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Board of Trustees

AJA Board of Trustees 

President / Leanne Kaplan

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 (AJA ‘21) and Pace (AJA ‘25). The Kaplans live in Dunwoody and are members of Congregation Ariel. Leanne has served on the board since AJA was founded and has Chaired the Committee on Trustees and the Development Committee. 

Vice President / Chanie Steinberg

Chanie Steinberg is a proud alumnus of AJA (then called Hebrew Academy of Atlanta,) class of 1984, and Yeshiva Atlanta, class of 1989. She received a BA in biology at New York University, then an MD at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai, and moved back to Atlanta in 2002 with her husband, Scott, and their daughter Sophie, who was then 10 months old. Fast forward several years--they have been proud AJA parents to Sophie (AJA ‘20) now studying at the University of Michigan, Jordan (AJA ‘23), and Isabella (AJA ‘28). Chanie’s mother, Meta Miller, taught ECD and first grade for 17 years at the school, and was ECD director there for 10 years. Both her brothers, Joey and Benjy Wilson, are alumni of AJA. Chanie is currently working as an Internal Medicine primary care provider at Emory at Downtown Decatur Primary Care, under Emory Healthcare.  Chanie has served on the board of her synagogue, Ohr HaTorah (then called Young Israel of Toco Hills,) and the Yeshiva Atlanta board during the exciting merger of YA and GHA. She has volunteered for many years for the AJA PTSA in various capacities. She currently serves on the AJA Health Committee. Her husband Scott has chaired the AJA golf tournament for the past several years, and more recently the AJA Poker tournament, which have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars towards tuition assistance for the school.

Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair / Ben Flusberg

Secretary, Committee on Trustees Chair / Stacy Westerman

Perry Brickman

Development Committee Chair / Daniel Cohen

Daniel Cohen is an Atlanta native, and an alumnus of both the Greenfield Hebrew Academy and YeshivaAtlanta. Before moving back to Atlanta after college, Daniel worked in Brand Strategy in New York. Hecurrently works in Marketing at Mayson Foods. He chaired the 2021-2022 Annual Fund Campaign for AJA,and will be leading it again this upcoming year. Daniel and his wife Diana have 2 boys at AJA, a rising 3rd grader and a rising 6th grader, as well as a 4-year-old son at Beth Jacob Preschool.

Deborah Fernhoff

Head of School Support Support & Evaluation Committee Chair / 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.

Medical Committee Chair / Dr. Joshua Guttman

Dr. Guttman and his wife Rebecca have been proud AJA parents since arriving in Atlanta and will be

starting their 5th year at AJA in the fall. They have 3 children. In July 2020, Dr. Guttman began serving on the medical committee,creating protocols and policies to have a successful school re-opening, where he continues to serve today.Along with the rest of the medical committee, he was the 2022 volunteer of the year for AJA. Rebecca has been a parent volunteer since moving to Atlanta and serves as a grade representative for the PTSA. Dr.Guttman also serves on the board of the OhrHatorah Congregation in Toco Hills, as well as the medical representative to the Ohr HaTorah Security Committee. With his free time, Dr. Guttman enjoys his peloton, kiddush club and cheering for his beloved Montreal Canadiens."

Search Committee Co-chair / Davi Kutner

TAC Liaison / Rivka Monheit

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 Tefillah 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)


Les Rubin

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.


Marsha Spector

Marsha is CFO of Front Row Seats LLC, a ticket broker in Atlanta. In addition to the AJA board, she currently serves on the JNF Women for Israel Board. A longtime Atlanta resident and a graduate of GSU with a degree in special education, she has taught in Dekalb County Schools and ran a preschool program at OVS Synagogue for many years. She is a past president of Yeshiva Atlanta, Beth Jacob Sisterhood and AMIT. She and her husband Jan, have 5 children who are YA graduates - Shira Lipsey, Yehuda, Dovid, Daniela Gontownik and Avi (wife Eryn Bloomberg a GHA grad).


Community Engagement Committee Co-chair / Anita Stein


Jeff Weener

Clifford Weiss

Cliff Weiss earned his undergraduate degree and his law degree from Emory University. Cliff was a registered mediator and arbitrator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and has taught numerous courses as an Adjunct Professor at Emory Law School, and he served twenty-eight years as Chief Counsel for Emory University Student Legal Services. He was appointed by three different Governors to serve as State Administrative Hearing Officer for the Georgia Department of Community Health and for the Georgia State Health Planning Agency. Cliff has been published in numerous books and periodicals, and he has lectured throughout Georgia on legal issues. Cliff was also the Publisher/Editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times from 2012-2014. Cliff and his wife, Loretta, have one son, Gabe (AJA ‘21), who attends Columbia University and Jewish Theological Seminary. Cliff has been volunteering and serving on the Legal Committee providing pro bono legal services to AJA for the last six years.