Board and Chair of its Finance Committee. At Temple Bat Yahm, where David and his wife Linda have been members for 30+ years, David has served on the Executive Committee, and as Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair for 10 years. 


DIRECTORS

2-Year Term Ending 12/31/21


 

 

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 is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist in private practice in Newport Beach, supporting individuals, couples, and families coping with challenges in relationships, communication, addiction and healthy aging. Nadine’s diverse background in child development, oncology, dementia, and geriatric care management informs her unique perspective and understanding of the complexity of human dynamics. Since 2011, Nadine has served on the Women’s Philanthropy Council of Jewish Federation. As its President in 2019 and 2020, she engaged and inspired 60 philanthropists and contributed to the Council’s successful fundraising efforts totaling $1.4 million. Nadine is also co-founder and a Board Member of BJI2OC, an organization dedicated to empowering Orange County’s Jewish women. Nadine is the proud mom of one young adult, two teens and two goldendoodles, and lives in Irvine with her husband Raoul Dubery and their family.

 

 

STEPHEN H. GORDON (see "Officers" above)

 

 

 

 

ADAM MILLER is a business attorney and Managing Partner at Miller Miller Gerber LLP, an Irvine-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. Adam is the founder of the Uncork for Hope Foundation, which fundraises for and benefits the creation of new and innovative programming for at-risk youth. He is the immediate past Co-Chair of Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Cabinet.

*Also serving as Board Parliamentarian

LORI SCHWARTZ has served in a number of leadership roles with Jewish Federation of Orange County: Board Chair, President of the Women’s Philanthropy Council, Chair of the Planning & Funding Council, and Co-Vice President of Reading Partners. An avid knitter, Lori has been an instructor and leader of the Women’s Philanthropy Mitzvah Mavens Knitting Circle since its inception in 2009. Lori earned her B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, and a J.D. from Golden Gate School of Law. Lori and her husband have been members of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot for over 30 years.

 

 

David Siegel  (see "Officers" above)

 

 

 

 

 

STUART B. WOLFE (see "Officers" above)

 

 

 

 

SAM WYMAN is a co-founder and senior partner at Wolfe & Wyman LLP. He has been involved in the Orange County Jewish community for over 20 years, having served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County, where he was Vice President, Philanthropic Development; and on the Board of Directors at Tarbut V'Torah Community Day School for nearly 10 years, including three years as Board Chair. Sam also served previously on the Board of Jewish Federation of Orange County, where he was the Founder and Chairman of the Family Philanthropy Venture Fund. Sam is currently on the Executive Committee of JFOC, as well as the Executive Committee of Solomon Society and is co-chair of 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.


 

DIRECTORS

2-Year Term Ending 12/31/22

 


 

ANDREA ALFI Andrea is a Financial Advisor at Waddell & Reed providing investment and financial planning services. She helps individuals, families, and businesses achieve their goals and dreams through financial planning. She has been on the Women's Philanthropy Council with the Jewish Federation of Orange County and is honored to serve as its current President. She is also on the Board of Directors for JFOC.  Andrea lives in Costa Mesa with her husband Steve and their two young children. Both children attend Tarbut V’Torah and they have been a proud PJ Library family for more than 10 years. Andrea and her family are members of the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County. She enjoys reading, baking bread, and hula hooping.

SHARON BECK is an active Vice President of the Laguna Woods Region Committee of Jewish Federation of Orange County. She also serves as President of the Saddleback Section for the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), as President of the Laguna Woods Chapter of the Chicago Club, and as a member of the Board of the Reform Temple of Laguna Woods. In her prior professional life, Sharon was a nurse whose career spanned over 40 years. Sharon began her leadership journey at a young age – 10 – by starting her first organization, and she hasn’t stopped since! She is well known throughout the Laguna Woods Jewish community as a leader with deep passion for social action and for Jewish community life. Sharon and her husband Mort are active members of the Reform Temple of Laguna Woods. They have two adult children and numerous grandchildren.

DMITRIY CHEBOTAREV is the Founder and Manager of the General Partner, Oxford Fund Managers, LLC, and is Founder, CEO and Chairman of Vosht Capital, an Orange County-based real estate, venture capital, and private equity investment company. Since 2013, as CEO and Chairman of Vosht, he oversees business development, operations, and investor relationships in the firm’s occupied markets. Prior to Vosht Capital, Dmitriy led business critical operations and strategic improvement initiatives at DaVita Healthcare Partners, and was Chief Business Development Officer at Cambridge Companies, where he focused on strategic joint-equity partnerships and investor relations. Dmitriy prioritizes active involvement in community through participation in a number of charitable and professional organizations, including the Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Cabinet, Mensa, Triple Nine Society, Lincoln Club Orange County and The Pacific Club. Dmitriy, his wife, and three daughters reside in Mission Viejo.

 

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, is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Section, and is Chair of the firm's Corporate Restructuring and Creditors' Rights Group.  For more than a decade, Roger has volunteered with We Give Thanks, a nonprofit organization that provides free Thanksgiving meals to thousands of people each year, grants college scholarships to graduating high school seniors, supplies free Veteran's Day meals to hundreds of veterans, and engages hundreds of volunteers in giving back to the community through these events.  Roger also has served the community as a member of the Board of Directors and various Committees of Jewish Federation of Orange County since 2017.  Roger lives in Irvine, and he has been a member of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot since 2002.  Roger has two adult children, both of whom are leaders and volunteers in the Jewish community.

 

ALLAN GINDI and his wife Carol z"l founded Adoption Network which has evolved into the Adoption Network Law Center, currently the largest adoption law center in the United States. He holds a Juris Doctor degree with academic honors from Western State University and is a proud father of six children. Allan comes from a modest family with simple means. A priority for his parents was to ensure that all four of their children had a Jewish education, from pre-school through high school. Continuing in his parents’ footsteps, Allan has actively served the local Jewish schools and congregations as a member of their executive committees and boards of directors. Allan is a past member of the Jewish Federation Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Board of the Irvine Hebrew Day School. Allan and his family are active members of Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine.

BARRY GROSSMAN, CFA, CAIA, is a Senior Investment Manager for the California region of Wells Fargo Private Bank. As part of Investment Management, he works with clients to create asset allocation strategies and build portfolios to help meet clients’ investment objectives while managing risk. He has been in the investment industry for nearly 13 years; prior to joining Wells Fargo, he was a Business Development Officer at Vanguard in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he specialized in client relationships. He  earned a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from The University of Arizona. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is on the board of CFA Society Orange County. He serves on the Finance Committee of Jewish Federation of Orange County, and is past Chair of the Federation’s NextGen Committee. He and his wife, Liza, welcomed their first child, Myles, in September.

 

 

HEATHER KLINE (see "Officers" above)

 

 

 

ANNA PUTTERMAN is an attorney at Putterman Law, an Orange County-based law firm. She is the daughter of proud Russian-Americans who immigrated to the United States shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, when she was one year old. Raised in a family of entrepreneurs, Anna witnessed, from an early age, what it takes to build a successful business, and knew she wanted a business-centered career. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in business management from San Diego State University and a Juris Doctor in business and tax law from Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, Anna launched her legal career at Ernst & Young, and expanded her experience as Executive Vice President and In-House Counsel for a mid-size construction company. Anna is a current member of the Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Cabinet, and is active with Federation’s PJ Library and NextGen programs. Anna and her husband Matt live in Irvine with their two young children.

DANIEL ROIZMAN is the Director of Sales at Maxim Lighting, a family business with a national footprint. He is a native Israeli who has lived in both Mexico and China. Daniel and his wife made their home in Yorba Linda in the 90’ss where they raised their two children who both attended Tarbut V'Torah (TVT) Community Day School. He has a strong business acumen and as a relatively recent empty-nester is looking forward to give back to the community and ensure his future grandchildren’s Jewish future. He is an active participant with Chabad of Yorba Linda.

RABBI NICO SOCOLOVSKY is the Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton. He grew up in Buenos Aires and immigrated to Israel in 2002. In Israel, he founded the Shchuniya, a home for Jewish renaissance in Haifa, in 2010, and also worked with Rabbis for Human Rights, directing its Center for Economic Rights in Hadera. Nico graduated from Haifa University with a B.A. in Educational Management and Jewish Thought, and an M.A. in Jewish Thought. Following his studies in the Israeli Rabbinical program of Hebrew Union College, he was ordained in Jerusalem in 2013. Rabbi Nico came to California after two years working in Singapore and Southeast Asia. He is a Fellow in the Clergy Leadership Incubator of Hazon: The Jewish Lab for Sustainability, and is an active faculty member at Camp Newman. He and his wife Noga have three children, Amitai, Nitzan, and Guilad.


 

BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS

 


 

Hal Kravitz, MD

 

Blossom Siegel