Director of Leadership and Placement — email@example.com
Maccabee heads the Leadership and Placement team and serves as a leadership, placement, and educational consultant to schools in the US and abroad. A cornerstone of Maccabee’s work is providing a bridge between school leadership and instruction.
Prior to joining YUSP in 2012, Maccabee
served as a teacher and senior school leader in California, Texas, and Michigan.
Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Executive Director — firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane leads the YU School Partnership and is a sought after leadership coach and consultant. Her ability to build consensus and positive culture helps schools develop towards their vision.
Prior to joining YUSP, Jane was the Head of School at the South Area Solomon Schechter Day School for 22 years, where she was one of the founders. In addition, Jane has been a mentor for eight years at the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI). Jane received the Covenant Award in 2006 and she is the recipient of the S’fatei Tiftach award from Hebrew College for her advocacy of specials needs students within the day school movement.
Associate Director for Professional Development — email@example.com
Melanie partners with school teachers and leaders to plan and implement professional development programming that is dynamic, motivating, relevant, and honors the experience of our teachers.
Melanie began her teaching career over 20 years ago as a classroom teacher in a Jewish day school in Northern VA. While teaching, Melanie was always on the lookout for meaningful PD and quickly began to provide it to others, both in her school and beyond.
Assistant Director — firstname.lastname@example.org
Odelia is one of the key players behind the planning and facilitating of YUSP’s business development logistics and helps manage all aspects of YUSP development.
Odelia has over five years of experience working in the Jewish non-profit sector. As the benchmarking project manager for YUSP's Benchmarking and Financial Reengineering Project, Odelia managed the budget and reported to funders. Prior to joining YUSP, Odelia worked on the Benchmarking Project for the JCC and on seminars for the JCC's Jewish educators and camp directors.
Assistant Director for Professional Development — email@example.com
Shira designs learning opportunities for Jewish day school teachers, connecting them to valuable resources and to each other. Shira collaborates with the YUSP team to maximize the impact of all of our professional development programming and plays a key role on our leadership placement team.
Shira has devoted the last 15 years to working in diverse educational settings, having served as a classroom teacher, a campus Jewish educator at Boston University, and an adult educator at the Manhattan Jewish Experience.
Associate Director for Teaching and Learning — firstname.lastname@example.org
Since joining YUSP in 2009, Shira has helped many schools support their incoming staff by working with school leaders and veteran teachers towards creating a smooth transition for new teachers through the Teacher Induction Investment Program (TIIP). In addition, Shira works with schools on many professional development opportunities that include: classroom community, culture and routines, and knowing our students as learners. Shira also leads YUSP's Assessment program which works to ensure that schools are meeting the necessary benchmarks needed to provide an exemplary Jewish education.
Prior to joining YUSP, Shira served as a field supervisor, mentor, and instructor for the Delet Program at both Brandeis University as well as at Hebrew Union College. Additionally, Shira taught the lower school and middle school at the South Area Solomon Schechter in Norwood, Massachusetts. Shira still teaches part-time at the Striar Hebrew Academy in Sharon, MA and is completing her coursework towards a PhD in Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University's Azrieli Graduate School .
Director of Finance and Governance — email@example.com
James has over 25 years experience as a strategy and financial adviser to Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofits, and schools. Since joining YUSP in 2010, James co-led a three-year intensive Jewish day school sustainability initiative, enabling 38 schools in five communities to generate millions of dollars in long-term budgetary relief. Earlier, James was a Strategic Risk Consulting manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, developing programs to help large corporations implement strategy while avoiding operational and reputational breakdowns. He graduated Columbia College with a BA in Economics and NYU’s Stern School of Business with an MBA in Finance and Accounting.
Associate Executive Director — firstname.lastname@example.org
Working for more than six years as a YUSP consultant, Dina is excited about her new role as Associate Executive Director. Her responsibilities include: leading YUSP’s strategy and business development, product development, conferences and strategic partnerships, and fundraising and development initiatives.
Dina graduated Stern College with a degree in Jewish Studies, Rutgers University with an LMSW, and has completed her coursework and is currently writing her dissertation for her doctorate in education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.
Prior to joining the YUSP team, Dina was a teacher and social worker and worked in schools as a private mental health counselor, as well as an educational consultant. Dina has been actively and joyfully serving the Jewish community as a Rebbetzin for more than 20 years. Dina resides in Hashmonaim, Israel and is most proud of being the mother of seven lively daughters ranging in ages from 20 - 4 years old.
Methodologist — email@example.com
Shoshi is a published researcher and statistical analyst who has broad experience in the education field. Shoshi ensures that all of our projects and programs have embedded research and evaluation components. She looks at our work with a data-oriented lens, so that we can be a learning organization internally, and share that learning with the field to further develop Jewish education.
Project Coordinator — firstname.lastname@example.org
Eliana coordinates YUSP’s leadership development programs, YU Lead and YU Lead HOS, which grants growth-oriented leaders access to the field’s most advanced resources, tools, and experts. Eliana also supports YUSP's placement services that include: the Jewish Job Fair, teacher placement, and JEDJobs.com - the only job board exclusively for careers in Jewish education.
Before joining YUSP, Eliana taught at Jewish day schools in New Jersey and Upstate New York, and also worked in the world of recruitment, copywriting, and public relations at the Orthodox Union and Mount Sinai Hospital. Always eager to meet and learn from other people, Eliana served for three years as an event coordinator and advisor for Yachad/National Jewish Council for Disabilities and NCSY. She earned her BA in English Literature at the City University of New York – Queens College, and is currently working toward her MS in Jewish Education at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration.
donna von samek
Head of Branding, Content, and Promotional Strategy — email@example.com
You may not know Donna personally, but if you ever opened a YUSP e-blast, clicked through the YUSP website, saw a YUSP post on Twitter or Facebook, flipped through a YUSP brochure, received a YUSP holiday card, or looked at a YUSP sign at one of our conferences, then you are familiar with her work. Each day, Donna sets out to find new ways to engage school leaders, lay leaders, teachers, and communities in our work. She starts off each project by asking: "Wouldn’t it be great if….?" and then tries to find a way to make it happen.
Before joining YUSP in 2012, Donna spent a decade honing her marketing and communications expertise in the areas of broadcasting, entertainment, and retail. She brings an extensive background in copywriting, design, customer relationship management, print, and branding development to her work.
Assistant Director of Operations — firstname.lastname@example.org
Shira oversees all operations, logistics, human resources, budget, and finance for YUSP. As a member of the senior leadership team, she is involved in crafting short-and long-term organizational strategy and maintaining a positive corporate culture.
Shira has several years’ experience as a program manager in the Jewish non-profit sector.