SCY High Board Officers and Members
David Kupferberg M.D., M.P.H., President
Dan Kaplan, Vice-President
Karen Aron, Secretary
Mary Feifel, Treasurer
Pam Resnikoff, M.D.
David Kupferberg M.D., M.P.H., President – David, better known as Duvy, grew up in Montreal, Quebec, where he attended the Hebrew Academy for elementary and high school. Duvy was an active leader in Bnei Akiva and his shul youth programs. After high school, Duvy spent a year in Israel at Yeshivat Kerem Yavneh. He received an M.D. from McGill University, where he completed his residency in Internal Medicine. He then moved to San Diego where he completed dual Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowships at UCSD while concurrently earning a Masters Degree in Public Health at San Diego State University. Duvy is currently a partner in a pulmonary and critical care practice at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. He is also a voluntary assistant clinical professor at UCSD. Duvy has assumed numerous leadership roles in Jewish causes. He was on the Congregation Adat Yeshurun Board of Directors for six years, including two years as the shul’s vice president and two years as the shul’s president. He has been involved in the San Diego community Eruv project for over ten years. David is married to Jessica, who was one of SCY High’s founding board members, and has 5 children, Jake, Kayla, Dalia, Keira and Avi.
Dan Kaplan, Vice-President – Danny was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of Eitz Chaim Day School, Ner Israel Yeshiva High School and York University. Danny moved to the New York area after meeting his wife Yonina in the Southern Ukraine while both were working in an outreach camp run by Yeshiva University. Danny, Yonina and their children, Moshe, Tamar, Yosef and Dovi moved to La Jolla in August 2007. Danny is an SVP Media Director with Universal McCann, a full serve ad agency located in Los Angeles.
Karen Aron, Secretary – 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.
Mary Feifel, Treasurer -
Arielle Desmond – 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.
Melissa Johnson – Melissa Johnson grew up with a strong Jewish identity and little practical observance. While her husband Matthew was making his initial reform conversion, he began learning with an Orthodox rabbi and decided he wanted to pursue a more observant path. Five years later, the Johnsons were shomer mitzvot and discussing education for their impending first child. With a two year old son in Soille Hebrew Day School, Melissa is committed to doing whatever it takes to make SCY High a strong school for when Zachary, and all the other boys out there, arrives. Melissa is happy to be able to contribute her experience in higher education administration and, most recently, the past nine years as a professional trainer in various financial fields. The Johnsons purchased a home last year in the Beth Jacob Congregation eruv, and look forward to raising their children, Zachary and Rebecca, here in San Diego.
Barry Klein -
Elaine Lepow -
Pam Resnikoff, M.D. -