Board of Directors
John Ifcher, President
In addition to his service at the JCC East Bay, John is the Treasurer of the Claremont Middle School PTA. During the day, he teaches economics at Santa Clara University, where he is a professor, and researches the impact happiness and emotions have on decision-making. John has two children and in his spare time enjoys cooking, running, and hanging out with his family. John has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2009.
Alissa Reiter, Vice President
Alissa has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2012. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, and has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Originally from New York City and Chicago, Alissa first connected to the JCC in her search for an inclusive Jewish community and culture. She is committed to creating a Jewish “home” for the greater Jewish community of the East Bay. Alissa lives in Albany with her husband and two children.
Steven Douglas, Vice President
Steve is a fifth generation Oaklander and partner in his family business, Douglas Parking LLC. In addition to serving on the JCC Board, Steve is a member of the Guardsmen, a philanthropic organization dedicated to raising funds for underprivileged and at-risk children in the Bay Area. His community work includes the Board of Directors of the National Parking Association, The Oakland Museum of California, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, the Lake Merritt/Uptown Business District and Temple Sinai. He is passionate about baseball, and in particular, the Oakland A’s. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two children. Steve has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2013.
Julie Elis, Vice President
Julie first walked into the JCC in 2011 as a preschool parent, and is now an afterschool parent, Camp Tzofim parent and preschool parent once again. Julie is a Program Director at Room to Read where she oversees the Girls' Education Program, aiming to keep young girls throughout Asia and Africa in school. She is a singer in the JCC Preschool Shabbat Band. Julie and her husband, both transplants from Pittsburgh, PA, live in North Berkeley with their two daughters. Julie has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2013.
Mark Moss, Treasurer
Mark has worked in the Jewish community as a volunteer and lay leader for 20 years. He has served on the finance committees of Temple Sinai and the Contra Costa JCC, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay and is the chairperson of their "Create a Jewish Legacy" program. In 2009 he was named, “East Bay Volunteer of the Year” by the East Bay Federation. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Crowden Music Center, a nonprofit junior high school in Berkeley. Mark sings with the Temple Sinai Adult Choir, and is an accomplished bridge player. Mark has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2015.
Leah Greenblat, Secretary
Leah, a fifth generation San Franciscan, has served on the Board of the JCC East Bay since 2007. Before this, Leah played an integral role in launching the Young Leadership Division of the Jewish Community Division of the Greater East Bay. She belongs to Temple Sinai, and lives in the East Bay. She loves attending Board meetings for the opportunity to interact with her fellow board members whom she says are “engaged, thoughtful, smart and act without ego.”
Joshua Langenthal, Immediate Past President
Josh joined the JCC East Bay Board in 2005, when his daughter was in the JCC Preschool. He served as Board President for four years beginning in 2009 and became a passionate spokesperson for the JCC. Under Josh's leadership, the Board and staff rebuilt the JCC's capacity, leadership, Preschool and Afterschool programs, and fiscal vitality. Josh is an investor and entrepreneur, long time Aikido student and teacher, and co-founder of the San Francisco FlameThrowers (a professional Ultimate Frisbee team). He lives in Berkeley with his wife and two daughters.
Nathan (Nat) Bitton
Nat was born and raised in London’s East End and was the first from his large family to attend university. He graduated from the University of London with an honors degree in Law, and has led a successful career in sales management for most of his working life. Nat and his wife have lived in California for over 30 years, and have two daughters. Nat has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2016.
Laura was born in New York City, but spent most of her life in Los Angeles. She attended college at UCLA and USC, and enjoyed a long career in public office in Los Angeles, both appointed and elected. She served as a Los Angeles City Councilmember for eight years, and worked as Los Angeles City Controller and as Inspector General for California’s stimulus funds. Laura moved to the Easy Bay in 2011 after she retired, and has two daughters and two granddaughters. Laura has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2016.
Aaron grew up in the East Bay, and attended preschool at the JCC in Oakland. As a teenager, he participated on a Gold medal-winning basketball team in the JCC Maccabi Games. Aaron graduated from UC Berkeley, and spent several years in New York City and Washington DC before returning to the Bay Area, where he works as a lawyer, mostly in the areas of disability rights and civil rights. Aaron, his wife and two children now live in Berkeley. His daughter attends preschool at the JCC East Bay. Aaron has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2016.
Andy grew up in southern California and has lived in the Berkeley area for over 45 years. He has been an active member of the JCC East Bay since 2009, and has served on the Board since 2013. Andy and his family are long-time members of Congregation Beth El in Berkeley.
Nicki is a writer and country-music lover who lives in Piedmont with her husband, four children and dachshund. She is passionate about making Jewish life in the East Bay accessible to all and joined the JCC East Bay Board in 2013. She has served on the Board of the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay, and has helped fundraise for Gan Mah Tov Preschool, Oakland Hebrew Day School, and Piedmont schools. Nicki writes a monthly parenting column for J. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California and most recently swam from Alcatraz to San Francisco to raise money for That Man May See, part of the UCSF Ophthalmology Department. She and her family are members of Beth Jacob Congregation in Oakland.
Arthur is the JCC East Bay’s longest serving board member. His JCC journey began when he helped acquire our 1414 Walnut Street property. He has served as Vice President and President of the Board, helped to renovate the JCC, and stewarded the Jewish Music Festival. Arthur is a Senior Vice-President of Ritchie Commercial. He and his wife live in Berkeley and are the proud parents and grandparents of two children and four grandchildren. Arthur received his bachelor's in art from Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design, and his master's in city planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is a Commander (retired) in the USCGR. Arthur, a past president of Congregation Beth El, is a member of Congregation Beth El and the Berkeley Breakfast Club, and enjoys singing both with the Beth El chorus and the Berkeley Broadway Singers. He has served on the JCC East Bay Board from 1986-2005 and from 2007 through today.
Dan has volunteered in the Jewish community for the most of the last 10 years. In addition to serving on the Board of the JCC East Bay, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay where he was also president of the Young Leadership Division, and J. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California. Dan works in investment management at Osborne Partners Capital Management, and lives in Fremont with his wife and two daughters. Dan has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2010.
Juliette was born in New York City, and has lived in the Bay Area since 1990. She has a B.A. degree in Science, Technology, and Society from Cornell University and an M.S. degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University. She runs her own consulting business focusing on program evaluation and management consulting, and works with non-profit organizations, government agencies, and health care facilities. She and her husband live in Oakland with their son, who has attended the JCC’s Camp Tzofim and Maccabi Sports Camp. In addition to serving on the Board of the JCC East Bay, Juliette is on the board of Global Health Research Foundation. She has previously served on board committees with Blueskies for Children and the League of Women Voters. Juliette and her family are members of Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland. Juliette has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2016.
Janet, a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, is Executive Editor of BabyCenter, an online parenting resource. She grew up in New Jersey and worked as a reporter and editor covering fashion and style for 20 years, in New York and Paris. Janet lives in North Berkeley with her husband and daughter, and thinks the East Bay is “the best place to be.” Janet has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2016.
Maxim hails from Los Angeles, and now lives in Berkeley where he founded and runs the real estate investment Schrogin/Baar Investments. He serves on the Board of Directors of YEAH!, a local homeless shelter for youth; BOCA (Berkeley Organizing Congregations for Action), and he is president-elect of the Berkeley Rotary Club. In his spare time, Maxim does yoga, cycles and travels. Maxim and his wife have two children: Jonah and Julia, both in NYC. Maxim has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2010.
Originally born in Detroit, and raised in Los Angeles, Michael lives in Oakland with his wife and daughter. In addition to his board involvement with the JCC East Bay, Michael has served as co-chair for annual giving for the graduating class of 1996 of Haverford College for the past five years. During his free time, Michael enjoys cycling and coaching his daughter's soccer team. Michael has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2011.
Natalie first became involved with the JCC East Bay in 2012 when she enrolled her son at the Oakland afterschool program. However, her family’s involvement goes back to the 1980s when her husband was a budding camper at the JCC’s Camp Tzofim and her mother-in-law served on the JCC East Bay Board. Professionally, Natalie is a benefits consultant who designs and manages employee benefits and wellness plans for large organizations. She lives in Oakland with her husband and three children. Natalie has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2013 and is excited to be part of the JCC’s bright and dynamic future.