Treasurer / Mike Beldie
Vice 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 and Pace, who attend AJA. The Kaplans live in Dunwoody and are members of Congregation Ariel.
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.
Our current PTSA President, Erica and her husband, Randall, are the proud parents of AJA students David, Jason and Ryan.
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.
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 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.
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 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).
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.
Immediate Past 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.
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 and Betty z"l 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.