Board Of Trustees
On Behalf of the Weizmann Day School Board of Trustees,
We would like to welcome all the new and returning parents and children to the excitement of a new school year. The mission of Weizmann Day School is to deliver an academically challenging and comprehensive education built on a foundation of Jewish traditions and values.
Weizmann students and their parents are members of a caring community in which they learn to ask questions, engage with others, and participate in tikkun olam -- making the world a better place. The Board of Trustees helps to fulfill that mission. While all academic decisions are overseen by our professional teaching staff and led by our head of school, Lisa Feldman, the board provides the necessary support and oversight along with hands-on community outreach and development to ensure the school's long-term viability and financial stability.
The collective experience and relevant expertise of our board members (made up of current parents and alumni parents) offers institutional memory and serves as a useful resource to our school administration and to current parents. Please look for our board members at school events or feel free to contact them at [email protected]. Parents are always welcome to attend Board Meetings. Please email our office for dates and times.
This year the following capable individuals comprise the Weizmann Board of Trustees:
Gerald (Jerry) Berman: Jerry is the Zaida of two current WDS students. He was a Public Administrative Analyst at UCLA, a Research Analyst at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, and a Senior Management Analyst at the City of Los Angeles, where he retired in 2007. Jerry is a member of Temple Sinai of Glendale, where he served on the Board of Directors for 14 years, including two years as Temple President. Jerry and his wife, Glenda (aka, Bubby) reside in La Canada.
John Carlton: John is the father of a WDS alum. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from UCLA, and has worked as a lawyer in Los Angeles for most of the past 35 years. At various times he has specialized in labor and employment law, worked as a federal prosecutor on international organized crime cases, and handled mass tort litigation for a national law firm. He now focuses on civil litigation and federal criminal defense in his own firm in Pasadena. John and his wife Nancy are members of PJTC and both served on the WDS board in the 1990s. In his spare time, John sings in the local Federation's choir, Kol Ha Emek, and acts in plays sponsored by the Federation's Cultural Arts Program.
Galit Feinreich: Galit is the mother of two current WDS students. She earned a BA in Communications from UC San Diego, and her MBA from USC's Marshall School of Business. She works at ReadyPac, as a Marketing Consultant specializing in Innovation. In her previosu work at Nestle, her new product development work in candy earned her two Product of the Year Awards and recognition as a Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation. Galit started serving Weizmann in 2008, by launching and co-chairing the Marketing and PR Committee. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2010 and completed her two-year term as Board President in 2013. She is married to Andy Negrin and spends most of her spare time watching or refereeing her children's sporting events.
Lisa Feldman: Lisa is an award-winning, 38 year education veteran with expertise in both general and Judaic studies. She has been at Weizmann Day School for 21 years, 13 as Head of School and 8 years prior as Assistant Head of School. She is a Milken Jewish Educator Award honoree and a recipient of the Pressman Academy Etz Chaim Education Award and the Temple Beth Am Presidential Award for Leadership. Before joining Weizmann, she was Head at Mizel Jewish Community Day School (formerly Heritage Academy) in Tulsa, OK. Lisa earned her MA in Educational Administration from the American Jewish University and dual Bachelor degrees in Education and Judaic Studies from Rutgers University. She also has a K-12 teaching credential. She has been an active member of the Builders of Jewish Education (BJE) Heads of School Council for nearly two decades, serving as Chair from 2010-2013. In addition, she has served as a Visiting Team member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation Committee for over a decade. She is the Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Temple Beth Am. She has also held a Clinical Faculty position at Hebrew Union College. In addition, she spearheaded Weizmann Day School's participation in the Daniel Pearl World Music Days - the only such interfaith school program in the USA. When not helping to raise our community's future leaders at Weizmann, she is raising her own three sons with husband Brian Greene.
Maya Golden-Krasner: Maya is the mother of two current WDS students, and has been a member of the WDS board of directors since 2012. Maya holds a JD from UCLA School of Law, an MA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA in History from the University of Washington in Seattle. Maya is a staff attorney in the Climate Law Institute at the Center for Biological Diversity. She is also an adjunct instructor at UCLA School of Law where she teaches Environmental Justice Law. Maya and her husband Noah are members of Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center. She enjoys SCUBA diving, reading, and (when possible) sleeping.
Lawrence Lurvey: Lawrence is the father of two current WDS students. He earned an MD, JD, and MEd from University of Illinois and completed his residency in Ob/Gyn at UCSD. He is a member of the California Bar and the American College of Ob/Gyn. He currently works as a physician for Kaiser Permanente where he oversees quality and maternal child health services at the West Los Angeles Medical Center. Lawrence joined the board in 2013 after serving as a room parent, and working on the Generation LA endowment campaign, and various fund raising efforts such as the Dads' play. Lawrence and his wife Elena, who directs the Ob/Gyn residency at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center, live in Pasadena and enjoy shuttling their children around.
David Holland-Moritz: David is a WDS alumni parent. David has served on the WDS board of directors for more than 10 years. He has been a member of the head of school search committee, nominating committee, technology committee, WASC accreditation committee, and head support committee. He has served as board secretary, treasurer, and 5 years as board president. Professionally David is a consulting electrical engineer specializing in machine automation and custom embedded systems development. In addition to volunteer work at WDS, Marshall Fundamental and PJTC, he spends much of his time managing residential real estate investments and trying to repair things that most people would probably just throw out.
Heather Ramirez: Heather, our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Chair, is the parent of a current WDS student and two older children, one in high school and one in college. She has served on various PTO committees and as chair of the PTO for several years. In addition to her volunteer efforts at Weizmann, Heather also donates her time and energy to Community Child, a community service organization in the South Bay, and her family actively support our military troops with Pesah holiday packages.
Felicity Swerdlow: Felicity is a WDS alumni parent. She was born in South Africa, and made Aliyah to Israel. In Israel, she and her husband Jonni lived on Kibbutz Nir Eliyahu for 18 years and raised three children while Felicity taught English as a second language at the regional high school and completed her MA in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching at Tel Aviv University. In 1991 the family moved to Los Angeles and Felicity taught English at Duarte High School for five years and earned her Administrative Credential. She went on to serve as AP of Curriculum and Instruction at El Rancho High School for seven years, and the next five years as Director of Secondary Education in the Pasadena Unified School District, overseeing all middle and high schools in the district. Felicity then served as a High School Principal in Santa Ana Unified, before moving to her current position as Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Heschel Day School in Northridge where she oversees the Hebrew and Judaic Studies programs. Felicity is a member of PJTC where she has served on the board twice. This is her second time on the Weizmann Board.