Rachel Bernstein is a mortgage broker and a native of San Francisco. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Rachel worked as a development associate for Brandeis Hillel Day School. She has been a loan consultant for the past 10 years specializing in first time and seasoned home buyers, as well as investment property purchase and refinance.
Rachel has two children, Kobi and Ella.
Andy Cheng is currently on the worldwide product marketing team for Apple, Inc. He has nearly 20 years of marketing, sales and general management experience with industry leading organizations such as Kaplan Inc., a Washington Post Company and Bayer MaterialScience. Andy is the Executive Vice President of Membership for the Silicon Valley American Marketing Association. He has also co–authored a business case study and been a business school guest lecturer. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and his Masters of Business Administration from Santa Clara University. Andy converted to Judaism in 2008 and became a Bar Mitzvah in 2012. He and his family are members of Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California.
Denise Davis, MD is a University of California San Francisco Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Associate Director for Faculty Development at the San Francisco Veterans Administration Center for Excellence in Primary Care and a Fellow of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. Dr. Davis is an educator, mentor, speaker and consultant, coaching medical professionals to improve communication in healthcare. Denise received a 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award from the UCSF Academy of Medical Educators.
Denise is an involved member of her Conservative synagogue and has served Camp Bechol Lashon both as a co–director and as a Torah reader. Denise has extensive experience on the boards of Jewish nonprofit organizations. She lives in the Bay Area with her daughter, Aviva Ruth.
Steve Edwards a partner with Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips in their Orange County office. He is a retired Partner of O’Melveny and Myers where he was Co–Chair of the Project Development and Real Estate practice group. Steve has been active in virtually all aspects of the acquisition, sale, exchange, financing, ground leasing, leasing and development of improved and unimproved real estate for both individual and institutional clients.
He graduated from Lehigh University, New York University School of Law, and was a Root-Tilden Scholar.
Steve has been active on the Board of Directors for Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach, and is a past president. He has served on the boards of a variety of charitable organizations including the Orange County Jewish Federation and The Rose Council. Steve and his wife Jill Jill live in Laguna Beach and have 3 adult children and two grandsons.
Jill Edwards is a retired registered Physical Therapist. During her 20+ years of practice, she developed and created multidisciplinary rehabilitation programs for patients with chronic pain.
Jill has been involved in non–profit organizations all of her adult life. She has served as Board Chair for The Friendship Shelter, The Wellness Community, and Women of Temple Bat Yahm, as well as serving on the boards of several other non–profit organizations. She has volunteered for Be’chol Lashon in fund raising efforts for the organization, with emphasis on the Abayudaya Community of Uganda.
Jill and her husband Steve live in Laguna Beach and have 3 adult children and two grandsons.
Katherine Haynes Sanstad was the Executive Director of Diversity for Northern California Kaiser Permanente. She has over 25 years of experience in marketing, communication, public health research, health care, philanthropy, and futures research. She served as a Director in the Institute for the Future’s health care practice, Planning and Operations Officer for the California Health Care Foundation’s Quality Initiative, and Director of the TIE Core for the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. She has also reviewed grants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center, Tides Foundation, and Magic Johnson Foundation and served on the boards of Bay Area not-for-profits.
She has over thirty years of experience in marketing, communication, public health research, health care, philanthropy, and futures work. Recently, Katherine served as Executive Director of Equitable Care for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, using human-centered design to transform care.
A Jew by choice, Sanstad, served as president of Congregation Beth El, a 500-family synagogue in Berkeley –– her spiritual home since 2001. Sanstad served as the congregation’s vice president, chaired the religious school committee and led the search to hire Rabbi Yoel Kahn.
Natasha Kihimkar comes from a family of Bene Israel Jews. Growing up in Toronto, she had an Ashkenazi Jewish day school and synagogue experience, along with a unique Indian Jewish home and festival experience. She credits her parents and grandparents for instilling great pride in her heritage by sharing their personal stories and the remarkable history of the Bene Israel community. Still, finding her place in the broader Jewish community was a journey. She and her husband were fortunate to find a warm and welcoming community in New Jersey, where she became active in synagogue life and a member of the Board of Trustees at her temple. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, she and her family were captivated by the wonderful clergy and warm community at Peninsula Temple Beth El, where she recently joined the Board of Trustees.
Natasha has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s in Human Resources. She brings global HR, Talent, and Organization Effectiveness experience in both established and entrepreneurial companies and is founder of ZEST People & Talent Advisors. She helps her clients connect strategy and people to scale organizations, enable teams, and grow leaders.
Natasha’s exploration of the evolving Jewish community continues as she blends her professional expertise and personal experiences to explore the multiple facets that make up identity and the path to inclusion.
Nzinga Koné-Miller is a Senior Vice President at M+R, a strategic consulting firm that helps nonprofits build movements, raise money, and create political change. A team and account lead, project manager, and strategist, Nzinga has over a decade of experience helping nonprofits use digital technology to mobilize their supporters. Formerly a member of the trailblazing nonprofit consulting and technology firm Carol/Trevelyan Strategy Group (CTSG), Nzinga has managed digital implementation and devised fundraising and advocacy strategy for a variety of organizations including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, California Academy of Sciences, The Nation magazine, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, and The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Studio Art from Williams College.
Nzinga has been active with Be’chol Lashon for over 14 years. She is a member of Congregation Beth Sholom, in San Francisco. Nzinga and her husband Michael have two children.
Danielle Helene Meshorer is the Be’chol Lashon International Director and director of the Abayudaya development project. Danielle has been working with the Institute since June 2003.
Meshorer graduated summa cum laude in anthropology and psychology from the University of Vermont and received an M.A. in international and inter-cultural management from the School for International Training with a concentration on conflict transformation across cultures.
Danielle worked at the Palestine-Israel Journal in Jerusalem and the Yitzhak Rabin Center for Israel Studies in Tel Aviv, Israel. She also lived and worked in Cameroon teaching and working on economic development projects. Danielle married Gregg Dessen in June 2007 and are the proud parents of Zoe and Maya.
Orren Perlman, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Francisco and Petaluma, CA. After completing his psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School in 1994, he became an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF, teaching medical students and serving as the Unit Chief for the first LGBT focused psychiatric in-patient unit in the country at San Francisco General Hospital. In 2000 he focused his work exclusively in private practice, with an emphasis in attachment based psychotherapy, and integrative medication management.
He is also an award winning poet and memoirist, his work having been featured in the Journal of the American Medical Association and Jewish Currents magazine. He lives in the Bay Area, raising his Camp Be’chol Lashon alum and Guatemalan-born son, Edgar.
Karen Robbins is a social worker, organizational development and management consultant, working in the non-profit sector since 1969. She served for 20 years with the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, including 7 years as the Executive Director.
As a volunteer, she has worked as a mediator with Marin County Juvenile Probation and has served on and led many organizational boards and committees, including terms as board chair of the Women’s Foundation of San Francisco, and chair of the Marin County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission.
She holds a B.S. degree in Social Work from Simmons College and an M.A. in Organizational Development, and is a certified mediator. She is a resident of Mill Valley California.