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Board of Trustees

Executive Board
President / Alan Minsk
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.

Vice 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 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 Parker
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.
 
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.

Trustees
Perry Brickman
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 Cinnamon 
Jay moved to Atlanta from New York in 1994. He works as a neuroradiologist starting his career in Atlanta on the 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.
 
Simon Engler 
Simon and his wife Rachael have two daughters who attend AJA, Mollie and Sara. Simon is a native of Chicago and has called Atlanta home since 2002. He earned a finance degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a MBA from Emory University. Simon currently works in commercial real estate. Simon and his family live in Sandy Springs and are members of B'nai Torah.

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 the 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 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 and Pace, who attend AJA. The Kaplans live in Dunwoody and are members of Congregation Ariel.

Gennye Krasner
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 
Jed is a Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer at EcoVest Capital. He graduated from Columbia University in NY with a BA in Economics and earned his MBA at Emory University Goizueta Business School. Jed and his wife Kim are proud parents of current AJA students Eitan and Eliana, along with alumni, Nate.

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).
 
Joel Murowitz
Joel Murovitz 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.

Leslie 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.
 
Martha 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).

Nancy Weissmann
 
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).

Amy Wolkin
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.

Trustees For Life
Henry Birnbrey
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.

Betty Minsk 
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.

Malcolm Minsk 
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.