King David High School is a community of individuals working together to create an exceptional educational environment. At King David students, administration and staff, parents and families, donors and community all strive together to define excellence in Jewish high school education in Vancouver.

The Board of Directors serves to give a voice to all of these interest groups, move the strategic vision of the school forward, and ensure financial viability. The Board is organized along portfolio lines in order to more effectively support administration, deal with the complexities of governing a high school, and involve more stakeholders in setting the strategic focus of the school.

Each portfolio chairperson oversees a committee of parents and non-parents that meets regularly and works with administration and staff to help define goals and implement strategies. Each chairperson then reports monthly to the entire Board when important issues are discussed and voted on at monthly Board meetings.

We are privileged to have a first-rate Board of committed, hard-working volunteers who are dedicated to improving every area of the school. We invite you to get know these individuals through the snapshot bios of each that follow.

We are always looking for new committee members. If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact the committee chairperson directly.

Together, we are educating the future of Jewish Vancouver.

– Jackie Cristall Morris and Natalie Rosengarten, Co-Presidents

Andrew Altow
Chair: House Committee
Andrew Altow is a commercial real estate professional with 28 years in this field. Andrew brings experience with all types of commercial property and is the chair of the House Committee on the King David Board. Andrew attended UBC, where he received both a BA in Political Science and a diploma in Urban Land Economics from the Commerce Faculty. Andrew has served as a past Co-President of the Richmond Jewish Day School and past board member of Beth Tikvah Congregation in Richmond. Andrew has also co-chaired the annual charity fundraising golf tournament for RJDS for the past 14 years. Andrew is married to Lisa and they have four children: Joshua, Lynne, and Joey attend King David, and Ari attends RJDS. Andrew is happy serve on the King David Board and provide assistance to the existing structure and planning for the coming years.
Chana Charach
Member: Development Committee
Chana attended UBC Sauder School of Business, and became a licensed mortgage broker in 1997. In 2004, she incorporated her own mortgage company, Synergy Mortgage. She is a member in good standing of the Mortgage Broker’s Association of BC (MBABC) and the Canadian Mortgage Broker’s Association. Chana is an elected volunteer director for MBABC, and is currently part of the Executive Board as Secretary. She is also a volunteer director for the Hebrew Free Loan Association, which provides interest-free loans to those that need a “hand up,” not a “hand‐out,” in difficult circumstances. Chana and her husband Randy enjoy raising their four incredible daughters in Vancouver, two of whom attend King David.
William Clark
Member: Governance Committee
William, aka Billy, is a litigation lawyer and partner at Harper Grey LLP. His practice focuses on administrative and public law, including the representation of professionals in a wide variety of situations. He advises a number of public and non-profit bodies, as well as professional organizations, in matters of regulatory compliance, privacy, and member and Board accountability. William has three children: Barbie, Adam, and David (aka the BADs). Barbie graduated from King David in 2016, and Adam and David currently attend Kind David.
Ron Ezekiel
Secretary
Chair: Governance Committee
Ron is a graduate of Vancouver Talmud Torah and received his LLB degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a partner with Fasken Martineau, practicing business law. Ron’s goal is to maintain and reinforce the good governance practices already in place at King David, and to assist the executive with the proper and efficient functioning of the Board and the school. Ron and his wife Shelley live in Vancouver and have three children.
Elaine Grobman
Chair: Head of School Support and Evaluations Committee
Member: Judaic Studies Committee
Elaine Grobman is a seasoned educator who brings to the Board her vast professional and lay experience with community organizations. Elaine moved west more than 20 years ago from her hometown of Edmonton. She holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum Studies from Simon Fraser University and has worked as an elementary school teacher in the public system since arriving in Vancouver. She has served on committees in various Jewish community organizations including Temple Shalom and Richmond Jewish Day School. Elaine has two daughters, Bella who graduated King David in 2016, and Shea. Elaine is excited to be on the King David Board and have the opportunity to bring her professional experience to assist in the ongoing success of the school.
Alain Guez
Member: Talent Management Committee
Alain Guez was born and raised in Paris and came to Vancouver in 2011 with his wife Michelle and their three children. He received a Computer Engineering degree from the Universite de Technologie de Compiegne, and as of April 2015, he is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems. Alain is a computer science engineer who became a sales and business development specialist. He has spent the 20 last years in both large publicly traded and smaller private equity companies where he succeeded in bringing to market some new and innovative technologies. After 15 years in the Telecommunications industry, he moved to health care, where he used his enthusiasm and leadership skills to promote new and innovative solutions. Alain was always involved in his community in France and was member of the Board of his Jewish congregation in Paris. Alain is excited to bring his multiculturalism, his professional experience, and his enthusiasm for Jewish education to the King David Board.
Alexander Hart
Chair: Judiacs Committee
Born in London, Ontario, and raised and educated in Toronto, Alex rode west on his ten-speed bicycle one long summer, after an unhappy year at the University of Toronto. Crashing near Canmore, Alberta, he hitchhiked the rest of the way to Vancouver where he has lived ever since. After apprenticing as a plumber and gas fitter and working for a dozen years in the construction industry, Alex returned to university to toil in the deconstruction industry. Realizing his long-felt potential to be an English teacher, he completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia before completing professional teacher training, a Master, and PhD (English Literature). He has taught in the Department of English at UBC for the past sixteen years, as well as temporary appointments at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Alex has brought his strong practical and educational skills to a variety of Jewish communal institutions, including serving on both the student and regular Hillel boards. In addition, he served for thirteen years on the Congregation Beth Hamidrash synagogue board, including one year as Vice-President and two years as President, and is currently a Board member of the Jewish Book Festival and a member of the Youth Committee at Schara Tzedeck Synagogue. When not in the classroom, Alex enjoys travelling, hiking, skiing, bicycling, kayaking, golfing, and spending time with his wife, Dr. Kathryn Selby, and their son, Shmuel, who graduated King David with the Class of 2016. Alex wants to help King David High School become so accomplished that it is the preferred secondary-school destination for all Jewish students in the community.
Neville Israel
Treasurer
Chair: Finance Committee
Neville is a native of Cape Town, where he received a Bachelor of Commerce and postgraduate accounting degree with honours from the University of Cape Town. He brings to the King David Board solid expertise and experience in finance, corporate services, accounting information systems and human resources, acquired over many years in the food services industry and spanning three continents. Neville hopes to share with King David the same leadership skills he uses as executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Sun Rich Fresh Foods. Neville has served on the Boards of Sha’arey Tefilah and Richmond Country Club. He spends his free time with his wife, Michal, and sons Simon (King David alumnus) and Gabe (King David), and on the courts and greens where he pursues his dual passions for tennis and golf.
Lindsay Isserow
Chair: Student Wellness Committee
Member: Talent Management Committee
Lindsay was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1988. She spent three years in Saskatchewan before landing up in Lotus Land (of the West) in 1991. Before emigrating, Lindsay obtained her Medical Social Work Honors Degree at WITS University and practiced in the mental health field for a number of years. In Canada, she worked for Child Services, mainly in child protection. Her commitment to Jewish education is in part manifested by the fact that all three of her daughters have been or are currently at Jewish day schools for their education. Lindsay brings to the King David Board her enthusiasm for her special role in the “Student at Risk Committee”.
Joe Khalifa
Member: House Committee
Joe has lived in Vancouver his whole life. He has a background in business and works in real estate development. He has been an active and interested member of the Jewish community, with previous Board portfolios with Congregation Schara Tzedeck, Vancouver Talmud Torah, and Congregation Beth Hamidrash. The Evaluation Committee will guide the continuous assessment of the Head of School, as well as facilitate communication between the Board and administration. His goal is to help ensure the Board remains productive and dynamic in its endeavour to deliver to the Vancouver Jewish community with an excellent institution of learning.
Jonathan Layton
Member: Development Committee
Jonathan is a father of three children, with his twin girls attending Grade 8 at King David this year. Originally from Australia, his family moved to Vancouver two years ago. Jewish education is important to him, with all of his children attending Jewish Day schools for their entire school life. He considers joining the Board as an opportunity to give back to the Jewish school community which has been very welcoming. Jonathan runs a chain of pharmacies, called Pure Pharmacy. He has an accomplished record in executive management in the pharmaceutical, health, and beauty retail industries. His success has come about through strong leadership, effectively growing brands by developing clear and relevant consumer propositions, and instilling these propositions within his team, the company, business partners, and with consumers.
Brian Levinkind
Member: Finance Committee
Brian has over twenty-five years of experience as a Chartered Accountant (now CPA). He is a tax specialist and currently holds multiple CFO/consulting positions, primarily in the health care sector. Brian looks forward to assisting with all aspects of finance that are relevant to King David. He emigrated from South Africa to Vancouver in 1994. Brian has held positions on both the Finance Committee and the Board of the Vancouver Jewish Family Services Agency. He and his wife Sharron have two boys: Jesse (Class of 2014) and Noah (currently Grade 9).
Tamar Lipton
Chair: Alumni Committee
Tamar was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and immigrated to Vancouver in 1994. A proud alumna of Vancouver Talmud Torah and King David, she graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Human Kinetics. Tamar then relocated to Edmonton for several years where her husband, Michael, attended law school and began his legal career. Having recently returned to Vancouver, she is excited to join the Board and help contribute to the sustainability and future successes of King David. A strong Jewish education is very important to Tamar and she is eager to give back to the school and community that helped shape her Jewish identity. Tamar is especially keen to draw on her experience as an alumna of King David and help encourage other alumni of the school to become involved in supporting King David to ensure it continues to be a strong pillar of the Vancouver Jewish community. In the spring of 2014, Tamar and Michael welcomed their first child, Hailey.
Jackie Cristall Morris
Co-President
Member: Finance Committee
Member: Development Committee
Jackie is a native Vancouverite. She spent 20 years in Toronto, where she met her husband Gary and started a family before returning home in 2006. They have two children: Ashley, King David Class of 2016, and Justin, in Grade 11 at King David. Since her return to Vancouver, Jackie has been actively involved in the Jewish community where she volunteers her time at VTT, Louis Brier, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver. She also serves on the Board for Camp Hatikvah and the Jewish Family Service Agency. Jackie is gratified to be contributing to the ongoing success of the school, building its reputation in the community, and strengthening its financial security.
Natalie Rosengarten
Co-President
Member: Finance Committee
Member: Development Committee
Natalie has now called Vancouver home for nearly as long as she did her birthplace, South Africa. She attended King David School in Johannesburg from nursery through Grade 12, and it was there, enriched by her family’s love of Judaism and community that she formulated her desire to be involved in their continuity. Natalie has a background in education, with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Hebrew from Wits University and a higher diploma in education (HDipEd.Wits). She was on a path to begin an honours degree in educational psychology, but took a detour instead to northern Manitoba for husband Mark’s medical career, before landing in Vancouver two years later. After various entrepreneurial endeavours, including a catering business and café (Chagall’s at the JCC), Natalie turned her energies toward volunteer work so she could spend more time raising her three children – two of which are currently attending King David and one a King David alumni. In addition to her strong business skills, Natalie brings a wealth of community service experience to her position. She served on the Board of Vancouver Talmud Torah, and has chaired numerous successful fundraisers. She has been involved with King David for the past nine years, served on the Board for three years, and has chaired the Teaching for Tomorrow event for four years. She is honoured to be Co-President of the King David Board.
Lori Satov
Member: Finance Committee
Lori is an actuary with more than 15 years of consulting experience. She joined Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. in May 2011 as a member of the Client Solutions Team. She became a CFA Charter holder in 2013, and in 2015 became a partner of the firm. Her clients include large pension funds, mutual funds, insurance companies, and foundations. In 2014, she and her husband moved their older son to VTT and were so thrilled with the experience that they also moved our younger son this past year. Since her older son has begun his high school education at King David this year, Lori is keen to be a part of the strategic direction that the school undertakes in the next years. She is a graduate of the Montreal Jewish day school system, and believes that she can make a valuable contribution to King David’s educational and strategic initiatives.
Ari Shiff
Past President
Member: Development Committee
Member: Finance Committee
Ari is a native of Toronto who was saved from life in the east by his Vancouver-born wife, Carla Van Messel. Ari is in his fourth year as Co-President of King David, following two years as a Board member and 10 years on the Board of Vancouver Talmud Torah, where he also served as Co-President, member of the Finance Committee, Co-Chair of the Group One Government Funding Committee, Chair of the Capital Campaign, and numerous other initiatives. Ari is currently a member of the finance committee of PTI, as well as King David, and with David Sacks, co-chaired the Group One Community Funding Initiative, which secured additional government funding for King David, RJDS, PTI, and SGHS. Ari is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Harvard University, and Cambridge University. He and Carla have five children, two of whom are currently attending King David. Ari is passionate about continually improving the quality and accessibility of Jewish education and believes that robust financial health is necessary for improving the quality of a school’s educational offerings, which in turn drives enrolment. When not engaged in education-related pursuits, Ari runs Inflection Management, a Vancouver-based alternative investment firm that manages the ISOF fund of hedge funds.
Marcus Stiller
Member: Development Committee
Marcus was born and raised in South Africa, and attended Carmel College, a Jewish day school. He lived and worked in Israel for two years, and both owned and worked in various businesses in South Africa. He immigrated to Canada in 1996, and opened a restaurant in Vancouver in 2000. Marcus spent two years on the Board of RJDS while his son Joshua was there, and also served on the Board of Eitz Chaim for two years. He and his wife Susan have two boys: Joshua (King David Class of 2010) and Daniel (currently attending Grade 12 at King David).
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