Our highly capable and caring faculty inspire our students on a daily basis.
Our general studies teachers are all certified by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). In addition to the required undergraduate degrees, the majority of our staff have Master’s Degrees. Most of our staff have also pursued further expertise with multiple Additional Qualifications (AQ) courses. Many are Hebrew speakers, which allows them to integrate Jewish Studies and practices across the curriculum.
Our Hebrew teachers are certified teachers, either through the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT) or the Centre for Jewish Education (CJE). Their knowledge of Hebrew, combined with their deep understanding of the most current approaches in language instruction, creates an exciting classroom experience.
Students in SK through Grade 3 have Associate Teachers, many of whom are certified teachers. These staff members work closely with our teachers to ensure that the needs of all of our students are met in the best possible way.
Our arts specialists have had professional careers as artists and musicians. Through their talent and experience, they provide the guidance and inspiration that enable our students to develop important skills and to explore new and creative forms of artistic expression.
Paul Penna DJDS provides our children with an education that tells them, shows them and involves them. The words integrated and arts-based are meaningful. The magic that happens in our classrooms is created by our magnificent teachers and supported by dedicated staff. The school’s commitment to inspiring curiosity, honouring diversity and creating community is alive in everything that happens in our gem of a private school. Creative methodology, rooted in Jewish values, sends our children out into the world as well-prepared, independent, free-thinking young people.
Karen Rosen, President
A partner of Fogler, Rubinoff LLP practising in the firm’s Banking and Financial Services Group as well as its Corporate Commercial Group, Karen is an active member of the firm’s Associates Committee, and has been involved over her many years at Foglers with student recruitment, continuing legal development, marketing and branding initiatives as well as with its web site redevelopment. Karen’s daughter is currently in Grade 6 , and her son is in Grade 1, both at Paul Penna DJDS.
Alicia Kalman, Vice President
Alicia is a senior communications and public affairs professional who owns and operates Kinetic Motions. Kinetic Motions is both a strategic communications consulting firm as well as a blog where she shares her daily musings. Alicia consults with companies of all sizes to help them develop a communications strategy, build their reputation in the community and create a brand.
Alicia received a Master of Arts in Journalism from New York University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto and has worked as a journalist at ABC Radio in New York and CHUM radio and Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto. She was the Director of Communications at Sears Canada and the Executive Director of the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation and also spent a number of years as the Associate Director of Communications at the Canada-Israel Committee, a national advocacy organization that represented Canada’s Jewish community on all matters pertaining to the Canada-Israel relationship. Alicia and her husband, David, are the parents of alumnus, Matthew, Julia in Grade 4, and Nessa, who will be in SK in 2021. When Alicia is not leading recruitment and retention activities at Paul Penna DJDS, she loves skiing or watching baseball with her kids, traveling, cooking and writing.
Naomi Loewith, Vice President
Naomi is a lawyer with extensive experience representing corporations, universities, boards of directors, senior executive management and public institutions. After almost a decade as a trial lawyer, Naomi moved into a business role where she helped establish the Canadian operations of an Australian company that invests in meritorious commercial litigation. In this position, Naomi assists individuals and companies with the analysis and strategic operation of litigation. Naomi currently has 2 children at Paul Penna DJDS (Ari in Grade 3 and Noah in Grade 1) with a third son joining our SK class in September.
Daniel Stern, Treasurer
Dan works with his wife, Melanie Segal, on her investment advisory team, Segal Wealth Management at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Prior to that he spent 7 years fundraising in Canada as the Executive Director (Toronto) of the Jerusalem Foundation of Canada and the Director of Regional Development for Jewish Federations of Canada, United Israel Appeal. Dan has extensive experience working within the Jewish communal field in the U.S. as the Assistant Executive Director of the JCC of Greater Buffalo, the Branch Manager of the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, the Assistant Director of the Emma Kaufmann Camp and as the Youth Activities Coordinator of the Stroum Jewish Community Centre of Greater Seattle.
Dan has also volunteered his time in a number of organizations, including Oolagen Community Services Fundraising Committee, Town of Amherst Youth Task Force Member and Holocaust Centre of Greater Buffalo to name a few. Dan has a Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM), Non-profit Management from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a Bachelor of the Arts (BA), Psychology, from Ohio State University. Dan has two daughters in our Grade 2 & Grade 4 classes.
Juda Strawczyski, Secretary
Juda is the Director of practicePRO, LAWPRO’s claims prevention and risk management initiative. Before joining LAWPRO, he served as a Policy Counsel at the Law Society of Ontario, where he provided strategic counsel regarding key issues facing the legal profession, including access to justice, professional regulation, governance and legislative issues. Prior to that, Juda practised litigation, and served as a Fellow at Physicians for Human Rights in Cambridge, MA, as President of Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) from 2013 to 2018, and as a Director of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. Juda has a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. Juda has a son in grade 4 and a daughter in grade 2.
Amy Ballon is a business coach and a principal at Spark Consulting. Her clients include both start-ups and well-established companies in the tech sector, education, manufacturing, food and beverage, health and wellness, professional services, and brick-and-mortar retail. She is also a consultant to the Business Development Bank of Canada delivering coaching to small business clients in the areas of strategic planning and sales and marketing. Amy is passionate about the success of small businesses in Canada, and has written and spoken extensively on the subject.
Amy holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and a BA from McGill University.
To complement her love of running, Amy is currently serving as a Director on the Board for Canadian Masters Athletics, Canada’s national body responsible for Masters Track & Field, Cross Country, and Road Racing.
While a parent at Paul Penna DJDS, Amy was involved in the school as a class rep, lay leader for the ShinShinim program, and coordinator of the Terry Fox Run. Amy’s three daughters are all graduates of Paul Penna DJDS.
David has been practicing law and solving problems at major corporations for the last ten years. David is a true generalist with experience dealing with a wide range of corporate commercial, advertising and marketing, intellectual property, technology, licensing, franchising, real estate, procurement, M&A, compliance and litigation issues. Prior to moving to an in-house legal role, David was an associate at a large downtown Toronto law firm. David has an H.B.A. from The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario and an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School. David is a father to Samantha currently enrolled in Grade 4, and Lily who joined our SK class in September 2020.
Scott is a long-time Ontario public servant with a focus on public policy. Prior to working for the Government of Ontario, Scott worked in consulting, with a focus on IT systems in the public sector, in both New York and Toronto. In addition, he started his career as a policy analyst with the City of New York’s Office of the Mayor. Scott is a graduate of the University of Rochester (B.A.) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (MSc). Married to Sarah Lambert, they have three children: Rafi (who graduated Paul Penna DJDS in 2018), Bess (who graduated Paul Penna DJDS in 2020) and Ezzy (Grade 4). Scott is also a former co-President of the Parent Association and Board Member.
Recently named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Mitchell is the founder and Artistic & Managing Director of The Musical Stage Company – Canada’s leading and largest not-for-profit musical theatre company. Outside of The Musical Stage Company, Mitchell was the Associate Producer for the inaugural six years of Luminato, the Creative Producer for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize and the producer of the Dora Awards. He has held teaching positions at the University of Toronto and Ryerson and serves on several committees and boards across the city. Mitchell is the recipient of the 2017 The Leonard McHardy and John Harvey Award for Outstanding Leadership in Administration, a Harold Award and was a finalist for the 2018 Roy Thomson Hall Award, but his proudest role is dad to Eytan and Yael in Grade 4 at Paul Penna DJDS.
Lisa has over 15 years of experience in healthcare management with a focus on program development and operational management. Lisa is passionate about improving patient care while maintaining the sustainability of our provincial healthcare system. She has been at Cancer Care Ontario, now part of Ontario Health, for the last 13 years and together with her colleagues has been successful in expanding their programs through proposal submissions for external funding. She is responsible for policy development, process improvement, budgeting, evaluations, increasing appropriate use of technology, and creating positive stakeholder relationships with Ontario hospitals, the Ministry of Health, and pan-Canadian health sector partners.
Lisa holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, a BComm from McGill University, and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Lisa’s son will be entering Grade 1 in September 2020 at Paul Penna DJDS.
Daniel is a trial lawyer and the principal of Naymark Law, a litigation boutique law firm. He has experience in a broad range of commercial and civil disputes, public interest litigation and regulatory matters. He opened Naymark Law in 2015 after working at a Bay Street firm for several years and clerking at the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. He holds a JD (2008) from the University of Toronto and a B.A. from Huron College at Western University. Daniel has been active as a board member and volunteer with several non-profit organizations, both in and out of the legal community. He is the father of a daughter currently in Grade 2 and son who will be joining our SK class in September.
Jay Rosenthal is Director of Projects at PUBLIC Inc. and PUBLIC Impact Lab. He came to Public in 2013 after nearly 15 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and he plays a key role in the Public Impact Lab, creating and implementing innovative public health interventions. In California, Jay launched and ran JMR Strategic, his own a strategic communications firm focused on public affairs, public relations, politics and media. JMR Strategic focused on corporate government affairs for highly regulated companies and trade groups, including the Fortune 500 companies Pacific Gas and Electric and Allied Waste Services, candidate elections throughout the Bay Area of California and education reform. Prior to starting his own company, Jay was Vice President for Public Policy at the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce serving as the chief architect of the Chamber’s public policy and political efforts and as the organization’s spokesperson. Jay has extensive experience in government on both the federal and local level having served for two years with San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales and three years with U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer bridging both her Capitol Hill and California offices. Jay was named one of “40 Under 40 People to Watch” in Silicon Valley by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal in 2005.
Dr. Marlene Taube-Schiff has extensive academic and clinical experience with multiple issues and areas of study surrounding comprehensive mental health. After completing her doctorate at Concordia University, she has successfully filled key roles at a number of medical intuitions across Ontario. Most recently, she has been a staff psychologist in the Bariatric Surgery Program and Psychiatric Inpatient Unit at University Health Network as well as in the Adult Mental Health Program at North York General Hospital. She is currently an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Within these roles, she has provided a variety of treatment services, including cognitive behavioural therapy, to individuals experiencing acute and severe mental health issues. In addition, she has led the development and implementation of clinical programming to enhance service delivery and patient care. She has also had the opportunity to provide training to mental health professionals in group facilitation skills and behavioural activation interventions as part of these program development initiatives.
Currently, she is the team lead for the Intensive Treatment Program for OCD at the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre. She is also the Interprofessional Education Lead on the Continuing Professional and Practive Development (CPPD) committee in the Department of Psychiatry at U of T and has co-chaired the CPPD conference for 3 years. She is also the co-director of clinical training for psychology students within the Thompson Centre.
Marlene has two children at Paul Penna DJDS and has been vice-president of the Parents Association (PA), has organized a parent workshop for the school. She is delighted to be joining the Board as an elected member.
If you are interested in joining a Board committee or have further questions about the Paul Penna DJDS Board of Directors, please contact Karen Rosen at firstname.lastname@example.org.A