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
- Evan Indianer - President
- Shiri Friedman - Vice President
- Bernadette Scheid (Treasurer)
- Joshua Breslau - Executive Committee
- Marsha Marcus - Executive Committee
- Robert O'Doherty - Executive Committee
- Stuart Kaplan - General Counsel
- Derek Smith - 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.
Evan Indianer is the President of the Board of Trustees. 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.”
Shiri Friedman is a CDS alum and parent of two students currently attending Community Day School and a recent graduate. 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."
Bernadette Scheid is the Vice President-Finance for Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. She joined the Girl Scout Council in March 2015. She oversees the Council’s $10 million annual financial budget. Bernadette is responsible for the accounting, financial reporting, financial analysis, cash management, treasury, and external audit coordination functions. Bernadette was formerly the Chief Financial Officer, with other notable nonprofit organizations—The Ellis School (3 years) and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation (7 years). Bernadette previously held the Director of Finance/Accounting positions for other healthcare institutions, including UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and other regional hospitals. She spent eight years in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she served audit clients in the health care, manufacturing, distribution, retail, and non-profit industries. Bernadette currently serves on both the Audit and Finance Committees of the Community Day School. Bernadette holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Robert Morris University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Joshua Breslau is a Squirrel Hill resident and father of a CDS graduate. He works as a health care policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, focusing on mental health policy issues. He also serves on the board of Temple Sinai and P.O.W.E.R, a local substance use treatment agency. Josh is a proud supporter of Jewish educational institutions and is committed to preserving the high quality non-denominational Jewish educational opportunities that CDS provides to the Pittsburgh community.
Dr. Marsha Marcus is a CDS grandparent and 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.”
CDS Past President Stuart Kaplan currently serves in the role of General Counsel to Community Day School. As an attorney at Eckert Seamans, he provides general corporate counsel to numerous for profit and not-for-profit companies and organizations, and advises in all aspects of business, employment, tax, real estate, and health care law. His clients include businesses, business owners and other entrepreneurs, hospitals, physicians, and not-for-profit organizations. Stuart is the proud parent of three CDS alumni.
Immediate Past President Derek Smith has been a member of the CDS Board of Trustees since 2007 and is the parent of two CDS alumni. 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.”
- Neta Bar
- Elisa Cavalier
- Adam Danenberg
- Dana Himmel
- Micah Jacobs
- Scott Leib
- Lauren Lieberman
- Allison Pochapin
- Marc Tannenbaum
- Bob Whitehill
Neta Bar is a psychotherapist focused on relationships, family, LGBTQ+, and immigration issues, as well as self esteem, depression, anxiety, and trauma. Dr. Bar holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Duke University with a certificate in gender studies, a MSW from The University of Pittsburgh, an MA in cultural anthropology, and a BA in psychology and anthropology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before moving to Pittsburgh, Dr. Bar taught anthropology at universities in Israel, California, and North Carolina, taught yoga to incarcerated teenage girls in California’s Juvenile Justice System, and served as a victim advocate at the Jerusalem Rape Crisis center. She says, "I believe in education as a vehicle for the development of critical thinking and empathy. I’m happy to serve as a board member and take part in promoting CDS’ values of pluralism, community building, and social justice."
Elisa Cavalier is a Vice President at Hefren-Tillotson having joined the firm in 2007. In her capacity as a financial advisor, she provides comprehensive planning and investment advice to individuals, corporations and municipal pension plans. She also helps parents plan for education expenses through various means including 529 plans. Ms. Cavalier is also an attorney and assists clients with estate planning and administration issues. Prior to joining Hefren-Tillotson, she worked at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in D.C. and served as general counsel for Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and Station Square. She grew up in academia, as her father was the first headmaster of the Senior School at Sewickley Academy. She enjoys tutoring at-risk children and strives to provide them the emotional and educational skills to become productive citizens. She also has a keen interest in architecture, historic preservation, and community revitalization. Ms. Cavalier graduated from Tufts University and Northeastern School of Law. She serves on the boards of Landmarks Community Capital Corporation and Holy Family Foundation which funds Nazareth Prep, a faith-based high school in Emsworth, Pa. She says: “My involvement with private schools and education spans my youth as the daughter of a headmaster, a college degree in early childhood education, and as a board member of another faith-based school. I hope this experience will allow me to contribute to the CDS board.”
Adam Danenberg is a 2005 CDS alum who is currently employed as a Pilot for Republic Airways, a regional airline that operates commercial service as American Eagle, Delta Connection, and United Express. He is in command of a 76-passenger Embraer E175 regional jet based at the Pittsburgh International Airport, flying from points as close as Philadelphia and New York to international destinations such as Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. He is a graduate of the aviation and professional piloting program at the Community College of Beaver County and worked previously as a pilot for OneJet. Captain Danenberg has been active with several charitable organizations, including as one of “Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest” for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a participant in the Chabad Young Professionals group, and as President of his condominium Homeowners Association. He participates in “Pilots for Kids,” a nonprofit that provides holiday gifts and cheer to children hospitalized with life-threatening diseases, and serves as a member of “Women in Aviation,” a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women in all aviation careers and interests. He and his family are proud to be a part of Pittsburgh’s vibrant Jewish community and are members of Tree of Life Synagogue.
Dana Himmel is a program assistant at the Jewish Scholarship Service. She is currently the youth Kesher co-chair for P2G at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and she also sits on Federation's Israel Scholarship Committee. Previously, Dana was on the board at Beth Shalom Congregation (2005-2011), CDS Parent Association (2008-2010), Beth Shalom Preschool Committee Chair (2005-2008), Central Scholarship and Loan Referral Service Committee (2002-2009), and the NCJW Board for many years. When her children attended CDS, (Sammy, Class of 2014 and Benji, Class of 2017), she served as a classroom parent. Dana also received the CDS Volunteer of the Year Award in 2018.
Dr. Micah Jacobs moved to Pittsburgh in 2008 to take a job as an Infectious Disease physician with Romano, Pontzer and Assoc, where he is now the managing partner. He primarily practices at UPMC St. Margaret, where he is also the Associate Medical Director for infection control and has been very involved in the COVID response for the hospital and a part of the larger UPMC infection control team. He sees patients at Encompass Health Harmarville, where he is the medical director of infection control. Throughout the COVID crisis, Dr. Jacobs has been advising CDS and Congregation Beth Shalom on pandemic-related issues to help both organizations operate as safely as possible.
Dr. Jacobs is a current CDS parent to Arielle (6th grader) and Eitan (1st Grade) and previously served on the school's fundraising committee. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, studied Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, and then attended medical school at the Medical College of Ohio. After finishing medical school, he returned to Cleveland for his Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Disease Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic.
Scott Leib is the President and CEO of aSa/Applied Systems Associates, Inc., a software company founded by his father in 1969 that specializes in reinforcing steel fabrication. Mr. Leib is involved with software design, development, marketing, sales, and management. He earned a B.A. in Business Administration at Franklin and Marshall College, where he met his wife, Cindy, at Hillel. They live in Squirrel Hill and have two adult children, Elena and Joshua (Josh attended Community Day School for 7th and 8th Grade). Mr. Leib served on the boards of the JCC Pittsburgh and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. He is a past board chair of the CRSI Foundation and Preservation Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Pittsburgh 2007 Wexner Heritage Program and Leadership Pittsburgh XVII
Lauren Lieberman has been a long-time friend to CDS as a native Pittsburgher, Squirrel Hill resident, and active member of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community. Her children spent two years in the Early Childhood program at CDS, and her passion and commitment to keeping CDS a healthy and thriving asset in our community was fortified through this experience. Ms. Lieberman has spent nearly two decades working in the college admissions profession, first as an admissions officer at The University of Chicago, her alma mater, and later at several different independent schools as a college counselor and school administrator. Locally, these schools include The Ellis School, Sewickley Academy, and currently, Shady Side Academy. She has worked with a wide range of students and families to navigate choices around what is best for their present being, with an eye toward future outcomes, goals, and desires.
Allison Pochapin has been a full-time Realtor since 2003. She guides her clients through each step, making sure they are well-informed, on task, and making choices that are best to suit their needs. Allison brings consistent communication, sharp negotiation skills, and premium marketing to every transaction. She takes great pride in her hometown of Pittsburgh and her extensive knowledge of the local market. Her favorite aspect of her work is how friends become clients and clients often become friends, not to mention her passion for architecture and design. Allison specializes in selling homes in Pittsburgh's East End and city neighborhoods, and she hopes to encourage Jewish families who move here to attend Community Day School.
Marc currently serves as President of Signature Financial Planning. He has two sons who were both "lifers" at CDS, and his wife, Lisa, served nine years on the Board. Mr. Tannenbaum currently serves on the Finance Committee at CDS, as well as on the Board of the American Heart Association and Jewish Film Festival.
He says: “I’m honored to be a Board member of an organization that has had such a positive and profound impact on my family’s life over the last 15 years. My children are well-educated, worldly, and fundamentally better citizens because of their experience at Community Day School. This institution certainly is, and should continue to always be, a hallmark of our Jewish community. I want to make sure I’m a part of this remaining so.”