SCY High Board Officers and Members
Karen Aron, President
Barry Klein, Vice President
Arielle Desmond, Secretary
Mary Feifel, Treasurer
Karen Aron, President – Karen is originally from South Africa, where she graduated as a Physical Therapist. She left South Africa in 1989 and has lived and worked in a few different countries due to her husband’s career. She has been living in San Diego with her husband Mike and their four sons, Liam, Joey, Elie and Nadav since 2008 and is currently working as a full time Mom. Karen has always taken an active role in the various Jewish communities she has lived in and has served on various school committees. Wanting to ensure that her sons and other boys in her community have the opportunity to receive a Torah education without leaving home, means that Karen has a vested interest in helping SCY High thrive for many years to come.
Barry Klein, Vice President – Barry was born and raised in New York, and is the son of a preacher man. He moved to La Jolla with his family in 2009 so that his amazing wife could pursue her postdoctoral training at the Salk Institute and continue her path to the Nobel. As a father, he is amazed every day by his incredible children and thinks they are funniest things in the world. Trained as a lawyer, Barry is very proud not to have practiced a day in his life. Instead, he devotes his career to making the world a better place as a senior strategist with a national political consulting firm, running the West Coast office.
Arielle Desmond, Secretary – Arielle grew up in Palo Alto, Ca. where she attended the South Peninsula Hebrew Day School and The Palo Alto Orthodox Minyan (now Emek Beracha); her parents were pioneers of both of these intuitions during the years when the Orthodox community was just beginning to take hold in the Bay Area. As a kid, Arielle headed her school’s Bnei Akiva chapter. Arielle attended NYU and UC Santa Cruz, graduating with a BA in Literature. Arielle has worked for Intuit Inc. since 1995 and is currently a Project Manager for the Intuit infrastructure network team. In 2000, Arielle and her husband Robert moved to San Diego from the Bay Area and started their family. They have 5 children – Eliyahu, Yakov, Avital, Yedidiah, and Orlee Ayden. The Desmonds are active members of the Beth Jacob community. Arielle and Robert are committed to helping SCY High continue to grow and thrive so that San Diego boys, like their 3 sons, have the option to get a comprehensive Torah and secular education without leaving home.
Mary Feifel, Treasurer – Mary is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA). Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, she received her Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto and she later received her CPA, CA in Toronto. She moved to San Diego in 1992 with her husband David. Mary and David have 3 children and they were one of the founding families of SCY High. Mary is currently self-employed, providing financial accounting, and management services to small businesses. She has served as the Treasurer of Congregation Adat Yeshurun and the Treasurer of La Jolla Stage Company. She also served on the Board of North York Women’s Center for two years.
Pam Broudy – Pam Broudy hails from the surface of the sun (aka Phoenix, AZ) where she was born and raised. A graduate of Jewish day school and all girls college prep religious high school, she places a high value on this form of education. Pam received her bachelors in accountancy from University of San Diego in 1996. She worked in public accounting at Lavine, Lofgren, Morris & Engelberg until she took a hiatus to raise her family. She met her husband, Abe (a Hebrew Day grad), on Jdate.com in 2002 and they were married in 2003! Since her children (thing 1 and thing 2) are now in school, she works seasonally for Lavine, Lofgren and collects various board memberships. She is treasurer of Young Israel of San Diego and Hebrew Day PTA.
Moises Eilemberg – Moises was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. He moved to the US in 1992 to pursue an Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and later an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Moises’ career in finance includes experience in investment banking, venture capital and private equity. Since 2006, Moises has served as CEO of Avadyne Health, a provider of software and outsourced services to hospitals and health systems. Moises and his wife Nicole along with their two boys, Asher and Elie, moved to La Jolla in August of 2012.
Elaine Lepow – Elaine Lepow has dedicated her entire adult life and professional career to education, with particular attention given to educating our Jewish elementary and high school youth. She holds a B.A. in English with a minor in elementary education, holds a Masters in Library Science, specializing in Children’s Librarianship, and holds a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature and Education with Life Credentials in elementary and secondary education, grades K – 14, Curriculum and Development Design, and a Reading Specialty with a special credential in teaching English as a Second Language. In addition, Elaine graduated from the seven-year program of the California School Leadership Academy, established by the CA Department of Education, designed specifically to advanced training of working public and selected private school principals and superintendents. Elaine was also privileged to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Education program in professional education’s Standards and Accountability: Their Impact on Teaching and Assessment, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education Principals’ Center Institute on Leadership: An Evolving Vision.
Elaine began her career working as a cataloguer in a public library in Springfield, New Jersey. Quickly realizing that her true passion was teaching, she taught third grade in a rural public school and then, when her older daughter was ready to enter Kindergarten, taught elementary science and reading to children experiencing difficulty with early reading readiness at a day school in New Jersey. When her husband, Fred, was moved to La Jolla, both their children were enrolled in the Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School, where Elaine, wanting to be with her children, was invited to teach third grade and then junior high school English. Five years later Elaine became the Director of the Junior High as well as the English teacher and then had the honor of becoming the Day School Principal. Elaine served as principal at the Day School for twenty years. Following her retirement in 2004, she was “drafted” to become the secular principal of Maimonides Academy in Los Angeles which she regards as a fantastic learning/growing experience. In 2006 Elaine and Fred returned home to San Diego. Within weeks of their return, Elaine became involved in the WASC accreditation process for SCY High. She was invited to join the SCY High Board in the spring of 2007 and has been totally committed to helping SCY High ever since.
Mendy Rezmovitch – Mendy was born in Israel and after serving in the IDF, he moved to New York where he lived with his grandparents. While in New York he attended college and also met his wonderful wife Elana, a San Diego native. A year after they married, they moved to San Diego. Mendy graduated from SDSU and currently works as an accountant for NASSCO. He also has a small business also known as Mendy’s Hummus, a delicious product that can be found on many Shabbat and Yom Tov tables. Mendy and Elana have twin boys, Jordan and David who play baseball on a local league. Mendy sits on the board of directors for the league to ensure that Jewish boys can play baseball on a Shabbat-friendly team. Mendy, Elana, Jordan and David have been living in La Jolla from August 2008 and are members of Adat Yeshurun.
Yvonne Venger – Yvonne Venger is a San Diego native. Her parents escaped the east coast only for Yvonne to return right back there for college. She graduated from Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School and then went to Yeshiva University of Los Angeles for high school. Yvonne graduated Barnard College with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and obtained a MA in Educational Technology from Teachers College, Columbia University. Yvonne worked in educational television in New York City (Reading Rainbow, anyone?)before obtaining her MSW from Yeshiva University. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 15 years. Yvonne and her husband Rick have three children. They moved from Los Angeles to San Diego several years ago to be closer to family. They are active members of Adat Yeshurun. Yvonne is joining the SCY High board just as her son is poised to join the school in the very near future. She is so thankful that SCY High exists as an institution of Judaic and Secular excellence for the boys of San Diego and neighboring areas. Yvonne still can’t believe she’s right back where she started.