Hershorin Schiff Community Day School has announced its 2020-2021 board of trustees, which is charged with safeguarding and upholding the mission of the school. Co-chairs of the board are Mitch Blumenthal and Rachel Saltzberg, Robert Landman is Treasurer, and Stacey Edelman is Secretary. Trustees are David Chessler, Andrew Cohen, Gregory Farrington, Ph.D, Rev. Kelly Fitzgerald, Rabbi Elaine Glickman, Wilma Hamilton, Dr. Wendy Katz, Lillian Lincoln Lambert, and Betty Rosenthal. Richard Hershorin is a Lifetime Member.
New to the board this year is Barbara Rodkin. Barbara and her husband, Gary, split time between Connecticut and Sarasota; the couple recently became visionary donors to Community Day School’s “Owning Our Future” campaign, in support of the move to its new campus for the 2021-2022 school year as well as annual needs over the coming five years. Rodkin earned her Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, her Master’s degree from NYU, and completed additional graduate work at the University of Minnesota in psychology, child development, education, and assessment. She worked with children and their families in both clinical and educational settings in the many cities she and her family have lived.
The Rodkins contribute significantly to Rutgers as well as support causes including Feeding America and its local affiliate, All Faiths Food Bank, the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Specialty Clinic. Barbara also serves on the board of the Breast Cancer Alliance, a private foundation headquartered in Greenwich, Conn. She has been involved with additional causes and community activities including chairing Omaha’s United Way campaign, serving on the National Council of Jewish Women board, Crisis Nursery, and Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
Trustees are responsible for setting policy, long-range planning and financial management. Board members share a passionate commitment to the school’s mission and support the school with their time, experience, vision and resources. Members of the board of trustees come from across the community and represent a diverse array of faiths and perspectives, and have expertise and experience in diverse areas, including education, law, business, finance, marketing, development and philanthropy.
“The vision and leadership of the current board will be critical as we are immersed in the massive fundraising and planning effort to support the move to our new campus,” said Head of School Dan Ceaser. “We are grateful to our continuing board members and to Barbara for their dedication, time and resources in ensuring our success, particularly at this pivotal time.”
For more about Community Day School, go to communityday.org or call 941-552-2770.
About Community Day School
The mission of the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School, which serves students in preschool through eighth grade, is to impact the world by creating a community where children of all faiths demonstrate integrity, academic excellence, and a desire to improve the world. Community Day offers a rigorous, project-based academic program in a diverse and vibrant learning environment rooted in the Jewish values of honesty, integrity, mutual trust and respect. For more information, visit the website at communityday.org or call (941) 552-2770.