Jewish Beginnings Staff 2018-19

Devorkie Shmotkin


  Administrative Assistant
Amanda Wiedholz 

 Licensing Specialist
Aya Sasson 

 Development Director
Marylyn Scheuer 

Marketing Coordinator
Frieda Aaronson 

 Educational Consultant
Lori Evans 

 Learning Specialist
Staci Maiman 

Newsletter Coordinator 
Aviva Linton

 School Chef
Michael Blake


Classroom Teachers

Infant 1
Irina Brekman

Lori Katz
Tova Koren
Debbie Braatz

Infant 2
Michel Bankier
Maria Holicek 
Kristin Heacox (AM)

Toddler 1
Suzanne Beck
Kerri Bergren  

Toddler 2
Marnie Atias
Shira Berman
Lora Vexler 

Elisheva Hiller
Sima Lieberman
Katie Weiss

Cathy Crone

Ali Schlotman
Sahar Steiner 

Susan Blaski
Pam Goldner
Aviva Linton 

Fraidy Brook
Kaitlyn Clemens 

Angela Fladwood
Yehudis Hecht 

Katie Hollander
Einat Oknin
Mussie Shmotkin
Kristin Heacox (PM) 


Specials Teachers 

Amazing Athletes
Rivkie Wilschanski


Board of Directors 2018-19

Serving on our Board of Directors and Board Committees is a meaningful way to get involved with Jewish Beginnings. We are always looking for people with a sincere interest in helping to operate a Jewish early childhood center that nurtures and educates children ages 6 weeks to five years old. Our Board and Board Committees typically meet once a month. Board members participate in activities of the full Board and sit on at least one Board Committee. 69% of Jewish Beginnings board members (for many the first Jewish board service) go on to serve on other Jewish community boards.
Our Board of Directors' priorities include:
  • Fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the school is properly managed
  • Preparation of the annual budget
  • Establishing a mission and program for the school, as well as a strategic plan for the future
  • Developing operating and personnel policies
  • Promoting the school and managing community relations
  • Interfacing with the Federation 
Board Directors: 
Bergtrom, Aaron
Gross, Ora
Hacker, Rachel
Leff, Ilene
Leff, Jack
Levy, Hara
Rodriguez, Maria
Shmotkin, Devorah
Shmotkin, Devorkie
Shmotkin, Rabbi Mendel
Shrednick, Andrea
Strick, Armona 
Wahlberg, Rebecca