SCY High Board Officers and Members
Karen Aron, President
Mike Rosen, Vice-President
Arielle Desmond, Secretary
Mary Feifel, Treasurer
David Kupferberg M.D., M.P.H., Immediate Past President
Pam Resnikoff, M.D., MPH
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.
Mike Rosen, Vice President – Michael Rosen is an intellectual property attorney and father of four who has lived in San Diego since 2003. Michael grew up in Berkeley, California, attended Jewish day school through 8th grade, and studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion (“The Gush”) following high school. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard, and met his bashert, Debra Rappaport Rosen, while still in college. Michael, Debra, and their then-infant son Eytan moved out to San Diego from Boston following his graduation from law school, and have lived in La Jolla ever since. Michael focuses on patent litigation at Fish & Richardson, the largest intellectual property law firm in the country, and has taught a patent litigation course at the University of San Diego Law School for the last six years. Michael has also served for seven years on the board of Congregation Adat Yeshurun, for six years as the San Diego chapter leader of the Republican Jewish Coalition, and for four years as the secretary of the Republican Party of San Diego County. Debra works part-time as a development consultant, and together they are raising their four children, Eytan, Danya, Azriel, and Amalya, all of whom attend Soille San Diego Hebrew Day School. Michael and Debra are committed to the values of Torah u-Madda: the importance of a rigorous Torah education paired with an equally rigorous exposure to science, humanities, and athletics that SCY High embodies so powerfully.
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.
David Kupferberg M.D., M.P.H., Immediate Past 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.
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.
Matthew Johnson – Matthew is a Southern California native, growing up in the heart of Orange County. After living for a couple of years in Baltimore and San Francisco, Matthew and his wife Melissa decided to settle down in San Diego. Matthew has both an undergraduate and master’s in International Business, with an emphasis in Marketing. Matthew’s career has spanned much of the marketing gamut, but since 2001 has had a heavy focus in digital marketing. Since 2008, Matthew has worked for Covario, an independent search marketing company as a Global Account Director. Matthew and his wife have two children, Zachary and Rebecca, and attend Beth Jacob Congregation.
Dan Kaplan – 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.
Barry Klein – 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.
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.
Pam Resnikoff, M.D., MPH – Pam was born in Boston and grew up in the Massachusetts suburbs. She moved to San Diego during high school and ultimately graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelors’ Degree in Chemistry. After a year off in Israel, Pam attended Harvard Medical School in Boston. This was followed by Internship, Residency and a Chief Residency at the University of Chicago in Internal Medicine. Returning to San Diego, she completed her Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at UCSD Medical Center, doing research in Pulmonary Rehabilitation Medicine and earning a Master of Public Health degree from San Diego State University in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Pam is on staff as a Hospitalist and Teaching Faculty in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego. She is married to Joe Resnikoff, MD, also a Pulmonologist, and they have one son, Samuel, who brings them great joy as a Torah-oriented young man. They are active members of the Adat Yeshurun community. Pam has been on the SCY High Board since 2011.