Vice President / Carol Ratner
Carol moved to Atlanta with her husband, Ian, in the summer of 1993 from Toronto. Carol graduated McGill University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. In Atlanta, Carol was the Area Business Manager at Premier Car Rental before opening The Back Office, Inc. which helps small to medium size businesses with monthly accounting operations. Carol was PTSA President at GHA and on the Executive Board at YA before the merger. Most recently she served as AJA Treasurer and is now Vice President. Carol and Ian have 4 children Alexa, Myles, Brooke and Sela and have been parents at the GHA/YA/AJA since 1999.
Treasurer / Hollee ParkerHollee and her husband Steve have 4 wonderful children (2 of who graduated from both GHA and YA) 2 grandchildren, and counting! She is a native New Yorker who moved to Atlanta in 1984 for a new job and never looked back. When Hollee is not busy running a large food brokerage business, she is involved in a variety of community (East Cobb) and child-focused foundations, both in the US and abroad.
Secretary / Kevin Cranman
Kevin has been a Board Member since Fall 2015. He is an attorney who along with his wife, Sheila, are the proud parents of AJA students, Katherine and Caroline. The Cranmans and dog, Daisy) live in Dunwoody and are members of Congregations Ariel and Beth Shalom. In addition to AJA, Kevin is active with the Atlanta Scholars Kollel and the IP Inn of Court.
Dr. Brickman is a retired oral surgeon. He was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee and then attended Emory University, where he met his future wife, the former Shirley Berkowitz. Dr. Brickman received many awards over the course of his career, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jewish Federation of Atlanta. He served as President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, as well as on the boards of the Atlanta Jewish Academy, the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, Atlanta Israel Bonds, Northwest Hospital Corporation, Georgia Israel Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE), the Southeastern Region of ADL and The Southern Jewish Historical Society. The Brickmans, Shirley and Perry, are past recipients of the City Wide Israel Bonds Award, B'nai Brith Gate City Lodge Community Service Award, and were also honored by Yeshiva High School of Atlanta and Torah Day School of Atlanta. Married for over 60 years, they are proud parents of Lori Brickman, Teresa Finer (Dr. Paul) and Jeff Brickman (Susan). The Brickmans have six grandchildren: Jason, Jessica, Elena, Talia, Joseph and Anna.
Jay moved to Atlanta from New York in 1994. He works as a neuroradiologist starting his career in Atlanta on faculty at Emory and ultimately became the Chief of Neuroradiology for Emory Healthcare. Currently, Jay works at Quantum Radiology, the private diagnostic radiology practice based in Marietta. He has served on the boards of Beth Jacob, GHA, and Atlanta Torah Mitzion. Jay served as president of Young Israel of Toco Hills from 2003 to 2008, and has been on the board and serving as Gabbai of YITH ever since. In his spare time, Jay is an avid reader and lifelong learner. Jay and his wife, Mindy, are blessed with 5 children, 2 children-in-law, and 2 granddaughters, Eliza and Theodora.
Chanina (Henry) Falk
Dr. Falk was born in New York City and attended Yeshiva University High School and College, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and then Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Falk served in multiple capacities at CDC, receiving multiple awards, such as the CDC Lifetime Science Achievement Award, the Distinguished Service Award of the US Public Health Service and the William C. Watson Medal of Excellence at CDC. He retired from the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps after 30 years of service as Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General, and from the CDC in December, 2010, although he continues there as a part-time consultant to the Deputy Director, ONDIEH/CDC on global aspects of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury and Environmental Health. Currently, he is also part-time at Emory Rollins School of Public Health as an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health. He is also a member of Young Israel of Toco Hills and has served on the AJA Board since it’s inception. Dr. Falk has been married to Roslyn Sara Falk for over 40 years and together they have 3 children: Raphael, Jacob and Rebecca.
Pia Koslow Frank
Born and raised in Atlanta, Pia attended Emory Law School and currently practices as a family law attorney. She and husband Tal have four kids,all AJA students. Pia and her family attend Shearith Israel where they are regular attendees and active members. One of her favorite things about AJA is the amazing energy and ruach related to Jewish life and the celebration of Israel.
Leanne was born and raised in Memphis, TN and moved to Atlanta in 2002 to return to her family roots. She currently works as the office manager at husband Jason’s orthodontic practice in Dunwoody. Leanne and Jason have two sons, Matthew and Pace, who attend AJA. The Kaplans live in Dunwoody and are members of Congregation Ariel.
Originally from Birmingham, AL, Gennye returned to the South in 2008 from 10 years in New York and Philadelphia. Gennye graduated from Washington University Olin School of Business in St. Louis. Professionally, Gennye is a marketing and strategy consultant. She is a founding board member of the Atlanta Jewish Fertility Foundation, an active volunteer in the community with JF&CS, and a member of Congregation Bnai Torah. Gennye is AJA’s PTSA President for the 2017 - 2018 school year. She and her husband, Matthew, have two children at the school, Bess and Levi.
Jed Linsider (bio to follow)
Rivka is a graduate of Yeshiva High School of Atlanta (1992). She received a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech (1997) and a JD from the University of Georgia School of Law (2000). Rivka is a partner at Pabst Patent Group LLP, a patent law firm she co-founded 13 years ago. During 2002-2004, Rivka and Sharon Feingold (YHS '95) created and ran the Yeshiva Atlanta Alumni organization. She is an active member of the Intellectual Property Law sections of the Georgia Bar and the American Bar Association (ABA), and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the IP Law section of the Georgia Bar and as the Chair of the Patent Legislation Committee of the IP Law Section of the ABA. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Georgia PATENTS, a pro bono patent organization. Rivka volunteers as a mentor in the Women Chemists Committee of the Atlanta Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and enjoys creating programs for the Atlanta Chapter of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA). Rivka's other interests include participating in the Women's Torah and Teffillah group at YITH, learning, running, hiking, and playing viola. She lives in the Toco Hills community with her husband and children. They are members of Young Israel of Toco Hills (YITH).
Joel Murowitz (bio to follow)
Dr. Rubin is a developmental pediatrician in Atlanta, Georgia. He has a number of professional and academic relationships in Atlanta and has a strong connection with the Atlanta Jewish Community. Dr. Rubin was the President of Congregation Beth Tefillah from 2006 - 2008. He went on March of the Living in 2007 and the next year co-founded Am Yisrael Chai! – a Holocaust program in Atlanta which hosts annual events and has a mission to plant 1.5 million daffodils in remembrance of the 1.5 million children whose lives were cut short by the Holocaust.
Jonathan graduated from the Ramaz school in New York City and then attended the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia. Jonathan was a Principal Consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Corporate Strategy and now acts as the Chief Financial Officer for 1888 Mills, LLC. He served on the board of the Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, was the Vice-President of the Pacific Jewish Center in Venice, California, and was the founding member of the Shaare Zedek Minyan in New York City. He also was on the finance committee of both Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, and the strategy committee of the Ben Porat Yosef school in Paramus, NJ. Jonathan and his wife, Sharon, live in Toco Hills, and have two children at AJA.
Martha Spector (bio to follow)
Nancy's professional background is in Healthcare IT, but she made a career shift to be the Executive Director at JIFLA – The Interest Free Loan Association of Atlanta. Nancy served as the last president of Yeshiva Atlanta High School, launching a school-wide STEM program, and leading the school towards a successful merger with Greenfield Hebrew Academy. Today, Nancy is a trustee of AJA as well as Atlanta Federation’s Executive Committee and The Jewish Home Life Group. Nancy is married to Atlanta native, David Weissmann, and together they have three children – Elena (YA’09), Shira (YA’11), and Josh (YA ‘14).
Dr. Funk-Wolkin is an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since joining the CDC in 2002, Amy has led numerous outbreak investigations and emergency responses. Amy has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on disaster epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, and surveillance. She received her Doctorate of Public Health from University of North Carolina, her Masters of Science in Public Health from Emory University, and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia. Dr. Wolkin and her husband, Brent have two sons at AJA, Ethan and Shai. She has been actively involved in the school since her children joined in 2011. Dr. Wolkin has had held various positions on the PTSA, has been a room parent, has guest taught several science classes for the Middle and Lower School, served as a Science Fair judge and is currently a school ambassador.
Mrs. Minsk moved to Atlanta in 1962 and began her teaching career in DeKalb County. She then went on to work at the Jewish Community Center, and finally at GHA. During the 20 years she was at GHA, Betty taught preschool, became Early Childhood Director, and started the Jewish family activities. She was the creator of the 1st Grade ShofarProject, as well as Mitzvah Day. After leaving GHA, Betty initiated Kosher Day at Turner Field to raise money for all of the Jewish Day Schools. She also served on the Weinstein Hospice Board, Federation Committees, Torah Day School Board, and currently helps to raise funds for AJA’s Capital Campaign.
Native Atlantan, Mr. Minsk graduated Boys High School and then attended Emory University School of Business Administration. During the Korean war, Malcolm served in the United States Army, stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Malcolm currently works as a certified Public Accountant, as a senior member Birnbrey, Minsk, Minsk, & Perling, LLC. He was also a co founder of Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, NC, and the past Presidents of the Congregation Shearith Israel, GHA and presidential appointee to the Board of the Atlanta Jewish Federation. He is a life trustee of Greenfield Hebrew Academy, and Current Life Trustee of Atlanta Jewish Academy. Malcolm is married to Betty Gerson Minsk and they have 3 children, all graduates of the Hebrew Academy of Atlanta and Yeshiva High School of Atlanta. They also have 10 grandchildren, 4 of whom are living in Ra’nanah Israel.