Board of Trustees
President / Carol Ratner
Carol moved to Atlanta with her husband, Ian, in the summer of 1993 from Toronto. Carol graduated from 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 Vice President. Carol and Ian have 4 children Alexa, Myles, Brooke and Sela and have been parents at the GHA/YA/AJA since 1999.
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.
Joel grew up in Atlanta and attended what was then the Hebrew Academy of Atlanta, from kindergarten to 7th grade. He and his wife Andrea Neiman are proud to send all three of their children, ages 5, 7 and 10, to AJA. Joel lived in Israel from 1997 to 2000 initially arriving on an 8-month immigrant absorption program in Arad (World Union of Jewish Students). He then moved to Tel Aviv and worked for an international engineering firm on the new Ben Gurion airport as well as on communication infrastructure projects for the Palestinian Authority that were part of the Oslo Peace Accords. Joel received both his BS in Civil Engineering and MBA from GA Tech, is a licensed real estate broker and works at GlassRatner in the real estate and construction consulting, management and dispute resolution practices.
Hollee 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.
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 the 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.
Alan is a native Atlantan who went to both Hebrew Academy and Yeshiva High School. He attended Brandeis University and Georgetown Law School before returning to Atlanta in 1996. Alan lives in Toco Hills with his wife, Julie, their children, AJA Students Matthew and Kayla, where they are members of Congregation Beth Jacob. In his free time Alan loves rock music and plays guitar.
Mr. Birnbrey was present in Lewis Cenker's law office when he was asked to draft a charter for the Hebrew Academy of Atlanta. He served two terms as President of the school while also serving on the board. Henry had 15 grandchildren and has two great-grandchildren who attend the school. His daughter Judy was the first alumni Hebrew teacher. He served as president of GHA when it became the first accredited Jewish Day School in America.