Vicki Fishman, President
Vicki Fishman is an attorney, founder of Fishman Law, PLLC, practicing primarily in the areas of Wills, Trusts and Estates. Prior to starting her own firm, she worked for Ross, Dixon & Bell, LLC, a boutique litigation firm in Washington, DC.
Vicki received her BA in Religion from Swarthmore College and her JD from the University of Michigan Law School. Vicki also participated in the Wexner Heritage Program.
Vicki has served as VP of Fundraising, Secretary and VP of Strategic Planning. She also has been the vice president of Gesher’s PTO and a room parent. She served on the board of her synagogue. Vicki lives in Falls Church with her husband Simon and their four children, three are Gesher students and one alumna.
Philip Blumenthal, VP for Strategic Planning
Philip Blumenthal joined the Gesher board in 2013. Philip grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where he attended Jewish day schools for all but two of his elementary and high school years. He was active in Hillel at Boston University, where he majored in Classical & Religious Studies. Philip works in business strategy for the educational technology firm Blackboard. He resides in Annandale with his wife, Rachel, son, Seth (rising Gesher 7th grader), and daughter, Maya (rising 4th grader).
Susan Haus, VP for Fundraising
Susan Haus is the Media Director for Ainsley & Co., a marketing firm in Baltimore. She has a BS in Mass Communications from Towson University in Maryland. She has over 18 years of experience in the advertising industry. Born in Baltimore, Susan moved to Northern Virginia four years ago with her husband, Oron, who has works for Capital One. Their son, Liam is finishing 4th grade and their daughter Gabriella is completing 2nd grade. They are very happy to be a part of the Jewish community in Northern Virginia.
Julie Wallick, VP of Development
Julie Wallick moved to Reston 11 years ago to marry David Selden. Julie is a Principal of Wallick Communities, a real estate company based in Columbus, Ohio, and on its advisory board. Wallick Communities specializes in affordable housing and senior living. She also founded Cap City Properties, a property management company in Columbus. She is a licensed Ohio real estate broker and is active in professional associations including the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition.
Julie Volunteers with and supports several non-profit organizations including Washington DC metro Jewish Federation and Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation.
When not entrenched in the world of real estate she spends time with her family, reads, cooks, travels and exercises.
Julie is a graduate of University of Cincinnati and completed postgraduate work at Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University, Chicago.
Yvonne Fujimoto, Treasurer
Yvonne Fujimoto is a certified public accountant with more than 17 years of public accounting experience with Deloitte Tax LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP. She specializes in the taxation of insurance companies and captive insurance companies. She also has private sector corporate tax experience and spent a year as the assistant director of financial aid at Wesleyan University.
Yvonne and her husband, David Shurberg, have two children, Aaron and Rachel. Aaron and Rachel graduated from Gesher in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and currently attend Woodson High School. They are members of Congregation Olam Tikvah. Yvonne is a past co-president and treasurer of Gesher PTO, a past board member of Olam Tikvah Preschool, a past treasurer of Boy Scout Troop 1818, and currently volunteers at Woodson High School in the Career Center and for the Woodson Girls’ Varsity Basketball team.
Yvonne received her Masters of Science in Accounting from the University of Hartford through a program sponsored by the “Big Six” accounting firms. Yvonne graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received the White Fellowship, the White Prize and the C.O. Fisher Scholarship for excellence in economics. Yvonne is a licensed CPA in the state of Connecticut.
Seth Feldman, Secretary
Seth Feldman grew up in the Maryland suburbs of D.C., where he attended the C.E.S. Jewish Day School. He met his beautiful and talented wife Leslie, while they both attended college at Johns Hopkins University, and got married while he was finishing his dental degree from the University of Maryland. He practiced as a general dentist in the Boston area for 4 years, and then went back to school to specialize in orthodontics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Their eldest daughter, Alicia was born in Nashville in 2007 and is currently finishing fifth grade at Gesher. Ilana was born in 2010 and is finishing second grade at Gesher. The family moved to Fairfax in 2008, and Seth practices orthodontics in Falls Church, Virginia. The family attends Olam Tikvah, is active in the JCCNV, and is proud to be part of the Gesher community.
Dovid Nachshon Albright
A native of Northern Virginia, Dovid Albright is an active member of Chabad of Fairfax. A lifelong learner and a volunteer Talmud teacher, he is excited to serve on the Gesher Board and strengthen our school and community. Dovid is the owner and founder of Albright IP, an Intellectual Property search and consulting firm.
Drew M. Karr is a Senior Vice President at BB&TScott & Stringfellow, and serves as leader of his team’s Corporate & Executive Services practice and senior relationship manager for private wealth clients. He works directly with corporate executive clients and business owners; advising on monetization strategies, investment management and generational wealth planning. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University holding a BS degree in Accounting. Drew and his wife, Lindsay, have a daughter, Ava and son, Max. They live in Arlington and are members of B’nai Tzedek.
Adam Krischer is a former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington, Virginia, and Administrative Law Attorney for the Army Stuttgart Law Center in Stuttgart, Germany. Currently a partner with Dennis, Stewart, Krischer & Terpak, Adam serves individuals and families in need in DC and throughout the state and federal courts of Virginia. He also serves as a Guardian Ad Litem for abused and neglected children and as a member of the Fourth District Disciplinary Committee of the Virginia State Bar. Adam is a recipient of the United States Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and the US Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. Adam and his family belong to Agudas Achim Congregation. His wife, Jennifer, is a Colonel in the United States Air Force. Their two children are Gesher students: Noah in 6th grade and Naomi in 3rd grade.
Jason Levy is a University of North Carolina and Boston University School of Law graduate, and received an LLM in International Law from UC-Berkeley School of Law. He is an active-duty Commander in the United States Navy and currently serves as the U.S. Department of Defense Oceans Policy Advisor, developing maritime and airspace policy for the Secretary of Defense. He joined the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 2001, and has served on shore duty in Japan, Washington State, Hawaii, and California. His fleet assignments include Multi National Corps – Iraq, Carrier Strike Group ONE onboard USS CARL VINSON; and U.S. SIXTH Fleet in Italy. Prior to his career in the Navy, he was an attorney with McDermott, Will & Emery specializing in regulatory affairs. Jason and his wife, Alison, have lived in Arlington for three years and are members of Agudas Achim. Their daughter, Shoshana, is in sixth grade at Gesher, and their son, Isaiah, previously attended San Diego Jewish Academy and Oakland Hebrew Day School.
David Margolis is a Lead Financial Analyst with AT&T. He attended George Washington University and graduated from Quinnipiac University with a B.S. in Accounting. After graduation, David worked in public accounting and completed his CPA certification, and has held many accounting/finance positions with AT&T and affiliates (SNET, SBC) for over 30 years. David was born and raised in Connecticut, transferring to Virginia in 2013. He joined the Gesher board in 2017. David is a member of Olam Tikvah and has 2 daughters, one in Alexandria and one in LA. He has held many board positions at various organizations over the years.
Howard Nachman is a life-long resident of Northern Virginia. Along with his brother, he continues to run a family business that their grandfather acquired in Herndon in 1919. Like his father, Howard served on Herndon’s Town Council. Howard has been a member of Congregation Olam Tikvah for over 40 years and is currently serving as their Board President. He and his wife Rhona are proud parents of two Gesher graduates.
Sharon Rosenblatt is a native of Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. Shortly thereafter, she completed a Master’s Degree in Learning Disabilities from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island. Having completed her teacher training and having acquired her certification, she began teaching at a public school for troubled adolescents in Montgomery County, Maryland. Her entry into Jewish Day School education began when Shulamith Elster hired her to establish a Learning Disabilities program at Charles E. Smith JDS in Rockville, Maryland. Following a move to Virginia with her family, Sharon was hired by Marilyn Davis to test incoming Kindergarten students at a fledgling Jewish Day School in Alexandria, Virginia. Never looking back, Sharon spent over 30 years of her career teaching at Gesher Jewish Day School. Having retired from teaching, she lives in Alexandria, Virginia with my husband, Arnie. She has two sons with families of their own who have been gracious enough to give her five grandchildren (with two more on the way)!
Jane Shichman is a proud parent of three Gesher graduates. Jane has served on the Gesher Board of Trustees since 2005 and was Board President 2013-15. Additionally, Jane is currently Co-Vice President for Membership at Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, VA where she has been a member for 22 years. Jane is also proud to serve on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She will soon join the Executive Committee of that Board as Vice President for Leadership and Volunteer Engagement. In addition to serving on that Board, Jane was honored to be selected for the 2013 Wexner Heritage Program cohort that was sponsored by Federation. Jane received a BA in International Studies and French from Washington College. She also earned an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University. Jane is a founder, along with her husband Marc, of JAM Data Group which provides data analytics services to corporate and government clients. Jane and Marc are blessed with three brilliant daughters: Mollie, Lucy and Abby who are already fine Jewish leaders.
Alex Stillman is a Management Consulting Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) based in McLean, VA. He specializes in growth strategy and operational improvement engagements for clients in the Aviation and Aerospace & Defense industries. Previously he served as an Associate Partner at Oliver Wyman consulting.
Alex and his wife, Kathleen, have two children, Juliana and Moriah, who will be in fifth grade and second grade at Gesher in the fall. Alex joined the Gesher Board in the fall of 2014, and has been a member of the Committee on Trustees.
Alex received a MBA from Wharton Business School, at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and has studied at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France. He speaks Spanish fluently and has a working knowledge of French.
Daniel Strouse is an attorney at the law firm of Cordatis LLP, representing Federal contractors across an array of issues such as bid protests, regulatory compliance, and claims against the government. He primarily represents small and mid-sized businesses. Daniel currently serves as the President of the Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association and is an active member of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association.
During law school, Daniel was a Board Member for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Jewish Law Students Association; and, as an undergraduate at The George Washington University, Daniel was active in Hillel.
Outside of the office, Daniel spends his time with his wife, Laura, daughter, Abigail (rising Gesher 1st grader), son, Eytan (Gan Katan enrollee), and dog, Zeke (no Gesher affiliation). Daniel and his family are members of Congregation Olam Tikvah.
Glenn Taubman is an attorney specializing in labor and constitutional law. He clerked for several federal judges after law school, and since then has been employed for over 30 years by the National Right to Work Legal Foundation in Springfield, VA. Glenn regularly appears in federal courts around the country on behalf of individual employees. He holds a BA from SUNY Stony Brook, a JD from Emory University School of Law and an LLM in Labor Law from Georgetown University Law School. Glenn and his family are active in Olam Tikvah and Chabad. His son Joel is a very proud Gesher graduate, who received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from UVA and now works in Phoenix the cell phone tower industry. Glenn and his wife Marie travel to Israel regularly and Glenn believes that one of the pivotal events in his life was a two-month youth trip to Israel when he was 15 years old. Glenn also teaches an adult Torah trop class at Olam Tikvah.
Naama Ende, PTO President
Naama Ende is the 2018-2019 President of Mishpachat Gesher, Gesher’s Parent-Teacher Organization. Naama holds degrees in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) and Harvard University with a focus on health education, health policy, and maternal and child health. She has lived and worked in Israel, Colombia and Malawi. She has been an active volunteer in the Jewish community for as long as she can remember. Naama currently lives in Vienna, VA with her husband, Jonathan Yager, and their four children – two Gesher alumni and two current Gesher students.