Toronto’s Premier Community Jewish High School

Board Directory

Howard Simkevitz ’91, President

Howard Simkevitz is General Counsel and Privacy Officer at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and adjunct faculty at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management where he teaches courses in privacy law, information technology law and business law. Howard is an active member of Beth David B’nai Israel Beth Am synagogue and also serves as the legal member of the Research Ethics Board at SickKids Hospital.  Howard is a graduate of CHAT (class of ‘91), received his BA from the University of Western Ontario, his MS in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and his law degree from the University of Ottawa. Howard is the proud father of two children at TanenbaumCHAT. 

Hart Heller ’89, Treasurer

Hart (class of ’89) and his wife Gila of Toronto are the parents of a grade 9 student at TanenbaumCHAT, 2 pre-CHAT children and uncle and aunt to many CHAT students and alumni.   Hart has been involved as a volunteer and board member in various Jewish and community organizations and is the current treasurer of TanenbaumCHAT.  With a background in finance and consulting, he is an Executive Vice President at LynCar, a plumbing and fire sprinkler products distribution company. 

Eric Adelson

Eric is a lawyer in private practice serving the investment management community. Previously, Eric was the Senior Vice President and Head of Legal – Canada for Invesco. In that capacity, he was a member of the board of Invesco Canada Ltd., a regulated entity, for the past 10 years and also served as Secretary to the board and governance structures related to public mutual funds. Eric was a member of the Executive Committee of Invesco Canada during that time.

Prior thereto, he acted as Secretary to various boards of Mackenzie Financial Corporation and subsidiaries. Eric served on the Ontario Securities Commission’s Registrant Advisory Committee from 2015-2018 and is a frequent commenter of proposed securities regulations. He was named to the GC Powerlist 2016 by Legal 500. Eric recently obtained his ICD.D designation. Eric has a daughter at TanenbaumCHAT in Grade 10.

Rahn Dodick

Rahn is President of Dodick Landau Inc. He is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee and CPA advising businesses on matters of financial and operational restructuring for over 20 years.  Rahn is a former board member and treasurer of Fighting Blindness Canada and is a member of the finance committee of Adath Israel Congregation.  Rahn attended Hebrew day schools in Montreal where he developed a passion for Jewish education and continuity. 

He has visited Israel 12 times throughout his life and has a deep connection with Israel.  Rahn and Tania are proud parents of three sons, his eldest is currently attending TanenbaumCHAT in grade 11. His two younger sons who are in grade 2 and 8 at Associated Hebrew Day Schools are looking forward to attending TanenbaumCHAT in the future.

Andrea Frankel

Andrea holds a Bachelor of Science Honors degree from Queen’s University, a Master’s in Experimental Medicine from McGill and a Ph.D. in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Toronto. Andrea has served on the Board of Directors at Robbins Hebrew Academy (RHA) and was President of the Parents’ Association at RHA. She has also served on the board of directors of Beth Tikvah Synagogue. Andrea has three children, one of whom is in medical school at McMaster University, one in her fourth year at Western University and one currently in Grade 12 at TanenbaumCHAT.

Andrea works at Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, in the department of Government Affairs and Market Access. She has served on the board of TanenbaumCHAT for the past three years and is looking forward to continuing on the board and promoting TanenbaumCHAT’s academic excellence with the objective of recruiting new students and retaining our current students.

Claire Glowinsky

Claire is passionate about Jewish Education, Jewish continuity, and Israel.  She and her husband Howard are the proud parents of four amazing children, all of whom are TanenbaumCHAT alumni. Claire is a former board member and vice-president of Associated Hebrew Schools.

She has served on the board of TanenbaumCHAT since 2017 and is currently the Chair of the Governance Committee. As well, Claire serves as Vice-President and Treasurer of the Association of the Soldiers of Israel – Canada.  Claire was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994 and is self-employed in the areas of property and asset management. Claire lives in Thornhill and is a member of Chabad Flamingo.

Sara Gottlieb ’91

Formerly an Institutional Money Manager, Sara now devotes her time to volunteering in Toronto and Israel. Sara currently serves as President of Canadian Friends of the Duvdevan Foundation and is Co-Chair of the Israel and Overseas Committee of UJA. She is a member of the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University Toronto Board, a member of the Board of UJA Federation, and a member of the Partnership Council of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI).

Sara has held many fundraising roles within the community including: Chair of the Einstein Gala, Chair of Lion of Judah for UJA, Atarah Chair of UJA, and Fundraising Chair at Robbins Hebrew Academy. Sara is married to Darren and they have two sons: TanenbaumCHAT student, Koby, and Cooper, currently at Robbins Hebrew Academy. For fun, Sara loves to run marathons.

Mark Gross

Mark Gross’ business experience spans over 20 years in business management, finance and real estate. Mr. Gross attended the University of Western Ontario and earned his HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.  Mark founded a Private Equity firm with a focus on real estate investment that purchases, develops and manages commercial real estate on behalf of Canadian and US investors. Mark serves as CEO of Zedd Customer Solutions Inc., a Business Process Outsourcing business. Mark is also Chairman of the Board of Aqua Greens, an innovator in the Vertical Farming Space.  Mark has two children in New Stream at TanenbaumCHAT, class of ’22 and ‘24.

Cheryl Kaplan '91

If you’re not a lumberjack or a fur trader, you pronounce it “about” not “a boot”, and you believe that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal…Then you are familiar with Cheryl’s award-winning work on Molson Canadian. Cheryl has over 20 years of experience creating and developing internationally acclaimed, award-winning campaigns for a vast range of products and services, including automotive, food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, packaged goods, financial institutions and charitable organizations. Currently, she leads a double-life as both an art director and as a visual artist, working from her studio at home and from Open Studio in downtown Toronto as an artist member.

Cheryl has volunteered in numerous capacities. Most recently, she served as Chair of the Board of Open Studio, Canada’s only artist-run printmaking centre in Toronto, providing affordable, comprehensive access to printmaking facilities and related programs to local, national and international artists. Prior to that, she served as Open Studio’s Chair of the Marketing Committee. She has also served as House League Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forest Hill Hockey Association, Marketing Co-Chair at Robbins Hebrew Academy, and she spent four years as manager of her son’s basketball team.

Cheryl obtained her BFA in Visual Arts from York University and is a CHAT graduate (Class of ‘91). She and her husband, Barry Schwartz, are the proud parents of two current TanenbaumCHAT students, Abe (Class of ‘22) and Lee (Class of ‘25).

Jordan Kupinsky '90

Jordan has more than twenty years of experience in merchant banking, investment banking and law. Jordan is the Managing Partner of Windsor Private Capital, a Toronto-based merchant bank managing private debt and equity investments on behalf of high-net-worth, family office and pension fund investors. He has served on several public and private company boards including Concordia International, Atlas Financial Holdings, Xceed Mortgage Corporation and Perk Inc.

After graduating CHAT, Jordan received his B.A. from York University and his JD/MBA from the Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School. Jordan is the proud father of two current TanenbaumCHAT students, Hayley (Grade 12) and Justin (Grade 10), and hopefully a third, Ryan (currently in Grade 5).

David Mansell

David is a private equity investor, advisor, and board member, and spent 18 years as a Managing Director at Onex Corporation, a Toronto-based private equity firm.  David spent most of 2020 / 2021 advising the Canadian Federal Government on COVID-related business relief programs, including serving as the inaugural CEO of Canada Enterprise Emergency Funding Corp.  David currently serves as a board member of TanenbaumCHAT and as the school's Development Chair.  Previous community roles include those of board member of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and a member of UJA's strategic planning committee on fund raising, and co-chair of Shaarei Shomayim’s capital campaign. David and his wife, Naomi, have four children, with their oldest son having recently graduated  from TanenbaumCHAT and two other children currently attending the school.  David has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.Comm. from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Suzy Kauffman ’90

Suzy is a partner at Goodmans LLP, where she has a general commercial litigation practice. She is currently the Chair of the Parent Ambassador Committee at TanenbaumCHAT, helping to guide the admissions and recruitment efforts, and is a past Board Member of the Toronto Heschel School and past member of the Parents Association at the Sterling Hall School. Suzy has volunteered in many capacities with UJA Federation and is currently on the women’s executive team. She has an Honours BA in Political Science from McGill University and an LLB from the University of Toronto.

She has recently completed a Board Governance Course run by the Canadian Board Diversity Counsel and has advised many Boards through her legal practice. Suzy is a CHAT grad (1990). She and her husband Steve are the proud parents of a TanenbaumCHAT graduate (Amanda '18), a current TanenbaumCHAT student (Josh, grade 11), as well as a future TanenbaumCHAT student, Layla (grade 7 at the Toronto Heschel School).

Jonathan Zepp, Immediate Past President

Jonathan is a partner at the law firm of Robins Appleby LLP. Jonathan is a business law lawyer advising clients on matters of corporate and commercial law. Jonathan is the former Chairperson of The Canadian Shaare Zedek Hospital Foundation where he remains a director. He is a former director and member of the Executive Committee of Associated Hebrew Schools. Jonathan is also an active member at his synagogue, Chabad Flamingo. Jonathan is a passionate proponent of Jewish day school education. Jonathan and his wife, Tracy, are parents to two TanenbaumCHAT graduates, Noah, Class of 2016 and Lilly, Class of 2018.

Micki Mizrahi

Micki grew up in Ottawa in a family committed to the Jewish community and continuity. There, she attended the elementary Jewish Day School and a Performing Arts High School. Micki participated on the MOL in 1990, was Head of Jewish Programming at CBB Ottawa and served on the Holocaust Ed. Committee and BBYO.  She graduated from McGill University with a B.Ed.Jewish Education and an M.A.Culture and Values in Education.  In Montreal, Micki wrote curricula with the BJE and Day and Supplementary schools. She participated in the CJA Young Leadership, ICRF Next Generation and Jewish General Hospital fundraising.  After graduating, she was the Instructor of "History of Judaism and the Jewish People" at Carlton University.  

Upon moving to Toronto, Micki worked at USDS, The Toronto Heschel School and The Leo Baeck Day School as a Teacher. She was the Director of Education at Temple Emanuel and Shaarei Beth El. She completed her Principal's Certification and was the Vice Principal at the Paul Penna DJDS.  Currently, Micki manages Marketing, Design and Strategy for Mizrahi Developments. 

Micki has worked with various committees with Friends of Simon Weisenthal Center (Co-Chair of Spirit of Hope 2014), Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum and UJA. Within UJA, Micki was Co-Chair of the Lion of Judah and Atarah divisions, Co-Chair of the 2012 and 2013 Walk with Israel, Israel Engagement Committee (helping lead an initiative with CHAT) and Major and Top Gifts campaign.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the JCCs, The Leo Baeck Day School and Koffler. She was Vice Chair 2014-2016 and then Chair of the Board of Hillel Ontario 2016-2018.  Currently, she is the JFCS Board Chair of Resource Development and is on the Board of KCJE. 

Micki and her husband participated on the Fisher Flight program through JFNA. She is the recipient of the 2014 UJA Leadership Development Award. Micki is married to Sam and they have two children, Eden (Class of ‘25) and Ethan (grade 8 LB and future class of ‘26).

Kevin Moshal

Kevin’s background is as an assurance and business advisory partner with a focus on the financial services and investment management industries. A CPA, Kevin is the Regional Managing Partner of Grant Thornton for Central Canada, where he leads some 750 colleagues across 17 offices in the delivery of advisory, tax and assurance services.  Kevin is also responsible for coaching partners and, as part of Grant Thornton’s growth strategy, onboarding senior talent, and other investment opportunities.

He has experience working with owners, presidents, CEOs, CFOs and presenting at boards of directors’ meetings as well as working with stakeholder groups to achieve their objectives. Kevin moved from South Africa to Toronto in 2001.  He currently has two daughters at TanenbaumCHAT and a son at Bialik Hebrew Day School.

Craig Rimer

Craig is the CEO of Cidel Bank Canada.  Prior to joining Cidel as a co-founder in 1999, he was a managing director in CIBC World Markets’ Financial Products Division. He is a member of the Pension and Endowment Investment Advisory Committee to the President of the University of Toronto, a member of the investment committee at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care’s Foundation, and a Foundation Trustee for the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto. 

Craig was previously a director of the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, director and treasurer of Baycrest, co-chair of the Baycrest investment committee and President of Robbins Hebrew Academy. Craig graduated with a BSc in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School.  He and his wife Elyse Zelunka are proud parents to two TanenbaumCHAT grads (Sarah ’18 and Evan ’20), Daniel (Grade 10) and Sophie, a future TanenbaumCHAT student.

Jordan Rodney

Jordan Rodney is President of MaxPeople and founder of Rodney Employment Law, an HR and Employment Law firm. Prior to starting his own firm, Jordan worked in the corporate world in the beverage, broadcasting, distribution and manufacturing industries. Jordan is an employment lawyer who regularly advises employers, including boards and businesses in the educational field, on a wide variety of workplace issues. Jordan obtained a B.A. in Political Science from York University, a Masters of Industrial Relations from Queens’ University and an LL.B from the University of Western Ontario. Jordan was previously an instructor teaching Labor Relations at the Schulich School of Business.

Jordan and his wife Julie Ruben Rodney are the proud parents of a TanenbaumCHAT graduate (Hallie ’17), a TanenbaumCHAT current student (Mitchell), and an incoming student in September (Layla). Jordan’s family is actively involved in Beth Torah synagogue and deeply connected to Young Judaea, particularly Camp Kadimah, where all three kids attend. Jordan is also passionate about the New Stream program education given how the New Stream program has been transformational for his family and looks forward to being a valuable contributor to the board.

Tilda Roll

Tilda was born in Hamilton, Ontario and spend her formative years there before moving to Toronto. She resides in Thornhill, together with her husband Malcolm and their family. Tilda and Malcolm have three children who attended the Jewish day school system. Their two eldest children attended university and the youngest, Madeleine is currently in Grade 12 at TanenbaumCHAT. Tilda is a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator and has been an active member within the legal community since her call to the Bar in 1993. In 2015, she was appointed as a Dispute Resolution Officer in Superior Court. Tilda is also an active member of her synagogue, Chabad Flamingo.

Shelley Samel, Vice President

Shelley Samel is an advertising and marketing lawyer at Shelley Samel Law. She started her boutique firm in December 2014 after spending 15 years at Gowlings LLP, where she was a partner in the advertising and marketing law practice group. Shelley is currently a member of the UJA Joshua Institute leadership accelerator program and has recently served on two committees of UJA Federation.

She also served as a member of the board of directors of The Leo Baeck Day School for six years, leading several committees as well as a term as co-president. Shelley grew up in Ottawa and studied journalism before moving to Toronto to attend Osgoode Hall Law School. Shelley and her husband Brian Weiner live in Thornhill and are the proud parents of a current TanenbaumCHAT student (Jamie, Grade 11) as well as a future TanenbaumCHAT student (Talia, Grade 8 at The Leo Baeck Day School). 

Shawn Sigesmund

Shawn is a partner with Ernst & Young, serving in their Information Technology Advisory practice. He has over 25 years of experience in consulting, with a focus on leading large-scale business and IT transformation engagements. Shawn attended the University of Western Ontario and earned his HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Shawn and his wife Debbie are proud parents of TanenbaumCHAT student Ava, and Leah, currently at the Toronto Heschel School. Shawn recently spent time volunteering in Rwanda, providing pro bono consulting to local startup companies as part of a global social sabbatical program. In his spare time, Shawn enjoys running, travel and playing hockey.

Stephen Turk

​A litigator since 1990 with a wide-ranging commercial and estates practice, Stephen is a long time, and present, Board member at the Beth Torah Congregation where he has held a number of officer positions including that of Treasurer, Vice President, and President. During his time as President at Beth Torah, the Congregation initiated both its membership and physical building expansion and commenced a successful multi-million dollar fundraising campaign.  In addition, Stephen acted for over two decades as General Counsel to a private academy in Toronto that taught children with learning disabilities and he continues to be active in assisting in that regard. In 2016 Stephen was a chaperone on the Toronto contingent of the March of the Living.  Having joined the Board in 2015, Stephen and his wife, Maura, are the proud parents of Drew, class of ’15, and Goldie, class of ’17.

Sue Valencia '85

Sue is the proud mother of two TanenbaumCHAT grads (Adam ’17 and Megan ’19), and one current TanenbaumCHAT student (Jenna ’21).  Sue obtained a BA (Psychology) from York University and a law degree from Western University. Sue began her legal career at Torys LLP where she practiced corporate law for two years before moving into the entertainment business.  Sue worked in the film and television industry for 13 years, first as VP of Business and Legal Affairs at Atlantis Films, then Senior VP – Business Affairs and Executive Producer at Alliance Atlantis and VP Legal and Business Affairs at Nelvana, a division of Corus Entertainment Group.

Since leaving the workforce, Sue has been active in the volunteer community, serving on the board of Bialik Hebrew Day School, as well as taking on the role of Chair of the Bialik PTA for two years, and more recently on the TanenbaumCHAT board where she is the chair of the Board’s Marketing and Communications Committee. Sue is also active in the minor hockey sports community, acting as VP – Select of the Forest Hill Hockey Association and serving on the board of directors of the Forest Hill Hockey Association.  In her spare time, Sue is the trainer for her younger daughter's hockey team, enjoys cooking, reading and fitness (especially Peloton) and has taken up knitting during the pandemic.