Paul is Prizmah’s founding chief executive officer, building on his lifelong connection with Jewish day school education and wide-ranging management experience in the fields of education, philanthropy, social impact, government and new media. Prior to joining Prizmah, Paul served as CEO of The Pershing Square Foundation, a private family foundation, and as the Global Managing Director of Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), a nonprofit focused on global health, education and child protection. The preceding years of Paul’s career focused on government, telecoms, and new media. He has also served on the boards of various nonprofits in the UK and the US. Paul holds an MA from Cambridge University and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
Amy consults with day schools in the areas of admissions, marketing, development, and tuition assistance. After enrolling her eldest son in a Jewish day school, she was inspired by the mission and rich educational experience of day schools, and she decided to leave her corporate career of ten years in sales, marketing and branding. Amy spent eight years working at The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle, where she held positions as the director of admissions and tuition assistance and the director of development. Amy has a BA in communication and public relations.
Ilisa believes that inspired, informed, and supported Jewish day school leaders are the key to healthy schools. At Prizmah, she directs YOU Lead, Prizmah's signature leadership development program, and works to help sustain and advance Jewish day school leadership through coaching. Ilisa engages closely with schools' lay and professional leaders and is devoted to supporting their whole selves and overall wellness. She believes that everyone can unleash curiosity, harness self-awareness, and be a leader who helps develop cultures of compassion, joy and trust. Ilisa is a former Head of School and sought after leadership coach with over 18 years of experience in Jewish education. She is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and holds a master’s in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is a member of Cohort 4 of DSLTI (Day School Leadership Training Institute). Ilisa earned her certificate of non-profit board consulting from BoardSource and consults regularly with schools on governance. She is also certified in The Leadership Circle ProfileTM
Yehuda is a member of the Judaic faculty at Maayanot High School in Teaneck, NJ. For the past seven years, he was director of educational advancement and a member of the Judaic faculty at the Fuchs Mizrachi School in Beachwood, Ohio. A Teaneck native and former faculty member at TABC and MTA, Rabbi Chanales learned in Yeshivat Har Etzion, received a BA, MEd. and Semicha at Yeshiva University and completed a Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard University. He is the recipient of a Wexner Field Fellowship and moved to Teaneck this summer with his wife and four children.
Machele has over twenty years of experience working at non-profit organizations encompassing event and administrative management, human resource management, marketing and communications, donor relations, proposal writing and prospect research. She has worked for the National Urban League, NADAP, Inc., American Friends of the Hebrew University and the Israel Tennis & Education Centers Foundation (ITEC). In her previous role at ITEC, Machele was the manager of donor relations and marketing. She holds an Executive MBA in business management, an MA in organizational management (both from St. Joseph’s College) and an MA in industrial-organizational psychology from CUNY School of Professional Studies.
Odelia is passionate about making research and data accessible to Jewish day schools and yeshivas and to the greater Jewish community. Odelia directs the Prizmah Knowledge Center which includes all of Prizmah’s research, data and evaluation and Prizmah’s online Knowledge Center, a resource hub for Jewish day school professionals. She has worked in various organizations including the JCC Association and the Yeshiva University School Partnership. She is a proud day school graduate, and her children are third generation day school students. Odelia has an MPA from Baruch College and BA from Queens College.
Alisha oversees the day to day operations and technology for Prizmah. Previously, Alisha served as the development and finance director of the Schechter Day School Network, executive director of The Jewish Lens, a national Jewish experiential education program, and director of operations for Jewish Community Services, a division of JBFCS. Alisha is also an advisor for final year social work students at Columbia University’s School of Social Work. She is a board member of JPRO Network and the founder of Advancing Jewish Professionals of NYC, a group for emerging Jewish communal professionals. She earned a master’s in social work with a focus in social administration from Columbia University and a master’s in Jewish studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Daniel leads the process to design and produce the Prizmah Conference and more than 60 gatherings for the field each year, and he brings a love for creating powerful and purposeful experiences to this work. Prior to Prizmah, Daniel was the executive director of Limmud NY, and currently serves on the board of Limmud North America and is co-chair of the Parent Association at Luria Academy of Brooklyn. He has also worked at Hazon and Eisner Camp and was a safari guide at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom. Daniel has a master’s degree in education and Jewish studies from New York University and is a graduate of Clark University.
Rachel is wholeheartedly invested in the Jewish world of education. She was a student teacher at Michlalah in Jerusalem before continuing her passion for teaching as a Hebrew school teacher and student leader at Stern College. Rachel has held meaningful roles at numerous day schools including: Frisch, Ramaz, Maimonides, Fuchs Mizrachi, Berman Academy and Beth Tfiloh. Rachel has also been director of SLED educational consulting. She spends her summers at Camp Moshava IO running drama and special programming. Rachel has a master’s degree in Jewish education from Yeshiva University, is a Mandel Jerusalem Fellow, participated in the Mandel Teacher Education Program and has served as a scholar in residence in many communities.
Elissa oversees operations for Prizmah and leads the work of building a strong organizational culture that inspires and empowers the team. Elissa is passionately committed to building strong Jewish day schools and has dedicated her career to working to ensure a strong Jewish community led by inspired leaders. She is a proud parent of day school alumni and a past president of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County. Previously, Elissa spent many years in the federation system, serving as JFNA’s vice president of financial resource development and the Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence. Her passion for this work led to her lifelong commitment to fostering the importance of investing in human capital as the foundation for a successful organization. Elissa has a master’s degree in social work from Yeshiva University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.
Becca was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where she currently resides. She is a Jewish day school alumna as well as a Ramah and Camp Judaea attendee. Becca attended the University of Georgia where she studied International Affairs and Political Science. Becca’s experiences have inspired her to work in the Jewish professional world, first with college students, and now with Jewish day schools, helping to ensure a long commitment to Jewish education and Jewish community. In her free time Becca loves traveling, and spending time on hiking trails with her golden retriever.
Hannah Strasser Olson was born and raised in California, where her passion for the Jewish community and Jewish communal work was ignited. After receiving her BA in religious studies from UC Santa Barbara and her teaching credential from the California State University, Sacramento, she spent ten years teaching in public and private Jewish day schools. Her career path switched to fundraising and donor relations when she became the executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation of the West and then the director of major and planned gifts at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.
Dan co-leads Prizmah School Services, Prizmah’s tailored support that works with individual schools, foundations and central agencies. He is also a member of the catalyzing resources team which works with schools and communities on a wide variety of programs and services to help optimize tuition and non-tuition revenue. As a BoardSource certified governance consultant, Dan works with schools on leading practices of governance in independent schools. Previously, Dan served as the vice president for program and strategy at the Foundation for Jewish Camp and as a program officer in day school finance at The AVI CHAI Foundation. Dan spent nearly 18 years in the financial world as a security analyst and portfolio manager at leading investment firms, including Iridian Asset Management, Centurion Investment Group, and Soros Fund Management. Dan was privileged to serve as a Wexner Heritage Fellow and also serves on the boards of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Mechon Hadar and SAR Academy, and the advisory board of the Jewish New Teacher Project. Dan is a graduate of NYU’s Stern School of Business and has a master’s of business administration in management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Elliott works to promote thought leadership in the field of Jewish day schools; he produces Prizmah’s podcasts and monthly newsletter, Kaleidoscope, and is the editor of Prizmah's magazine, HaYidion. Previously, as RAVSAK's director of project and content development, he initiated programs such as Project ROPE: Roots of Philanthropy Education, Moot Beit Din, JCAT: Jewish Court of All Time, the Hebrew Poetry Content, and Judaic Art Contest. He was the director of education at Makor, a program of the 92nd Street Y, and has taught classes in Jewish studies, Hebrew language and literature, and world literature in universities, JCCs, and synagogues. Elliott holds a PhD in comparative literature, with a specialty in Hebrew, from Indiana University. He is the author of Understanding the Hebrew Bible: A Reader's Guide and The Biblical Hero: Portraits in Nobility and Fallibility.
Brandon Reed supports Prizmah's financial infrastructure. Having previously worked at The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, Brandon has over six years of accounting, bookkeeping and financial services experience. He has a BA in accounting, finance and business management from Brooklyn College.
Tricia oversees all general operating and program support grants for Prizmah. She has a diverse background in compliance, project management, strategic sourcing and marketing for consumer product companies. Having grown up in Virginia, she started her career in the garment industry in NYC. Tricia is a certified compliance and ethics professional and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s of fine arts.
Cheryl is a marketing and communications professional with a strong background in Jewish nonprofits and many years of experience in day schools as a parent and lay leader. Cheryl served as the president of the board of trustees at Ben Porat Yosef, where her four children attended. Cheryl completed the Berrie Fellows Leadership Program, served as an executive committee member of Teach NJS and is currently on the leadership council of the Jewish New Teacher Project (JNTP). Cheryl has a degree in communications and commerce from the University of Pennsylvania.
Oldine ensures that the office is running smoothly on a day-to-day basis by providing administrative support to all Prizmah’s staff. Oldine holds a bachelor degree in psychology with a minor in business management from St. Francis College, and a MBA in Human Resources Management from Touro University Worldwide . During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a Spanish note-taker for students with special needs, which greatly impacted her life and increased her passion for helping others. Oldine also worked as a Donor Relation Caller for the development office at St. Francis College, where she assisted with communicating with donors (mainly alumni) to enlist them for financial commitment to the SFC Annual Fund. While attending St. Francis College, Oldine interned as an after School counselor at Congregation Beth Elohim. Prior to working at Prizmah, Oldine spent 4 years working as an office manager at Nodaylays Tax Multi Services, where she performed various administrative duties, and assisted tax preparers/consultants in handling taxation matters.
Debra brings a depth of experience in nurturing learning communities, building institutions and network weaving throughout the Jewish community. Before moving to Atlanta in 2003, Debra lived in Jerusalem, where she was a founding administrator of Tal Torah, a center for intergenerational Torah learning. As an avid teacher of classical Jewish texts and an educational entrepreneur, she has served in a variety of educational settings in Israel and North America including Dror Elementary School, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Florence Melton Adult Mini School, Rambam Atlanta Day School, Yeshiva Atlanta High School, and RAVSAK. She is a proud graduate of both Mandel Jerusalem Fellows and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Lauren works on the planning and execution of Prizmah gatherings, manages content on the website and assists in creating and designing marketing content. Lauren served seven years in the United States Air Force, where she was assigned to duty in several locations in the US and Great Britain. She earned a bachelor’s of business administration in marketing, and a bachelor’s and master’s in communication disorders specializing in audiology at Texas Tech University.
Traci consults with school leaders on fundraising and governance. As a BoardSource certified governance consultant, she advises school boards on strategic planning, the board’s role in development, and governance best practices. Traci also completed the CAEP (Certified Admission & Enrollment Management Program) and is certified by AISAP, the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals. Before joining Prizmah, she worked in Jewish nonprofits with a focus on experiential education, youth engagement, leadership and Jewish camping. Traci holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from St. Mary's University of Minnesota, received her BA in Jewish studies and nonprofit management from Indiana University and has a certificate in fund development for nonprofit organizations from the IU School of Philanthropy.
Erin loves all things accounting and finance related. With 15 years of experience within the public accounting and nonprofit sectors, Erin believes wholeheartedly that mission-based organizations benefit immensely from an efficient, accurate, dependable financial infrastructure. Erin received her bachelor’s degree in international business at Rhodes College, in Memphis and her master’s in accountancy from The University of Virginia. Prior to joining Prizmah, Erin worked as the controller for the Juilliard School in Manhattan, as the senior director of finance for the Rheumatology Research Foundation and American College of Rheumatology. She also worked in public accounting for E&Y in Atlanta.
Amy brings over 30 years in Jewish education to her work in strengthening schools. She leads our work in leadership search, school accreditations and assessments , engages with small schools in small communities and oversees our field advancement work. As a BoardSource certified governance consultant, Amy works with schools on leading practices of governance in independent schools. She is a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of Akiba Hebrew Academy, the impetus for her dedication to Jewish day schools. Amy served at Hillel Academy in Tampa for 20 years, 13 years as head of school. She was also active in the accreditation process of the Florida Council of Independent Schools. Her career began at United Synagogue, where she was director of USY on Wheels and national assistant director of USY. Amy devoted more than 20 summers serving on the staff of Ramah camps, and her three adult children are all day school and Ramah alumni. Amy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at JTS and Columbia, respectively.
Ely comes to Prizmah with deep Jewish day school roots; his parents and siblings are all in Jewish education. He has many years of experience working with major gifts and Jewish funders and previously served as senior campaign manager at the Ramaz School for six years. His passion for pursuing the betterment of Jewish youth comes from his eleven nieces and nephews. Ely is an active advocate for LGBTQIA+ Jews in New York City and around the world. He received an MSW in community organizing from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.
Marc is a proud day school parent and spouse and has dedicated his career to the importance of Jewish education. Furthering his passion for data and knowledge, at Prizmah, Marc is responsible for measuring the impact of Prizmah programs and services which includes knowledge management and internal program learning. Previously Marc served as vice president, east coast at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and has also held several leadership roles at the Jewish Theological Seminary, including vice chancellor, director of community engagement, and chief development officer where he received an MA and rabbinic ordination. As a life-long lover of the stage, he serves on the board of the Play Group Theatre, a children’s theater company in White Plains, New York.