2021 Executive Board
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Jane Gudelsky Aronoff is a founding member and was the first female president of Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta, GA. She continues to be involved with the congregation today. In 2004, she became active in the reform movement as the Union for Reform Judaism’s MUM co-chairperson for the Southeast region and in 2007 she was chosen as the Savannah regional biennial co-chair. She served on the URJ Board of Trustees from 2005-2016 including as chair of the South District of the URJ.
Jane has also served on the national board of Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ).
Jane supports the Jewish Women’s Fund in Atlanta and has served on the Atlanta board of PJ Library.
A law librarian by profession, for 19 years, Jane owned Library Specialists, Inc. a library management company that she sold in 2003. She retired in 2008 as Publisher of Family Enterprise Publishing. Jane earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University and her Masters in Library Science from Simmons College.
Jane lives in Marietta, GA with her husband Craig. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Stan Lowenstein lives in Dunwoody with his wife Jen and has three children. He is a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial and has been working in Wealth Management since 2002. Prior to 2002 he worked in the Furniture industry with Schnadig in Chicago and with Rhodes Furniture in numerous locations in the South. Stan graduated from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in 1991.
Dr. Marianne Daniels Garber
Marianne Daniels Garber, Ph. D. was introduced to JELF through her father-in-law, Al Garber, who was raised in the Hebrew Orphans’ Home and reaped the benefits of a college education because of the orphanage and the Atlanta community. Marianne has served as President of JELF twice, 2003-2005 and 2015-2017.
Marianne is an Educational Consultant at the Behavioral Institute of Atlanta where she specializes in the assessment of learning disorders and ADHD in children and adolescents and on parenting issues. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her doctorate in reading and psycholinguistics from Georgia State University. She has taught at the elementary, high school and college levels. Marianne co-authored with her husband Stephen Garber and Robyn Freedman Spizman a number of books including Good Behavior, If Your Child is Hyperactive, Beyond Ritalin and Monsters Under the Bed, as well as a number of educational publications for teachers and parents. She also co-authored the nationally syndicated parenting column called Good Behavior for 10 years, and appeared with Stephen as one-half of the Parenting Team on NBC-affiliate WXIA-TV for 12 years.
Marianne is very involved in the Atlanta Jewish community, including the Selection Committee of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, and AA Synagogue. Additionally, she has served as co-chair of the Tower of Talent for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Both natives of Atlanta, Marianne and her husband Stephen are the proud parents of four married children, and are grandparents to many adoring grandchildren!
Nancy Galanti is from White Plains, NY and received her BA from the University of Florida where she met her husband, Ronnie, a native Atlantan. She and her husband are business partners and parents of two grown children, a married son living in Atlanta and a daughter in NYC. In addition to her business, Nancy is closely involved with the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta on the Caring Outcomes Allocations Committee and with Women’s Philanthropy as well as Birthright Israel’s Atlanta Leadership Council, The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and Or VeShalom’s College Outreach program. Nancy is also an avid hiker with the Atlanta Outdoor Club, card player (spades) and loves movies, music and theater.
“For me, JELF’s support represented more than simply another student loan for my undergraduate studies at Northwestern University. It was my Jewish community stepping up to invest in my future. A dozen or so years after I had made the last payment on my loan, I was contacted by JELF as part of an “alumni” outreach effort and was recruited to volunteer.
Grateful for the help JELF had provided to me, it was wonderful to have a chance to give back to the organization. As a communications consultant in the employee benefits arena at Hewitt Associates (today I work for Merrill Lynch), JELF put me to work on the Advancement committee where I participated in a variety of public relations and communications activities, most notably the re-design of the JELF logo.
Through the years I’ve served on a variety of other JELF committees, including the Loan Program and Board Development committees. From 2013-2015, I served as JELF Board President, an honor I will always treasure. As a JELF board member and financial supporter, I’ve loved having the opportunity to come full circle so that other Jewish students will have the resources they need to complete their studies. L’dor v’dor.”
Emily Sauerteig was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Emily moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University, where she received degrees in music performance, sociology, and educational policy, before getting her Masters of Music Business Administration and Entertainment Industries at the University of Miami. Non-profit has always been at the core of Emily’s pursuits. She started her career donating her earnings to Make-A-Wish Foundation in Chicago.
Emily is involved in the Atlanta Jewish community having previously worked at the MJCCA and is a current board member In the City Camps. Emily is honored to be a member of the JELF board, which blends her passion for giving, educational policy, and helping those in the Jewish community.
Greg Gaylis was raised in San Diego, California, and moved to Atlanta in 2014. He received his B.S. in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego, and his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. Greg is an attorney at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, where his practice focuses on healthcare transactions and regulatory compliance. Greg lives with his wife, Jade, and son, Ashton, in Sandy Springs. He is very involved in the Jewish community and serves on the board of Congregation Beth Tefillah. Greg enjoys playing sports, traveling, and spending time with his family.
Phil is an investment banker with TM Capital, where he advises mid market companies with regard to mergers and acquisitions, growth financings and leveraged finance transactions. Phil grew up in Jericho, NY and moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University, from which he graduated with a BBA in Finance in 2007. Since graduating from college, he and his wife, Elizabeth, have (mostly) made their home in Atlanta and currently reside in Morningside with their two young sons and a golden doodle. Phil is a member of The Temple and is also active in various community and professional organizations around Atlanta. .
Philip Kahn, a native Atlantan, has most recently served as Treasurer of JELF. Professionally, Philip is a CPA as well as a Certified Financial Planner and has participated in numerous business purchases and sales in addition to acting as CFO for several businesses.
Jeff Alperin is a “recovering” corporate lawyer and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of cc:Clients, a content marketer serving large and mid-sized law firms, and an adjunct professor at Emory Law School where he teaches in the transactional law program.
In addition to his involvement with JELF, Jeff serves as the Board President of Jewish Family & Career Services. He is a past president of JELF.
Joanne grew up in Atlanta and has been involved in many philanthropic endeavors throughout the years. Most recently, she served as General Campaign Chair for the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, and currently serves as a Board Member of the National Women’s Philanthropy for JFNA. For over ten years, Joanne served on the Board of the Greenfield Hebrew Academy (now the Atlanta Jewish Academy), and has also served on the Boards of the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, JF&CS, NCJW and is a former Wexter Heritage Participant. Joanne also served as Co-Chair of JELF’s 2016 and 2018 Major Events. Joanne is married to Eddie, who also serves on the JELF Board, and is a proud mother and grandmother as well.
Don Sklar is a CPA with Sklar Marsh LLC and currently serves as Treasurer of JELF. He recently was the treasurer of Rebecca’s Tent Women’s Shelter at Shearith Israel. Originally from Shreveport, LA, Don lives in East Cobb with his wife Melissa.
Bob Thompson was born in Chattanooga, TN and grew up in Arlington, VA. He has lived in Atlanta since 1971. Bob is a retired consulting actuary and Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. He spent most of his career with Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson) in the Atlanta office. He was President of the Southern Employee Benefits Conference. He was on the Board of the William Breman Jewish Home where he was Vice-President–Board Development.
He has served several terms on the Board of JELF and also served on the Executive Committee. He received his AB from Princeton University and his MA from the University of Michigan. He is married to art historian Dede Thompson (who has also been active in JELF). They have two children and four grandchildren.
2021 Board of Directors
Dave Adelman grew up in New Haven, Connecticut and graduated in 1966 from Bryant University in Providence, Rhode Island with a BS in Business Administration, and then spent 3 years in the US Army with a tour in Korea. He moved to Atlanta in February, 1970 and then began working for a women’s sportswear manufacturer. Dave purchased franchises in Georgia and Alabama for an OSHA Compliance company and sold them in 1978. In 1978, Dave joined Jerry’s Pawn Shop (owned by Sheila’s father, Jerry Mandel). Dave met Sheila in 1974 and they married in 1975, and have a daughter, Denise Adelman. In 1985 Sheila and Dave purchased the family business. Dave became very involved in the Pawn Industry and he was instrumental in creating the Georgia Pawn Association. In 1989 he was asked to join the Board of Directors of the National Pawn Association. Sheila and Dave opened their second store in 1995 in Buckhead. Dave served as President of the Georgia Pawnbrokers Association as well as President of the National Pawnbrokers Association. He received the NPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012, they sold the business and retired. In 2016, Dave attended his first JELF Event and decided to become active in JELF.
Sheila Adelman was born in Atlanta and graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Education in 1972. She taught high school for several years, followed by a 10 year career with IBM. In 1974, she met David Adelman and they were married in 1975 and are the parents of Denise Adelman. They began working with Sheila’s father (Jerry Mandel) in 1978 at Jerry’s Pawn Shop and became the owners of the business in 1985. Sheila has been involved with City of Hope, Epstein, and Yeshiva High, as well as serving in multiple Leadership roles at Ahavath Achim Synagogue throughout the years. In 1995, Sheila and David opened a second store in Buckhead and in 2012 they sold the business and retired. Sheila became involved with JELF due to encouragement from Kathe Brown, Marianne Garber and Judy Wolman. She is currently working on JELF’s Finance and Resource Development Committees. Sheila is thrilled to serving on the JELF Board.
Justin Barry is a current Board Member at JELF. He has been actively involved in the organization for several years, most recently serving on the Loan Review committee. Justin was born and raised in Atlanta and is a longtime member of Temple Sinai. Justin is a partner in the real estate finance and development practice at the Atlanta based law firm of Morris Manning and Martin. Justin received an undergraduate finance degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a J.D. from Emory University in Atlanta. Justin is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his wife Lindsey and two children, Asher and Hayden.
Warren is an experienced Chief Financial Officer with a demonstrated history of working in multiple businesses as CEO/CFO as well as expertise in the public accounting profession. Skilled in fundraising, GAAP accounting, Mergers and Acquisitions, Enterprise Risk Management, Risk Management, and Financial Services. Strong business operations orientation with a BS in Business and concentration in Accounting (Magna cum laude) from University of Maryland – Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Kathe Brown is a retired educational administrator. Kathe received her Master’s in Counseling from the University of Oklahoma and her BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked as Director of Student Affairs for the College of Nursing at Rush University in Chicago and then as a college counselor at Holy Innocents’s Episcopal School and Lovett in Atlanta. She coordinated the University of Pennsylvania’s Alumni interviewing program in Atlanta.
Upon retirement, Kathe joined several boards focused on an educational mission and is passionate about helping underserved students gaining the information to access higher education. She is married to Morris, former JELF Board member and endocrinologist, and has two children and three grandchildren.
Glenn Frank was born in Cape Town, South Africa and came to Atlanta when he was 8 years old, in 1986. He graduated from Yeshiva Atlanta and then from Life University. He currently works at Stifel Financial as a Financial Advisor and is married to Jill, and has twin boys. In addition to JELF, he is heavily involved at the Atlanta JCC, coaching soccer, baseball and basketball and has participated in MJCCA’s Leadership Committee, and many other MJCCA volunteer roles.
Donna Freedman is currently a board member at JELF and on the Loan Committee. Donna is a retired special-education teacher. She currently volunteers with NCJW’s literacy program and Girls on the Run. In her free time, Donna enjoys playing mahjongg, reading, and traveling.
Stephanie Gang lives in East Cobb with her husband Barry and 2 dogs Leo and Lily. She has 2 children, Ilana, a CPA working in Buckhead and a son, Matt, working as an analyst in Washington DC. She has been on the JELF board in the past for 6 years and is very happy to return! She is also a member of NCJW and has been a volunteer with The Literacy Project at Brumby Elementary School for over 6 years. She and her family are members of Congregation Etz Chaim.
Heidi Geller is a management coach who works with companies to improve their managers’ skills through increased self-awareness, with a focus on communication (verbal and non-verbal) and other skills to increase efficiency and productivity. She currently works part-time at JOYN Behavioral Health Management and also provides management coaching on a contract basis.
Prior to this profession, Heidi worked 8 years for Hillels of Georgia. She has a Masters in Social Work and recently graduated from UGA with a Masters in Industrial/Organizational psychology. Heidi is passionate about Jewish community, her family (including her dog), and helping others.
Andy Gross, born and raised in Richmond, VA, graduated from the University of Georgia, where he was in Tau Epsilon Phi fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in political science. Since moving to Atlanta after college, he has held various roles in the technology/security industries. He’s currently Director, Mergers & Acquisition with Convergint Technologies where he’s worked for over 18 years.
He has a great appreciation for philanthropy and enjoys fundraising, including surpassing his fundraising goal when he completed the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Team in Training in 2010. He is excited to share his business experiences and networking skills by serving on the Board to support the organization. He resides in Sandy Springs with his wife Abigail and their rescue dog Sully. He is an avid World War II history buff, and in his spare time he loves taking walks in his neighborhood, reading, traveling, cooking and occasionally golfing.
When JELF’s Educational Loan Committee approved a loan for Ed Hyken in 1985, they could not foresee that he would one day be a board member.
Hyken came to the United States with his mother from St. Petersburg, Russia, in February 1982, at the age of 14. He graduated from Atlanta’s Yeshiva High School and was accepted at Emory University in Atlanta with a very good financial package, but it didn’t cover all the costs of attending school. He and his mother had emigrated from Russia only three years before and the financial resources of this single-parent family were extremely limited.
He earned a B.S. in economics and computer science from Emory in 1989 and began repaying his loan. In 1993, after several years in the work force, he enrolled at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania to earn an MBA, again with JELF’s assistance.
After Wharton, Hyken started a computer consulting business. Together with a high school classmate, Hyken started Expressiva, a nursing-wear company which offers contemporary and stylish clothing for professional medical professionals.
Hyken was elected to JELF’s board of directors in 2001 and, a year later, was elected one of JELF’s vice-presidents. He became a co-chair of the Educational Loan Committee that same year. He remains an active supporter of JELF today.
Jonathan Kessler is an investment analyst at Merrill Lynch and has been involved on multiple committees with JELF over the past few years, including the visibility committee and finance committee. Originally from Jacksonville, FL, he graduated from Emory University in 2011 and currently lives in Brookhaven, GA. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys traveling as well as playing basketball and golf.
Eydie has called Atlanta home for over 40 years. She has been married to Steve, a native Atlantan for 30 years and they have two adult children, David, married to Jessica, and Amy, married to Michael. Eydie is an extremely successful residential real agent while continuing to volunteer as the Chair of the Atlanta Jewish Foundation. Working in the Planned Giving and Endowment Arena is one of her longtime passions. She is also a huge Atlanta Hawks fan and attends just about all of the home games.
Active in the community, Mark has served as a board member and chair of the investment committee of The Davis Academy, a board member and investment committee member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, a board member of the American Jewish Committee, a two-term president of Congregation Dor Tamid, and a two-term president of the Cohen Group Home. Mark has also been recognized as a Zaban Leadership Award Honoree, a Goldstein Leadership Award Honoree, and a PALI Participant (Philanthropic Atlanta Leadership Institute). In addition, he volunteers with a number of animal rights and cancer-oriented charities within his community.
Professionally, Mark is a Senior Vice President/Investments with Stifel, and has been a Financial Advisor for 34 years. Mark is from Atlanta and resides in Johns Creek, Georgia. He is actively involved with his children – Matthew, Sam, Sarah and Bryan – and has several pets, including two goldendoodles, a cat and fish. He also enjoys travel, the arts, and sports – especially Georgia Bulldog football.
Steven M. Kushner is a trial lawyer with an emphasis in business disputes, business torts and intellectual property for multi-national and domestic companies, as well as individuals, in commercial disputes in state and federal courts throughout Georgia and the U.S. Steve was admitted into the undergraduate honors program at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1989 and received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 1992. Steve has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, has been included in Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite, and has also been included in Super Lawyers for the 2005 through 2019 editions and has been listed among the top 100 lawyers in Georgia in the 2008 through 2015 and 2019 editions. Steve lives in Virginia-Highland with his wife, daughters and black lab. Steve’s interests include CrossFit, endurance events, Israeli martial arts, golf and tennis.
Aaron W. Lipson is a partner at King & Spalding in Atlanta in the Special Matters and Government Investigations practice group. Aaron typically represents corporations and individuals facing complex government investigations, often from the DOJ, FBI, SEC, and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Prior to joining King & Spalding, Aaron worked in the SEC’s Division of Enforcement for nearly 15 years, where he led investigations into financial and securities fraud. At the time he left the agency, Aaron headed the SEC’s Enforcement program for its Atlanta regional office. Aaron obtained his B.A. in history from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, earning honors at each institution. Aaron is also an adjunct professor of securities law at both Emory University and the University of Georgia School of Law.
Aaron is an Atlanta native who lives in Toco Hills with his wife Leslie, and two teenage daughters Karen and Rory. They are members of the Ohr HaTorah congregation.
Carolyn Halpern Oppenheimer serves as Executive Vice President of Halpern Enterprises, Inc. and has been employed there since 1983. Carolyn is responsible for oversight of the office operations, maintenance, construction, capital expenditures and marketing for the company. She is a native Atlantan and a graduate of the University of Georgia. Carolyn has served on the boards of The Weber School, The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, The Trust for Public Land and The Epstein School, where she served as President of the Board of Trustees. Carolyn has three sons and two grandchildren, as well as two dogs. She is a dedicated hiker, gardener and outdoor enthusiast.
Eitan Ovadia currently lives in Boca Raton, FL with his wife, Cara, and their three young children. He was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, where he earned a BBA in Finance from Georgia State University, followed by a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. Eitan works for a family office, helping oversee a multitude of retail, industrial and other commercial real estate assets around the country. In particular, Eitan runs a division of the company focused on multifamily apartment development and investment. Prior to moving from Atlanta in 2015, Eitan practiced law at Hartman, Simons and Wood, and served as General Counsel for The Radco Companies and for Halvorsen Holdings.
Ian Roth is the Business Unit Manager of Southeast Private Wealth Management and Institutional Client Services at Goldman Sachs. Prior to moving to Atlanta, Ian lived in New York City where he worked as a strategy consultant for various financial services firms. Ian holds a BSE in Civil Engineering from Duke University and an MBA in Capital Markets and Corporate Finance from Emory University.
Outside of JELF, Ian is an active member at The Temple and volunteers with the Rothschild Social Justice Institute. Ian and his wife Alexandra live in Atlanta.
Kevin Rubin is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kevin and his wife (Andrea) relocated to Atlanta in 2006. Kevin received a Masters of Science in Information Systems Technology (MSIST) and Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) from the George Washington University in 2001. Kevin graduated from Emory University School of Law in 2008 and is licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia. After practicing family law at other top Atlanta firms, Kevin and his law partner founded Marple Rubin Family Law, LLC, in 2019. Kevin has been recognized by Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and Georgia Trend Legal Elite for his legal acumen. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family and avidly cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta United. Kevin and his wife live in East Cobb with their three children.
Adon Solomon is an attorney at the law firm of Cohen, Pollock, Merlin & Small, where his practice lies in the area of wealth preservation for individuals, families and businesses. Adon received his B.B.A in Finance from the University of Georgia along with his J.D. and M.B.A from Georgia State University. Adon was raised in Atlanta and lives in Sandy Springs with his wife and 3 daughters. Adon is a Board Member of Congregation Beth Tefilah, HOA President and active member in various community and professional organizations around Atlanta.
Josh Videlefsky was born in South Africa and raised in Atlanta, GA. He graduated from Tulane University and worked as a financial analyst for an Atlanta based commercial mortgage brokerage company out of school. Josh proceeded to join OA Development, a private real estate investment company, in 2017.
Josh is involved with JELF and a few other community based non-profits. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and golf, gardening, the outdoors, and spending time with his wife Brittany and two dogs, Milo and Walter.
Dr. Steve Waronker
“JELF’s last dollars loans helped me afford my education at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia in the 1980s. In times of crazy tuition costs, these funds can allow a student to live in acceptable housing and not be forced to work 40 hours per week, on top of pursuing a full-time degree. I am so happy to give back so our next generation can obtain the most important thing in life – an education.”
Gil Wolchock is a Business Development Executive at mLevel, an industry leading digital earning platform. Prior to his time at mLevel Gil was with LexisNexis and previously Definition 6 in NY. Gil has two daughters one of whom is still in high school and the other recently began college. Gil and his daughters are all active in Jewish life. Gil is a graduate of the University of Florida and currently resides in Roswell, GA. In his spare time Gil loves to root on his hometown Philadelphia sports teams as well as the Florida Gators.
Aaron Zucker is based in Charlotte and joins the JELF Board after serving on multiple committees for the organization prior to his nomination. When not serving for JELF, Aaron spends his time owning and operating two companies- Zucker Investment Group (ZIG), which specializes in the acquisition and operating of retail commercial real estate properties across the U.S & as a franchisee of American Family Care (AFC), an urgent care brand in the Raleigh, NC market. Aaron is also an assistant Varsity Boys Basketball coach at Providence Day School where he played in high school. Aaron & his wife, Lawrence are proud parents to Sophie (2), their dog Champ & are expecting a son in early 2021.
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