Avi Baran Munro - Head of School 

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.


Tzippy Mazer - Head of Lower School and Hebrew/Jewish Studies

Tzippy Mazer was appointed Head of Hebrew and Jewish Studies in 2004, but has been with Community Day School for more than 30 years, first joining CDS as a teacher in 1976. Mrs. Mazer assumed the title of Head of Lower School in 2014. Mrs. Mazer holds a B.S. and M.A. in Elementary and Special Education from Duquesne University.


Mark Minkus - Head of Intermediate School and Middle School

Mark Minkus was appointed Head of Middle School in June 2012. He comes to Community Day School with more than 20 years experience as Head of School at an independent, religious day school. He has a bachelor's degree in Education from Slippery Rock University and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College. For the last two decades, Mr. Minkus has helped teachers grow through professional development and challenged students to reach their potential through high expectations and the implementation of a rigorous curriculum.


Vita Nemirovsky, Director of Learning Services

Appointed 2017

M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh, Specialization in General Special Education

B.S., Education, Temple University

Founder of DVASH (Dynamic Vision for the Active Study of Hebrew) reading program


Allan Dalfen, Director of  Middle School Jewish Life and Learning 
Appointed 2012
Graduate of the Day School Leadership Training Institute
M.A. in Judaic Studies, Concordia University
B.A. in Applied Social Science and Religion, Sir George Williams University


Bari L. Weinberger, Chief Financial Officer

Appointed 2005

B.S. in Accounting, Penn State University

M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh

Certified Public Accountant


Kevin Bouchard, Controller
Appointed 2005
B.S. in Accounting, Duquesne University

Jenny Jones, Director of Institutional Advancement 

Appointed 2016

B.S. in Marketing, University of Cincinnati


Sarah DeWitt, Admission Director

Appointed 2013

B.A. in Elementary Education, Penn State University  


Jordan Hoover, Director of Technology and Strategic Initiatives
Appointed 2006
B.S. in Business Management, University of Phoenix

Jennifer Bails, Director of Marketing & Communications

Appointed 2014 

B.S. in Biology, Swarthmore College


Josh Albright, Director of Maintenance

Appointed 2014


Susie Kerr, Certified School Nurse

Appointed 2016
B.S. in Nursing, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

School Nursing Certificate, Slippery Rock University

American Heart Association CPR Instructor


Jill Braasch, Front Office 

Appointed 2017

B.A. in English, University of Delaware

J.D., University of Pittsburgh


Carole Henderson, Executive Chef
Appointed 2003


Sandra Johnson, Executive Administrative Assistant to HOS 
Appointed 2010
B.S. in Business Management, Wilberforce University


Ellen Goldhagen, Administrative Support Associate

Appointed 2015
B.A. in Social Work, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Michael James, Help Desk Technician

 Appointed 2017

I didn’t know what it felt like to belong somewhere, to belong to a community, until I spent time at CDS. If I had gone to any other school, I don’t think I ever could have gotten as far as I am now. As a person, as a student, as a young woman, and as a Jew. I don’t think any school could’ve been my home like CDS was.

- Bella Markovitz, Class of 2014

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Thu, 20 Sep 2018
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Fri, 21 Sep 2018
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Fri, 21 Sep 2018
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Sun, 23 Sep 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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