About the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees charts the long-term future of the Hebrew Day School. It is responsible to ensure that the School is healthy and vibrant not just this year or next year but five, ten, and twenty years from now. Within Jewish tradition, the Board follows the model of Honi Ha-Ma’agel, who legendarily planted trees whose fruit he knew he would not eat himself but which would feed a later generation. The Board’s official name—the Board of Trustees—reflects this orientation. The School is held in trust for Jewish children yet unborn.

As a legal matter, the Board of Trustees is vested with full authority to govern the School. In keeping with its mission, the Board exercises those powers sparingly. After all, the Trustees are not the members of the School community best equipped to make most of the decisions that the life of the School requires.

Instead, the Trustees focus on three core responsibilities.

  • First, the Board hires, supports, evaluates, and if necessary discharges the Head of School.
  • Second, the Board equips the School’s professionals with the resources, financial and otherwise, that they need to pursue their mission today and keep the School healthy into the future.
  • Third, the Board represents and seeks opportunities for the School in the wider community. Trustees are ambassadors for HDS wherever they go.

The Board must attend to these responsibilities with its eye constantly on the long term. If the Trustees commit the School’s operations to the right professional leader, manage the big-picture finances responsibly, and diligently pursue opportunities for the School in the wider world, HDS should be healthy and vibrant when today’s Gansters have Gansters of their own.

2021-2022 Board Members

Joshua J. Chinsky is an attorney at Butzel Long and officer in the Marine Corps reserve. He currently serves on the JCC Board of Directors and has worked with other organizations in the Ann Arbor community. Josh is the parent of two future HDS students.

Michele Freed

Greg Gafni-Pappas is a past President of the Board of Trustees. He is an emergency physician in Ann Arbor and core faculty for the combined University of Michigan/St. Joseph Mercy Hospital emergency medicine residency.  He is the parent of a HDSAA alumna as well as a current student.

Karla Goldman is a professor of Judaic Studies and Social Work at the University of Michigan, where she directs the Jewish Communal Leadership Program. She has served on the national boards of Keshet and the Association for Jewish Studies and is a current member of the board of the Jewish Women’s Archive, of which she is immediate past co-chair. She is the parent of a HDSAA graduate.

Samantha Hendren is the President of the Board of Trustees and a colorectal surgeon at the University of Michigan, where she cares for patients, teaches, and does research on the quality of healthcare for colorectal cancer.  She is the parent of two HDSAA alumni, classes of 2014 and 2016.

Matt Kaplan is Executive Director of U-M’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT). He served as President of Beth Israel Congregation and was a past member of the HDS Board and the board of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. He is also an HDS alumni parent.

Marie-Adele Kress is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees. She is a Radiation Oncologist in the St. Joseph Mercy Health System, where she serves as Section Head and is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Huron Valley Physicians Association and the McAuley Health Partners ACO. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor. She is the parent of two current HDSAA students.

Paul Metler is the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and co-president of Senior Planning Advisors, an independent financial advisory firm that specializes in retirement planning.  Prior to being a financial advisor, Paul was a Clinical Psychologist who practiced both as a clinician and Chief Clinical Officer for a Medicaid Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan.  Paul is also a very proud parent of two HDS alumni. 

Monica Woll Rosen is an Obstetrician Gynecologist at the University of Michigan where she specializes in pediatric and adolescent gynecology. She is the immediate past president of the Ann Arbor Orthodox Minyan (AAOM) and is active in several other Jewish organizations around town. She is the proud parent of two current HDSAA students and a third future student.

Gil Seinfeld is the immediate past President of the Board of Trustees and a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School.  He has served on the Leadership Council for the University of Michigan’s Center for the Education of Women.  He has three children who are alumni of the school. 

Michelle Stern-Samberg is a child, adolescent, and family psychologist in private practice in Ann Arbor. Michelle has been an active volunteer in the Hebrew Day School community and serves as a parent liaison for Camp Gan Israel of Ann Arbor. She is the proud parent of a current HDS student and recent HDS graduate.

Past Presidents

Gil Seinfeld

Greg Gafni-Pappas

Barbara Kramer

Richard Primus

Aaron Fried

Pamela Ramseyer

David Hamermesh

Kathleen Savit

Cindy Saper

Harriet Bakalar

Prudence Rosenthal

Caren Srolovitz

Susan Gross

Bob Honeyman

Robert Savit

Lisbeth Fried

David Eduardo Schteingart z”l

Barbara Bergman

Muriel Cohen z”l

Phil Bloch

Paul Blumberg

George Siegel

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