CDS Board of Trustees
The Community Day School Board of Trustees is composed of parents and community leaders brought together to advance the school's mission in both the school and broader community. Trustees work to preserve the school's institutional integrity and contribute to development programs by providing financial support and involvement in major fundraising activities. Each trustee has a fiduciary responsibility to the school for sound fiscal management, and they work together to strengthen the school's relationship with the Pittsburgh Jewish community through active participation in synagogue, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, and other local organizations.
- Avi Baran Munro - Head of School
- Derek Smith - President
- Eva Gelman - Vice President
- Evan Indianer - Secretary
- Stav Gil - Treasurer
- Andrea Glickman - Executive Committee
- Barry Nathan - Executive Committee
- Debbie Resnick - Immediate Past President
Prior to becoming CDS Head of School in 2004, Avi Baran Munro spent six years as Curriculum Coordinator and Head of Lower School at Community Day School and 10 years teaching and supervising student-teachers at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. At Pittsburgh’s Jewish Education Institute, she coordinated and offered professional development for Pittsburgh’s Jewish educators. Avi Munro is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the University of California, San Diego. She also holds Pennsylvania state certification in Secondary English. As a graduate of the very first Solomon Schechter Day School and parent of four Community Day School graduates, she is deeply committed to high quality, Jewish day school education.
Derek Smith has been a member of the CDS Board of Trustees since 2007, serving as Treasurer for seven years, and is beginning his term as Board President in the 2019-2020 academic year. He is the parent of CDS alum Eli Smith, who is a student at The Ohio State University, and current 7th grader, Maya Smith. Mr. Smith is a Certified Public Accountant and a Shareholder at Markovitz Dugan & Associates, where he helps small business owners maximize the returns from their businesses. When not at the office or volunteering at Community Day School, he spends time with his wife, Nicole, and their four children or playing golf, basketball, baseball, traveling, or reading. He says, “I am proud to serve on the CDS Board because the changes we make have a real impact on improving the everyday life of the students and staff.”
Eva Gelman is Vice President of the Board of Trustees and former President of the CDS Parent Association. She is the founder and owner of College Quest and has three children who currently attend CDS. Ms. Gelman holds a master’s degree in Higher Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo and has held positions as Associate Director of Admission and Director of Pre-College Programs at Carnegie Mellon University, and Director of College Guidance at Sewickley Academy. She says: “I truly believe in the CDS mission and I want to bring the community together and leverage the great people and great skills that will make the school even stronger. The uniquely engaged and talented parent community makes CDS unlike any other institution that I’ve experienced. The commitment to teaching values, as well as strong academics has created a vibrant learning environment grounded in Jewish philosophy. Our children have, and continue to become, a caring and compassionate, and socially progressive student body of mensches.”
Evan Indianer is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees and serves as Co-Chair of the Head of School Evaluation Committee. He is the CEO and Owner of Unicentric in Braddock, Pa. and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Mr. Indianer is the father of a two CDS alumni, as well as an active volunteer with the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Board Chairman of the Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh. He became a CDS Trustee to help ensure the school was the best possible choice for his family, with the goals of “continuing the trajectory of education excellence with the school fully funded and financially secure.”
Stav Gil is a product executive in the fintech industry currently working with Numo, a PNC fintech incubator as the General Manager for Payment Products. His two sons, Erez and Nadav, attend CDS in Grades 4 and 7, and he was previously a board member at Bornblum Solomon Schechter School in Memphis, Tennessee. He holds a B.A. in Management Information Systems from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from the Carnegie Mellon University Tepper School of Business. Mr. Gil says: “I am very passionate about Jewish education and I believe a community day school is a fundamental part of any Jewish community. I excited to make CDS an important part of the Pittsburgh community.”
Alumni parent Andrea Glickman is the Grant Director at the Shear Family Foundation. Previously, she was the Executive Director of National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section. She holds a B.S. in Economics and Business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Barry Nathan, Ph.D. is an organizational psychologist and president of Leader Business Coaching, with more than 30 years of experience helping individuals and organizations improve themselves. He has consulted with companies nationwide on topics such as employee selection and turnover, getting through mergers and acquisitions, job redesign, leadership development, and individual executive and management coaching. He recently wrote a book together with his wife on helping children with autism spectrum disorder develop reasoning and and problem-solving skills. Dr. Nathan holds a Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from the University of Akron. He joined the CDS Board of Trustees in 2013 and serves on the Executive Committee, with goals of planning for large-scale foundation funding. Dr. Nathan says, “I am proud to serve on the CDS Board because it is a great school and making a difference in the Pittsburgh Jewish community.”
During her years as Board President, Debbie Resnick worked hand-in-hand with Head of School Avi Munro and the exceptional team of educators and administrators at CDS, focusing on engagement, collaboration, and governance, as well as community engagement and succession planning. She says: “As board members it is our job to make sure that CDS is here for our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and beyond. Therefore, we need to be proactive not reactive, look beyond the stars, beyond what is right in front of us, take all the successes we have had, all the mistakes we have made, learn from them, grow from them, and take the pride that we have in our hearts to make this school the best possible place for our children and for the future of the Jewish community.”
- Joshua Breslau
- Elizabeth Chow
- Lynn Farber
- Shiri Friedman
- Debby Gillman
- Ken Levin
- Aviva Lubowsky - Parent Association President
- Marsha Marcus
- Robert O'Doherty
- Casey Weiss
- Bob Whitehill
Community Day School board member Liz Chow is the parent of four current CDS students. Dr. Chow is an internist who earned a bachelor's degree in biology and art history from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a medical degree from Albany Medical College in New York. Her goal as a board member is: "to ensure CDS remains a strong vibrant Jewish school that infuses learning with Jewish values and helps to empower future Jewish leaders." She says: "I am proud to work with the inspired leadership of CDS to have a formative role in order to shape the lives of not just my children, but all of the future of Jewish Pittsburgh."
Shiri Friedman is a CDS alum and parent of three students currently attending Community Day School . Ms. Friedman is the Senior Director of Partner Marketing at OutSystems, with expertise in leading marketing teams at early stage and high-growth technology companies. She holds a B.A. in Intellectual History from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Yale University. She says: "I believe CDS is a foundational institution for the Pittsburgh Jewish community and am committed to strengthening the school's finances, academics and Jewish identity. I love seeing the students flourish--at Kabbalat Shabbat and Zimriah, on the soccer field, in the science lab. This school has incredible teachers and staff, and the impact on the students is visible every day. I'm lucky to send my kids to CDS and proud to play a small part in making this school so special."
Now serving her first year on the Community Day School Board of Trustees, Debby Gillman has been a proud CDS parent since moving to Pittsburgh with her husband, Daniel Kass, from New York City when their son, Judah, entered 2nd Grade. Judah graduated from CDS in 2017 and is now a sophomore at Pittsburgh Allderdice. Their daughter, Nava, is currently in 3rd Grade and will be a CDS lifer. Dr. Gillman is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in a UPMC medical clinic, where she treats adults with severe and chronic lung disease. She is also trained to treat sleep disorders. She says: “It is clear to me that the time to contribute to the CDS community is now, with eight years of CDS behind us and six more to go. I also look forward to representing the school to the wider Jewish community and being one of the faces of CDS.”
Dr. Kenneth Levin is parent of one current students and two alumni. He is the past chair of the school’s Institutional Advancement Committee and Executive Committee member, and an active member of the school’s volunteer Green Team. Dr. Levin is a pediatrician and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He joined the board to help deepen the financial support the school receives from the community. He says: “CDS is an awesome place, committed to its students, faculty, administration, and families.”
Aviva Lubowsky serves on the Board as President of the CDS Parent Association, where she represents the needs of the parent community and serves as an advocate for the school in the wider community.. She is the mother of two current CDS students and the Director of Client and Community Relations at the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh. Ms. Lubowsky holds a B.A. in Journalism and Hebrew from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. She says: “CDS is a special and important place for our community's children and families. It is a privilege to be able to give back to the school that has given my children so much.”
Dr. Marsha Marcus is a CDS grandparent currently serving her first year on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Marcus is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, with a research focus on obesity in adults and children, eating disorders, and behavioral medicine interventions. She says: “I love the school, as do my grandchildren, and want to participate. CDS sets a standard for excellence in education.”
Casey Weiss is a CDS alum and a teacher at Pittsburgh Colfax K-8. Ms. Weiss holds a bachelor's degree in U.S. history with a focus on African-American history and a master's degree in Food Studies. She also holds a master's degree in education with certification in Pre-K to Grade 4 from Carlow University. She volunteers for Common Threads cooking program and Girls on the Run, and in her spare time, you might see her running in Frick Park or rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She says, "This school helped to raise me, along with my parents. They gave their time and energy to the school, and now it’s my turn to serve by giving back to the community that helped to nurture and support me."